Whether you are visiting Cape Town from abroad, a neighbouring city or even simply wanting to plan a great winter weekend getaway in your home city, there is no doubt that winters this side of the world are special. The sheer number of festivals and events that take place throughout the season provide the perfect chance to get away for a few days, while good food and fine wines beckon you to head out to the Winelands to enjoy plenty of over-indulgence.
One of the best things about the Mother City during the cooler months is the huge range of savings that the off-peak season brings too. Been daydreaming of getting a few friends together for a weekend in a luxury villa? Longing to whisk your significant other off for a few days in a fully-equipped apartment? The low season is the best time to make those plans, making it far easier to work leisure time into your budget.
Best Winter Accommodation Options
From Camps Bay to the City Centre; Constantia to Franschhoek, the choices for accommodation are almost endless in Cape Town. Catered options such as guest houses and hotels are great for those who are not in the mood to think about cooking, while self-catering options are always a good bet if you want to come and go as you please. If you’re looking for some inspiration on where to stay this winter, here are a couple of ideas…
- Villas – with plenty of beach days still ahead during winter, not to mention fewer crowds, villas in the Camps Bay, Clifton and Llandudno areas are much easier to find and book in the off-peak season. Get the fireplace crackling, stock up your modern kitchen with good food and enjoy some spectacular sunsets over the ocean once the braai gets going.
- Apartments–more compact than villas, apartments are ideal for lock-up-and-go living. Don’t assume that these accommodation options are small and simple either – sleek fittings, modern facilities and stylish décor ensure a high level of luxury throughout. Some of the best apartments are found in the City Centre, De Waterkant and Green Point; however the Waterfront takes the prize when it comes to location.
- Self-Catering – bringing back all of those memories of family holidays when you were a kid, self-catering establishments are designed to put you into holiday mode. There are many great options across the city for convenient come-as-you-go accommodation, from the Atlantic Seaboard to the Cape Winelands, Constantia Winelands and even outlying areas such as Hermanus (great for whale watching towards the end of July) or Ceres (great for snow during June and July).
Hottest Winter Accommodation Specials
Wondering where to stay for your winter getaway? Spoil yourself with one of these luxurious villas and apartments in Camps Bay for a weekend you will never forget. Current specials running this month include:
- Atlantic Six [sleeps 12] @ R3,250 per night
- Atlantic Pearl [sleeps 8] @ R2,500 per night
- Villa Yukka [sleeps 6] @ R2,250 per night
- Ingleside Apartment [sleeps 4] @ R950 per night
- The Bloomberg [sleeps 4] @ R750 per night
With prices from R270 per person per night, how can you resist? For more information contact 021 3000 777 or email email@example.com.
P.S. If accommodation specials weren’t enough, the Cape Town Winter Restaurant Specials for 2012 are also in full swing. Flights and even car hire rates are also a lot more affordable in the off-peak season, ensuring the ideal time to kick back and enjoy some much-needed downtime.
Rox Bradnick writes for ComeToCapeTown.com, a locally based portal that offers the finest Cape Town holiday accommodation, travel tips, tours and everything else required for a holiday in South Africa’s popular coastal city.