(pics source: Mark Peddle)
If you’re a bridey looking for somewhere glam to spend your honeymoon, why not head to the Mother City? You couldn’t ask for a better spot to explore the best of Cape Town than the Queen Victoria Hotel at the V&A Waterfront. A stone’s throw (literally) from the V&A Waterfront complex, but hidden in an enclave most Capetonians have never seen, the Queen Victoria offers all the pomp the name implies, in an entirely un-stuffy way.
What you’re given, instead, is an uber glam hotel, complete with 30 year old bonsai tree in the lobby, and giant floral photographs adorning each floor. The spiral staircase is a joy to look at (and sweep down, in an evening frock) and the atmosphere of the hotel is fabulously chic.
The restaurant is the ideal place to have an afternoon coffee or a lazy lunch, and if you’re feeling adventurous you can pop over to the neighbouring V&A Hotel (part of the Newmark Hotels Group that also includes the Dock House Hotel and the Queen Victoria – which means you get to share all the facilities of these hotels. Bonus!)
We had sundowners at the V&A Hotel, right on the edge of the harbour, with the city lights twinkling in the water, and I have to say it is one of the finest cocktails I have had in a long time – Cape Town is just such a beautiful city, isn’t it?
As well as the joy of evening cocktail sundowners a few minutes walk away, the Queen Victoria offers a fabulous room decked out in shades of silver where you may well want to laze around with your new hubby, luxuriating in the decadence of the suite and the beautiful views of Table Mountain and the city.
That is, if you can resist the temptations the spa and swimming pool at the next-door-neighbor Dock House, where you can lounge by the pool and look out over the waterfront, sipping on more of those delicious cocktails… It’s like a little village, where you can walk everywhere and have all you need at your fingertips.
The other beauty of this space is that you can shop up a storm at the V&A Waterfront and all its wonderful shops, or take a cruise in the Cape Town harbour, or do any of the 1001 things that Cape Town has to offer visitors.
Lastly, no review of the Queen Victoria would be complete without mention of their breakfast, which was, in a word, spectacular. Loads of chilled bubbly, freshly squeezed juices, a groaning buffet table and some truly delicious Eggs Benedict. What more could you ask for from a honeymoon destination?
Until next time!