Fly straight down from London and you’ll arrive in the jet-lag free zone of Cape Town, South Africa’s vibrant coastal city, home to the flat-topped summit of Table Mountain and some of the most beautiful beaches and rugged mountain ranges we’ve ever seen. With its Mediterranean-style climate where temperatures average 18 degrees in the winter (consider that a good British summer!) Cape Town is a great destination to explore all year round.
Room for romance
We stayed at the suitably fabulous five star Table Bay Hotel, a favourite with celebs the world over and ideally placed in a quiet spot on the vibrant V&A Waterfront. Huge spacious rooms and super comfy beds with picture perfect views of the famous Table Bay Mountain make it an amazing spot to sip cocktails on your balcony and take in the vibe of the working harbour below. Some of the best beaches in Cape Town are also located only 10 minutes from the hotel. Head for Camps Bay for a fun vibe and a great place to watch the sunset. We loved the fake beach a five minute walk from the hotel and home to the retro-romance surroundings of The Grand Beach Café (grandafrica.com) which serves delicious cocktails and food Ibiza-style – the delicious Kingklip Tagliata is a must, washed down with a Ginger Rogers cocktail and a beautiful African sunset.
Ditch the pre-wedding diet and make sure you book yourself in for High Tea in The Lounge. With an array of heavenly cakes all beautifully displayed in bell jars your eyes will definitely be bigger than your belly come 2.30pm. Paired with a huge choice of exclusive TWG teas it’s a very civilised way to spend an afternoon. If you can tear yourself away from the huge selection of food at the hotel then take a trip to The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock (theoldbiscuitmill.co.za) an eclectic market-style location with farm stalls, regional organic produce, delicious food and fun shop-lets every Saturday – get there around 9.30am, grab a bottle of sparkling wine come lunchtime, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy delicious bites to eat. If you fancy dinner out of the hotel then take a trip to Societi Bistro (societi.co.za), a cosy restaurant in an old Georgian-style home that’s a favourite with neighborhood locals.
Wine tasting and breathtaking scenery at Le Quartier Français auberge
Top of the must-do list is a visit to the Franschhoek Wine Valley, set between the mountains in the fabulous winelands surrounding Cape Town. Head for the Moreson winerie (moreson.co.za), indulge in a little (or much!) wine tasting and soak up the breathtaking scenery in the peaceful surroundings of the outdoor garden. We guarantee you won’t want to leave, so book yourself in for a night at Le Quartier Francais (lqf.co.za) a Relais & Chateux auberge (or luxury inn to you and me) and collection of restaurants in the heart of the adorable Franschhoek village. Romance factor: off the scale!
World Heritage Site, Robben Island, is also a must-visit – a poignant reminder of the price paid for freedom (robben-island.org.za). If you feel like stretching your legs after the long flight then take a hike up Lion’s Head or Signal Hill for a bird’s eye view of Cape Town and the best sunset spot in town. Another option is to stretch your sealegs by chartering a private yacht from The Table Bay Hotel for a romantic sunset cruise. Enjoy time together as you sip champagne and feast on canapés as you sail into the sunset.
Take advantage of the new complimentary shuttle service for hotel guests with collection and drop off points at interesting places around town – no need to faff about with hire cars. Or go one better and hire one of the friendly drivers from the Table Bay Hotel for the day to take you to the wine tasting heaven of Franschhoek.
The handily placed shopping centre attached to the hotel – a few steps and you’re in credit card danger zone, not to mention the rather enticing cake and macaroon café!
We didn’t love
Having to choose what to eat for breakfast, the vast buffet in The Atlantic Grill hasn’t been nicknamed the best breakfast in Cape Town for nothing – no lie-ins on this honeymoon – you won’t want to miss it.
For more information about Table Bay Hotel visit suninternational.com. Africa Travel (africatravel.co.uk) offer four nights at Table Bay Hotel with flights with South African Airlines priced from £1300 per person. A private airport transfer with luxury vehicle is £40 per person return.
The 85ft luxury yacht Princess Emma is available to charter via The Table Bay Hotel from £2000 for up to 12 guests with a full crew, selection of canapés, local wines, beers and soft drinks. A full day trip to Franschhoek costs from £50 per person for travel by Mercedes Benz E-class.
Words by Sally Dixon