Giles, the tall and dapper owner of Sugar, one of the best luxury hotels in Cape Town, gutted the rundown backpackers dive formerly known as ‘Brown Sugar’, and set about transforming the building into something special- an urban hideaway rated in one poll as the Best Designer Retreat in Africa. While this is perhaps a little overstated, Sugar sure is sweet, comprising just seven luxurious rooms, with a chic open-plan lounge-bar-dining room that opens on to a terraced pool, and very friendly rates. Giles’s has stuck to a strict, dramatic palette of grey and black, underscoring a love of the modern, cloistered look, with each room accented in a vibrant single hue (red, blue, green or silver), with colour-coded curtains and cushions, beaded bedside lamps, tinted glass basins and underfloor lighting effects in the bathrooms; even the toiletries are colour-themed. Geared up with a full complement of mod-cons, from plasma screens and DVD players to Playstation consoles, the rooms are true urban sanctuaries, although even the toughest double-glazing battles with traffic noise from the busy Main Road (light sleepers might want to opt for one of the two rooms at the back). That said, this scores a home run with anyone wanting to be a stone’s throw from the new Green Point stadium.