Rest and relaxation are easy to come by in the Mother City. Even better? Your room always comes with a spectacular view!
My Friday evenings are usually spent racing home, feeding and playing with my dogs, then falling onto my couch or bed in exhaustion. The rest of my weekend is also a manic rush to fit in family, friends and maybe a shoot or two for this site.
So when I get the odd night off to kick back and relax, I like to do it in style (obvs!). And there's no place that offers rest and relaxation better than Cape Town (although it also offers plenty of opportunities to wine and dine, party, or get immersed in the cultures of its diverse people).
Whether you believe in the ethos of being a 'tourist in your own city' or not, spending a night or two at a hotel close to home shouldn't be discredited. My most recent pick? The Capital Mirage Hotel in Chiappini Street. With magnificent views of Table Mountain from the majority of its suites as well as rooms fully equipped with everything you'd require (or didn't know you needed!) for a month-long stay, it was the perfect spot for those home-away-from-home feels. if I'd known better, I'd probably have taken my laundry along and gotten some of that done too (since each suite — from the bachelor to the two-bedroom — is equipped with a kitchen, washing machine and tumble dryer) even if it would have defeated the purpose of getting out for R&R.
While there's a lot to keep you chained to your room — high-speed wifi, DStv, bubble baths and room service from the three restaurants situated in the building (Cattle Baron, Active Sushi and Sky Bar), the hotel also offers a scheduled shuttle service to and from the V&A Waterfront if you're looking to stretch your legs. All the comforts of home — but away from home.
Photography: Samantha Pinto