Thursday, April 20, 2017


Standing on the marina at the V&A Waterfront, overlooking Signal Hill and Table Mountain, the five-star Cape Grace has one of the best locations of any hotel in Cape Town.  On a sunny day you can see both mountains clearly, and gaze out over the water’s edge to the nature beyond.

Designed in the style of a luxury ship docked in the bay, the hotel has a modern seafaring theme, with nautical paintings, striped wallpaper, old maps, chandeliers and hand-painted fabrics.  But the thing you notice most is the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.  Staff greet you with a warm “welcome home” whenever you return from sightseeing, and everyone is always happy and smiling.
Guest rooms are plush, comfortable and homely and either face the mountain or the docks behind.  The hotel also contains one of the most important and comprehensive private collections of antique furniture and artefacts from the Cape.

Downstairs is the Library bar, where you can enjoy complimentary port wine and sherry between 6-11pm (nice touch), Signal restaurant, which has a fine-dining menu, and, below-deck, the Bascule bar.  If you’re a whisky fan, you’ll be in heaven her,e as Bascule boasts one of the biggest whisky collections in the Southern Hemisphere.  Otherwise, the bar is a great place to come for cocktails and tapas, either in summer when you can sit outside on the marina’s edge, or in winter when the fire is lit.

The 4th-floor spa isn’t large, but it makes use of the space well, and does have amazing views.  Among the range of treatments and massages, I can recommend the Rolling Sands massage, which uses scented Kalahari oils and will have you walking on air.

One of the benefits of staying at the Cape Grace is that the waterfront is a very safe area in which to walk around, even in the evenings.  The food market does excellent curries, juices, burgers and ice cream, and the Watershed sells locally made handicrafts, jewellery and clothes from local labels such as Mungo & Jemima and Pichulik.  Or you can find more high-street names in the Victoria Wharf mall.

If you do wish to sight see (and you absolutely must), the hotel offers a complimentary luxury chauffeur transfer service within a 10km radius – a real bonus.

And don’t leave without visiting the soon-to-be-opened Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), set to be one of the biggest modern art galleries in Africa, and taking a spin on the Cape Wheel. The views from up there are spectacular.

Room rates start at 7945 ZAR Euro 550 (U$ 590) (£460) for a double room, inclusive of full English breakfast and tax, exclusive of Tourism Levy.

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