Cape Town is one of South Africa’s top destinations and it is loved by locals and visitors alike. It can, however, be an expensive city to visit if you want to enjoy some luxurious treats while you are there. But there are ways of getting around this.
If you’re looking to squeeze in a holiday to Cape Town before the end of summer and you want to feel as though you’re living a life of luxury even if budgets are tight, we have some tips for you.
Stay outside of the main city
Accommodation close to the city centre or Atlantic Seaboard is always going to be some of the most expensive on offer. Look at accommodation outside of the city, in suburbs that still have a lot to offer. Cape Town is also a very driveable city so you could stay up to 40 kms outside of the city and still make it into the CBD in under 30 minutes outside of peak traffic hours.
Participate in luxury experiences
Cape Town is filled with luxurious experiences for you to enjoy whether you are a visitor or a local. For example, you could do a diamond tour with Shimansky. It doesn’t get much more luxurious than diamonds. On this tour, guests will learn about the history of diamonds, see replicas of some of the world’s most famous diamonds and find out more about how diamonds go from being rough gemstones to dazzling beauties. Guests are also able to browse through the stunning pieces in the Shimansky Showroom.
Have a hotel day-cation
Just because you can’t stay in a fancy city hotel doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy what these hotels have to offer. Plan a day-cation at a city hotel where you enjoy a spa day and a meal or participate in a lavish dining session such as Breaker’s Brunch at Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront. The famous brunch sessions are held on selected Saturdays from 13h00 to 16h00 and it’s styled in the form of Dubai long brunch where guests spend hours engaging in an ambient culinary experience. The Boujee Brunch package at R795 per person, consists of a wide selection of bottomless beverages including summery cocktails, local beer, wines, tequila and Graham Beck bottomless bubbly. Food comes in the form of all-you-can-eat buffet-style starters that are made with seasonal ingredients, a platter choice for mains, rounded off with an all-you-can-eat dessert array.
The main meal platters feature options for meat lovers, seafood lovers and vegan dietary choices. Depending on your choice, dishes include a sticky BBQ meat taco with pickled cabbage, coriander green chili dressing, red onion salsa and toasted sesame, grilled garlic lemon prawns or Mexican vegan kebabs. The same food options are also available in the alcohol-free Soft Life package, with unlimited soft drinks and mocktails for only R595 per person. No matter which option you choose, live music by a local resident DJ will ensure that the vibe is always just right.
Enjoy First Thursdays
Those who live a life of luxury will tell you that good art forms a big part of the lifestyle. But even if you can’t buy expensive art yourself, you can certainly appreciate it in the form of First Thursdays. This monthly event is held on the first Thursday of every month and it sees art galleries across Cape Town open until late in order to showcase the best art on offer. Often, many galleries will offer wine and drinks to those who visit. It’s a fun event and free for anyone to attend.
Follow these tips and steps and you will soon feel as though you are living your best life in the Mother City.