Whether you’re after high-octane entertainment or a deep dive into hipsterville, we’ve got you covered with these new hotels and getaways.

Tsogo Sun Suncoast

Are you one of the six-million fun-makers who flock to this Art Deco landmark on Durban’s Golden Mile every year?

If so, following an intense R1.6-billion refurb, you now have even more reason to visit the new and improved Tsogo Sun Suncoast Hotel.

Ten new restaurants, a theatre, new shops and a reworked casino space mean you can pick your pleasure according to your mood – even if flirting with Lady Luck isn’t your bag.

And if you’ve never partied at this entertainment mecca before, now’s the best time to visit.

Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp. Photo: Mark Williams
Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp. Photo: Mark Williams

Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp

This is glamping on a whole new level – in one of the world’s most extraordinary wildlife destinations.

While classic canvas tents kitted out with designer furniture and expansive communal terraces are a given, it’s the little touches that set this new camp getaway apart.

Think a personalised gym bag – with a yoga mat, weights, skipping rope and resistance band  – and a designated attendant who ensures the shower is the perfect temperature before you step in.

But of course, the real star of the show is the location on the east side of the crater rim – which means game viewing is superlative.

Stock Exchange
Western Cape

The Cape Town suburb of Woodstock is all about railways, factories and harbour views.

It’s also about creative vibrancy, sidewalk stalls, art studios and pop-ups. And now it’s home to a playfully edgy hotel, part of a mixed-use building that boasts shops, restaurants and residential units.

Unsurprisingly, the interior of this hipster hangout celebrates local talent: furniture and decor items are shown on a design map of the area, encouraging guests to buy similar pieces in the neighbourhood.

AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront
AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront

AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront
Western Cape

This Spanish-rooted newcomer, with 188 rooms and ridiculous views of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill, is the first of its kind in Africa.

Settle in for delectable tapas or grab a bite to go from the AC Market – and be sure to chill in the pale, elegant library (complete with floating shelves of art books) when you get the chance.

Within walking distance of the Cape Town International Convention Centre, it also has four flexible meeting rooms, a boardroom and 250m2 of event space boasting natural light and stunning harbour views.

Words by Biddi Rorke