Victoria and Alfred Hotel, Cape Town, SA
In the postcard city of Cape Town, diversity is elemental. It starts with the landscape – craggy hills of the Table Mountain Chain, sloped by forests full of streams, overlooking stone-strewn sandy beaches (populated by penguins on Boulder Beach) that curve into and away from the Atlantic’s icy waters. Equally diverse is the cosmopolitan history of this salad bowl of a city that’s palpable everywhere – gabled houses of Dutch and French colonists, the candy-coloured Malay Quarter of Bo Kaap, the grave scars of apartheid visible at Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated). But it is the Victoria and Albert Waterfront Area, melding into the Table Bay Harbour, that offers up a variety of experiences. From shopping at the Wharf malls, entertainment at the outdoor amphitheatre, eating at over 80 restaurants and the V&A food market, it is truly a melting pot of cultures.
To be close to the action, stay at the luxurious Victoria and Alfred hotel. Apart from the state-of-the-art spa, gym and spacious rooms, the hotel offers a guided walk to flat-topped Table Mountain to discover Cape Town’s bio-diversity that makes it a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Room rates start from about Dh810 per night. Call +27 21 419 6677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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