Whether your dream is to watch the sun come up from the floating basket of a hot-air balloon, or to watch it go down while drinking gin and tonic in the bush, you will find a boutique hotel or Chic Retreat in South Africa that will make that dream come true. Whatever you want from a trip of a lifetime, you’ll find it in this beautiful, varied country. Want to lie on white sand and swim in turquoise waters? South Africa has 3,000km of coastline to explore.
Want to encounter an ancient culture? You can fossil hunt for traces of dinosaurs in the Eastern Free State or walk with the Kalahari bushmen in the desert. Want to sample fine wine and meet the men and women who made it? South Africa has more than 100,000 hectares under vine. From close-ups of lions and elephants to wide shots of sweeping plains and dramatic mountains, from smiling faces to landmark buildings, the images you capture in your camera in South Africa will remain as lifetime memories. South Africa is home to many of the world’s finest boutique hotels, luxury lodges and safari camps. Spectacular places to stay where you may be sung a traditional greeting on arrival and will certainly be looked after with the warm friendliness that is South African hospitality. Whether it’s a dinner eaten on your lap while huddled around an open fire, or a lunch served at a private table under ancient acacias in the bush, you will eat some unforgettable meals. From barbecued T-bones fresh off the braai to exquisite cuisine prepared by world-class chefs. As you journey along the Garden Route from Mossel Bay to Plettenberg Bay you will pass vineyards dotted with timeless white Dutch gabled houses, secluded beaches and ancient indigenous forest and you will enjoy this breathtaking scenery from the luxury of coastal Chic Retreats where you can enjoy pummeling massages under outdoor gazebos or sip cocktails while watching dramatic sunsets.
And then there is Cape Town. The place to truly experience the warmth and vibrancy of this Rainbow Nation - a country with 11 official languages in which to say “welcome”. Cape Town is one of the most magnificent cities in the world. Nestled at the foot of the iconic Table Mountain, with a stylish waterfront and pristine beaches, you will find activities to keep you busy from dawn to … well … dawn. It is a city that never sleeps: by day you can take a cable car up Table Mountain for a bird’s eye view of the city, dive with sharks, visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated, or shop at the V&A Waterfront; by night you can listen to jazz in the crypt of a cathedral, watch theatre, cabaret or comedy or dance the night away at a glitzy club or hipster hangout. And when you do decide to rest your head you can be sure to find a Chic Retreat or boutique hotel that serves up the right combination of luxury and local colour.
Whether you are an epicurean or an eco-warrier, a nature-lover or a city slicker you’ll find a South African boutique hotel to inspire you.