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10. The Three Boutique Hotel, Cape Town
This was the residence of General Robert J. Gordon, who discovered a good part of South Africa (Gordon’s Bay is named after him) and later the manor of George Rex, founder of Knysna, so this hotel is steeped in history. The original walls – dating back to the 1700s – still feature in some of the rooms that are otherwise modern and elegant, with touches of turquoise, grey and brown. The hotel has 17 luxury suites and one studio room which is bigger and has a kitchenette. Choose room 12 for the best view of Lion’s Head and room 14 to see Table Mountain from your bed. The rooftop terrace, however, will give views of both plus Devil’s Peak – hence the name ‘The Three’.
11. Fancourt Hotel, George
Fancourt is one of the country’s first (and most successful) golfing residential estates and resorts, situated outside George on the Garden Route. It has successfully completed a costly upgrade this past year. Fancourt Hotel has 115 rooms and suites centred around golf courses and impeccably landscaped gardens. In addition, there’s the Manor House, the superior choice if celebrating a special occasion. It’s an all-suite boutique hotel in its own right, best suited to those not travelling with young children. The main hotel, however, is great for families with well-organised facilities and services, from a Teen Lounge to a Kidz Club for ages three to 10.
12. Plett Lagoon Villa, Plettenberg Bay
This is set beautifully on the Keurbooms Lagoon, the ideal spot for a large gathering of family or friends if you all want to treat yourselves. The opulent furnishings in this five-bedroom holiday home are upmarket and different. Each room in the house has its own mood: the ancient Turkish doors are very dramatic and Game of Thrones-like, while the kitchen is the perfect space for a master chef. In the informal lounge, which also looks out over the river, there’s a sense of nurture surrounded by nature. The facilities are top-notch – no skimping here: there’s a pizza oven, icemaker, Jacuzzi, pool and tennis court. It’s a beautiful place to just be, with lots of space so you can hide away and read a book if you so choose. During my stay I lay on the deck for hours overlooking the river and forgot the world. Plett is only a five-minute drive away.