Nestled on the south west coast of South Africa, Cape Town is a jewel of a city with immeasurable natural beauty and a melting pot of cultures. Peeking out into the sparkling Atlantic, Cape Town’s pristine beaches can be enjoyed from the shore or up high from the numerous mountains that surround the city. As the most cosmopolitan city in Southern Africa, Cape Town offers plenty to do beyond hiking, from visiting up and coming bars, art galleries and boutiques to sighting wildlife from the highway. Wine enthusiasts rejoice over Cape Town’s many vineyards, particularly in the Constantia Valley, the oldest wine-producing region in the Southern Hemisphere.
Ten minutes from the heart of Cape Town, perched upon a hill that overlooks the glittering sea is the grand Cape Edwardian Ellerman House. The regal mansion blends old world elegance with contemporary flair, best exemplified in their unparalleled art collection which showcases South African art from the past two centuries. Wander through the contemporary art gallery, taking in works by famed artists such as William Kentridge and Lionel Smith before heading to the champagne cellar for a glass of bubbly. With only 15 options for accommodation, from double rooms to three-bedroom villas, it is essential to book ahead for this unique luxury boutique hotel experience.
For a heavenly dining experience high up in the Constantia Valley, head to Beau Constantia, where foodies and families delight in quality artisanal fare. The set tapas menu changes frequently to reflect the tastes of the seasons and highlight the diversity of cuisine in Cape Town. Enjoy a leisurely meal inside the light-filled glass and wooden interior, or take in the stunning views of the vineyards and mountains from the terrace. On chilly nights, request a blanket and sit under the strings of twinkling lights as you savour each of Chef Ivor Jones’ flavour-packed dishes, from his famed risottos to a delicate wild lavender crème with cassia bark ice-cream dessert.
For a world class sensory wine experience, head just 45 minutes from the centre of Cape Town to the Vergelegen Estate in the town of Somerset West. Steeped in over 300 years of history, Vergelegen has been nominated as a serial World Heritage Site, offering the perfect blend of old and new. The unique cellar is an architectural beauty that reflects both a return to craftsmanship in wine making, as well as an excitement for the future of the city. Channel your inner sommelier at a wine tasting in Vergelegen’s modern wine tasting centre, tour the multi-level gravity flow cellar, and take a leisurely stroll through one of the 17 award-winning formal gardens on site. To balance the heavy wine consumption, enjoy a hearty meal at one of Vergelegen's two restaurants or bask in the natural beauty of the outdoors with a scenic picnic under the oldest oak tree in South Africa.