Complementing the South African city's spectacular beaches and laid-back lifestyle is a new wave of small, stylish boutique hotels. WILL HIDE highlights six fabulous places to stay
This seven-bedroom hotel is on a quiet side road near the Green Point Stadium and a five-minute drive from the shops and restaurants of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The owner is a designer from California and there are some quirky touches such as the display of old Polaroid cameras in the lobby.
It's all very airy with lots of natural light streaming in and a welcoming, small pool and gazebo in the garden with lounge chairs for hot days. The roof terrace is great for a sundowner so you can chill with sunset drinks. Rooms are cosy and well-equipped.
Best of all, it's super-friendly with staff who really make an effort and who are happy to share their Cape Town tips.
Villa Zest (dialling from the UK: 0027 21 433 1246/villazest.co.za) offers doubles from £118 per night (two sharing), B&B.
With just five rooms, Beaumont House in leafy Upper Claremont is sumptuously decorated by the English owners, with art prints on the walls and a grand piano in the living room.
Bedrooms all have kingsize beds and en-suite bathrooms: the Mountain Suite has a private balcony with views of Table Mountain, while the two Garden Suites are in a separate building by the pool and a small, wellshaded garden.
There's no restaurant (breakfast is served in the dining room) but there are plenty to chose from nearby. Its location makes it handy for Kirstenbosch National Botanic Gardens and the vineyards of Constantia.
Beaumont House (21 761 5540/ beaumonthouse.co.za) offers doubles from £231 per night (two sharing), B&B.
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Just 300 yards from Cape Town's swankiest beach, Camps Bay, where you'll find more restaurants, cafés and bars than you can shake a stick at.
Behind the hotel is the Twelve Apostles mountain range which makes an amazing backdrop.
The hotel boasts six spacious rooms and a two-bedroom penthouse suite. Rooms are light and airy and unfussily styled with either a private terrace or access to a garden. There's a small pool at the front.
If you want to push the boat out, the penthouse has 360-degree views of both the mountains and the ocean.
Sea Five (21 438 0743/seafive.co.za) offers doubles from £225 per night (two sharing), B&B.
THE GRAND DADDY
The Grand Daddy is a hip but conventional hotel at one end of Long Street, a strip that's a mix of boutiques, restaurants and late-night bars and cafés that attracts cool young locals.
Head to the roof and it all gets a tad surreal with seven iconic Airstream trailers (ie caravans) which were hoisted up by crane two years ago and are now a permanent fixture sitting in their own landscaped garden (with bar) overlooking the city.
All the trailers in the Airstream Rooftop Trailer Park are en suite, have a minibar and satellite TV and are individually designed inside. Get down in the Afro-Funk with its striped earthy tones or revisit your childhood in the Goldilocks and the 3 Bears with its dreamy fairytale décor.
The Grand Daddy (21 424 7247/ granddaddy.co.za) offers Airstream trailers from £130 per night (two sharing), B&B.
If you want to mix and match a few days in Cape Town with a quiet spot nearby, then Zensa Lodge is half-an-hour's drive south of the city by Scarborough Beach. It's in a good location for exploring The Cape of Good Hope, the penguin colony at Boulders Beach or seaside villages like Simonstown and Kalk Bay.
If you want to blow away a few cobwebs, Scarborough Beach itself is popular with windsurfers and kite surfers.
The lodge has been artfully designed (white is the overriding colour) and the six bedrooms are uncluttered, almost minimalist.
There's a high-walled garden and a small pool for those who don't want to go to the beach.
Zensa Lodge (21 780 1166/ zensalodge.com) offers doubles from £130 per night (two sharing), B&B.
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Coming to Cape Town and not exploring the Winelands would be a real shame as within an hour of the city you have hundreds of wineries to choose from.
Babylonstoren is an old Cape Dutch-style farmhouse, in between Franschhoek and Paarl, which dates back to 1777 and has been converted to a small hotel with more than 400 acres of grounds, including vineyards and fruit and vegetable gardens.
You can pick your own salad for lunch and wash it down with a local vintage.
The farm restaurant Babel, was once a disused kraal (enclosure for livestock). There is also a spa with indoor plunge pool, gym and swimming pool.
Babylonstoren (21 863 3852/ babylonstoren.com) offers doubles from £350 per night (two sharing), B&B.
British Airways (0844 493 0758/ ba.com/capetown) offers return flights from Heathrow and seven days car hire from £850pp.
Virgin Holidays (0844 557 3859/ virginholidays.co.uk) offers return flights from Heathrow and seven days car hire from £899pp.