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Expect the Unusual at These Intriguing Accommodations
Some of the quirkiest, interesting and innovative places to stay.
Last Update: 4 June 2018
If you want to experience a getaway with a difference, then try these out of the ordinary places to stay – from a tech-savvy guesthouse to a remote cabin atop a mountain and even camping in luxury.
WATCH: BOUTIQUE FAMILY CAMPING HOLIDAYS
Camping reinvented: WiFi, private wood-fired hot tubs and fireplaces, electric blankets, aircon, private bathrooms, comfy beds, babysitting services, whale-watching from the air and wooden decks overlooking unspoilt nature on private pockets of land at top SA travel destinations. And all for less than what you would pay for a hotel. You’re going to want to experience AfriCamps boutique camping in SA.
Unique Factor: Several unique camping locations on private working farms and estates offer you the chance to experience nature, the people, food and activities of every area while still having basic creature comforts. Discover all 7 AfriCamps here.
Locations: Wood-fired hot tubs at AfriCamps at Ingwe in Plett’s The Crags; Foodie experiences and whale-watching by air in Stanford Hills; Ostrich encounters and meerkat safaris in Oudtshoorn; Breede River adventures at Kam’Bati in Swellendam; mountain birdlife and fishing in Robertson; the Big 5 and Panorama Route in Hazyview and ultimate Garden Route at Wilderness coming in October 2018.
Rates: Winter: R545pp to peak season: R1045pp.
Various locations. Shown here: AfriCamps at Ingwe | The Crags | Plettenberg Bay | +27 (0)63 170 4222 | email@example.com
THE GETAWAY OF THE FUTURE – NOW IN FRANSCHHOEK
In among the traditional Cape Dutch style guesthouses in Franschhoek is a new-generation smart guesthouse, where the rooms talk back. At theLAB Lifestyle, your wish is theLAB’s command. theLAB is really a little box on the ceiling that contains an Amazon Alexa. You can ask Alexa to turn the TV and lights on and off, run a shower, pull the blinds down, even to make coffee – all from your bed.
Unique Factor: theLAB Lifestyle is about efficiency, but at its heart is pleasure and play: On the deck outside, you can ask Echo to play Michael Kiwanuka; there’s a mixed-reality hololens to play and design with. Alexa will (soon) recommend sites to see and restaurants for eats and you can hop on the electrical scooter or Tuk-Tuk to get there. Plus, you get holiday comforts that everyone likes: a deep pool, a spa and a Jacuzzi.
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15 Nerina St, Franschhoek, 7690 | +27 64 928 5626 | firstname.lastname@example.org
LIVE MUSIC AND CUSTOM-FITTED ROOMS IN HERITAGE VICTORIAN BUILDING
Attached to one of Cape Town’s most unique live music and good food venues, The Piano Bar, The Grey Hotel in vibey De Waterkant is relaxed, fun and exciting enough to spark your thirst for adventure in Cape Town. For meals, choose from street food to tapas-style Japanese fine dining, and enjoy live music in front of the fireplace at The Piano Bar downstairs. There's a two nights special valid between June and 30 September 2018 including dinner, drinks, minibar and breakfast at The Grey Hotel.
Unique factor: No two rooms are the same, every item in the rooms – beds, mirrors, cupboards – is custom-built to fit the restricted spaces in this Victorian building.
Winter special: Two-night stay for two, with bubbly on arrival, wine and complimentary tapas dinner and live music at Cape Town's Piano Bar for R2500. Use booking code CAPETOWNMAG to book this exciting winter getaway deal.
ADVENTURE STAY AT A CULINARY SCHOOL IN THE KAROO
Amateur chefs, aspiring foodies and adventure-seekers, this is no ordinary cooking school. This is travel cooking, meaning you can do unique food tours around the small town of Prince Albert, or go on a foraging excursion in the Karoo. Make a weekend of it and stay at one of the Karoo-themed luxury cottages at African Relish.
Unique factor: Themed cooking classes, food tours and excursions, some in a tuk-tuk.
Rates: Half-day courses are from R875 per person and come with lunch or dinner. For full-day courses, the cost is R1525, including lunch and dinner. The cost for the cottages starts at R860 per person per night, depending on the cottage, to R1875 for a full cottage which sleeps four guests.
34 Church Street | Prince Alfred | Klein Karoo | +27 (0)23 541 1381/+27 (0)72 582 8749
AFRICA'S INSTAGRAMMABLE HOTEL
One of only five RED concept hotels in the world, Radisson RED in the trendy V&A Waterfront Silo District is pet-friendly. The modern studio rooms are all hooked up to wireless streaming technology. The exclusive RED app allows you to stream your own device through their TV screens, or order a quick meal. Sip on a cocktail at the rooftop bar with its iconic red mobile bar truck and take in panoramic city views from atop the Radisson RED Cape Town
Unique factor: A first in Africa. Your pets stay are welcome to stay with you and are treated like royalty. The hotel's app offers you an enhanced guest experience whereby you control your own entertainment.
Rates: From R1900 for a studio, R2500 for a studio with a view, R3400 for a studio suite and R3100 for a studio suite with bunk beds (TVs installed in each bunk) for the kids.
Silo 6 | Silo Square | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0) 87 086 1578
GLAMOROUS OUTDOOR LIVING
Glamping is the answer to making the most of the outdoors without having to sacrifice comfort. Each glamp tent sleeps five people in two private bedrooms furnished with queen-sized beds and one with an extra bunk bed. In the tent, too, is a private bathroom, a spacious living room, fully-equipped kitchen and outdoor deck. Africamps Boutique Camping caters to this growing trend. There are five spacious, privately situated luxury tents at special locations in the Western Cape.
Unique Factor: An opportunity to get close to nature and enjoy a unique outdoor camping experience on working farms and estates.
Rates: R545/p to R1045/p
A REMOTE GETAWAY IN THE MOUNTAINS
Escape to a remote cabin in Ceres atop the Matroosberg. In winter, cabins and mountains are covered in snow, providing the opportunity to partake in snow-related activities such as skiing, snowboarding and even ice climbing among others – cherry picking, 4x4 rides, trail hiking. The cabins have no electricity, but are equipped with fireplaces and hot water, creating an authentic winter ski experience.
Unique factor: Fun in the snow with a host of other fun activities in a remote spot.
Rates: R130 per person, no less than two days may be booked.
Matroosberg farm private nature reserve| Ceres | Western Cape | +27 (0)23 312 2282
SLEEP UNDER THE STARS AT A NATURE RESERVE
Wake up to an unfiltered view of the untouched Karoo-like wilderness and explore caves covered in Khoisan paintings at the Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve in Cederberg. Experience rock climbing, a rock art tour and a stargazing experience while sleeping under the stars at this nature reserve. There are roofed accommodation options available for those that prefer the comfort of something overhead.
Unique factor: Explore the Khoisan art and stargaze at night.
Rates: From R3220/p to R5400/p
Kagga Kamma | Ceres | Western Cape | +27 (0)21 872 4343
LIVE LIKE TARZAN AMONG THE TREETOPS
Imagine swinging through the forest, slinging from one vine to the next, this is what you will get at the Teniqua Treetops. Located in the foothills of the ancient Outeniqua Mountains in Sedgefield, Teniqua comprises eight handcrafted, self-catering treetop cabins affording guests the opportunity to see the region from a different perspective.
Unique factor: Glamp out in a luxurious tree house, equipped with everything from an ensuite bathroom to a kitchen.
Rates: R1870 to R2783 per unit
Ruigtevlei turn-off | Sedgefield | Western Cape | +27 (0) 44 356 2868
EVERY SMALL DETAIL COUNTS
You will find La Bella Vita in the pages of premium decor magazines because the interiors of each studio are exquisite. These studios within the heart of the Cape Winelands is loved by creatives, photographers, and wedding couples because so much care has been taken in the details of this romantic getaway
Unique Factor: Each of the studios has its own personality and style – Ebony is a statement studio in dark opulence. Blush, Haven and Mare studios are romantic and rejuvenating. Each of the La Bella Vita studios donates 3.5% of the annual profits to a specific charity.
Rates: R2950 per night per studio. The winter special ends in September 2018, and is R2360 per night for two nights or more.
La Bella Vita Wine Estate, Simonsvlei Road | Paarl | +27 60 997 9081
BE SNUG IN A SLEEPING POD
Treat yourself to a stayover at The Parkhouse Hotel, and experience sleeping in a pod. Nestled in a cul de sac in Gardens, this elegant boutique hotel offers guests a true nesting experience. The contemporary multifunctional space is also environmentally-friendly.
Unique factor: Get a mod-pod experience in a sleeping booth-styled bed. It is semi-enclosed, with a pod-like structure. The headboard has deep-set buttons and velvet fabric, adding to a quirky finishing to this luxurious bed. Best to experience it for yourself.
Rates: From R1590 to R2490 per unit.
3 Kohling Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 424 6913
Words by Buhle Lindwa
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