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Accommodation Specials: 4 Dream Stays, a New Spot in Paarl, and A Luxury Camping Site

Winter is a great time to finally book into that place you’ve always dreamed of staying in

Updated: 31 May 2018

Maybe you can finally get to stay at exquisite accommodation like Arabella and Grande Roche, Babylonstoren (all featured here). Or why not try out La Bella Vita, the bespoke new spot in Paarl, where you get to check out at 5pm on a Sunday. Ultra-luxury not a requirement for you? Then we also have a glamping site that operates in five locations and an upmarket backpackers.

ICONIC CAPE TOWN STAY, REVOLVING RESTAURANT SUPPER
Been to Sea Point’s most iconic hotel since it was refurbished? It’s about time. Stay in one of their newly redone rooms with a view for just R1478/p, including breakfast and a three-course dinner at the famous Top of The Ritz revolving restaurant, and experience the all-new The Ritz Hotel Cape Town.Cnr. Main & Camberwell Roads | Sea Point | +27 (0)21 439 6010 | [email protected]  

GET A NIGHT FREE AT A GAME LODGE
Thali Thali Game Lodge on the West Coast is tranquil, comfortable and makes for an amazing family or group safari getaway. It’s also very affordable, which is what makes the 3-for-2 offer, where you sleep three nights but pay only for two nights, super special. While you’re there, do a game drive, and hopefully catch sight of kudu, oryx, and giraffe. Read more about Thali Thali in our feature.
Must try: The nature trail because Thali Thali is a fynbos reserve that borders the West Coast National Park.
Available from: 1 June–31 August 2018
Price: R675/p sharing per night. The offer excludes breakfast and activities, but game drives are priced affordably at R200 an adult and R150 for kids. The deal is applicable Sunday to Thursday.


Just off R27 across Langebaan entrance | Langebaan

ROMANCE, LIVE MUSIC AND TAPAS BY THE FIREPLACE
Located in a restored 19th-century Victorian building in Cape Town's vibey De Waterkant, The Grey Hotel is offering a discount on a two-night stay for two in a standard room, with cocktails or bubbly on arrival, complimentary tapas dinner and a bottle of the house wine to enjoy with live music in front of the fireplace at The Piano Bar. Plan your romantic weekend getaway or ultimate Cape Town adventure at The Grey Hotel.
Available from: From 1 June to 30 September 2018
Price: R2500 for a two-night stay for two, with cocktails or bubbly as well as a bottle of house wine and tapas dinner at The Piano Bar.
Book: Use the promo code CAPETOWNMAG to qualify when booking via phone: +27 (0)21 421 1106 or email: [email protected].

49 Napier Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 421 1106 | [email protected] | thegreyhotel.co.za

DAY OF LUXURY AT 5-STAR BOUTIQUE HOTEL
This one’s for the lovers. If you’re looking for a romantic break, Majeka House, the 5-star boutique hotel in Stellenbosch has a Winter Night Out at R1325/p sharing. It’s a night in their Premier Collection room (usual price R1290/p sharing); a four-course menu (priced at R420 per person without wine pairing), and a breakfast for two (comes with the room booking).
Or upgrade: To the Winter Escape, which includes all the above and a 60-minute spa treatment (for two guests) at the Majeka Spa – for R1845 per person sharing.
Price: Winter Night Out R1325/p sharing and Winter Escape R1845/p sharing.
Available from: 1 June–30 September 2018


26–32 Houtkapper Street | Paradyskloof | Stellenbosch | Western Cape | +27 (0)21 880 1549

THAT ONE STAY YOU’VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF
Sleep at Babylonstoren, a Cape Dutch farm popular for its luxury accommodation and fine wine and food, for four nights and pay for three. Also take advantage of the spa specials that are valid from Monday to Thursday, where you can pay from R900/p for a combo treatment of facial, body scrub and back massage that usually costs more than R540/p per treatment).
Also on site: The enchanting tea garden. You can do a tour or mix your own concoction of healing herbs or a tea mixture, or visit the bakery and choose your own food experience.
Price: Starts at R5500/p for two guests
Available: 1 May–31 August 2018

R45 | Simondium (on the way to Franschhoek) | +27 (0)21 863 3852

STAY, PLAY OR SPA 
African Pride Arabella Hotel and Spa, Autograph Collection in Hermanus has a top golf course and world-renowned spa and hydro pools, so a stay in their opulent rooms and estate might seem impossible – especially during whale season. Arabella has created five packages that will make staying there not just desirable, but also possible.  See the exclusive winter package deal.
Available from: The prices of the packages change all the time, based on bookings and availability.


Arabella Country Estate | R44 Kleinmond | Hermanus | [email protected]

FREE PIZZAS WITH YOUR ROOM
You get two free pizzas on Sunday night when you book any of the four Boschendal luxury cottages – Orchard, Clarence, Rhodes or Trout cottages. Make the most of your stay by trying out what this farm has got: Farm-to-table dining, hiking, mountain biking, wine tasting and cellar tours. There’s loads to do at this historic self-catering accommodation.
Price: Winter rates start at R1300 for a one-bed, one-bath, such as Orchard Cottage. Packages include bubbly on arrival and a complimentary bottle of wine.
Availability: 1 May–31 August 2018.


Pniel Road | Groot Drakenstein | Franschhoek | +27 (021) 870- 4272

LONGER IN THE LAP OF LUXURY
Sleep, glorious sleep – that is what’s often at the heart of a rejuvenating weekend getaway at La Bella Vita Studios in Paarl. At this luxe accommodation in Paarl with 10 bespoke en suite rooms, if you book two nights, (Friday and Saturday) you get to check out at 5pm on Sunday. Read more about luxurious accommodation on our feature on La Bella Vita Studios.
Price: R2360 per studio for two nights or more booked. Usually R2750 per unit.
We suggest: You use the extra hours for a half-day spa treatment at the adjacent recently refurbished Santé Wellness Retreat.
Available from: Ends September 2018


La Bella Vita Wine Estate | Simonsvlei Road | Paarl | +27 60 997 9081

WINE AND DINE AT A WINE ESTATE
When you book two consecutive nights at the serene and homely Under Oaks wine estate, you get a bottle of MCC and a cheese platter on arrival; a food and wine pairing for two; and a R250 meal voucher at their pizzeria. Most of the suites at this four-star accommodation have a private patio overlooking the farm dam or vineyards. It’s from this vantage point that you can savour their wines.
Must try: The Under Oaks food and wine pairing, which matches classic South African dishes with classic South African wines.
Available from: 1 September–31 August 2018
Price: From R720 to R995/p sharing


Northern Paarl | Paarl | +27(0)21 869 8535

RELISH GOOD FOOD
African Relish is a recreational cooking school and accommodation venue that has half-, full-day or weekend courses, which specialise in (but are not limited to) traditional Karoo cuisine. The winter special accommodation rates start at R500/p to R650/p per night. It costs R1500 each night for the self-catering unit that sleeps four. All of the cottages are equipped with panel heaters and fireplaces, read more about African Relish on our feature.
Available from: 1 June–31 August 2018. Accommodation is self-catering.
Price: It usually goes for R1000/p in the two people-sharing cottage and R1875 per unit for the four-sleeper cottage.


34 Church Street | Prince Albert | +27(0)23 541 1381

GLAMP ANYWHERE FOR (NEARLY) HALF THE PRICE
Africamps, the glamping company, has a fireplace and electric blanket, and offers a winter special of R545 per person, with each tent sleeping up to five people in two bedrooms. Take your pick of location – Robertson, Stanford, Swellendam, Oudtshoorn and Plettenberg Bay (does not include the new camp in Hazyview). Africamps makes for snug and stylish winter accommodation.
Availability: From May to September 2018
Price: R545/p per night for two people sharing (compared to R1045/p in peak season).


Robertson, Stanford, Swellendam, Plettenberg Bay, Oudtshoorn | +27 (0) 63 170 4222 | [email protected]

HAVE A WILD WINTER AND SEE THE BIG 5
Whether you’re a couple, a family or travelling solo, now’s the perfect time to see the Big 5 with our five different winter specials. We’ve got an overnight special to suit everyone, starting from R1999 per standard lodge room. What’s even more amazing is that you’ll be able to enjoy this bucket list experience, only two hours from Cape Town!
Available until: 31 July 2018
Price: There are five different specials running until 31 July, 2018.


R46 | South Street | Touws River | +27(0)21 430 726

OYSTERS AND A CHAMPAGNE BREAKFAST
Grande Roche, the restored 18th-century Cape Dutch manor in the Cape winelands, offers a bed and breakfast (with oysters and champagne), a three-course dinner and a complimentary 375ml bottle of wine for their winter special – only for South African residents. The luxury country hideaway of rambling gardens is a charming accommodation and gastronomic adventure.
Available from: 1 April–31 October 2018
Price: R1335/p sharing. It comes with bed and breakfast (with oysters and champagne), a three-course dinner and a complimentary 375ml bottle of wine. Rooms at Grande Roche start at R2500/p sharing per night.


Grande Roche Hotel | 1 Plantasie Street | Paarl | +27 21 863 5100 | [email protected]

A STYLISH BACKPACKERS
The Atlantic Point Backpackers is an upmarket but affordable accommodation, a safe and sophisticated go-to for globetrotters. Try it out, they have a winter special of R980 to R1800 per room. Read more about Atlantic Point Backpackers on our feature.
Available from: 1 May to 31 July 2018
Prices: Peak season the prices range from R1250 to R2200


2 Cavalcade Road | Green Point | Cape Town 8001 | +27 (0)21 433 1663

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