“I cannot imagine being happy anywhere else in the world but in Cape Town – South Africa in general, but Cape Town in particular” – Christoffel Wiese
Cape Town, South Africa pushes out gracefully and adventurously from the country’s southwestern-most point; just north of the exceedingly verdant Cape Peninsula and the False Bay that soaks its shores to the east. Experienced travelers to Cape Town highly recommend staying on or near the city’s famous V&A Waterfront, which I heartily endorse. A variety of hotels dot the Waterfront, but it soon became clear during my research that a visit to the famous Cape Grace would be the most luxurious way to visit Cape Town.
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Arrival and Entry
The Cape Grace sparkles, surrounded by the historic Waterfront and its accompanying marine activities – ships, boats, workers, and bridges. The property is classically designed, with a hint of the city’s robust heritage. Here are some images of our first sights:
The Cape Grace features an impressive array of room and suite types, which includes: Luxury Room, Table Mountain Luxury Room, Superior, Rooftop Luxury, Rooftop Terrace, Multi-Bedroom Suites, and Penthouse. Here are some images of the rooms and suites, courtesy of the hotel:
Here are some images of our lavishly appointed suite, replete with technicolor views of the marina and rising back-dropped mountains:
The Cape Grace takes great care in providing a variety of spa and wellness treatments, services and relaxation areas. Click Here to learn more about the offerings. Here are some images, courtesy of the hotel:
The highlight of my experience included a special tasting dinner at the elegant and picturesque Signal Restaurant, the property’s signature dining offering. Here is an image of Signal, courtesy of the hotel:
The tasting dinner was absolutely divine, over-the-top spectacular. Wow. Here are some pictures:
Bascule Whisky Bar
Beneath the Cape Grace’s main floor, the fabulous Bascule Whisky Bar spreads expansively in a classic nautical form, highlighting rich woods, and a remarkably diverse selection of whiskys. Here is an image, courtesy of the hotel:
Wine and whisky crowd a deep, golden-lit hallway. I’ve – ahem – visited my fair share of bars, and Bascule earns rave reviews for location, setting, ambiance, and quality whisky and wine selections. It is a must-visit, even if you are not staying on property. Here are some images from my visit:
Certain destinations stay with me. Cape Town is quite unique as the mountains rush upward from the ocean, and even months removed from my visit, I can feel the sun warming my face as I walk in my mind’s eye out of the Cape Grace toward the hustle and bustle of the Waterfront, excited at the prospect of what I will discover.
If you find yourself visiting Cape Town, check into the Cape Grace, spend hours wandering the Waterfront and its shops and restaurants; ignoring your phone and your watch, making certain rather to clutch tightly the hand of your companion. Take the time to linger, ingratiating yourself in the pure bliss of savoring a moment that will live within you for all of your days.
The Cape Grace – Location and Social
Cape Grace (Website)
W Quay Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa (Google Maps)
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In the end, it’s the people on property who make my visits so memorable, and the Cape Grace is full of talented and lovely people. I owe a great deal of thanks to Euna, Themba, Samantha, Brian, Kerbie, Armien, Nicole, Sbu, Svidge, Kudzai, and Feria. Thanks also to Samantha for all of her help, and for the use of the high resolution images!
Please take note that the Cape Grace welcomed me as a special media guest, but that my opinions are, as always, entirely my own.
Thank you so very much for taking the time to read this article, and happy dining and traveling!