Sunday, October 25, 2015

STYLISH HOTELS - CAPE TOWN

By Eva Fydrych

The Table Bay
Luxury at its best

Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine (Click to enlarge)



South Africa is one of the most diverse and captivating countries in the world. Imagine waking up to the perfect Table Mountain view, having delicious buffet breakfast on a trendy terrace next to the water, and then spending a lazy afternoon by the pool with clear blue skies above... 

You can have all that (and much more) while staying at The Table Bay Hotel, a luxury Sun International property in Cape Town.

Cape Town is the second-most populous city in South Africa and Africa's most popular tourist destination. It is a city of contrasts, where old colonial buildings stand side by side with architecture from the 1960s and contemporary designs. It is easy to understand why so many fashion designers, filmmakers and artists fall in love with the city.


"Cape Town is the quintessential melting pot: it is a city alive with creativity, colour, sounds and tastes. While walking through the city's streets and meeting its people, you will fall in love with its natural beauty, creative freedom and incredible spirit. Cape Town is a city where the unexpected is always just around the corner." - capetown.travel



Outdoor swimming pool (Photo courtesy of The Table Bay)



In February 2015, after visiting The Maslow in Johannesburg and The Palace of the Lost City in Sun City, Fashion Studio Magazine spent three wonderful days at The Table Bay in Cape Town. Read about our experience below!


FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Our Cape Town adventure starts right at the airport where we are picked up by a private driver and taken to the hotel in a black Mercedes-Benz. It is hard to imagine a more stylish and comfortable way to arrive at the hotel.

In the heart of V&A Waterfront, The Table Bay delivers an opulent escape from the everyday life. Contemporary Victorian design and old-world elegance make this five star hotel an excellent place to relax and unwind. Impressive hotel lobby and friendly customer service  - that's what you notice straight away upon your arrival.

The celebrity treatment and first-class service begin at the check-in and continue throughout our whole stay.


"The Table Bay offers the ultimate in 5-star luxury hotel accommodation in Cape Town. One of the Leading Hotels of the World, this sophisticated Sun International property was opened in May 1997 by iconic former South African president, Nelson Mandela. As part of the Sunlux Collection, The Table Bay continues to set its own standards in international service, cuisine and luxury." - suninternational.com



Hotel lobby (Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Hotel lobby

Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine



STYLE & SOPHISTICATION

Voted as one of South Africa’s Top 25 Hotels in the 2014 and 2015 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards, The Table Bay provides top-notch leisure facilities such as Camelot Spa, a fitness centre, and a heated outdoor swimming pool.

Staying at the hotel gets you treated to the excellent cuisine. Available dining options include Camissa Brasserie, The Atlantic, The Lounge, Union Bar, and The Pool Bar.

Each of the 329 fully air-conditioned luxury guestrooms and executive suites is spacious and well-designed. They are all either mountain or sea-facing with spectacular views of Cape Town’s most treasured tourist attractions.


"Tastefully furnished to include a walk-in cupboard, desk, armchair, flat screen TV, electronic safe, butler station and en-suite bathroom with shower, you have everything you need for a luxurious stay at the best address in Cape Town." - suninternational.com


While a stay at The Table Bay admittedly costs a little more than your regular hotel, it offers a rare glimpse into the world-class luxury and high life. And the chance, if only for a moment, to receive a true celebrity treatment.



Welcome to my room!

Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine

Elegant bathroom

Getting ready for the Fashion Week (Dress by SABRINAGOH)

Molton Brown toiletries

Lots of pillows :)

King size bed

Warm welcome upon our arrival

Spacious wardrobe

In-room dining (Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)



ABOUT CAPE TOWN

Cape Town is easy to get around on foot as most of the major attractions are concentrated within walking distance. If you prefer a guided tour, try City Sightseeing Bus Tours; their scenic Red Route includes the Two Oceans Aquarium, V&A Waterfront, The South African Museum, Table Mountain Cable Way, and more. Highly recommended!


Shopping In Style

Cape Town boasts many upmarket malls and shopping centres where shoppers are truly spoilt for choice. Adderley Street is not only the city's most historic main road, but also one of the busiest shopping areas. The Adderley Street Flower Market adds a splash of colour to the historical city centre. For the last 100 years, the flower market has sold an inexpensive selection of fresh blossoms to the people of Cape Town and has become a must-see attraction for visitors to the city.

A nearby St Georges Mall, with a combination of street stalls, traders, art galleries and African souvenir shops, is an interesting shopping destination. Once a busy city street, it is now a comfortable pedestrian area with a wide range of live entertainment, stylish restaurants and coffee shops.



Fashion magazines at The Bromwell Boutique Mall (Albert Road, Woodstock)

Local jewellery label PICHULIK (Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)



Long Street is lined with fashionable shops, street cafés, dance clubs, and some of the best wine bars in the city. The area is constantly buzzing with activities and it's one of Cape Town's best spots for browsing during the day or for a big night out with friends. Try Mama Africa for tasty food and live music performed nightly by young local musicians.

Unique and captivating, The Bromwell Boutique Mall offers a great selection of limited edition and one-off pieces of art, jewellery, and high-end fashion & accessories from South Africa and abroad. Located in the up-and-coming Woodstock district - one of Cape Town's oldest suburbs - this fashionable place should be a must-see destination for every fashionista visiting the city.

Read more about local attractions here.



Relaxing by the pool (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)


WHAT WE LIKE

  • luxury design of the hotel
  • elegant lobby
  • excellent location 
  • complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi
  • large bathroom
  • Molton Brown toiletries
  • Table Mountain view 
  • in-room dining
  • great selection of beverages in a mini-bar
  • spacious wardrobe
  • ultra-comfortable bed
  • outdoor swimming pool
  • impressive breakfast buffet
  • airport pick-up
  • friendly concierge service
  • complimentary shuttle service for in-house guests


View from our room (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine


LOCATION

The Table Bay Hotel is strategically located right at the world famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, only 20 minutes by road from the Cape Town International Airport and five minutes from the city centre.


"Sitting on the buzzing Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the Table Bay Hotel has one of the best locations in Cape Town, with views of Table Mountain, the harbor and notorious Robben Island." - lhw.com



Photo courtesy of timeoutbookings.co.za




Quay 6, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
8001 Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

+27 21 406 5000


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*Special thank you to The Table Bay for hosting Fashion Studio Magazine in February 2015.




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