If you’re ready to be treated like the blue blood you are, book in here – defintiely amongst the most regal places to stay in Cape Town. Epitomising the thinking hedonist’s notion of well-positioned luxury, this gracious Cape Edwardian mansion lords it over the curvaceous boulder-strewn coastal enclave known as Bantry Bay, immersing you in a world of sophisticated old world style, hyper-dramatic views, and kid-glove pampering -a hip rendition of early-Twentieth Century taste and refinement. Once the summer residence of shipping magnate Sir John Ellerman and his wife, Lady Esther, this cliff-hugging property was restored in 1992 and transformed into the Atlantic Seaboard’s most elegant lodgings, an exclusive retreat with only 11 guest rooms. It’s also a repository for one of the country’s finest collections of local art, and in 2009 a new contemporary gallery was carved into the rock beneath the large, manicured garden. Each room has a distinctive personality-the best, of course, also have sea views. The spa, which features its own infinity pool, is available exclusively to Ellerman guests, as is the phenomenal in-house dining. Our number one choice on the Atlantic Seaboard, and one of our favourite hotels in the world.
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