POD Camp's Bay class featured

When Cape Town’s in-crowd need a break from the bustle they head to Camp’s Bay. And when they need a place to lay their head in the South African capital’s swishest suburb, they make a beeline for POD. Nestled between the grey peaks of Table Mountain and the deep blue of the Atlantic ocean, you’d think that this intimate, 15-room, luxury boutique hotel would have some trouble standing out against such scenery. Not a chance. The ultra-slick facade of plate-glass and African timber is more than a match for Mother Nature’s big-hitting beauty spots.

There’s more of the same inside, too. The entirety of the interior is a lesson in deluxe cutting-edge design—fusing function, fashion and comfort with flawless precision. In the lobby and communal areas, marbled stone and yet more glass are offset by natural woods and comfortable couches.

This motif then continues into the bedrooms, with the cloud-like beds ensconced in warm wooden cubby holes, elevated slightly from the polished floors and set back from the huge, panoramic windows. And the views out across the bay and the mountain range behind? You could search for a lifetime and still fail to find better.

The Pot Luck Club For sharers and Scrooges alike featured

Having relocated to the top floor of The Old Biscuit Mill, The Pot Luck Club has, quite literally, moved up in the world. It’s not hard to see why they made the move either, with the new 6th floor space affording eye-popping 360 degree panoramic views across the city—from down in the bay up to Table Mountain. And once you’ve dragged your eyes away from the windows you’re probably going to be spending another few minutes admiring the interior as well. The space is lofty and spacious, tricked out with draping lights, a wood-stone flooring combo and striking pieces of patterned hanging metal-work.

The food’s being taken to new levels as well. Local gastro-innovation wizard Luke Dale-Roberts is still at the helm and he’s still masterminding an exciting fusion-tapas based menu, with dishes such as Asian-style short rib and pulled lamb shoulder encouraging a ‘share and share alike’ kind of vibe. If you’re not willing to let your friends get their mitts on your munch, however, there’s more substantial options like crispy pork belly with Luke’s XO dressing, red cabbage and apple slaw available—so your inner Scrooge can savour every last bite.

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.

Vista Bar Laidback cool featured

In the somewhat garish new plaything of hotel magnate Sol Kerzner, The One and Only Hotel, you can find Vista, a lounge bar with incredible panoramic views of Table Mountain. Serving breakfasts, light snacks and a huge assortment of teas during the day, at night it is transformed into a sophisticated cocktail lounge.

As guests savour their cocktails, which take inspiration from the ancient spice routes around the Cape of Good Hope, resident DJs take to the decks to enhance the evening ambience with the best of chill out, lounge and deep house.

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