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Cape Town Accommodation Specials

The lowdown on the Mother City’s winter hotel specials and holiday packages 

Updated 26 May 2017

Though most are convinced that summer is the best time to visit Cape Town, the colder season is a particularly great time to touch down on Mother City soil too, not least because of the many awesome accommodation specials on offer.

That is, during the chilly spell, a number of hotels and guest houses in Cape Town and the surrounding areas are generous enough to slash their prices and offer brilliant value-for-money deals for those looking for a little getaway. So, we’ve rounded up a few of these stayover specials for you to check out so you can go check in somewhere tip-top this season.

2017 CAPE TOWN ACCOMMODATION SPECIALS

Aquila Private Game Reserve Safari and Spa
This 10 000- hectare reserve, which is only two hours away from the Mother City, is not only home to the Big Five but to a four-star lodge too. And over the winter period, this stylish property is running an accommodation special that makes it that much easier (on the pocket) to experience a traditional African safari. Enjoy an overnight Aquila Lodge stay including welcoming drinks, buffet meals, a game drive and 30 minute massage at the newly opened Aquila Safari Spa. It will cost you R1995 per person for Premier Lodge Rooms and R1590 per person for Standard Lodge Rooms. Valid with direct bookings made on +27(0)21 430 7260 or res@aquilasafari.com only. Valid for arrivals from 1 June to 31 July 2017. The offer includes a 30 minute spa massage as per the spa menu.


Booking info: It will cost you R1995 per person for front facing rooms and R1590 per person for back facing rooms. Valid with direct bookings made on +27(0)21 430 7260 or res@aquilasafari.com only. Valid for arrivals from 1 June to 31 July 2017. The offer includes a 30 minute spa massage as per the spa menu.
R46 | South Street | Touws River | +27(0)21 430 726

Boschendal Wine Estate
Find your way to the historic Boschendal Wine Estate, nestled in the picturesque Drakensberg Valley (between Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl) in the Western Cape. The Estate, best known for its award-winning vino, delectable food and fresh produce has added a series of opulent accommodation offerings to its repertoire. Guests are able to stay in the Grand Cape Dutch-style houses and old farm labourers’ units scattered throughout the estate, with many of these being restored, refurbished and converted into stunning cottages that comprise of four different types: the Rhodes Cottages, the Werf and Clarence Cottages, and the Orchard Cottages. The farm’s flagship accommodation, Rhodes Cottage, was designed by renowned architect Sir Herbert Baker, accommodating up to six people in the main cottage, and four in the annexed garden cottages. The Werf and Clarence Cottages, situated a little closer to the hive of activity on the farm, are perfect for food and wine enthusiasts. The Orchard Cottages, are a series of thirteen self-catering units, sleep between two and eight people and are perfect for groups of friends or family wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

Booking info: Boschendal offers 30% discount on Sunday to Thursday stays in the Werf or Orchard cottages from 1 May until 30 September 2017. Email accommodation@boschendal.co.za or call  +27 (0) 21 8704290
Boschendal Estate | Helshoogte Road | Franschhoek | +27 (0)21 870 4206

Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse offers a two-night luxury stay for the price of one in Franschhoek. The boutique hotel boasts the Number One spot on TripAdvisor’s Traveller Choice Awards, for categories such as Top Small Hotel in the World, Top Luxury Hotel in the World, Top 25 Hotels in the World for Romance, and Number One Hotel in Franschhoek for six years in a row - from 2011 all the way through to 2016 - and one can evidently feel the top rated quality, as the beautifully decorated and modernised Akademie Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse offers a luxurious experience of a home away from home. With a strong focus on privacy, Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse offers luxury accommodation with a private pool. The exquisite rooms are large with a lounge section, and each room leads out to a private hot tub, to add that extra sizzle to your romantic getaway.


Booking info: Booking for this two-nights-for-the-price-of-one special must be made with Akademie Street Hotel and Guesthouse directly, and guests should state that they are making use of this promotion upon booking. Contact Akademie at +27 (0)82 517 0405 or email info@aka.co.za. For more information visit the Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse website.
5 Akademie Street | Franschhoek | +27 (0)82 517 0405

Once in Cape Town
This trendy Kloof Street-based hostel is running a super winter accommodation special aimed at Cape Town locals and of course the lovely visitors to our beautiful city. It also helps to know that the chic all-star accommodation spot sits right next to an equally hip eatery, Yours Truly, which serves gourmet sandwiches and great drinks and also plays host to some of the city’s coolest events. The special from May to July 2017 is a free airport transfer with any booking which is 4 nights and longer. For locals who book for two nights stay will receive their third night at a discounted 50% off. For more information, please contact Once in Cape Town directly.


Booking info: Email info@stayatonce.com or call +27 (0) 21 424 6169
73 Kloof Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 424 6169

African Soul Surfer Backpackers
This laidback Muizenberg-based hostel, which lies right next to the beach and boasts brilliant sea views, is running its winter special in May 2017 for all looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life for a couple of days. The offer will allow all guests to book their accomadation for a 30% discount in May. Guests must book directly with the backpacker’s reservation team. Needless to say, as African Soul Surfers special offers Capetonians and travellers the chance to get away to a quieter part of the city for a bit and to spend some time just breathing, meditating and bobbing on the ocean, this deal is bound to leave guests feeling truly relaxed and rejuvenated and ready to tackle the rest of winter.


Booking info: The special can only be booked via African Soul Surfer’s reservation team – visit Africansoulsurfer.co.za. 
Surfer’s Corner | Muizenberg | Cape Town | +27(0)21 788 1771

Grande Roche Hotel
This luxurious, fairy tale-like hotel, which is situated in the Cape Winelands town of Paarl, is adding a dash of warmth to the cold season with the good news of its 2017 winter accommodation special. Valid for the winter period the incredible package is sold for R1175 per person sharing, which is therefore a total of R2350 per night. The package includes a three-course dinner for two at the award-winning Bosman’s Restaurant and a bottle of wine, a elegant buffet breakfast and your accommodation. The boutique hotel sits comfortably on a fully functional wine farm and features opulent décor (think marble floors, crystal chandeliers and grand statues), so it promises the perfect night away and a truly magical stayover experience. Do note that pre-booking is essential and it is best you do so far in advance as this is a particularly popular establishment.


Booking info: Email reserve@grandroche.co.za or phone +27(0)21 863 5100.
Plantasie Street | Paarl | +27(0)21 863 5100 

African Relish
Situated in the little town of Prince Albert – a quaint Karoo establishment located approximately four hours away from Cape Town sits African Relish, a recreational cookery school and accommodation hotspot. The cooking school, which officially opened in 2009 was originally created to offer travellers the true Karoo culinary experience while visiting the charming settlement. Nowadays, the popular culinary school offers locals and tourists alike half, full-day or weekend courses which specialises in (but is not limited to), traditional Karoo cuisine. Hosting small and large groups, the cookery school provides Anytime Cooking Courses, perfect for the passing explorer, as well as Scheduled Cooking Courses (which you’d need to book in advance). In addition to the cooking classes, African Relish also owns a couple of cottages in town. During the winter period, travellers are advised to ask the Prince Albert haunt about their winter accommodation rates and specials taking place over the months of June, July and August. Prices for this accommodation hotspot are the Deurdrift 1 & 2 which will cost R450 per person sharing and R600 single rate. The Doringbos will cost R450 per person or R600 single rate. The Akkedis is a lovely four sleep unit which is R1400 per night. Please note that all the rooms are self catering.


Booking info: Please contact African Relish directly
34 Church Street | Prince Albert |+27(0)23 541 1381

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