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Victoria and Alfred WaterfrontVictoria and Alfred Waterfront – Image courtesy of Damien du Toit/WC

Introducing Cape Town

Experience an exciting choice of honeymoon options in Cape Town – one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Surrounded by stunning white-sand beaches and overlooked by the massive Table Mountain, South Africa’s oldest city mixes a rich cultural heritage with an easygoing and laid-back nature.

With a choice of world-class shopping, fine dining restaurants and accommodation options to satisfy the most demanding holidaymaker, Cape Town has all the ingredients you need for an unforgettable South African honeymoon or romantic getaway holiday.

What to do and see in Cape Town

Unwind on a choice of trendy Cape Town beaches, including Cape Town’s most exclusive beach resort, Camps Bay, or drive out of town to find a more secluded spot at Boulders Beach or Llandudno Beach.

Away from the beaches, Cape Town offers a variety of attractions: hike or ride the scenic cable car to the top of Table Mountain; examine the cell where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned at notorious Robben Island; stroll beside a showcase of South African flora at the colourful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens; and relax in some of the country’s best best-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture while savouring award-winning wines at nearby Winelands.

Enjoy panoramic vistas of False Bay and the Hottentots Holland Mountains from the lookout at Cape Point, a dramatic rock that juts into the Atlantic. Then stroll through a choice of nature trails in the Table Mountain National Park until you reach the Cape of Good Hope – the southwestern-most point of the continent.

Make the most of Cape Town’s surrounding rugged landscape, where you can go surfing, scuba diving, sailing, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and sky diving.

Browse for African curios and unique souvenirs at one of the city’s splendid open-air markets or at the restored Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, which offers a wide variety of shops and arts and crafts markets, as well as free entertainment, museums, taverns and restaurants.

Where to stay in Cape Town

Cape Town offers an excellent choice of accommodation options to suit most honeymoon budgets, including the following 5-star hotels…

One & Only Cape TownOne & Only Cape Town
Location: V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD839 per room
Description: Situated on the V&A Waterfront, this luxury hotel boasts panoramic views of Table Mountain. It has an outdoor infinity pool, a sun-lounger terrace and a spa. Free Wi-Fi is available. One&Only Cape Town offers elegant rooms and suites with a private balcony. Rooms also have a tea/coffee maker and a TV with a DVD player. Each marble bathroom features a rain shower and a separate bath. Guests can unwind at the spa, which offers a sauna and a range of massages. There is also a modern gym, and a movie and game lounge. The hotel has several dining options such as the Nobu restaurant which serves Japanese cuisine. There are a range of activities for children including fully-supervised programs, a computer area, and a secure garden area. One&Only is just a 2 km walk from the Cape Town International Convention Center and 22 km from Cape Town International Airport.

Cape Grace Hotel & SpaCape Grace Hotel & Spa
Location:West Quay, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD682 per room
Description: Situated in the centre of Cape Town's vibrant V&A Waterfront, this boutique hotel offers elegant rooms with limited free Wi-Fi. Facilities include a spa with panoramic views of Table Mountain and the marina. Rooms at Cape Grace Hotel have a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an iPod docking station, a private bar with deli snacks, and an en suite marble bathroom. All rooms have views of the yacht marina or the harbour. The award-winning Signal Restaurant serves South African cuisine and international dishes, made with fresh seasonal products. Bascule Bar at Cape Grace features over 500 whiskies and a number of fine Cape wines. The Cape Grace Spa offers African-inspired treatments, using locally harvested products and ancient methods. The fitness studio features stunning views of the V&A Waterfront. From Cape Grace, it is a 5-minute drive to the Metropolitan Golf Club. Guests can make use of the hotel’s luxury BMW transfer service, which is free within a 10 km radius.

Belmond Mount Nelson HotelBelmond Mount Nelson Hotel
Location: 76 Orange Street, Cape Town
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD518 per room
Description: Nestled on a lush garden estate in the heart of the city, this luxurious hotel is an icon of Cape Town and committed to excellent 5-star quality and service. Just a stone’s throw from Company Gardens, the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is a tranquil oasis in the bustling city centre. Enjoy the hotel’s famous afternoon tea on the terrace or have a swim in one of the pools. Extensive wellness facilities, including a tennis court, ensure a truly memorable stay. Each of the Belmond Mount Nelson's accommodation wings has its own character, with private gardens and facilities. Order in room service and take in the elegance of your room. Marble bathrooms and specially designed furniture make each unit an exclusive retreat after a long day. Guests can dine at the contemporary Planet Restaurant and Bar or enjoy lunch at the interactive Chef's Table, offering fine cuisine and wines. Oasis Bistro serves local and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle transfer to the V&A Waterfront and the scheduled times are available at the reception. Explore the city’s highlights, including Table Mountain and Robben Island. The multilingual concierge staff is happy to take care of your requests.

The Table Bay HotelThe Table Bay Hotel
Location: Quay 6, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD443 per room
Description: The Table Bay Hotel is a 5-star luxury hotel situated at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. It boasts beautiful views of the working harbor, Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. It features a pool and a spa. Each air-conditioned room comes equipped with a minibar, flat-screen satellite TV and tea-and-coffee-making facilities. The private bathroom includes a bath and shower with free toiletries. Enjoy locally inspired and sourced gourmet meals at the Camissa brasserie. The Atlantic Grill serves daily breakfast and high tea is available in the afternoon. The Camelot Spa offers a number of spa treatments, holistic care, laser therapy and a gym. A complimentary shuttle service is available to transport guests within a 5 km radius of the hotel. Free WiFi is available in the hotel rooms. The Cape Town International Airport is a 30-minute drive from the property.

Victoria & Alfred HotelVictoria & Alfred Hotel
Location: Waterfront Pierhead, Cape Town
Rating: 4-star
Ave nightly price: AUD355 per room
Description: Right on the V&A Waterfront, this 4-star hotel offers a walk-in wine cellar and a terrace with a bar. Rooms include LCD TVs and overlook the Alfred Basin or Table Mountain. All rooms, suites and lofts at Hotel Victoria & Alfred have king beds, a minibar and a private bathroom with bathrobes. Free coffee, herbal teas and cookies are also available. Hotel V&A’s OYO Restaurant serves rich breakfast and fine cuisine on a dockside terrace with harbor views. It specializes in seafood and cocktails, and on special nights, guests can enjoy live music performances. The surrounding area provides ample shopping and entertainment opportunities, from craft markets and to movie theaters and amphitheaters. The Robben Island ferry departs from next to the hotel. Guests can use the hotel's pool, which is across the street. Victoria & Alfred Hotel provides 24-hour security, and Wi-Fi and parking are both free of charge.

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Best time to visit Cape Town

The best time for a Cape Town honeymoon is any time. However, the most popular time for holidaymakers is during the summer months between December and March, when the average maximum temperature hovers at 26°C and the famous (but often fierce) southeasterly wind known as ‘Cape Doctor’ brings a welcome breeze.

Latest update about this honeymoon destination: 17 May, 2017


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