South Africa has some pretty amazing luxury hotels. While most of us locals can only dream of staying at these posh places, having a bit of foreign coin certainly helps when it comes to picking an overseas holiday destination.
Whether you’re looking for a city break – with option escape to the wilderness – or whether staying in the bush is more your thing, South Africa’s got it all.
Sometimes, we do like to dream, though. So, we’ve put together this little list, using a number of sources from around the web, to five you a little peak at some of South Africa’s best luxury hotels.
We’ve included the price per person per night*, you know, just in case…
*Prices taken from the official websites and from aggregator sites around the web. All prices are correct at the time of writing, please note, seasonal increases might apply.
Nestled between Cape Town’s working harbour and the hustle and bustle of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the Cape Grace is one of the most popular hotels for tourists visiting South Africa. The ultimate in luxury.
Price: From ZAR 11 000 per night
Snuggly sitting at the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains and only 270km from Cape Town, Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve has views for days. There’s also a spa and wellness centre, heated outdoor swimming pool and lush garden.
Price: From ZAR 5900 per night
Another hotel located smack bang in the vibrant playground of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the One & Only is the ultimate in five-star luxury, within walking distance of the V&A Waterfront and stone’s thorw from Cape Town’s city centre.
Price: From ZAR 9000 per night
All the amenities at some of the city’s more expensive hotels – for a fraction of the price. Most rooms and suites have a balcony as well as a marble bathroom with a rainshower and large bath tub. Guests can also enjoy complimentary access to the sauna, steam room and heated lap pool in the Jiva Grande Spa.
Price: From ZAR 3500 per night
If views are what you’re after, the award-winning Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is what you want. Located above the Atlantic Ocean, flanked by the majestic Twelve Apostles and Table Mountain, the views do not get any better than this.
Price: From ZAR 2 976 per night
The Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is the most iconic luxury hotel in Cape Town. Surrounded by a lush garden with Table Mountain inviting you to come out and play, the Mount Nelson has something for everyone.
Price: From ZAR 3800 per night
Located in Johannesburg’s suburb of Sandhurst with three restaurants, free WiFi, and free parking, the Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa is African elegance personified. It’s ideal for solo travellers and expert staff will be able to advise on all that the City of Gold has to offer.
Price: From ZAR 9400 per night
The Oyster Box has long been associated with the pinnacle of plush in Durban. With gorgeous sea views and located in the heart of Umhlanga Rocks, this is a great all-round option for those visiting Durban.
Price: From ZAR 4700 per night
Away from the hustle and bustle of South Africa’s cities, there’s a whole world to explore and The Plettenberg offers a taste of that. A five-star hotel built on a rocky headland, just a wo minute walk away from the beach, guests can spot dolphins and whales, and enjoy breathtaking views of the sea and mountains right from the comfort of their own rooms.
Price: From ZAR 4050 per night
On KwaZulu-Natal’s famous Dolphin Coast under a lush forest canopy, you will find Zimbali – Zulu for ‘valley of flowers”. Five minutes from the bustling holiday town of Balit, the lodge offers easy access to the province’s best attractions, without all the heaving crowds.
Price: From ZAR 2496 per night
Another one of Cape Town’s top spots, in a perfect location. Ten minutes from Cape Town Stadium and the Waterfront, these beautiful and bright rooms come with free wi-fi while guests can also take a plunge in the rooftop pool during those hot summer days. From up top, the views are quite something.
Price: From ZAR 2 400 per night
Stretched over 105 000 hectars of wilderness, this lodge is all about exlusivity. No more than thirty guests can be accomodated at this exlusive retreat which boasts with scenic landscape, its rich wildlife and the vastness of one of the country’s last significant territories.
Price: From ZAR 14 500 per night
Whether it’s your first time in the bush or whether you’re an old hand, Ngala offers twice daily game drives, bush walks and safaris. Cottages offer options for solo travellers or whole families.
Price: From ZAR 7380 per night
Grande Roche is located on a working farm in the Cape’s winelands. Perfect for those who want to stay out of the city – but not miss out on all the attractions. Just 45 minutes away from the city centre, the hotel boasts with beautiful gardens and award-winning cuisine. And, of course, it’s ideally situated for those who like to indulge in a bit of tipple on the Cape’s famous wine route.
Price: From ZAR 3300 per night
The Garden Route has so much to offer and the Peluza makes it easy for you to do just that. The hotel offers a curated list of experiences in the one, three and five our category, all rfelcting on a local take on culture, art, food, and adventure.
Price: From ZAR 2600 per night
This is the epitome of seeing wildlife in luxury. The lodge stands steadfast amongst enormous trees on the banks of the Sand River in the heart of South Africa’s “big cat country”. The suites offer open spaces which will make you feel connected with nature while still lapping up the luxury.
Price: From ZAR 27 000 per night
Website: Ebony Lodge
With 14 000 hectares and expert guides to take you through the experience, guests can see diverse wildlife including cheetah, hyena, warthog and the occasional wild dog, as well as abundant bird and plant life.
Price: From ZAR 8300 per night
Nestled in the heart of the Constantia Valley in Cape Town this, hotel offers luxurious rooms with views across its world-renowned gardens and vineyards. Two award-winning restaurants and two swimming pools are also on-site.
Price: From ZAR 3200 per night
The hint is in the name. It might be the cheapest option on our list, but that doesn’t mean this hotel compromises on excellence. Snuggly squeezed in the heart of the Garden Route, Views Hotel offers luxury suites with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. There are indoor and outdoor pools while Wilderness National Park is five minutes’ walk away.
Price: From ZAR 1 500 per night