CAPE OF GOOD LIVING
With lovely warm summers, sundrenched beaches and a spectacular harbour, Cape Town attracts a great deal of holidaymakers every year. Merging luxurious comfort with aesthetic personas, these hidden boutique hotels are great bases from which to explore Africa’s most beautiful city. By Crystal Leung.
Housed in a century-old heritage building on bustling Long Street, Grand Daddy boasts 24 rooms with local touches, two signature suites and seven unique Airstream trailers. We love The Sugar Daddy Suite, which features a Juliet balcony, a spacious open-plan lounge, and a travertine marble bathroom, but for a more intriguing experience, opt for one of the individually-designed rooftop trailers, each of which captures a different aspect of South Africa. Leave time for a classic flick at the Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema, before sating your appetite at Thirty Ate, which serves a range of burgers and gourmet sandwiches. 38 Long St, Cape Town City Centre; +27 21 424 7247; http://granddaddy.co.za
With only eight elegant guest rooms marrying comfort with style, Compass House is the jewel in the crown of wind-free Bantry Bay. With hardwood flooring throughout, all rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, plasma TVs and Linn audio systems. For the ultimate indulgence, book ahead for The Suite, fitted with a super kingsized bed with 100 percent cotton linens, and a spacious marble bathroom with deep soak bathtub, walk-in shower and Bvlgari amenities. Leave time to swim a few laps in the 20-metre infinity pool, wreathed by lemon, kumquat and orange trees, followed by a relaxing massage at the intimate spa. 154 Kloof Road, Bantry Bay; +27 21 430 3330; www.compasshouse.co.za
Perched on beautiful Camps Bay, POD is a five-star boutique hotel with 17 modern and luxuriously-appointed rooms, each of which feature king-sized beds, 40-inch LED TVs, Nespresso machines and complimentary minibars. We recommend the decadent Deluxe Suite, which opens onto a private balcony with breathtaking beach views, or a Luxury Room with Plunge Pool, ideal for private sun worshipping. This sexy hideaway also has an elegant lounge and chic cocktail bar as well as a gym with cardio and weight training equipment. 3 Argyle St, Camps Bay; +27 21 438 8550; www.pod.com