By Susan Hanson
Originally appeared in the April issue of Virtuoso Traveler.
Splurge: Cape Town
A trip to South Africa’s Mother City promises bustling markets, inventive cuisine, and dramatic Table Mountain views. The city’s most upscale action centers around the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
, where 131-room One&Only Cape Town
commands a prime perch overlooking the marina and houses two of the city’s popular restaurants, from chefs Nobu Matsuhisa and Reuben Riffel. Settle into a one-bedroom Island Suite for the week, tucked away on the resort’s private island near the infinity pool. Island Suites from $1,070; Virtuoso amenities include a chef’s welcome gift, breakfast daily, and a $100 hotel credit.
On the agenda for One&Only’s private, daylong Cape Peninsula tour: trekking through Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden’s tree canopy
, spying on penguins at the beach, and searching for the “Cape five” (ostriches, baboons, zebras, bontebok, and tortoises) at Cape Point Nature Reserve
Gallery-hop along the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and pick out a painting to ship home – local artists such as Jen Adam and Mauro Chiarla depict African life through colorful oils and acrylics.
Steal: Cape Cod
: Long before the Kennedys built a compound there, Cape Cod was the chosen seaside retreat for Boston artists and families. One of their favorite places to stay: hundred-year-old Chatham Bars Inn
, a former hunting lodge with its own quarter-mile stretch of beach. Spend sunny days tossing horseshoes, canoeing alongside harbor seals, and teeing off on the adjacent golf course. Seasonal offerings at the 217-room hotel include a children’s program and evening clambakes. Most of the cozy Deluxe Rooms in the main inn include a private deck or balcony. Virtuoso amenities include in-room welcome gifts and breakfast daily.
: Take the inn’s complimentary water taxi to the Cape Cod National Seashore
(created by JFK in 1961) and explore its beaches, sand spits, swamps, marshes, and tidal flats. The 40-mile-long seashore is home to some 450 animal species, including box turtles and red foxes.
: Pick up a jar of locally harvested Cape Cod Saltworks Sea Salt
and feel good doing so: A portion of the proceeds supports Cape Abilities, a nonprofit that assists local residents with disabilities.
Will it be Cape Town or Cape Cod? Connect with an advisor to start planning.