Hotel, Guest House, B&B

Ilali Guest House

Ilali Guest House It was never my dream to open a B&B,' says Hannia Weber, her deep-plum shirt offsetting the turquoise and yellow walls of her newly opened ilali Guest House in Jo’burg’s Parktown North, ‘My husband bought the house and we thought, “What do we do with it now?” Initially the couple had intentions to live in it, attracted as they were by the mature garden, the secluded...

The Concierge Boutique Bungalows and Freedom Cafe

The Concierge Boutique Bungalows and Freedom Cafe When Durban ad agency head and go-to guy Neil Roake invested in a row of 1920s bungalows behind hot Greyville watering hole Bean Bag Bohemia last year, heritage watchdogs sat up. But they’re lying down again, as meek as the moulded-plastic dachshunds that greet visitors at the entrance to what is now The Concierge Boutique Bungalows and Feedom Café. The dachsies typify...

&Beyond

&Beyond There Can’t Be Many getaways more luxurious than a private lodge set deep in the African wilderness. &Beyond’s gracious sole-use villas provide both an exceptional bush experience and a pampering holiday. Situated in some of the most beautiful parts of Africa, such as Kwandwe, Phinda, Madikwe and Sabi Sand game reserves, each villa promises privacy, comfort and...

Ivory Tree Game Lodge

Ivory Tree Game Lodge Nestled Deep in the Pilanesberg National Park and surrounded by riverine woodlands and elephant trails lies Ivory Tree Game Lodge, an exclusive 60 000-hectare retreat. Recently refurbished to the highest standards, the Lodge boasts a spa a pool, bar, conference facilities and a boma. The reserve is home to the Big Five - lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. Getting...

Views Boutique Hotel & Spa

Views Boutique Hotel & Spa It’s an ideal base from which to explore the Garden Route. The view takes first prize, whether taken in from bed or bath in any one of the 22 glass-walled suites. Indulge in a Rasul treatment at the spa, then head to the rooftop deck for a dip in the pool, cocktail in hand, before enjoying a fine dinner at Foam. Or sit on the deck at Sails, where you might spot a whale...

Grand Dedale Country House

Grand Dedale Country House Not only is the extensively revamped manor house situated among pretty vineyards and dramatic mountains, but the accommodation is splendid. Magnificently appointed suites; excellent food prepared from local, in-season ingredients; an owner-manager couple who between them have decades of hospitality-industry experience, attentive staff, and complimentary canapes at sundown.

MannaBay Fine Boutique Hotel

MannaBay Fine Boutique Hotel Vredehoek means ‘corner of peace’ in Afrikaans, which is apt as this Cape Town suburb is home to MannaBay Fine Boutique Hotel, a grand new spot that exudes sophistication and serenity in equal measures. The property sits at the foot of Table Mountain, and was designed to make the best of the spectacular views overlooking the city, V&A Waterfront, the harbour and...

The Saxon Hotel And Spa

The Saxon Hotel And Spa A few minutes from frenetic Sandton, the Saxon is one of the world’s leading boutique hotels, and at its heart is its award-winning spa. Hotel regulars and stressed-out Jo’burgers return again and again for the discreet service in private gazebos and the full menu of treatments, from a bouquet of hydrotherspies to massages, customised facials and other exclusive pampering...

Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve

Tswalu Kalahari If the notion of roaming across Tswalu’s 100 000 hectares of private Kalahari landscape isn’t appealing enough, the glamour and relaxed charm of the reserve’s three lodges meet every criterion the most picky guest could concoct. The food, decor and personal touches ensure that the Oppenheimers’ paradise is very much worthy of billionaires. And that’s before we mention the...

Granite Suites, Londolozi Game Reserve

Granite Suites, Londolozi The granite rocks that flank the three private suites give the Granite Suites camp its name. Chic interiors reflect the rocky extrusion in soft tones of elephant grey and silver, and all the luxurious suites have picture windows and doors that open onto arresting views of the peaceful Sand River, which is often visited by herds of elephant. Game drives and bush walks will...

Singita Sweni Lodge

Singita Sweni Lodge This luxury lodge hugs the edge of the Sweni River and is elevated on stilts with timber decks. The result is that even when you’re indoors, you have the sensation of being close to the river and trees. The decor has been carefully created to bring in the textures and shades of the bush, while the six intimate suites are designed with open-plan living in mind and feature...

The Homestead

The Homestead With your own chef, butler and ranger on hand in this sole-use villa, you call all the shots as to how you want to take advantage of Phinda Private Game Reserve, which features no less than seven distinct habitats and excellent. Big Five-spotting opportunities. The Homestead’s interiors are inspired by the surroundings and the area’s Zulu heritage and open out onto decks...

Shamwari Townhouse

Shamwari Townhouse This lavish Art-Deco revival exemplifies all that separates the boutique hotel experience from a chain one. The seven suites are individually decorated with fastidious adherence to Art-Deco design. Mirrored surfaces, tactile fabrics, bold colours and lots of chrome give it a sophisticated look, while the attentive service, luxurious beds and super-sized bathrooms will...

Oyster Box Hotel

Oyster Box Hotel The moment you step through the impressive revolving door at the entrance to The Oyster Box, it becomes clear that the recent renovation of this grande dame of a hotel is nothing short of breathtaking. From the conservatory-like Palm Court to the sumptuous Garden Villa suites, the decor oozes glamour -yet retains an old-fashioned charm. The extensive art collection and...

The Owner’s Cottage

The Owner’s Cottage Set on the 300-year-old Grande Provence Estate in the heart of the Franschhoek wine lands, The Owner’s Cottage is a supremely luxurious five-star hideaway. Four en-suite rooms and a honeymoon suite combine contemporary decor with the latest technology. To ensure total comfort and privacy, there’s also a conservatory lounge, swimming pool and secluded Jacuzzi with a view...