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These six sexy properties have played home away from home to everyone from the Obamas to Madonna, providing the perfect respite for royalty, rock stars, and heads of state. So, whether you are looking to globe trot, celebrity spot, or simply live in the lap of luxury, you may want to hunker down in one of these world class properties for otherworldly accommodations and simply the best spa treatments on the planet. Enjoy…
The Luxury Extraordinary Journeys’ seven-night Bright Lights and Desert Luxury package begins in Cape Town, where you’ll board a plane to Tswalu Kalahari, the largest private game reserve in South Africa. There you’ll spend four nights exploring by Land Rover, horseback, or on foot to view wildlife like cheetah, black-maned Kalahari lions, and antelopes, before bedding down in one of eight luxury suites at the foot of the Korannaberg mountains. Then, return to Cape Town for three nights at Kensington Palace, an all-suite hotel with a hip bar and pool overlooking Table Mountain.
The Value The $4,200 per person price tag for this trip essentially amounts to three free nights. Plus, it’s a $1,050 savings off the regular package price. Available for travel from November 1 through December 15.
The Catch Flights to Cape Town, which average about $1,200 from New York City in November, are not included.
The Details 212-246-7650 (mention the Bright Lights and Desert Luxury package); www.ejafrica.com
For general trip-planning information, see our South Africa Travel Guide.
The Luxury With 35 years of experience, Travel Beyond knows South Africa inside and out. Its top Cape Town hotel pick, the elegant Cape Grace, has a waterfront location and perks like car service and daily wine tastings. Antiques, crafts, and individually curated book collections decorate the 120 harbor- or marina-view rooms. The Signal restaurant serves local fare like snoek (a Cape fish) and springbok (gazelle); the Bascule Bar pours some 400 whiskeys. An on-site spa offers African-inspired treatments.
The Value Exclusive to readers from June 1 to August 31, Travel Beyond’s Cape Town Connoisseur package features a four-night stay at Cape Grace for the price of three, a guaranteed room upgrade, two tickets to Table Mountain and Robben Island (where the legendary political figure Nelson Mandela was imprisoned), and airport transfers. Rates start at $1,145/person (based on double occupancy) for the four-night stay.
The Catch Airfare (not included) averages about $1,900 round-trip from New York City in the summer.
The Details 800-823-6063; travelbeyond.com (code Smart Luxury)
From the spring/summer issue of Smart Luxury Travel magazine by ShermansTravel.com.
For general trip-planning information, see our Cape Town Travel Guide.
If you liked what you saw on the February 28th episode of the ABC TV series “The Bachelor,” where bachelor Brad Womack and the three remaining bachelorettes traveled to South Africa for a romantic safari, recreate it with a South African Tourism (www.southafrica.net) package that combines a game-viewing and Cape Town experience.
Brad, along with Chantal, Emily, and Ashley, explored the breathtaking landscape and abundant wildlife – lion, zebra, elephant, hippopotamus, giraffe – at the Lion Sands Private Game Reserve (www.lionsands.com), a reserve in the world-famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve that has been family-owned since 1933. The reserve features three lodges, The 1933 Lodge, where Brad stayed, and the Ivory Lodge and River Lodge (shown above at left), where the “fantasy suites” were located.
A diverse country, both in terms of its people and its attractions, South Africa has always been a first-rate vacation destination. Yet, stuck somewhere between a developed and developing nation, it has often been over looked by travelers. Now, with the country making moves to become a member of the global economy and its current stint in the limelight, thanks to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, we foresee it transforming into one serious vacation hot spot.
In preparation for hosting the World Cup, the South African government put millions of dollars into preparing its host cities for the expected hundreds of thousands of visitors. While financially, these renovations may leave the country in debt once the competition ends, the improvements will make the lives of tourists (and residents) easier for years to come. Now, it will be even easier and safer to experience South Africa’s beautiful landscapes, exciting safaris, serene beaches, and unique cultures – in style. Read more
As everyone’s eyes turn toward South Africa and the upcoming World Cup, prices are about to skyrocket and crowds soon to descend to the tip of the African continent. With the terrific deal we found, you can soak up some of the excitement before the hordes arrive, in high style. Cape Grace, a premier luxury hotel right at the heart of Cape Town’s bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, is offering a stellar pre-World Cup package. This special, seemingly expensive at $3,200, is in fact really well-priced, considering the iconic Cape Town experiences and exclusive perks that it includes. The package covers three nights in one of the luxury rooms at Cape Grace; a harbor cruise on Cape Grace’s own luxury yacht, Spirit of the Cape; a beach picnic on trendy Camps Bay Beach; a cable car up and rappel/hike down Table Mountain; a tour of local Constantia wineries in motorcycle sidecar; and a helicopter flip over Table Mountain. Apropos of the property: Winner of many awards, Cape Grace is a top Cape Town retreat, known for its outstanding service, the classic chic of its recently refashioned guestrooms and suites, and its top-notch facilities. Value-added elements include complimentary in-room Wi-Fi and chauffer transfers in a luxury BMW within a 12-mile radius of the hotel. The package is valid from April 1 till June 1, 2010.
See our Cape Town Travel Guide for more trip planning information.
While rumors are whirling that Cape Town hotels are booked solid for the World Cup, we’ve received word that Cape Town’s Radisson Blu Waterfront, a chic Beach Road resort with award-winning seaside bar, has available rooms in June and July – that’s prime game time.
The World Cup, the world’s biggest sporting event after the Olympic Games takes place this June 11 through July 11 (91 days away and counting); it’s also the first time an African country will host the soccer tournament. The Radisson Blu Waterfront is situated only about a mile from Greenpoint Stadium, one of two semi-final venues. All rooms have a nautical theme and sea or Table Mountain views. There’s a small infinity-edge, ocean-side pool, and Tobago’s, the hotel’s restaurant and bar, has a great, big terrace which has made it a hotspot for locals and tourists alike.
Granted, rates during this period have gone through the roof. Nightly rates at the Radisson Blu go for, ahem, $835/night (up from the usual $350/night) but inflated prices span across South Africa. At least here you get stunning views and free Wi-Fi and Nespresso machines . . . if that helps you rationalize it. South African Airways also still has availability on its direct flights from New York and Washington D.C.
For more info, see our Cape Town travel guide.
The Luxury Beachgoers hoping to avoid over crowded shores can experience this under-the-radar resort just 30 minutes’ drive away by car from Cape Town. As the buzz over chic designer hotels in Cape Town continues to surge, the award-winning Long Beach Resort offers a quieter retreat on nearly 5 miles of white-sand beach in the sleepy fishing village of Kommetjie, South Africa. Guests of the resort can catch their own crayfish (in season) and request that the chef prepare it for their dinner, take a stroll to a lighthouse, or whale-watch from a private deck in one of six luxury sea-view rooms. Read more
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