Fall in the Cape of South Africa is a spectacular time of the year to visit.
The weather is that jewel clear warm sunny late summer type of weather and its hard not to find yourself unwinding with it. I am in sandals and sorry I didn’t bring my shorts! After arriving at the clean and modern Cape Town airport, we went straight down to the Waterfront to enjoy fresh fish and chips for lunch. We sat outdoors, watching the sight-seeing crowds milling around and all the pleasure boats and yachts heading out on an oily calm sea. Not a breath of wind. It is amazingly clean and neat. Very Pier 39-ish.
After lunch we headed past the tour boats and shops towards the cruise ship terminal and the lovely Table Bay hotel. Ever “on the job”, I asked to be shown around the hotel and we had a fantastic tour – very professionally done and I am most inclined toward that beautiful hotel. It is connected to the big shopping mall via a marble walkway so in bad/windy/rainy weather there is no problem at all in getting out and about and enjoying time at the eclectic shops in the mall.
The rooms at Table Bay all have gorgeous views, either of the ocean and Robben Island in the middle distance or of the iconic Table Mountain, and are spacious while defined by understated luxury. We were told while there, that the gleaming white yacht moored outside is owned by the “sixth richest man in the world” – but I have yet to research and see whom it is! It was about the size of a Seaborne yacht so no small price tag!
|Family room at Table Bay|
The Cape Grace is a little walk from there to the other end of the waterfront. Again views of Table Mountain dominate the rooms that look towards land while other rooms overlook the working harbor and ocean beyond. A gracious hotel with creative use of décor – look up at the chandeliers to see silverware arranged in a most artistic and comical way! Both this hotel and the One & Only across the marina have private yachts moored outside which guests can hire (complete with crew) to explore the surrounding shore.
|Sophisticated sundowners on the Waterfront|