5 artistic stays in Cape Town – World Design Capital 2014

As World Design Capital 2014, Cape Town is a destination highlight for art- and design-lovers around the world. Throughout the year, Cape Town will be showcasing a programme of over 450 projects to delight every sense and artistic taste. If you’re planning a trip to Cape Town in 2014, we recommend staying at one of these 5 artistic accommodations:

One&Only Cape Town

One&Only Cape Town is a contemporary 5-star resort with a stylish island design and African-inspired accents. From the urban chic suites and luxurious spa, to sophisticated cuisine prepared by one of South Africa’s most beloved chefs, Reuben Riffel, the One&Only Cape Town is a holistic feast for the senses. Aside from Reuben’s, you will also find the poolside restaurant, Isola; Nobu, the continent’s only restaurant by legendary chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa; the Vista Bar & Lounge which serves a daily Afternoon Tea; and other exclusive dining venues.

Art lovers will appreciate the full or half-day One&Only Cape Town Art Tours run by leading South African gallerist, João Ferreira. The informative walking tours around the city centre not only offer insight into the workings of the South African art market, but an engaging opportunity to meet the curators and experience the galleries, museums, and studios of Cape Town. Tours can be tailor-made to fit specific interests and are also dependent on which galleries are showing the most interesting exhibitions at the time.

Ellerman House, Cape Town

Ellerman House is a luxurious boutique hotel in Bantry Bay, a prime location on Cape Town’s affluent Atlantic Seaboard. Guests are forgiven for neglecting the crystal pool and dazzling ocean views, because Ellerman House is just as famous for its impressive South African art collection – an exclusive privilege for hotel guests. The original artworks span over a century, from the 1910 Volschenk of an undeveloped Camps Bay, to the contemporary pieces of Vusi Khumalo. Nowhere else will you be able to holiday in the company of South African masters like Irma Stern, William Kentridge, Thomas Baines, and Gerard Sekoto.

The collection is accessible to all guests throughout their stay, whether they choose to appreciate it on their own or take a guided tour. Guests will also find a book with detailed biographies of the artists. The concierge can also arrange full art tours in the city of Cape Town.

Daddy Long Legs Art Hotel

There’s nothing standard about Daddy Long Legs Art Hotel. Celebrating the creative spirit of the Mother City, Daddy Long Legs is a top choice for independent, imaginative travellers who live for new experiences. The 13 hotel rooms are uniquely decorated by an artist, photographer, poet, designer, or musician who was given complete freedom to create whatever kind of space they liked. As you can imagine, the results are nothing short of refreshing, adventurous, and humorous.  Yet while the focus is on creativity, the hotel in no way lacks in comfort and you are guaranteed a great night’s sleep…after you’ve enjoyed Long Street’s night life and met some interesting locals and fellow travellers in the communal lounge and bar.

Daddy Long Legs Art Hotel

The Daddy Long Legs group also offers self-catering apartments in Cape Town as well as Luxury Trailers in the Elgin Valley, approximately 70km outside of Cape Town.

Thandekayo Art Gallery Guest House

Set on the foothills of the mountain surrounding the colourful fishing village of Hout Bay, Thandekayo Art Gallery Guest House is a visual treat, from the scenic harbour views to the fine art photography that adorns the walls. Owner, Martin Osner, is one of South Africa’s eminent photographic artists and his work is displayed throughout the guest house, along with the works of other South African artists, such as landscape photographer and close friend, Koos van der Lende.

Villa Zest

Villa Zest is a boutique hotel in the trendy district of Green Point – a convenient location to explore everything from the beaches to Cape Town’s city centre and the V&A Waterfront. Clean, modern lines transpire from the architecture to the interior décor, culminating in a luxurious feel with a distinctly retro style. Villa Zest is home to the Object Art Gallery, a unique collection of 70s electronics that include items such as the funky Toot-a-loop wrist radio, Polaroid camera, and TNT 8-track Plunger.

Which artistic stay would you add to your collection?

Marcel Van de Ghinste is a Director at TravelGround.

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