12 Hip Hotels in South Africa
The staggeringly beautiful landscapes, fine wine & dining, and the opportunity to encounter the country’s magnificent animals in the wild – South Africa holidays has it all.
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Design hotel with a destination bar at the foot of Table Mountain.
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£1,199 per person
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Johannesburg, South Africa
An exclusive urban boutique hotel experience, Melrose Arch is a very stylish hotel.
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£2,279 per person
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It’s easy to see why people and whales are attracted to the place. Hermanus is a huge natural bay with rolling surf, big beaches, grassy dunes and the odd chunk of volcanic rock standing guard, sticking out of the sand. Birkenhead House has, without a doubt, the best location on the entire beach. Not surprisingly, this hotel started life as a beach house.
Originally, it was Liz Biden’s family home in Hermanus.
“Personally, I can’t imagine ever giving up a house such as this to be converted to a hotel, but I am certainly grateful that they did”
Situated at the edge of the surf, it’s the beach hotel of your dreams; warm, welcoming, stylish, with dramatic views all around.
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£1,725 per person
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This is a chic, bohemian bolthole that feels like an elegant home from home.
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£1,049 per person
Hip List Member Extra £150 Resort credits (Book by 31 March, travel by July).
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Kruger Park, South Africa
On the banks of one of the largest lakes in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve lies one of the most luxurious private lodges in South Africa, Chitwa Chitwa.
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£2,349 per person
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Contemporary Africa at its very best; design, arts, woodcraft, fine food and home grown wines are artfully blended into this natural setting for a luxury adventure of the highest order.
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£2,699 per person
Hip List Member Extra Bottle of wine on arrival
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Ellerman House in Bantry Bay combines magnificent sea views with refined elegance and hedonistic luxury.
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£1,799 per person
Hip List Member Extra Room upgrade subject to availability plus a personal art tour of the hotel with champagne and canapes
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Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
Take your senses on an invigorating rollercoaster ride of taste and colour as you experience luxurious living in South Africa’s vineyard festooned Western Cape.
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£1,370 per person
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The story of Lion Sands is like something from Out of Africa – an American fortune hunter stumbled across the untouched beauty of the Kingstown Estate in the early 1900s and the property has not left the family since.
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£3,275 per person
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Cape Town is without question one of the most charismatic cities in the world. It is blessed with dramatic geography, surrounded by white sandy beaches, pounded by blue water surf, and it sits under the looming presence of Table Mountain. Like Sydney and Rio, it is one of the few cities that is able to combine a beach culture with the trappings of a cosmopolitan metropolis.
At One&Only Cape Town, you get views of Table Mountain and the benefit of being right on the waterfront. Guests can choose between the urban or escape options that this collection of suites puts on offer and with acclaimed restaurants, One&Only Spa and a bar with a real buzz, the resort adds to the excitement of this city in a sophisticated way.
Situated on the waterfront in Cape Town’s picturesque Victoria & Alfred docks this contemporary urban resort combines the signature style of a One&Only retreat with the convenience of being in the heart of one of Africa’s most vibrant cities.
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£1,499 per person
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With a name like Phantom Forest, this is not going to be your average South African hotel. Situated in the heart of the Garden Route, guests are accommodated in treehouses, and the inspiration for this 137 hectare nature reserve is to offer guests a chance to experience the unique biodiversity of the Forest. Drawing inspiration from this unique setting, the ingredients of the camp, from the ragged thatch of forest canopy to freshwater nature pools, furniture, roofs and boardwalks, were all made in a sustainable way from cleared, alien vegetation. Meandering boardwalks snake through the trees leading to magical places such as the private ‘tree-suites’ (which come in Classic, Upper or Moroccan varieties), the Body Boma spa, the Eyrie bar lounge with superb views, the award-winning Boma restaurant and the north African inspired Chutzpah.
A magic world of romantic eco-sensitive treehouses nestled in the wooded magnificence of the Afromontane Forest, on the edge of the exotic Knysna lagoon.
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£1,365 per person
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Ulusaba is a once in a lifetime experience, (although you'll want to go twice!)
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£2,299 per person
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