Why travellers dream of staying at these 6 luxurious SA hotels

2017-09-16 18:00 - Ishani Chetty
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Cape Town - We would all love to live like royalty or experience the special treatment when taking some time off - otherwise what's the point right?  

Luxury travel is a niche segment all its own – with bathrooms tapered in marble and a king-sized bed to fit your decadent dreams just being some of the base offerings.

The excellence of service and personalised touches is often what sets luxury travel hotels apart from the rest and makes it worth the cost.  It is defined by going above and beyond a five-star rating - with ease of access, location, and available amenities being the deciding factors. 

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Here we take a look at the luxurious hotels of South Africa, seen as some of the best for the business travellers

1. The Oyster Box hotel

The Oyster, seen as the ultimate in luxury has also been recognised by the Tripadvisor choice awards and is number one on our list of lustful luxury travel destinations.  The rooms are a mixture of chic elegance and subtle modernity.

The amenities provided include a private 24-seated cinema that screens movies five times a day, heated bathroom rails, a fitness and health centre, a spa, a pet-friendly establishment and a 24/7 business centre that is fully equipped. The hotel makes sure to go the extra mile as they provide you with a true holiday experience as you are waited on by excellent staff.

Rating: Five Star

Location: Umhlanga, Durban

2. One and Only, Cape Town

Described as a ‘vibrant oasis', the One and Only is true to its name – a unique and opulent hotel in South Africa. The room views are breathtaking – providing you with a first class Cape Town experience.

Located in Cape Town against the backdrop of Table Mountain and home to one of the most superb spas in South Africa – it is the epitome of luxury in the Mother City.  The amenities available include Two world renowned restaurants. Nobu restaurant in Africa is a must-do dining experience, as is South Africa’s favorite local star chef's namesake, Reuben's

Rating: Five Star

Location: Cape Town, V & A Waterfront 

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3.  Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

Nestled in the coves of Camps bay – the Twelve Apostles hotel opens up into the Atlantic Ocean. Nothing is more iconic that a cocktail in hand as you sit on the deck of the hotel, watching the sun set.  Being voted as one of the top hotels in Africa by Travel and Leisure – is also but a minor indication of the quality of accommodation at the hotel.

It is located near the pristine beaches of Camps Bay and you may be lucky enough to see whales from the terrace. Otherwise, what about a helicopter transfer to the V & A Waterfront - only the best for those who like to travel in style.

The luxury hotel is home to its own private 12-seater cinema and decadent dining at the Azure restaurant

Rating: Five Star

Location: Cape Town, Camps Bay

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4. The Palazzo Hotel

It is labeled one of the most romantic hotels in South Africa. Home to a perfectly manicured garden and a truly Tuscan inspired architecture, you can relax into luxury here.

The conference rooms that are available are the epitome of first-class with the most attentive staff and an array of amenities.  The spa is centered on African inspired treatments and the stunning outdoor pool adds the final touch to this exclusive hotel. Located right next to Montecasino, there is also much to do.

Rating: Five Star

Location: Johannesburg, Monte Casino.  

5. The Michelangelo Hotel

In the City of Gold lies a renaissance-themed gem, the Michelangelo Hotel - offering an extravagant experience. It is connected to Sandton city shopping centre allowing for ease of access along with amenities such as a spa, fine-dining Piccolo Mondo restaurant with deilicious high-tea delicacies.

Rating: Five-star

Location: Johannesburg, Sandton City

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6. Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa

The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa can be described as catering to African royalty and in 2016 the hotel also received an award for ' Africa's leading hotel suite' by World Travel awards.

The accomodation is based on refinement and this is shown through the decadent setting. The amenities include a private gym where personal training sessions can be organized and the metropolitan spa offers an holistic approach to treatments with signature therapies, making it stand out from the crowd.

There is a choice between the hotel and a more tranquil, private setting of the Saxon villas. 

Rating: Five Star

Location: Johannesburg, Sandhurst

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