As recent reports indicate we will be spending most of our travel budget on accommodation in 2012, we thought it only right that we take this opportunity to share our 5 favourite luxury hotels in South Africa with you.
Anyone reading our blogs will have realised that South Africa has a truly special place in our hearts, and as we countdown to our next trip below the equator, we simply cannot wait to visit our favourite hotels and share a glass of South African wine with the owners who are fast becoming dear friends.
We couldn’t possibly put these hotels in order of preference, as we love them all, so in no particular order:
A simply stunning five-star property overlooking Walker’s Bay, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a place that everyone visiting South Africa should experience. Combining two luxurious lodges with the most amazing private nature reserve, Grootbos is a place where one goes to relax, indulge and enjoy the very best foods, wines, and nature activities amongst the world’s greatest collection of Fynbos.
Set in the “Wild West” town of Oudtshoorn, the Rosenhof Country House is an exquisite five-star property that boasts sumptuous accommodations, excellent dining and some of the friendliest local staff one could wish to encounter. A great stopover for those travelling the Garden Route, the Rosenhof is just beautiful.
Lairds Lodge has a homely feel and a relaxed atmosphere that allows one to really appreciate the beautiful property, exceptional dining, and attentive staff. Perfectly positioned between the two popular towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, Lairds is a great base for those looking to get away from the bustling city.
We love the Winchester Mansions, and if you are looking for a Cape Town break we don’t believe there is anywhere better to stay! Set on the Atlantic Seaboard in the bustling town of Seapoint, this property is great for those who enjoy walking (it’s a mere 20 minute walk to the V&A Waterfront), and offers a fantastic sea facing bar, which is just ideal for those late afternoon sundowners!
If you are heading off to the Eastern Cape for a Malaria Free Safari, then one of the best places to stay (in our humble opinion) is Lalibela Game Reserve. Featuring three different lodges, this spectacular game reserve boasts South Africa’s Big 5, along with a variety of other beautiful animals, and combines a relaxed atmosphere with quality accommodation, great game viewing and delicious menus.
What are your favourite hotels in South Africa? Let us know so we can add it to our “to see” list!