A coming-together of cultures, cuisines and landscapes, there’s nowhere quite like Cape Town, a singularly beautiful city crowned by the magnificent Table Mountain National Park.
Creativity is evident here – it’s one of the things that made the city a World Design Capital in 2014. From the brightly painted facades of the Bo-Kaap and the bathing chalets of Muizenberg, to the Afro-chic decor of its restaurants and bars and the striking street art and innovation incubators of the East City and Woodstock, this is one great-looking metropolis. The informal settlements of the Cape Flats are a sobering counterpoint, but these townships also have enterprising projects that put food from organic market gardens on tables, or stock gift shops with attractive souvenirs.
Cape Town is renowned as a luxury destination. With a wide range of activities on offer, five-star service and a love for the finer things in life, the Mother City is waiting to wrap you in her warm, luxurious embrace.
DIAMONDS ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND
Dealing direct from mine to market, First Diamonds is able to offer access to a remarkable range of certified diamonds and they ensure that the experience of purchase is as memorable as the stone itself.
A diamond is so much more than just a glittering jewel, it is a symbol of celebration. Each piece undergoes a remarkable journey as their experts ensure the craft and design of each bespoke piece of jewellery results in soemthing that will be treasured forever.
PAMPER YOURSELF AT A SPA
What better way to start your break in the Mother City than by losing yourself in a spa experience? Cape Town has a huge amount of luxurious establishments waiting to welcome you, eager to help banish the stress of your daily life. From Swedish massages in Newlands and Thai treatments in the city to luxury treatments during an intimate getaway, you will enter a bundle of tension, battered by the rat-race, only to leave stress-free, reborn with a new-found verve and ready to enjoy the world’s most beautiful city.
The island of the One&Only Spa is the home of luxury. This serene sanctuary is snuggled within exquisite gardens surrounded by the resort’s tranquil waterways and it’s the only place where you can experience the combination of Cape and African influences.
FLIGHT IN A HOT AIR BALLOON
There are so many ways to see and experience Cape Town, but none as exciting – or romantic – as riding in a hot-air balloon. Help with the rigging of a balloon at sunrise and float silently over the peaceful landscapes of the Cape Winelands. Enjoy the exquisite scenery and views of Table Mountain in the distance, followed by a luxurious breakfast at the Grande Roche Hotel.
CHARTER A LUXURY YACHT
Whether you’re celebrating a honeymoon with your significant other, or looking to throw a memorable party, take advantage of this wonderful location and charter a luxury yacht for a sunset cruise to Clifton 4th Beach or Table Bay. Top if off with some champagne and some oysters as you and your partner soak it all in. Enjoy the tranquillity of the scene as the sun sets over one of the most incredible backdrops on the planet.
CREATE YOUR OWN SIGNATURE PERFUME
It is your chance to smell like nobody else on earth. The scent savants at Perfume Prive are the exclusive creators of signature scents and offer only the highest quality fragrances from around the world. Enjoy a workshop and enjoy a free tour at the Perfume Museum- the first of its kind in Africa. The experience comes complete with drinks and your created bottle of concentrated perfume and body lotion to take home.
UNFORGETTABLE BREATHTAKING VIEWS
A ticket to luxury (and utter bliss) comes in the form of the keys to the Hollywood Mansion in Camps Bay. The five-bedroomed paradisal playground is found at the foot of the Twelve Apostles mountain range offering majestic views of the Atlantic coast. Wake up to breakfast in bed, plunge into the private heated pool, unwind with a film in the in-house cinema or soak up idyllic views from the jacuzzi.
BEYOND THE CITY
Wrenching yourself away from the magnetic mountain and all the delights of the Cape Peninsula is a challenge, but within an hour you can exchange urban landscapes for the charming towns, villages and bucolic estates of Winelands destinations, such as Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Hermanus is a prime whale-watching location, and also a base from which to organise shark-cave diving. Further afield, the delights of the Garden Route unfold, with more inspiring scenery to be viewed on thrilling drives down the coast and over mountain passes.