Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Cape Town

Following a four-month facelift, Orient-Express' iconic Cape Town hotel, The Mount Nelson, has unveiled its glamorously restyled and renamed restaurant: Planet.
Simon’s Town Boats
Dolphins, whales and even great white sharks can be spotted with Simon's Town Boat Company. Be sure to keep your flailing limbs inside the vehicle at all times.
St. James
The tidal pool is the best bit about St James and is a refreshing - if not slightly bracing - way to start any day.
Sleepy Hollow
Enjoy a spot of horseriding at the foot of Chapman's Peak with Sleepy Hollow. Headless horseman not included.
Giovanni’s Deli
Italians know food, and if you don't believe us, then pick up lunch at Giovanni's Deli World.
Savoy Cabbage
What's in a name? Apparently not a lot, if Savoy Cabbage is anything to go by. Far from serving up dull veg, this arty-farty space serves up hearty comfort food that would satisfy even the biggest belly.
Ebb Tide Apartments
Ebb Tide Apartments are two beautifully decorated flats in Camps Bay, incredibly sophisticated and perfect for that upmarket stay in Cape Town...
Sidewalk Cafe
Tucked away from the tourist trail, Sidewalk Café is a hidden gem.
Hangover breakfasts and brunches are the order of the day here. But be sure to pack your shades; you don't want to look too rough for the achingly attractive clientele.
Liquorice & Lime
Spectacular views of Table Mountain are matched by a mouthwatering menu at Liquorice & Lime; thankfully, the menu steers clear of both liquorice and lime, and concentrates more on breakfasts burgers and pieces. Yum.
Sanctuary Spa
Styled to mimic an underground cave, Sanctuary Spa receives mixed reactions thanks to its choice of aesthetics; that said, treatments are to-die-for.
Loading Bay Cafe
Load up on the carbs at the Loading Bay Café, a daytime hangout of the rich, famous and downright fabulous.
Facing the stunning vineyards, this all-day deli knows what constitutes lipsmackingly-good savoury treats.
Cape Grace
With theatrical interiors and razor-sharp service, the only thing you'll be moaning about at this hotel is leaving.
If it's a good enough beach for a colony of penguins to settle on it then it's certainly good enough for us to sprawl on.
The Hidden Cellar
The Hidden Cellar is a melting pot of young talent and is where music conversation and the beer that fuels both comes together in style.
The Roundhouse & Rumbullion
Save the best for last at The Roundhouse & Rumbullion, where desserts are decadent enough to make even the most die-hard dieter stray from their calorie-counting.
La Petite Ferme
Hearty country fare, awe-inspiring views and a chef who's trained under Jamie Oliver; a winning formula if ever we saw one.
Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts
Situated in the stunning surroundings of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, these summer concerts are the perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday sipping wine in the sunshine and soaking up some top-rate tunes.
Grande Provence
Consistently listed among South Africa's top ten restaurants, Grand Provence - The Restaurant really is to-dine-for.
Fitted with everything you would expect and a bit more VIP rooms and private booths are also available
Rhodes Memorial
Built in mock Athenian architecture, the Rhodes Memorial affords views out beyond the Cape Flats towards the distant distant Helderberg and Hottentots Holland Mountains. If that doesn't take your breath away, nothing will.
Frixion Adventures
Cliff-jumping and kloofing; only the brave need apply.
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Petrol heads will fall head-over-bumper for the Franschhoek Motor Museum, home to over 220 vehicles from a wide-ranging period of automotive history.
Outdoor Trance Parties
Dance like nobody is watching at these high-octane music events. Just don't go sober.
Mount Nelson
As the grande-dame of Cape Town's hotel scene, Mount Nelson has colonial charm all wrapped up.
O On Kloof
As one of Cape Town's best boutique beauties, O on Kloof has designistas flocking through its doors.
Cape Sea Safaris
Whether you're after fine off-shore fishing or a beautiful sunset cruise, Cape Sea Safaris can provide.
Table Mountain
As Cape Town's most iconic sight, you don't need to 'visit' Table Mountain to appreciate its awe-inspiring beauty.
Kyoto Sushi Garden
If raw fish is your thing then Kyoto Sushi Garden may just be the place for you.
Finally, the Mother City's sunset strip can boast of a slick design-savvy comfort zone where you can not only potentially watch the sea from your balcony, but get down there and slam your toes into the soft white sand within moments of waking up.
River Manor Stellenbosch
River Manor Stellenbosch is a beautiful, old-worldy boutique hotel in Cape Town's wine lands which is a perfect base for exploring the wineries
Angsana Spa
With its treatment menu drawing on inspiration from Asia, the Angsana Spa will have you rested, relaxed and rejuvenated in no time at all.
The concept is genius: remove the aura of pretentiousness and irritation of forward-planning from the contemporary Western spa routine, and instead offer massage as one of life's little necessities.
Whatever it takes to unwind, you'll find it here at MannaBay, along with spoil-you-rotten service and a majestic view.
Long Beach/Noordhoek
Long Beach/Noordhoek attracts both surfers and horseriders thanks to its powderdy white sand.
As an authentic Bo-Kaap establishment, diners mustn't leave without trying the luscious lamb stew.
Masala and mango chutney may not be top of your agenda while in Cape Town but Bukhara offers inspiring Indian cuisine within stylish surroundings. So much so celebrities can't get enough.
The Foodbarn
Stunning yet affordable food from a world-renowned chef, The Fodbarn is a must-eat.
Hoerikwaggo Trail
The Hoerikwaggo Trail isn't exactly 'roughing it in the wild', but it's still recommended for enthusiastic hikers.

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