5 great luxury Cape Town ideas

The 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa, put the city firmly on the map for many travellers wanting to explore the Mother City, opening the gateway for luxury travel in particular. As one of the world’s premier travel destinations, it is no surprise that Cape Town is hailed as one of the top places to relax, unwind and shop until you drop. The booming film industry is also seeing a huge number of celebrities flock to the city as well, where they can be seen enjoying the relaxed pace of life and numerous hot-spots throughout Camps Bay and the City Bowl.

For visitors who want a taste of ‘la dolce vita’ in Cape Town, some excellent ideas for a memorable luxury holiday include the following:

Luxury villas in Camps Bay

The exclusive suburb of Camps Bay is situated along the Atlantic Seaboard, with the Twelve Apostles mountain range towering ahead, and the calm expanse of the Atlantic Ocean in front, flanked by white beaches, palm trees and a vibrant stretch of main road that is home to sidewalk cafes, cocktail bars and five-star restaurants. While Camps Bay villas don’t come cheap, they are certainly worth every penny for the outstanding views, state-of-the-art facilities and the sheer bliss of a five-star accommodation in the heart of the city’s most beautiful area.

Champagne yacht cruises

What better way to explore the spectacular Cape coastline than from the comfort of a stately yacht, with a glass of chilled bubbly in hand and tasty snacks within reach? With a choice of breakfast or sunset cruises, the Waterfront offers a number of excellent cruise options, each running anything from a few hours to a full day. Some cruises take you around the harbour and on to Camps Bay, while others go as far as Hout Bay, where you can view Seal Island and many other sights.

High-end retail therapy

If shopping til you drop is more your idea of a good time, then Cape Town shopping will not disappoint. One of the top shopping destinations in the city is the V&A Waterfront, which is home to a large number of high-end designer stores along the likes of Guess, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Armani, Jimmy Choo and plenty more besides. When you can no longer walk another step, the V&A Waterfront also has plenty of excellent sushi restaurants, cocktail bars and coffee shops to help you refuel before continuing on your quest for the perfect wardrobe.

Fine cuisine to suit every palate

Cape Town restaurants are continuously upping their standards, with some of the world’s top restaurants to be found within the Cape. The uber chic Planet Restaurant at the Mount Nelson is just one such example, with other outstanding five-star options such as La Colombe at Constantia Uitsig also to be found. Seafood and sushi lovers have a wide range of options, from Wakame to Beluga, Cape Town Fish Market or the Taj, while African fusion, French, Italian, Ethiopean, Greek and almost every other cuisine influence can also be found.

Cape Winelands Tours

For those who take their wines rather seriously, or even those who simply enjoy a good vintage, a Cape Winelands tour offers the chance to explore the picturesque Winelands region. Spanning across the small towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl, this is where the region’s award-winning wine varietals are grown. Everything from Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Merlot all the way through to fine Methode Cap Classique can be tasted and even purchased at reduced cellar prices. A sumptuous lunch at one of the many excellent wine estates adds the perfect touch to a day out in the Cape countryside.

Neil Dilgee is Marketing Manager at African Eagle Day Tours.

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