SPONSORED: The Mother City is beautiful year-round, but in spring, she is at her most inviting. Winter rains have left behind a lush, green world sustained by streams and waterfalls plunging from Table Mountain’s peaks.
In spring, the city is a photographer’s paradise with its ever-changing landscape – beams of sunlight, soft mists and the occasional dark sky frames the brightest rainbows.
Watch the city’s changing moods
Enjoy warmer days outside and nestle beside a fire during cool nights – eating indulgent foods and sampling the region’s world-acclaimed red wines. The mild spring temperatures also make hiking, mountain biking and climbing ideal.
An exciting port of call in any season
What better way to experience Cape Town this spring than at the city’s best address: The Table Bay Hotel. Style, elegance and luxury all converge at Sun International’s five-star property set on the water’s edge of the city’s busy working harbour and the vibrant V&A Waterfront.
Surrounded by sweeping views of mountains, sea and city, the hotel’s spacious rooms offer panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Robben Island on one side and the city, the V&A Waterfront and majestic Table Mountain on the other.
Whales, seals, dolphins and otters are among the many marine animals known to swim into the sheltered harbour waters, and Cape Town holds the distinction of being the only place in the world where great white sharks can be seen breaching.
The bronze statue of Oscar the seal at the entrance to the hotel is part of this ocean heritage. It pays tribute to a real Cape fur seal who became an integral and much-loved part of harbour life, and he can be encountered in many forms within the hotel.
For a glimpse into the diverse marine life of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, visit the nearby Two Oceans Aquarium and learn about their important conservation work. When the moon is full and the tides are low, guests can book a Table Bay Hotel rock pool experience. A marine biologist will guide you to nearby rock pools and share insights into the extraordinary cast of characters – from sea lettuce to anemones and sea stars.
To encounter the marine Big 5 – whales, dolphins, great white sharks, seals and African penguins – head out into the bay on a luxury catamaran. Or take a 30-minute cruise around the harbour and watch as ships enter and leave the port, and spot Cape fur seals at their playful best.
Land-based activities in the V&A Waterfront include self-guided historical walking trails, museums, shopping and dining. Bicycles are available for hire and offer an alternative means to explore the Waterfront.
Travel further afield with a hop-on, hop-off double-decker Red Bus tour. The open-topped bus offers access a dazzling array of tourist attractions across the city and the peninsula, including wine farms, white beaches, the penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach, Cape Point Nature Reserve, mountain trails and hikes and, of course, the world-famous Table Mountain looming large.
Or stay within the sanctuary of the hotel and unwind at the spa or pool deck which boasts views across the bay to the Atlantic Ocean and beyond.
For best rates, visit thetablebay.co.za.
One lucky reader can win a mid-week break for a couple valued at over R60 000!
To enter this competition, simply complete the form and answer the question in the competition form below this article:
Even if you don’t win the competition, FAIRLADY readers can save up to 40% on a mid-week stay at The Table Bay hotel if they book via www.suninternational.com.
The prize includes a mid-week overnight stay for a couple in the hotel’s presidential suite, a sumptuous breakfast and a choice of any one of the following exclusive experiences curate by the hotel:
OPTION ONE: Massage and cocktail pairing
Relax at the Camelot Spa with a customised relaxation spa package. This includes an invigorating back exfoliation with a revitalising marine scrub and stress-relieving neck and shoulder massage. Then head to the pool deck for curated cocktails or mocktails for two with our chef’s choice of canapés as you gaze across the bay.
OPTION TWO: Yoga with a view
Rejuvenate your soul against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean as your personal yoga instructor guides you through an array of positions and deep breathing to improve strength, balance and flexibility. Activate your senses and take in the fresh, ocean air.