Luxury Hotel Khayelitsha

Bulelani and Annette Skaap. Image: Facebook

First township luxury hotel: Khayelitsha couple to make history

Cape Town’s Khayelitsha will become the first township to open a luxury hotel in the hood: The Spade Boutique Hotel and Spa.

Luxury Hotel Khayelitsha

Bulelani and Annette Skaap. Image: Facebook

A Cape Town couple has confirmed a historical date. The locally-raised duo Annette and Bulelani Skaap will open Mzansi’s first luxury hotel in the township of Khayelitsha on 5 December.


Former flight attendant Annette Skaap, and her leading businessman husband Bulelani “Ace” are putting the final touches ahead of the monumental day.

The couple will launch Mzansi’s very first luxury hotel in Khayelitsha on 5 December 2021. The Skaap’s will open The Spade Boutique Hotel and Spa, which is rated as a four-star accommodation.

Ace needs no introduction in what is one of SA’s biggest townships. He enjoys proven a track record in the business and entertainment lane, thanks to his ventures of Kwa-Ace Lounge, Kwa Ace Kitchen and Kwa-Ace Eparkin which have all become popular tourist attractions for local and international travellers.

“We are pleased to introduce our new business expansion with the development of our first luxury hotel, The Spade Boutique Hotel, and Spa,” Annette said via Business Insider.

“With this hotel, we wish to accommodate our guests, local and international, to experience the other side of Cape Town and more beyond the city. We wish for our guests to leave with an incredible South African experience that will stay with them forever.

“This project has been in the making since 2018 but was derailed by the global pandemic, Covid-19, which has affected the global and business community,” Annette added.


Cape Town’s iconic Protea Victoria Junction Hotel is the latest casualty of COVID-19’s impact on the local tourism sector.

Last year Cape Town said goodbye to one of its Hilton Hotels. The city is now losing another one of its hospitality stalwarts – The Victoria Junction Hotel.

The hotel, located in the city’s popular De Waterkant area, was managed by Marriott international which has decided to hand the property back to its owners.