Where to stay in South Africa if money is no object

February 29, 2020

Luxury travel in South Africa is a niche sector and, if you’re lucky enough to be indulging in a grand trip soon, go all out to enjoy the special treatment and sumptuous pampering that come with it – otherwise, what's the point, right? 

Book your flight with Mango and, on your next break, jet off to one of the following destinations for a luxury stay:

Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront


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Located in the stunning Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, The Table Bay was opened in May 1997 by former South African president Nelson Mandela. The hotel is still considered one of the Mother City’s leading five-star luxury establishments.

Expect to be treated like royalty, be pampered with any spa treatment your heart may desire, and enjoy some of the world’s finest cuisine.

If you choose to stay here, you won’t only have all the delights of the V&A Waterfront at your fingertips, but all the attractions of Cape Town and surrounds – including wine farms, stunning beaches and golfing.

For more information, call +27 (0) 21 406 5000, email tbhres@suninternational.com or make an online booking here

The Saxon hotel, villas and spa


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The Saxon hotel describes itself as a “uniquely perfect blend of rich cultural history and contemporary five-star service”. This distinguished five-star luxury hotel located in Johannesburg’s Sandhurst suburb lies on four hectares of indigenous gardens, making it the perfect tranquil getaway spot.

Whether you’re travelling for leisure or business, you can choose between luxury suites, presidential suites or the stately Nelson Mandela platinum suite. Alternatively, what about a villa? Your options are a villa luxury suite, villa presidential suite or one of three standalone Saxon luxury villas.

Other facilities include a gym offering personalised training, the impressive infinity pool and Grei restaurant, with exceptional views of the Joburg’s evening skyline.

For bookings, call +27 (0)11 292 6000, email info@saxon.co.za or make an online booking here.

Gorah Elephant Camp, Addo National Park

Gorah Elephant Camp is the only private concession and camp situated in the middle of the country’s third-largest national park, Addo Elephant National Park.

This luxurious tented camp comprises a gracious manor house that overlooks a waterhole where you’ll be able to view wildlife such as Cape buffalo, lion, zebra, eland, kudu, hyena – and many elephants, of course.

The lodge is an excellent romantic getaway spot for travellers looking for unique five-star luxury accommodation when celebrating wedding anniversaries, special weekends away or a honeymoon.

For more information, contact +27 (0)42 235 1123, email gorah@hunterhotels.com or make an online booking here.

The Oyster Box


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Voted the top hotel in South Africa in 2019, 2018 and 2017, and the number 2 top hotel in Africa in 2019, in the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards, The Oyster Box is doubtlessly one of Durban’s finest hotels and has been hosting guests for more than 70 years. Ideally located on Umhlanga’s beachfront and just 15 minutes’ drive from the airport, The Oyster Box is perfect if you’re seeking a beach holiday on the balmy Indian Ocean coast.

Choose between garden villa lofts and classic garden-facing or sea-facing rooms. There is also an award-winning wellness spa, a fitness centre and an in-house cinema. Don’t miss the opportunity to savour some of the country’s finest dining and cuisine at the hotel’s famous restaurant. 

For bookings, call +27 (0)31 514 5000,  email reservations@oysterbox.co.za or make an online booking here.

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve


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Expect one of the most luxurious stays of your life, immersed in pristine wilderness between mountains, forest and the ocean at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve near Stanford and Gansbaai, just a couple of hours’ drive from Cape Town.

One of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, Grootbos has won many eco-tourism awards, and comprises ancient forest with 800 plant species, 118 bird species, 29 mammals and 21 amphibians – some under threat of extinction.

The reserve also runs a non-profit foundation that works to conserve critically endangered fynbos and focuses on the development of the surrounding communities.

Stay in the homely but luxurious Garden Lodge, the stylish, contemporary Forest Lodge or one of the two exclusive, secluded private villas, with your own private chef, butler and nature guides. Experiences to enjoy nearby include whale watching, shark-cage diving, hiking, bird watching, and much more.

For more information, call +27 (0)28 384 8008, email (0)28 384 8008 or make an online booking here.

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