Best luxury hotels in South Africa 2022

It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countries in the world; from the Garden Route to Table Mountain, Kruger National Park, the Cape of Good Hope and the winelands of Stellenbosch, South Africa will take your breath away. You’ll need several weeks to cover plenty of ground in this diverse and expansive nation, but a self-guided city break to Cape Town, Durban, Joburg or Pretoria is also worth the effort. Accommodation in all of these locations is of a very high standard and you can choose from spacious, ultra-modern beach hotels, safari camps and large traditional estates.

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Taj Cape Town

Nestled in the middle of the city center on St George’s Mall, not far from all the most popular attractions, Taj Cape Town is a truly luxurious place to spend your stay. From the window you will have a beautiful view of Table Mountain and the city skyline. The restaurant offers the best Indian cuisine in Cape Town, as well as a renowned breakfast buffet. The Taj Cape Town also offers a library, gym, conference facilities and an indoor swimming pool with spa.

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One&Only Cape Town

One&Only is an upscale option for the discerning traveler. Located on the bustling waterfront with views of Table Mountain, this hotel is just a short walk from the Cape Town Diamond Museum. Each room at One&Only Cape Town features free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and a private balcony. Some also have kitchens, fireplaces and even a butler. The One & Only Cape Town features a famous Japanese restaurant as well as a swimming pool, spa and fitness centre.

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Belmont Mount Nelson Hotel

In the vein of a chic villa, this charming hotel is only 15 minutes from the center of Cape Town. With soft colors and marble fixtures in the bathrooms, the rooms at Belmont Mount Nelson offer a sumptuous experience. Some rooms offer Table Top Mountain views, balconies, four-poster beds, private kitchens, and even your own little backyard. Diners can enjoy a Mediterranean-style dinner or a British-style afternoon tea, as well as visit the gym, spa and two outdoor pools.

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The silo

The Silo is an option for those looking for something a little quirky and different, but equally luxurious: converted from an early 20th-century grain elevator, this hotel sits near the harbor with panoramic views on the mountain. Each room has unique décor and antique furniture, as well as a balcony, chandelier and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is free. Guests can enjoy the on-site spa and gym, as well as the rooftop restaurant and outdoor pool.

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Hotel du Cap Grace

Located on its own separate waterfront pier, off Nelson Mandela Boulevard, the Cape Grace Hotel offers rooms with balconies and period decor, as well as wonderful views of the pier and water. Every room has free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV, and more premium rooms include hot tubs and rooftop terraces. The Whiskey Bar has a cozy fireplace and the Library offers afternoon tea. There is also a gym, spa and heated outdoor pool.

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12 Apostles Hotel & Spa

Offering panoramic ocean views, 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa sits on the edge of Table Mountain National Park and right next to Oudekraal Beach. Each room is uniquely styled and features a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi, as well as a balcony and terrace. The most premium rooms have an ocean view and a private living room. Parking and breakfast are free for all guests, as is the shuttle to the waterfront, 12 km away. Diners can sample food at two luxury restaurants, one of which is open 24 hours a day, as well as visit the spa, gym, bar, garden, screening room and outdoor pool.

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Ellerman House

Converted from an Edwardian-era mansion, Ellerman House boasts stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and coastline. It is right next to Clifton Beach and only a few miles from Cape Town city center and Table Mountain National Park. Each room has underfloor heating, a flat-screen TV and a minibar. The most upscale rooms have balconies, antique furniture, and ocean views, plus private living rooms and dining areas. The villas include a private pool and your own staff. Parking, breakfast, and shuttle are free for every guest, as well as pantry and evening cocktails. The restaurant offers cuisine that comes straight from farm to table. You can also enjoy the spa, the art gallery and the outdoor swimming pool.

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Johannesburg

Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa

Famous as the property Nelson Mandela stayed in after his release from prison, it is the place where he put the finishing touches to his autobiography. It was then a private family home, now it is a boutique hotel with 10 acres of land, an infinity pool and a spa. Even after this change in ownership, it was visited by the President of South Africa – a suite was named and designed in his honor. The hotel and spa have a modern and stylish African theme. Guests enjoy 24-hour butler service and can dine at two restaurants, both serving authentic local cuisine.

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Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff

The village of Westcliff is an affluent area and it is here that the Four Seasons have established their hotel. Located on a hill and surrounded by gardens, fountains and courtyards, the accommodation is elegant, with classic notes and nods to African culture. The restaurant, Flames, serves fine, regionally inspired dishes (including braai dishes) and has a terrace with stunning views. There’s also an open-air spa lounge, where guests can order lighter bites and healthy dishes. The spa itself offers seamless relaxation experiences, with a dreamy 25-meter adult-only pool. Families have their own swimming pool to enjoy, as well as excellent facilities for children.

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Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

Located in the Morningside area of ​​the city, Fairlawns (formerly a mansion) places guests a little further from the center in a leafy residential area. The 42 suites and the large villa make up the guest accommodation, with a warm and contemporary look. Meanwhile, the spa area has a Balinese theme, with Asian-inspired treatments. Outside, a pool is flanked by plush loungers and tropical-style foliage. On the dining side, guests can choose from gourmet restaurants Amuse-Bouche, Manor House Bistro, Into the Woods and Muse Champagne Room, the latter created in association with French champagne house Perrier-Jouët.

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Sandton Sun

A popular choice for business travelers looking for a prime downtown location, this large property offers 326 rooms and suites, as well as an in-house convention center and direct access to the Sandton Mall. Those who book the upper bedroom level enjoy split-level accommodation with a private jacuzzi, bar and outdoor dining area. The rooftop pool and spa provide an opportunity to relax and unwind, while a rooftop restaurant, Jozi-style fine dining, Library Lounge and another bar offer food and drink from high quality. Guests of the five-star hotel also have access to a gym, a free shuttle to the Gautrain station, and a three-hour laundry service.

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The Franschhoek Residence

Set on 30 acres of private grounds, this five-star hotel is flanked by majestic mountains, with a backdrop of Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz vineyards, olive groves and plum orchards. The main building houses 11 suites designed for couples, while five other suites for families and groups are housed on the grounds. Each has been individually decorated by Liz Biden, incorporating large mirrors, chandeliers hanging from wood-beamed ceilings, exotic antiques, and velvet and silk textiles. Dining is also sumptuous at La Residence and is either formally served in the Grand Hall or alfresco in Persian Alley. The hotel also has an award-winning spa.

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The French Quarter

As the name suggests, this boutique property has strong French connections, as evidenced by the classic, fresh approach to room decor. Its restaurant, Protégé, offers a trendy dining experience, with small plates with Asian, French and Italian influences. Diners can watch the chefs at work via the central open kitchen from within, or enjoy balmy South African evenings with a meal on the terrace. Guests can also enjoy a meal in the intimate Épice. Leeu Spa by Healing Earth offers wellness treatments using local natural resources, such as the Pinotage grape, which contains many therapeutic properties.

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House Leeu

Leeu House is a sister hotel in the French Quarter, enjoying access to the same holistic wellness sanctuary and gym. It’s located in the center of the village and has its own casual restaurant, The Conservatory – a bright, glass-ceilinged building, with an additional alfresco dining and drinking terrace. The building looks very much like a contemporary country retreat, with a quaint white facade, a crackling fire in the lounge bar, a convivial pool, and individually decorated rooms with carpeting in natural hues. It has just 12 rooms, guaranteeing a five-star boutique experience.

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