An In-Depth Luxury Travel Guide To Cape Town

When it comes to luxury travel, Cape Town has something unique to offer. The Mother City shines as a tourist destination – come rain or shine. Our luxury travel guide to Cape Town is the ultimate insider’s guide to enjoying the very best the Mother City and the surrounding areas have to offer during the cooler months of the year. Whether you are drawn to award-winning wine estates, high-end restaurants, world-class shopping experiences, or luxurious villas with magnificent views of Cape Town’s most iconic landmarks, Cape Town has it all. Here are our top luxurious spots to visit in Cape Town.

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Be Transported Back In Time At Groot Constantia

Nestled in the fertile Constantia Valley at the foot of the Constantiaberg Mountain, Groot Constantia wine estate dates back to 1685, making it one of South Africa's oldest commercial wine farms. It’s a place with a fascinating history, told through various artefacts on display. Visitors are transported back in time with an admirable exhibition of art and historical furniture, old cellars, carriages and drinking vessels from antiquity to the early 20th century. It was from here that exiled French ruler Napoleon Bonaparte was supplied with his favourite wine, a testament to the estate’s legacy of supreme winemaking. The estate boasts an impressive range of wine, among which South Africa’s oldest wine, the renowned Groot Constantia Grand Constance. The estate’s wines can be enjoyed with outstanding South African cuisine at two top-notch restaurants. Jonkershuis Restaurant serves authentic Cape Malay inspired bistro style food that pays homage to the rich cultural history of the estate. Luxurious travels in Cape Town offer visitors a taste of the very best, which is exactly what you will find at Groot Constantia wine estate.

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Stay in A Heavenly Dream Home

Cape Town is even more spectacular when enjoyed in the lap of luxury. In Residence offers an award-winning contemporary property portfolio comprising the very best collection of luxury villas in Cape Town. From a six-level luxury home suspended over the highest point in Clifton, and a thatched, double-storied, Cape Dutch Homestead set on one of the most desirable locations in the Constantia Valley, to a three-bedroomed gem resting at the foot of Lion’s Head with unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean and Robben Island, guests have access to the ultimate in premium Cape Town accommodation. Magnificent art pieces, award-winning architecture, contemporary furniture and spacious entertainment areas are just some of the features that make these dream homes so spectacular, while premium concierge services ensure that your every need is tended to. Luxurious travels in Cape Town simply wouldn’t be the same without experiencing the opulence of its premium accommodation.

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Ignite Your Senses at Quoin Rock

Quoin Rock is a family-owned wine estate on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains surrounded by the scenic landscapes of Stellenbosch. The estate reopened its doors to the public in November 2018 after six years of careful renovation and restoration by its new owners. The new elegant wine lounge offers a unique wine tasting experience where glass walls offer a glimpse into the atmospheric barrel matration cellar. Everything at Quoin Rock is about quality. From eye-catching décor detail to bespoke tastings and an extraordinary dining experience at one of the most exciting new restaurants to hit the winelands in years. Gåte is headed by Executive Chef Rikku Ò’Donnchü who has a talent to seamlessly blend art, culinary tradition, and technical craft. International aesthetic and boundary-breaking cuisine are presented across a 16-course menu that plays with all the senses. Chef Rikku Ò’Donnchü promises everything from hands-on dining and tableside preparation to interactive experiences. Each course is enhanced by a drink pairing – using both estate wines and Ò’Donnchü’s own creations. It’s an unparalleled experience that is guaranteed to ignite all of the senses.

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Be Immersed in Art And Nature

Relishing unique and proudly local art ranks as one of the top activities in our luxury travel guide to Cape Town. Located in the Steenberg area of Cape Town, the striking Norval Foundation museum is set against a magnificent mountain and vineyard landscape. What differentiates Norval Foundation from other museums or galleries is the union of culture and nature. While offering a window into some of the greatest 20th- and 21st-century South African and African visual art in one of South Africa’s largest private collections, the museum also draws attention to nature conservation. The museum is situated in an area of environmental importance that is home to a number of critically-endangered flora and fauna species. Work has been carefully performed to rehabilitate and restore a sensitive wetland system. Along with exhibits of sculptures and other artworks, the Norval Foundation boasts an outdoor amphitheatre, a sculpture garden with paths leading through endemic plant beds, a bespoke store, a children’s playground as well as an upmarket restaurant and bar.

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Blend Exquisite Wines And Marvellous Views

Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate is a boutique wine farm and exclusive residential estate located on the beautiful lagoon at Walker Bay in Hermanus, just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town. Famous for its award-winning wines, the estate’s vineyards benefit from the unique weather conditions at the ocean’s edge. The south-easterly sea breeze, chilled by the Benguela Current flowing up from Antarctica, cools the grapes at night after the warm summer days, resulting in full-flavoured grapes allowing for the creation of complex wines. The estate’s superb wine can be enjoyed with fine cuisine at Moody Lagoon restaurant, boasting a wondrous South African style menu. Here, visitors can marvel at expansive views of the lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean while enjoying the flavourful combination of food and wine. The estate also offers a private dining experience in the Barrel Room, as well as elegant afternoon tea at the English-style Tea Terrace. Benguela Cove is the perfect place to set the scene for a tranquil and relaxing winter wining and dining experience.

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Delight Your Palate at Creation Wines

A warm welcome awaits you at Creation Wines. Located in the crevice of the Hemel-en-Aarde ridge of the Overberg, the estate extends a rich earthiness to the patrons of their tasting room where they reward their visitors’ love of fine wines. The owners’ passion in establishing the wine estate as an Overberg stop-in, par excellence matches the quality of the estate’s award-winning wines. The beautifully faceted Sauvignon Blanc, which has gained world-wide recognition, is the result of five different clones, each selected based on their suitability for the unique terroir. Each single-vineyard wine in the range is inspired by nature and meticulously crafted by cellar master, Jean-Claude Martin, indeed an exquisite and multifaceted artwork in its own right. The estate offers a selection of pairings; each designed to highlight the versatile, food-friendly nature of a specific cultivar or blend. Non-alcoholic drinkers are catered for too, while there is an imaginative selection of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options for patrons to enjoy. If you are in search of a magnificent setting to appreciate the finer things in life, Creation certainly ticks all boxes.

Acquire an African Gem

When it comes to luxury travel, Cape Town is second to none; this is especially true for shopping. South Africa, with its rich heritage and cultural diversity, is home to some of the most beautiful diamonds in the world. Shimansky invites you to experience the beauty of South Africa’s most valuable gemstones at the Shimanksy Diamond Experience and Jewellery Showroom situated at Cape Town’s famous V&A Waterfront. Our wide selection of diamond and tanzanite masterpieces is world-renowned for quality and craftsmanship. Marvel at the iconic Shimansky Millennium diamond ring, the most sought-after engagement ring in South Africa, and get a glimpse of the famous Shimansky My Girl diamond cut, the first internationally patented diamond cut to originate from South Africa. Our consultants will be happy to guide you in selecting the perfect jewellery creation that speaks to your heart.