Cape Town offers a great variety of accommodation, catering to all budgets. For those who enjoy the plush life, there are plenty of Cape Town hotels to pander to every luxurious desire. ‘Compass House’ in Bantry Bay is a particularly beautiful place to indulge yourself. With ocean views in every room and a 22-metre swimming pool looking out to the sea, you can’t help but think you’ve found a little piece of Heaven. Not only are the views magnificent, the hotel itself is also wonderfully decorated, with a homely yet elegant feel.
For a slightly cheaper place to stay try ‘Bickley House’. Located just a few blocks away from the ocean it is one of the oldest buildings in Sea Port and has managed to retain a great deal of its original charm and history. There is also a large salt water swimming pool surrounded by a spacious, tranquil garden, which is an ideal place to get started on the holiday books! To top it all off the breakfast is included, with freshly baked bread and a delicious mix of surprisingly healthy food.
But for those who are on a purse-string budget fear not! There are still some incredible places to stay. Although ‘Garden Court De Waal’ in Gardens doesn’t have the beach views, one side of the hotel looks onto Table Mountain and the Funicular, which is just as magnificent. The rooms are spacious and clean, with lovely fluffy towels. It is also situated near the heart of the city, so you’re not far from sight-seeing, but the area is not too hectic either. The hotel is also very close to a variety of scrumptious Cape Town restaurants. ‘Vintage India’ is a particular gem, with an extensive menu that takes you from traditional north India to Goa. Whatever your flavour, there is something for the pickiest of eaters and the staff and happy to cater to any need. The décor is stunning yet welcoming, making it the perfect restaurant to relax after a day visiting Table Mountain or chilling on the beach.
For a restaurant with a sea view try ‘Salt’ in Bantry Bay. The view here is absolutely breathtaking and the food is delicious too, although a bit on the pricey side. The menu is small but creative and extremely well thought out, with great attention to detail. They even recommend a wine for each dish, which is a wonderful touch although, be warned, the bill will suffer! If you do end up over-indulging in wine, ‘Arnold’s’ in Gardens is the best place to nurse the hangover. The breakfasts here are like no other, offering Ostrich in the fried breakfast and a choice of strange and wonderful delights (including avocado and chili) in their 3 egg omelets. The vibe is wonderful and the staff are charming and efficient, curing the worst of hangovers in no time.
Whether you’re counting pennies or burning pounds Cape Town is a holiday destination that suits everyone! For more information visit Mydestination.com/capetown