One luxury spa day and four remarkable getaway experience deals to reward yourself with, plus loads of exciting new experiences to have in the Hermanus area
Take Advantage of These Amazing Accommodation Specials
The lowdown on the Mother City’s winter hotel specials and holiday packages
Updated 22 May 2018
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.
2018 CAPE TOWN ACCOMMODATION SPECIALS
STAY AMONGST THE BIG CATS ON THIS BEAUTIFUL WINE FARM
Known primarily as a wine farm and a big cats park, Stellenbosch-based Vredenheim Wildlife and Winery also offers unique accommodation. Vredenheim Guest House consist of a intimate guest house and a family cottage, both offering the kind of peace and tranquility you’d expect from staying on a wine farm. The guest houses all have WiFi and secure garages for vehicles. One unit has braai facilities, the other a lovely courtyard for relaxing. Enjoy a tour on the nearby wine farm, let the kids unwind at the incredible Vredenheim Animal Farm, get up close with lions, leopards and tigers on the farm’s big cats park (25% discount on Tuesdays and Wednesdays) .or book a unique game drive (10% discount on the first Saturday of the month). Book now by emailing [email protected].
Vredenheim Farm, Baden Powell Drive | Stellenbosch | Cape Town | 021 881 3878
UNEXPECTED SAVINGS ON A LUXURY HOTEL STAY, PLAY AND SPA IN KLEINMOND
Ever wondered what staying in a luxury Hermanus hotel was like? What about playing an SA top 10-rated golf course or unwinding in their world-renowned spa and hydro pools? Now, imagine a weekend breakaway during whale season at African Pride Arabella Hotel & Spa, Autograph Collection in Kleinmond. Plus: you get it for way less with our exclusive Arabella packages, from spa and stay to romantic getaway deals and even the full combo (golf, stay and spa) option. But, we’ve added a bit of surprise and fun to these specials: The prices of the packages change all the time, based on bookings and availability. So, yes, now you can afford to experience award-winning luxury in Hermanus. But you have to check back every day to make sure you get the best deal. See the exclusive winter package deal.
SLEEP FOR LONGER IN THE LAP OF LUXURY
Sleep, glorious sleep – that is what’s often at the heart of a rejuvenating weekend getaway. But before you know, it is 11 am and you have to be on your way. Because La Bella Vita Studios, the luxury accommodation with 10 bespoke studio in Paarl, aims to have you revived and rejuvenated they let their guests check out at 5 pm on a Sunday. You could choose to sleep in on their plush beds, or curl up in the bay window to read. There is even enough time to head out to the adjacent Santé Wellness Retreat for half a day of spa treatments.
Winter special: R2360 per studio for two nights or more booked. If you book two nights (Friday and Saturday), you get to check out late on the Sunday. The special ends in September 2018.
Extra special: Each of the studio’s interior is individually designed. Plus, 3.5% of the profits for each studio goes to a specific charity.
Nice to know: Two more studios are being designed
La Bella Vita Wine Estate, Simonsvlei Road | Paarl | +27 60 997 9081
The serene and homely Under Oaks wine estate on the Paarl wine route offers a farm feel and tastefully designed four-star accommodation suites fittingly named after red and white wines such as Pinotage and Merlot. Most of the suites have a private patio that looks out over the farm dam or vineyards, and there is also a small saltwater pool where you can cool off on a hot summer’s day. Their focus is on couples in search of a romantic getaway with add-ons that include a selection of platters, served on your private patio. There’s also the romantic honeymoon package that comes with all the frills, bells and whistles! Please refer to their website for a comprehensive list of all the options. Under Oaks is a mere 45 minutes away from Cape Town and easily accessible from the N1, which makes it ideal for a quick break.
Winter accommodation special: Stay for two consecutive nights between 1 May and 31 August 2018 and get a complimentary bottle of MCC and a cheese platter in your room on arrival, a heritage wine pairing for two and a R250 meal voucher to Under Oak’s very popular pizzeria. Phone +27 (0)21 869 8535 or email [email protected].
Northern Paarl | Paarl | +27(0)21 869 8535
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 specialise 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 the small town. During the winter period, travellers are advised to ask for the #cookandstay special. The special is available from 9 July 2017 – 31 August 2017. For two nights sharing accommodation and a half-day Karoo on a Plate cooking class (three courses) will cost R1575 per person sharing, and R1845 for single rate. Accommodation is self-catering and requires direct booking.
Also ask about 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
The founders believe that the best travel destinations often allow for guests to experience the landscape, the people and food first-hand. So AfriCamps takes pride in locating its boutique tented camps on a selection of authentic working farms and estates across the country. They have five so far: in Plettenberg Bay, Stanford, Klein Karoo, Swellendam and Robertson. Appreciating farm life, tasting traditional cuisine are just some of the unique experiences glampers can enjoy, as well as learning more about the typical landscape and its magnificent fauna and flora. This year you can enjoy a winter special from 1 May 2017 until 30 September 2018.
Booking info: Winter rates are R545 per person per sharing (two persons). Each extra adult will pay R200 per night while an extra child will cost R100 per person per night. All children under 2 years old stay for free. Enjoy your time glampers!
Stanford Hills Estate | Weltevreden Farm | Stanford | +27 (0) 63 170 4222 | [email protected]
This storied Stellenbosch estate may be among the oldest in the Cape Winelands region, but it keeps its offering fresh and bang on trend with killer specials. More specifically the wine farm’s recently renovated four-star hotel is offering visitors a brilliant eat, stay and play deal. The package caters to everyone from families and food fundis to golf lovers and those looking for some R&R. This winter you can indulge in the Three Night Saver; which will give you a three night stay, a full English breakfast in the stunning in-house restaurant, at a 20% discount as part of their winter specials! Oh, did we mention that children under the age of 12 stay for free! Get booking now!
Booking info: Email [email protected], phone +27(0)21 809 1100 or book online on Winterspecial.spier.co.za
R310 | Stellenbosch | +27(0)21 809 1100
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 a midweek stay at the Aquila Game Reserve including welcoming drinks, buffet meals, a traditional afternoon game drive, a pamper session at the newly opened Tranquila Spa, a sunrise game drive and your choice of either a quad bike or horseback safari.
Booking info: It will cost you R2495 per person sharing for Premier Lodge Rooms and R2150 per person sharing for Standard Lodge Rooms. Valid for bookings from Sunday to Thursday made directly on +27(0)21 430 7260 or [email protected] only. Specials are valid from 1 June - 31 August 2017.
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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] or call +27 (0) 21 424 6169
73 Kloof Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 424 6169
ONOMO Hotel Cape Town
This magnificent hotel has recently opened and is housed in one of Cape Town’s oldest buildings. Boasting 165 luxurious rooms, and looking like the replica of the lavish Grand Budapest Hotel; ONOMO Hotel is the perfect place to hide away from the winter chill. Tucked between buildings, in the Greenmarket square, guests needn’t go far for entertainment. The lavish hotel has a 24 hour restaurant, fitness room, sauna and indoor pool with the best views in town. If you’re up to it the Greenmarket Square is bursting with the unique, locally-made artefacts and souvenirs for you to peruse. Some of the most exciting streets, Long Street, Kloof Street and Bree Street are a stone’s throw away; there to treat you to a plethora of party spots and a banquet of cute bistros and eateries to enjoy. Stay at ONOMO Hotel and you’re a hop skip and a jump from the Cape Town International Convention Centre (only 900m away) and if you’re looking to tee off, a golf course is no further than 4km from you.
Booking info: Reservations can be made by calling +27 (0)21 423 2050
10 Orphan Lane | Greenmarket Square | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 423 2050
The Parkhouse Hotel
The Parkhouse Hotel proves that you need not leave the city to get some well deserved peace and quiet. Tucked away in a cosy cul de sac, 200 meters from Kloof Street, you wouldn’t think you were adjacent to one of the most exciting streets in the city. This intimate boutique hotel treats you to the best winter comforts - central heating, goose down duvets, power shower and all the espresso or cappuccino you can drink to keep you warm and toasty. Imagine all this (and so much more) for as little as R900 a night. The Parkhouse Hotel runs a winter special where they drop their unit prices to match the drop in winter weather. You can book one of the six individually themed rooms at a 40% discount to the standard rates. So whether you’re visiting from out of town or need to unplug for a few days; take advantage of this phenomenal deal.
Booking info: you can make direct bookings by going to Phdirect.co.za or call +27 (0) 21 424 6913
3 Kohling Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 424 6913
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 for all looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life for a couple of days. The offer will allow all guests to pay and stay for six nights and get the seventh night FREE. 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.
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 [email protected] or phone +27(0)21 863 5100.
Plantasie Street | Paarl | +27(0)21 863 5100
Atlantic Point Backpackers
This treat for travellers will cost you as little as R245 a night. Atlantic Point Backpackers in Green Point is leading the way in the upmarket, affordable accommodation game. Backpackers were once synonymous with the old hostel horror stories of cold, mouldy showers and cramped quarters shared with questionable characters. Those days are over since Atlantic Point introduced Cape Town to the era of the ‘flashpacker’. Hostels have shed the bed lice and the bad reputation, and are now the safe and sophisticated go-to for globetrotters in the know. Atlantic Point is a favourite with intrepid tourists and travellers from Mzanzi and all the far-flung corners of the globe.
2 Cavalcade Road | Green Point | Cape Town 8001 | +27 (0)21 433 1663
Discover more Cape Town accommodation specials, events and experiences: subscribe to our newsletter.
For accommodation with a bit of a difference, check out these cool and unusual places to stay in and around Cape Town.
Use our events section for an up-to-date overview of happenings in Cape Town. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter and if you have a smartphone, add m.capetownmagazine.com to your home screen for quick access on the go!
Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, join our Google+ circle, connect with us on LinkedIn, check out our photos on Instagram and follow our Pinterest boards for updates on what’s happening in and around the Mother City!