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Top 5 South Africa’s Best Hotels to Unwind


When it comes to top class accommodation, travellers to South Africa are spoilt for choice.

If you’re looking for somewhere that’ll allow you to take a deep breath at the end of a long year, we’ve compiled a list of favourite South African places to unwind.

1. Bushmans Kloof, The Cederberg Mountains, Western Cape

Recognized as a South African Natural Heritage Site, Bushmans Kloof is the proud custodian of over 130 ancient rock art sites, dating back some 10,000 years.

This award-winning eco-oasis can be found at the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains and spans over 7000 acres of fynbos-filled landscape.

Apart from its location, the lodge’s appeal lies in its highly acclaimed dining experiences, the award-winning spa, and endless reserve activities including nature drives where guests can spot some of the largest private herds of Cape Mountain Zebra in the world and the elusive Cape Leopard.

Bushmans Kloof
Embers dining experience. Image courtesy of Bushmans Kloof.

2. The Twelve Apostles, Cape Town

This award-winning hotel and spa is situated along one of South Africa’s most scenic drives. Named after the mountain range it flanks, the hotel offers the visitor a superlative experience, made all the more perfect by the uninterrupted views of the Atlantic Ocean. The Leopard Bar terrace is infamous for ‘sundowners’ and the ever popular Azure restaurant continues to impress under the direction of Executive Chef Christo Pretorius.

Excellent dining and a holistic spa are just two of the reasons this boutique hotel is ranked as one of the finest in the world.

Oh, did we mention the views?

The Twelve Apostles Presidential Suite
The Twelve Apostles Presidential Suite. Image courtesy of The Twelve Apostles.

3. The Oyster Box, Durban

Standing majestically on Umhlanga’s beachfront overlooking the Indian Ocean and the iconic lighthouse, The Oyster Box is the ultimate in colonial charm and style.

Loved by locals and international guests alike, The Oyster Box is the ultimate food and drink destination. Guests rave about the infamous Curry Buffet, The elegant Oyster Bar, and the ever popular High Tea.

The award-winning spa is a must see, set in an oasis of tropical gardens and pools offering a range of signature treatments.

Local Tip: The Lighthouse Bar is THE place to enjoy Sundowners!

Ocean Pool and lighthouse
Ocean Pool and lighthouse. Image courtesy of The Oyster Box.

4. Fancourt, George

Golfers will struggle to find a more luxurious golfing retreat than Fancourt. Its expansive grounds peppered with accommodation, a spa and several other leisure activities, make Fancourt a favourite place to unwind.

The surrounding scenery and the lush surrounds will give you the feeling that Fancourt is an oasis, with dining to suit every palate and leisure activities for every type of traveller.

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Fancourt. Image courtesy of

5. Four Seasons Hotel, The Westcliff, Johannesburg

This stylish resort, nestled within an urban forest, is the perfect way to experience old school charm through the rebirth of an icon.

The Westcliff’s central location in no way undermines its function as a perfect retreat, with views of The Johannesburg Zoo and the nearby ‘Parks’ neighbourhoods.

The Westcliff offers the ultimate venue for weddings, spa treatments, high tea, dining and accommodation and gives the visitor the sense of taking a small step out of the bustle of Jo’burg’s fast-paced life into a peaceful, quite unexpected sanctuary.

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