Les Cascades

Boutique chic in South Africa.

Glorious beaches, soaring mountains and a thriving city, Cape Town meets all your needs, with its Mediterranean climate, great wildlife and hip hideaways.

‘Boutique’ is an overused label, but Les Cascades feels a world away from five-star chain resorts. Sprawling on a cliff in Bantry Bay, this chic retreat makes the most of its eye-watering Atlantic views with different levels springing new surprises. You can relax in Indonesian-inspired sitting rooms, swim in one of three infinity pools or cool off in a shady, cushion-filled Balinese gazebo.

The six earthy-hued bedrooms in the main lodge are mod-conned to the max, while four more boudoirs in a separate villa below will raise the eyebrows of anyone weary of designer dens. And dining here is an alluring treat for carnivores and shellfish-lovers.

When wanderlust strikes, the buzzing bars of Long Street and cute eateries in De Waterkant are a cab ride away, as are beaches galore. It’s fun finding your own deserted sands, but one element can rub you the wrong way – the wind. That’s another reason why Bantry Bay is a winner – here, you’re blissfully sheltered from that howling southeasterly.

Double rooms at Les Cascades (www.lescascades.co.za; 00 27 21 434 5209) cost from £125 including breakfast. For information on visiting Cape Town, see www.tourismcapetown.co.za.

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