Choosing Cape Town as the backdrop for a honeymoon to remember means access to some of the best South African travel experiences to share with your plus one. It’s the go-to city for adventure and Zen lovers alike, offering natural beauty second to none. Cape Town is also a foodie’s paradise with an incredible choice of topnotch restaurants, swish bar settings and a craft beer, gin and rare whiskey scene that’s getting huge traction. And then there’s the wine. All in all, there’s no better place to spend your post-wedding bliss than in Africa’s Mother City.
One: View from the Top
One of the best ways to see the vibrant city’s foreshore - the Silo District at the ever-popular V&A Waterfront - is from the rooftop bar at the Silo Hotel. Here you can gaze out at this uber-trendy cultural hub positioned in this world-famous harbor-meets-metropolis. Drink in hand (the bar offers local wines and bubbly as well as cocktails), lap up the view and plan your ultimate honeymoon getaway. Start with a visit to the Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, the largest of its kind in the world. And it’s conveniently situated just below the hotel, so whether you visit before or after your rooftop soiree, the choice is yours.
Two: Seaside Splendor
Lighten the mood – especially after viewing some serious art – with a visit to Capetonian’s favorite place to stroll, the Sea Point promenade. Hugging the water’s edge from Mouille Point (close to the V&A Waterfront) through to Bantry Bay, “the Prom” as locals fondly call it, is a chance to see the sun set (or rise) in one of the world’s most beautiful settings. Expect a laid-back vibe; walkers, joggers, dog walkers and cyclists all meander along the promenade which winds past many a luring coffee shop, bar and restaurant. We suggest you rent a bike from service providers such as Up Cycles, and starting at the Mouille Point end, peddle along towards the Sea Point stopping at the Winchester Mansions hotel for a refreshing drink with a sea view.
Three: Art Hound
Impressive Ellerman House, Cape Town’s ultimate luxury boutique hotel, has a whopping amount of art of display. Described as an “unrivalled South African art collection,” the property boasts works spanning over two centuries, from Thomas Bowler commemorating Cape Town in the 1800s to more recent pieces from artists such as William Kentridge and his striking social commentary work. An in-house art guide is available to take you on the richest of local visual journeys, and we suggest you round things off with a spot of lunch on the hotel’s restaurant terrace with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Four: Nature’s Way
Lion’s Head, wedged between Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain and Signal Hill is a famed spot for sundowners – and with good reason. A hike up this mountain offers panoramic views of the city with the ocean stretching beyond. At full moon, walkers take the opportunity to see this special landmark with it’s beautiful views at dusk, a popular outdoors activity on the Cape Town hiking scene.
Five: Spa Gazers
After exerting yourself with a mountain hike – or if you’d just prefer your honeymoon as Zen as possible – a spa treatment for two in a couple’s room at the Belmond Mount Nelson’s Librisia Spa is a must. The property, known affectionately by locals as “The Nellie”, offers couples spa therapies with specifically tailored massages as well as packages (some include their legendary high tea) where you can choose from a list of face, body and beauty spoils.
Six: Sail Away
Fancy seeing Cape Town from a whole difference vantage point? Looking at the Mother City and its seaboard from a yacht while being sailed to hotspots around the V&A Waterfront through to Camps Bay, is probably the best way to see the city. Do this with The Only One, luxury yacht charters that offer day cruises and overnight stays. As your vessel gently navigates the coastline, you enjoy an alfresco lunch. And when you’ve had enough sailing, dropping anchor on the shores of Clifton beach means swimming and sun lounging while you take in arresting mountain views. If you want to up the ante, dinner, bed and breakfast on board (for as many nights as you wish) is available.
Seven: Champagne Tastes
For a day trip away from Cape Town – and just an hour out of the city –you’ll discover the scenic town of Franschoek and its surrounding winelands. If you don’t feel like a stop-start car journey from wine estate to wine estate, rather take the tram. The Franschhoek Wine Tram, starting from the Franschoek’s village, means seeing eight wine estates thanks to four mapped-out routes. Ensure your journey includes a visit to Le Lude for some delicious Cap Classique, the Cape’s answer to the finest of Champagnes (this is your honeymoon after all). And after your bubbly tasting, head Le Lude’s Orangerie restaurant for lunch, where dishes narrate the best in seasonal Cape cuisine.
Eight: Beachy Keen
Another dreamy exertion away from Cape Town’s city center is a day trip to Muizenberg and Kalk Bay. These seaside neighborhoods are situated on the False Bay coastline, an area known for its raw ocean splendor. Start your visit with a walk from Muizenberg through to Kalk Bay, stopping for a swim at Dalebrook tidal pool. Here you’ll be able to lounge on the small beach or carry on to St. James where delightful primary-hued beach huts watch over this location’s bathing spot. Once in Kalk Bay, there’s a plethora of quirky vintage shops to keep you busy, and if you’re feeling hungry, there’s no end to the number of quality eateries in the area. Head to the harbor and grab a table at Live Bait which is set right on the jetty with spectacular sea views.
Nine: Local Fodder
The Mother City has become synonymous with achingly cool restaurants serving topnotch fare. But it’s also a culinary melting pot offering visitors a chance to sample food from various cultures and heritages that make the Cape so magically diverse. Rupesh Kassen celebrates the city’s wonderful food culture through Eat Like a Local, guided culinary tours that give guests the option of experiencing a rich array of tastes, sights and sounds. From a swish City Bowl tasting experience, to a plant-based vegan adventure, there’s a food tour to suit everyone’s taste buds.
Ten: The Ultimate Gift
Put your stamp on your Cape Town honeymoon with a visit to Shimansky at one of their many fine jewelry stores located in and around the city. Here you’ll have the opportunity to gift your special someone with diamonds and jewelry under the highly skilled guidance of a Shimansky expert. From the unique My Africa collection, to customized diamond jewelry to men’s diamond jewelry for sale, Shimansky has a world of flawless choices to make your honeymoon all the more special.