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cape town: five ways to treat yourself in cape town

cape town city guide

As if being in a city flanked by beaches (from two different oceans, no less) and based around an anomaly of a mountain isn’t enough of a treat, here are some ways to go that extra hedonistic mile:

Librisa Spa

Officially part of the classic Mount Nelson Hotel, the Librisa Spa is actually housed in a row of Victorian houses – it almost looks like its own quaint little street. The pink, cherry blossom-esque reception provides a Zen entrance to its eight treatment rooms and colonial conservatory. If time is not of the essence, go for a hot river stone massage followed by an 80-minute Bouquet or African Goddess facial. Quick fixes include the distress express massage and the focus facial. Also includes a gentlemen’s spa and treatments for teens and kids. If you're hungry and fancy a bit of Old-World charm, be sure to indulge in the hotel’s popular high tea, or for night owls the Planet Champagne bar is a bit of a cocktail hotspot.

Camps Bay Retreat

Tucked away in a quiet and enviable residential area of Camps Bay, this luxury hotel and spa mixes a French country vineyard feel with accents of The Jungle Book. Check-in, breakfast, the spa, some rooms and other shared facilities are in the Earls Dyke Manor, surrounded by lush gardens and offering a wonderful terrace for dining and superb ocean views. Cross the dyke via the suspension bridge to the more contemporary Deck House where rooms have private decks overlooking the ocean. Some spa treatments are available by the pool – manicure anyone?


On our trip it was pretty much a unanimous recommendation among locals (including cricketer Justin Kemp) – Bukhara is the best Indian, and quite possibly the best restaurant in town. In recent times it hasn’t been receiving the best reviews for service, but what you're really paying for are the exquisite North Indian curries it is famous for (and compared to some other tables in town, you will pay dearly). Since you’re already splashing out, make sure to tuck into the extensive wine list or the cigar menu. 

33 Church Street

+27 21 424 0000


De Waterkant

Save some room on your credit card after your trip to the V&A Waterfront for the picturesque streets of the quaint yet hip De Waterkant district. De Waterkant Village boasts interior design shops that will make you wish you had extra luggage (or a spare shipping crate) and the Cape Quarter al fresco-style shopping precinct is full of boutique designers, galleries and dining options.


Huey Heli Tour

If you haven’t heard of the mammoth Huey helicopters, Bit Torrent Apocalypse Now before going on your mission. There are a few different operators offering Huey heli-tours, with a variety of tours to take in surrounding sites such as the wine regions, Twelve Apostles or Cape Point. An alternative is the Table Mountain cable car, but it’s not quite the same thing.


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