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.

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.

Hi-Five Music and Clothing For DJ's and fashionistas alike featured


Hi-Five opened its doors in Kloof Street in 2002 as a retail outlet for Kurse Music Distribution, who exclusively represent a carefully selected range of music labels from !K7 and Compost’s electronic stylings, to underground hip hop like Def Jux and Rapster, the deep house of Freerange and a host of nu-jazz, broken beat, soul and funk rarities and must-haves.

If the vinyl and CD’s adorning the shelves isn’t your bag they also stock a range of cool street wear from labels like Butan, Rock Star Threads, Moss and Magents, a range of DVD’s and more accessories – caps, belts, badges and bags – than you’ll ever need.

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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