Row NYC Making you feel brand new featured

Running a hotel in a city that never sleeps might sound like a bad idea. But firstly, it’s only a catchphrase people. And secondly, there’s a new breed of hotels that are harnassing rather than fighting the raw energy of the city – without sacrificing even one of your forty winks.

Since opening towards the start of 2014, Row NYC is a front-runner is this regard and as part of a…

Shimmy Beach Club Opulence à la mer

Taking the concept of a day down by the seaside and giving it a hardcore haute overhaul, Shimmy Beach Club is staking its claim as Cape Town’s premier location for oceanside excellence. A jack-of-all-high-grade-trades, Shimmy’s lengthy list of luxury facilities includes a private beach, infinity pool, separate champagne and whiskey bars, and a hydraulic staging area, whatever that means. It’s the beautiful, chandelier-bedecked restaurant, though, that’s been making the most waves.

Under the guidance of lauded chef Seelan Sundoo, the kitchen serves up a menu geared heavily towards fresh seafood, operates its own sushi bar and also cooks up inventive lip-smacking pizzas in its authentic stone oven. And once your belly’s full, the sun’s down and the couture cocktails are flowing, you can head to Shimmy’s lounge where their resident DJs pump out house tunes onto the monster decking space and beyond.

&Union Beer shrine

The philosophy behind &Union is simple: provide easy access to hand-crafted, artisan beers for Capetonians long-accustomed to mass-produced and unremarkable beer. Situated in the beautiful St Stephen’s Church development, just off Heritage Square, the interior has been as lovingly crafted as the beers, with counters wrapped around the interior and barstools taking the place of traditional tables, and a lovely outdoor area on the cobblestones.

Your ale of choice comes with complimentary tapas of either olives or nachos, but you can also choose a number of “plates” to accompany your drink: a spread of charcuterie from local farmers, gemsbok, tuna or butterfish carpaccio, or a selection of delectable spicy sausages and cheeses. Live music has also been added to the mix for the summer months.

Beluga Seafood temptations featured

A beautiful 100 year old red brick building in Green Point that once housed a metal works is home to Beluga, a stylish restaurant serving some of the most memorable seafood dishes in Cape Town. Fresh, fusion style cooking is the order of the day, from perfectly grilled tuna to tasting plates of spring rolls and satays to great sushi.

In addition to the restaurant Beluga boasts a suspended wine cellar, a cocktail bar and a café area that serves light meals, sushi and coffee from midday till late at night. It’s a popular spot with locals and tourists alike, and can get very busy at cocktail hour.

Ellerman House & Villa Ideal location featured

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Robben Island from high up in one of Cape Town’s most prestigious suburbs, Bantry Bay, Ellerman House and Villa is a luxury boutique hotel combining the old world charms of a gracious Cape Edwardian mansion with an adventurous 21st Century villa, within a beautiful tiered garden that slopes towards the sea.

Home to one of the finest private art collections in South Africa, Ellerman House offers luxury rooms, suites and Spa rooms, all with under floor heating, air conditioning, satellite flat screen television sets and internet connections, as well as the finest beds and bed linen. The Villa is designed for a private experience, with every comfort imaginable, including a butler and private chef. If you’re looking for the ultimate in luxury, it’s hard to beat.

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