10 things to do in Cape Town
Cape Town is one of the world's most diverse and engaging cities. Perched right at the tip of the African continent, this cosmopolitan hub is an exciting destination for any discerning traveller. Whether you want to explore the burgeoning art scene, immerse yourself in history or enjoy outstanding natural beauty, a luxury holiday to the 'Mother City' will not disappoint.
At ITC Luxury Travel we have decades of experience delivering luxury holidays to South Africa and, with a recently opened Cape Town office, our 'on the ground' knowledge is second to none. We certainly know an outstanding hotel in an ideal location when we see one and the luxurious One&Only Cape Town is just that. At the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (the place to see and be seen in trendy Cape Town), this is a superb base from which to take in some of the city's highlights. Interested? Well, sit back and let us show you around...
1. Explore Table Mountain
Possibly the most iconic landmark in all of South Africa, this striking mountain provides a dramatic backdrop to Cape Town's bustling city centre. There are over 350 trails that lead to its summit, some more challenging than others, meaning everyone can find a route to suit them. If you're after a speedier ascent, however, the cable car is a perfect option, with sublime views of the city to enjoy as you ride. True daredevils can even abseil down the mountain!
Guests of One&Only Cape Town can enjoy some spectacular views of Table Mountain from the comfort of the hotel. Vista Bar, where you can experience the best afternoon tea in Cape Town, looks out onto the natural wonder, as do many guestrooms and suites. Ask your Travel Specialist about a Marina Rise room when booking to guarantee a stunning view.
2. Take in a Test Match
Early January 2016 will see England's cricketers arrive in Cape Town to face their second Test against South Africa. Book your tickets now, because while the UK will be in a mid-winter post-Christmas slump, it will be the height of summer in Cape Town! For those who are dreaming of combining premium sporting experiences with a once in a lifetime holiday, why not think about attending the Tests with ITC Sports Travel? Our passionate sports tour operator provides itineraries that take in the wonders of your destination, as well as all the action of the cricket across South Africa. Those on an ITC Sports Travel Platinum Tour to Cape Town this winter will be staying at One&Only Cape Town, where else?
3. Dine at celebrity chef Rueben Riffel's restaurant
Cape Town is positively over-flowing with choice when it comes to mouth-watering cuisine. Don't miss the chance to enjoy an exquisite meal right on your doorstep at Reuben's, though. The One&Only Cape Town's signature restaurant is overseen by popular celebrity chef Reuben Riffel. We hear the Springbok Loin with majool dates is particularly good!
4. Tour the city from above
Cape Town is even more stunning from the air, so why not journey on a short 'hopper' helicopter tour to take in the city's scale and beauty? See the marina, beaches, sports stadiums and more in just 15 minutes! Short helicopter tours leave regularly from the V&A Waterfront, and the One&Only Cape Town concierge will be happy to book a flight for you.
5. Spoil yourself on a spa day
The One&Only Spa is marooned on its own island. You won't believe you're moments away from the trendy, bustling Waterfront in this tranquil oasis. Amongst its many accolades, this indulgent spa complex has just been awarded SpaFinder Best Spa in Africa for the third consecutive year running! There is so much to see in Cape Town, but a signature spa ritual here is worth making time for.
6. Take in the art scene on a personally guided tour
Exclusive to guests of the hotel, One&Only Cape Town Art Tours offer an excellent way to explore the exciting world of South African art. Guided by João Ferreira - a leading figure in the country's art scene who opened the first contemporary art gallery in Cape Town in 1998 - these tours will take in the city's many museums, galleries and studios, with an itinerary tailored to your own interests. With tour groups of between just two and six people, this is a highly exclusive treat for any collector or art-enthusiast.
7. Shopping on the V&A Waterfront
In 2014 Cape Town was the World Design Capital, and the city's many local artisans, creatives and entrepreneurs make shopping here a real treat. Explore one of the bustling markets, or wonder through the Watershed, which houses many independent retailers offering original jewellery, batiks, ceramics and much more. After you've shopped your heart out, you might like to stop for a bite at one of the Waterfront's many fantastic eateries.
8. Be dazzled by diamonds
Explore the history and science behind the world's most expensive and sought after gem at the Cape Town Diamond Museum. From the fascinating history of diamond mining in South Africa, to a glittering display detailing the world's largest and most expensive gems, this museum - again located on the Waterfront - is a 'must see' for jewellery lovers and geologists alike!
9. Head to the beach
The Clifton area is often described as Cape Town's answer to Saint Tropez, and with its sensational sandy beaches and clear waters attracting luxury yachts to its shores, it is isn't hard to see why. Watersports enthusiasts will be happy to know there is great surf to be found here, just a short drive from the city centre. Take time out of your urban escape with a day trip to Clifton and enjoy some barefoot luxury on the South African sands.
10. Robben Island
A visit to South Africa wouldn't be complete without taking in some of the country's troubled history. Robben Island is accessible by ferry from the V&A Waterfront and stands as a testament to the strength of the human spirit even in the most hopeless circumstances. Tour guides inside the prison are former political prisoners, who will give you a remarkable insight into the realities of Apartheid. Pre-booking is often necessary for these tours, something our Concierge service at ITC Luxury Travel can help you with.
Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. We could list 100 things to do in Cape Town and there would still be more to say! But whether it's as a first base on your way to safari or for a luxury South Africa holiday in its own right, you can't go wrong with a stay at One&Only Cape Town.
Call our Travel Specialists on 01244 355 600 or start a web chat now to begin planning a bespoke experience you'll never forget.