Embraced by two incredible coastlines with beautiful beaches for every occasion, the Mother City has several superb beach hotels and villas along the Atlantic seaboard that offer the perfect place to kick back and relax like a local.
Our pick of the best beach hotels in Cape Town
Sea Five Boutique Hotel, Camps Bay
Oozing luxury and glamour that would fit in perfectly on the French Riviera, Sea Five Boutique Hotel is a one-of-a-kind beach hotel, offering discerning guests exquisite designer suites, superlative service, and spellbinding views.
Local designers Francois Du Plessis and Nicolò Stortiglione Pudel combine a Mediterranean and Southern African colour palette to produce an elegant blend of organic, natural elements and luxurious, imported décor.
Sink into 100% imported Italian linen at the end of the day or wake to the scent of freshly baked croissants as every thought has been given to pampering you throughout your stay.
Take in the magnificent view from private terraces in each room or book the penthouse suite for the ultimate in opulence with 360-degree views of the Twelve Apostles and Camps Bay.
An array of sumptuous cuisine is served on request to suit every mood – be sure to try the fresh pasta and lobster with organically-grown salads and herbs straight from the garden before heading down to the beach.
Lined with chic sidewalk cafés, buzzing beach bars, and gourmet restaurants, Camps Bay’s beachfront is super-trendy, hip and happening.
Home to some of the most sought-after real estate in the country and regularly attracting celebrities and film stars, it’s a great place to relax with a drink and people watch. Head to the beach for some fun and sun – be prepared for crowds in summer as it’s one of Cape Town’s most famous beaches.
5 Central Dr, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8040, Phone: 021 438 0743
The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
Resting on the slopes of the magnificent Twelve Apostles mountain range with unsurpassed views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa is one of Cape Town’s seaside gems.
Surrounded by the wilderness trails of the Table Mountain National Park, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, this luxurious boutique hotel is located on the coastal road towards Hout Bay and is about a 15-minute drive from the city centre (longer during the busy summer season).
En suite rooms are beautifully designed with chic, contemporary décor and private patios that offer either mountain or sea views.
Spoil yourself with rejuvenating treatments in the award-winning spa and wellness centre where professional therapists cater to your every need or enjoy an evening at the movies in the private 16-seater cinema, which can be privately booked or enjoyed alone.
A complimentary daily shuttle service will whisk you to the V&A Waterfront for some retail therapy or take a walk on the wild side and discover more about the Cape Floral Kingdom with guided walks through the surrounding national park.
Experience an unforgettable sightseeing tour over the peninsula in a helicopter or relax in style in one of two aquamarine swimming pools that overlook the ocean.
Victoria Street, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8005, Phone: 021 437 9000
POD, Camps Bay
Presenting seaside glamour at its very best, the 15-bedroom POD hotel takes barefoot luxury to new heights. Overlooking the trendy Camps Bay strip, whose powder white sands, indigo blue waters, and bustling palm-fronted beachfront attract the rich and famous, uniquely designed pod-shaped suites create cocoons of tranquillity with breathtaking views.
Private plunge pools and wooden decks that are stylish and sophisticated with personal butlers who will cater to your every need — from whisking your chaise and towels down to the beach or serving cocktails by the pool — this is luxury at its finest.
The hotel also supports the fight to save the environment with eco-friendly features such as sustainable water supply, energy-saving lighting, and insulation.
Camps Bay Beach is one of Cape Town’s most popular beaches, so be sure to get there early to get a spot on the sand, otherwise, simply relax by your private pool and soak up the scene.
3 Argyle St, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8005, Phone: 021 438 8550
Winchester Mansions, Sea Point
Lovingly known as Sea Point’s grande dame, the Winchester Mansions Hotel epitomises pure elegance.
Situated on Sea Point’s Beach Road, just a stone’s throw away from the ocean, a few steps will take you onto the promenade, which runs the length of the Atlantic Seaboard and is a hive of outdoor activity. Join the locals for a leisurely stroll along the seafront or watch paragliders land on the lawns in front of the hotel over breakfast.
A unique feature of the hotel is the romantic colonnaded courtyard built in the style of an Italian piazza — a beautiful setting for an intimate dinner under the stars.
Trendy bistro by day and restaurant by night, Harvey’s @ Winchester Mansions serves fantastic breakfast and is well known for their Sunday jazz brunches, featuring local artists and superb cuisine. Popular with locals, these Sundays are always packed, so be sure to book a table.
Brave the icy Atlantic for a quick dip at the small rocky cove of Rocklands Beach close by or take a short stroll along the promenade to the Sea Point Pavilion, a beautiful, public outdoor swimming pool right next to the sea, where locals relax in the refreshing saltwater.
221 Beach Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8001, Phone: 021 434 2351
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