Where to travel! SA Travel inspiration – January 2022

29 Jul 2022
We always have our eyes and ears open for fresh and interesting new places to stay and in our monthly hotel blog, we hunt down the latest local trends, new venues, and enticing South African travel offers that you don't want to miss.

In this month's edition, we take a look at some new hotels opening this summer, Cape Town's first township boutique hotel and some travel inspiration for a chic self-catering getaway in the heart of the Cape Winelands. 

voco Hotel The Bank to open its doors in February 2022

A look at one of the rooms at the new voco Hotel The Bank

If you’ve been in Rosebank in 2021 then you’re likely familiar with Proud Mary, the buzzing restaurant that sits on the ground floor of the distinctive The Bank building. Proud Mary is the signature restaurant of voco Hotel The Bank, a boutique IHG hotel brand, that finally is set to enjoy its official opening in February 2022. FIND OUT MORE AND BOOK.

Khayelitsha's first four-star hotel The Spade now open

Spacious rooms at the new The Spade hotel in Khayelitsha, Cape Town

Officially opened on December 5, 2021 The Spade Boutique Hotel is the first upmarket hotel to open in the Cape Town township of Khayelitsha, a short drive from Cape Town International Airport. The hotel is the brainchild of Khayelitsha locals Annette Skaap, a former flight attendant, and her businessman husband Bulelani “Ace” who also owns the Kwa-Ace Lounge, Kwa Ace Kitchen and Kwa-Ace Eparkin. The hotel offers 13 en-suite rooms and has an in-house gym, a spa, restaurant and bar, and a heated swimming pool. FIND OUT MORE AND BOOK.

A luxury self-catering farmhouse stay at Clairvaux in the Winelands

The newly renovated pool at Clairvaux farmhouse in Robertson

Clairvaux estate in the pretty Cape Winelands town of Robertson is the location of the studios of the stylish South African ceramic design brand Rialheim. Since 2020 the estate's historic four-bedroom farmhouse, exquisitely decorated with local designer furniture and an abundance of unique Rialheim ceramic design pieces, has been let out as a luxury self-catering farmhouse rental on Air BnB. During spring 2020 the house has seen some upgrades, including a beautiful new pool house overlooking an exclusive-use pool and braai area, and is looking more enticing than ever.  Book online at Rentals from R4,500 a night. 

The Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West is reopening

The new look Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West reopens in February 2022

The Lord Charles is a historic property in Somerset West in the Cape Winelands that has been operating as a luxury hotel since the 1980s. In early 2020 the hotel abruptly closed its doors when operators NH Hotel Group decided not to extend their lease on the property. Last month it was announced that the hotel has been bought by new owners and after undergoing extensive renovations The Lord Charles Hotel is set to reopen to the public in February 2022. Find out more and book a stay at


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