With Leeuwenkloof, residence of the Western Cape Premiere, across the road, you’d expect this to be one of the most luxurious and exacting hotels in Cape Town. And you’d be right. While the glamorous good looks are straight out of Wallpaper*, they’re accompanied by not the least bit of pretence or snobbishness. It’s a blissful little charmer that cushions guests from the hubbub of the city, yet is just a short walk to the nearest cafes and restaurants at the top end of Kloof Street. Sleek and sophisticated, the Kensington’s rooms are topped up with every sort of luxury, including personal laptops, emergency supplies of condoms, and beach gear. You can play at being a sun-worshipper in the chiffon-walled gazebo alongside the wood-terraced pool, or stretch out on one of the super-luxe sofas near the sexy little bar, or simply station yourself on your private terrace to scope the city views. Wherever you choose to station yourself, both staff and space are designed to cosset while maximising your sense of total escape.