A romantic boutique hotel re-opens after a fire, a brand–new luxury hotel welcomes guests in an ancient teak–tree forest, and an affordable city hotel boasts the latest tech.
Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town
After a kitchen fire destroyed most of the lodge, this iconic boutique hotel on Chapman’s Peak Drive reopened in October after six months of rebuilding.
None of this is evident as the sound of the ocean rolling over the pebbled beach lulls you to sleep in luxurious king-sized beds.
The secluded family–owned and managed hotel has 10 suites and a two-bedroom villa. The suites are decorated and named after islands such as Robben Island, Madagascar and Zanzibar, and each has a wood-burning fireplace and a private deck overlooking the ocean.
Spacious en suite bathrooms also have sea views, walk-in showers, and Victorian baths. In the public areas, you can take a dip in the temperature-controlled plunge pool, lounge on the sundeck, and soak in the view of the Atlantic Ocean.
In cooler weather, the stylish lounge with cosy fireplaces offers those same sea views.
A limited number of casual diners can make a lunch reservation every Wednesday for a three–course lunch. Tintswalo is perfect for weddings and other functions, and has packages available.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
This luxury 18-suite hotel will open on 20 December, and is just five minutes’ drive from the Falls.
Two national parks, Victoria Falls National Park and Zambezi National Park, adjoin the Victoria Falls, with the Zambezi National Park a mere 200 metres from the hotel’s doorstep.
Opening promotions are available, one of which includes a free helicopter ride over the Victoria Falls. Design–wise, think classic chic, with refined countryside architecture.
Mbano Manor has generous verandas from where you can enjoy the rich nature.
Ancient teak trees dominate the large garden setting, with winding paths linking public areas and the luxury suites.
The swimming pool in a secluded setting is perfect for cooling down in the year-round pleasant and warm weather. The suites are fully equipped with modern essentials.
Foreshore, Cape Town
Conveniently located on Heerengracht in the Cape Town City Centre and on the MyCiTi bus route, the hotel also offers a complimentary daily shuttle to and from the airport and the V&A Waterfront.
The hotel group’s concept is to offer a four– or five-star environment but keeping their guests’ budget in mind. The hotel has been built in an eco- friendly manner, and with the modern-day traveller in mind.
Think standard, free, high-speed internet connection, a self-service check-in in the lobby or with the Signature Lux App for a digital check-in from your phone. You can also communicate directly with the staff via the app.
The minimalistic rooms are equipped with smart televisions using Chromecast technology, so you can continue watching your Netflix shows. Up-to-date flight schedules are also on display at the hotel.