Cape Town’s airport is a half-hour drive from the hotel. A shuttle bus runs to Cape Town Civic Centre every 15 minutes (or half hour off peak) between 4am and midnight. From here, it’s a 10-minute journey by car on to Welgelegen.
The hotel is a 10-minute drive from the city’s main railway station. Travel to Worcester, Beaufot West, Kroonstad and Bloemfontein with luxury companies Blue Train (www.bluetrain.co.za) and Rovos Rail (www.rovos.com).
A car will come in handy for reaching nearby Camps Bay and Clifton. There’s secure parking at the hotel. Welgelegen is situated in the centre of Cape Town, near the Company Gardens. From the airport, take the N2 and M3.
Worth getting out of bed for
The Table Mountain nature reserve is only a stroll away, so take the cable car to the top for spectacular views, as well as a look around the blooming marvellous Floral Kingdom. Adrenalin junkies can get their fix over and over again, with golf, mountain biking and walking, boat and kayak trips, sailing, surfing and windsurfing all on tap. Something unique to this city, and which many would argue is unmissable, is a visit to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner. The tours of this former prison by inmates are not only fascinating, but also incredibly touching. Drive half an hour north to the lush wine region, where hundreds of vineyards offer tastings and lunch in their postcard-perfect surrounds. At Spier, near Stellenbosch, you can sample five wines for about £1, eat pan-African fare in Moyo, and stroke one of the furry inhabitants of their cheetah outreach. Stop in the colonial town of Franschhoek, where a romantic boozy lunch at the hillside La Petite Ferme is a must for gourmands. Another bright star in this culinary capital is Reubens. Lunch in its large courtyard is worth lingering over; have the sommelier match a glass of wine to each course. Find your own deserted sandy discoveries and sheltered lagoons among the miles of unspoilt coastline. Be warned though: those Atlantic waters can be icy, even if the sea loses its cool as you head east towards the Indian Ocean. Delightful spots in which to catch some rays are the coves in Clifton, overlooked by Table Mountain; or try quiet Llandudno, a far cry from its Welsh namesake. A 15-minute drive from the city, Hout Bay is great for people- and parasurfer-watching. Locals walk their dogs or bring their broods here at weekends.
Panama Jacks on Eastern Mole Road is a fantastic seafood restaurant in the Waterfront area. On Kloof Street, Ocean Basket serves excellent seafood; the fresh squid and prawns are particularly delicious. Further down on Kloof Street, Manna is another great restaurant, where everything from the service and all-white decor to the coconut bread and beef fillets, is exceptional. Miller’s Thumb on Kloofnek Road in Tamboerskloof is a popular seafood restaurant with a casual atmosphere and an emphasis on Cajun and Creole flavours. Ginja on Castle Street has a French brasserie ambience and an inventive East-meets-West fusion menu.
Café Maxim on Waterkant Street is a little bit of Paris transported to southern Africa. The menu is a simple and delicious French bistro fair. Try the handmade Poilâne bread.