Cape Town Élite
Located on the shimmering shore of picturesque Table Bay, Cape Town is a beautiful representation of the Rainbow Nation. Cape Town’s stunning scenery invigorates the soul and belies its position as the economic capital of South Africa.
Cape Town has had a long and colourful history since it’s beginnings as a Dutch outpost for the Dutch East India Trading Company’s vessels sailing to the Far East.
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Long and Colourful History & Astonishing Scenery
Cape Town has had a long and colourful history since it’s beginnings as a Dutch outpost for the Dutch East India Trading Company’s vessels sailing to the Far East. Originally the Fort de Goede Hoop, it was renowned for its mesmerizing agricultural beauty and spectacular natural landforms. The settlement changed hands in the early 19th century becoming a British stop off point and from there began to flourish into the global city that it has become today.
Cape Town was appointed the capital of the newly formed Cape Colony in recognition of its importance for the colony and the British Empire as a whole. The discovery of vast mineral resources brought great wealth to the area and served to boost expansion resulting in its appointment as capital of the Republic of South Africa upon its independence in 1934. Cape Town is one of the only major global cities that can claim to have retained its natural beauty, still such an alluring attraction for discerning individuals, whilst also being a major financial, commercial and political hub. The quality of life acquired in Cape Town is palpable even on a short trip to the fascinating city and is why many of the South African and global elite have chosen to visit or take up residence here.
In Cape Town itself there is an exciting array of activities if relaxing in the luxury of your hotel whilst consuming the astonishing scenery does not appease you. The Cape of Good Hope is an untouched rocky headland set in the Table Mountain National Park. From here you have unreserved views south along the point that most regard as the dividing line between the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean. Here you will encounter baboons that roam freely across the rugged wilderness that is buffeted by the two bodies of water.
Another quite literally unmissable piece of Capetonian splendor is Table Mountain, probably Cape Town’s most famous landmark. Table Mountain looms majestically over the city and is accessible by cable car or by hiking. The view of resplendent Cape Town from the top is quite simply unrivalled.
Although Cape Town has an abundance of activities to delight you, you would be missing out on South Africa’s famed wildlife and nature by staying in the city for your whole visit. When one thinks of safari images of sleeping rough in the bush under the cover of a tent come to mind, this is certainly not the case in South Africa. Nearly 500 metres away is Safari Lodge, known as ‘Heaven on Earth’. Built along the banks of a dry riverbed, Safari Lodge guests cross swing bridges between the exquisite tree house style rooms for the ultimate experience.
Relaxed Atmosphere and Exciting Nightclubs
Cape Town is known for its relaxed atmosphere and fine wines, however, if your looking for a party atmosphere there are exciting nightclubs to fulfill your requirements. Offering an unrivalled service in a high-energy atmosphere, Club 31 provides an experience as breathtaking as the 360-degree views of our beautiful city. Catering to an esteemed base of local and international clientele, 31 lives up to the status of being an elite international nightclub. Embrace the intimate and sophisticated VIP lifestyle, while you enjoy your night surrounded by the beautiful features that are Cape Town and the people of this magnificent city.
For an elegant late night activity Jade is Cape Town’s premier champagne bar and lounge. This über-chic lounge reveals a certain French flair trimmed with plush sofas, arty nooks and two unique bar spreads. The semi-enclosed balcony boasts spectacular views and is perfect for mingling. Legendary DJs provide the vibe on the dancefloor.
The Dragon Room has become one of Cape Town’s finest clubs and has seen the wealthy elite of the South African capital take up residence. Here decadent art and chandeliers adorn the walls and ceilings, whilst go go dancers get the classy crowd going, The Dragon Room is a must do when in Cape Town.
The use of sumptuous game meat ubiquitous to South African cuisine ensures that you will have never had a dining experience quite like it. La Colombe is one of Cape Town's most loved and decorated restaurants, achieving an impressive 12th place in the San Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants of the World Awards 2010. This bastion of contemporary French-meets-Asian fine dining is one of very few South African restaurants to be internationally recognized as a gastronomic experience of the highest order. Scot Kirton was appointed as Executive Chef of La Colombe in September 2010. Scot’s philosophy and approach to food lies in the pursuit of excellence and perfection he says, “Every dish can always be improved. The freshest seasonal produce, uncomplicated clean flavours and classical elegance are the essence of my inspiration and passion for food”.
Nestled in the glens of Table Mountain, The Roundhouse is steeped in a rich history as old as the Cape itself. It is this very location that led to the building’s creation as a guardhouse in 1786 by the Dutch East India Company. With its sweeping views of Camps Bay and the expansive Atlantic, it was ideally situated to safeguard the Cape of Storms from attack. Chef Eric Bulpitt, schooled in classic European cuisine, offers contemporary dishes that combine this European background with a distinctly South African character. He is constantly looking to revive forgotten South African ingredients and recipes and incorporate them into the menu in a modern way.
Luke Dale-Roberts’ The Test Kitchen, which opened in November 2010, has the celebrated chef cooking at his most creative in a distinctive contemporary space. British-born Luke trained in Switzerland and England before heading to Asia for a five year stint, launching several restaurants in Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and the Philippines. “My time in Europe taught me to cook; my time in Asia broadened my horizons”, says Luke. This incredibly successful style of experimental cooking has engraved the restaurant into the memories of all that have eaten here.
Cape Town’s exclusive hotels have a distinctive style of luxury that harks back to the old colonial days. The Cape Grace Hotel melds the modern comforts of a Cape Town luxury hotel with traditional Cape culture. And there is no better position for a V&A Waterfront hotel than with Table Mountain standing sentry and towering over the hotel, a working harbour to one side and a multi-millionaire yacht basin on the other. The Cape Grace is a heady mix of tantalizing experiences that makes time spent here something to remember forever.
Once the stately home of Sir John and Lady Ellerman, distinguished shipping magnates and investors, Ellerman House sits perched on the slopes of Lion’s Head in the prestigious Bantry Bay residential area. This elegant Cape Edwardian mansion is known for having one of the most spectacular ocean views in South Africa. Just ten minutes from the heart of Cape Town, the one-and-a-half acre property features a panorama of the Atlantic. Now privately owned, Ellerman House stands as an iconic showcase of South Africa’s finest lodging, cuisine, wine, and leisure. With shaded verandas, tiered gardens, beautiful interiors, and a celebrated art collection, guests from all over the world love the combination of luxury and service this serene getaway offers.
One&Only Cape Town is one of the finest resorts in South Africa. This urban chic resort brings an unprecedented level of luxury to Cape Town, one of the world's most fascinating cities. With captivating views of Table Mountain from its enviable location in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the resort is a destination unto itself. Discerning travellers are invited to discover the celebrated cuisine of Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa, socialise in the high-energy vibe of Vista Bar & Lounge and sample rare and undiscovered vintages at the stunning Wine Loft. The sublime calm of the city's most expansive and sophisticated spa offers an indulgent escape, while NEO Boutique debuts an enviable collection of designer fashions, some available for the first time in South Africa.
The Lanzerac Hotel & Spa is set on a 155 hectare private working wine estate. Established over 300 years ago, today Lanzerac holds a coveted place amongst the most sought after hotels and wedding venues of the world. Situated in Stellenbosch, the estate is a mere 40 minutes from Cape Town International Airport and 55 minutes from the Cape Town city centre. Stellenbosch Farmers’ Winery (SFW) purchased the Lanzerac trademark in 1958, taking over the management of the vineyards the same year. The company used the grapes, as well as those from other sources, to make the world’s first commercially produced Pinotage - a 1959 vintage. This Pinotage was released in 1961 and marked the birth of Pinotage as a unique variety from South Africa.
At Ulusaba Safari Reservation, a short plane ride from Cape Town and owned by Sir Richard Branson, you can stay in the lap of luxury surrounded by some of the most pure settings you will ever lay eyes upon. Ulusaba has 21 rooms and suites spread over two lodges. Rock Lodge is 'Heaven in Heaven', perched high on the summit of a koppie with views over the South African bush below.