If you want to experience the best of the Cape, look no further than Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. To fully appreciate your Cape Town experience, you don’t have to step too far from the warmth and comfort of the hotel to have an authentic and truly memorable sojourn.
Start your day with a dip in the heated swimming pool, looking up at the panoramic views of Table Mountain, Signal Hill and Lions Head, and also taking a sneak peak of the Oasis Bistro breakfast spread.
Breakfast offers a myriad of fruits, freshly squeezed juices, home-baked breads and pastries, and an abundant choice of local goodies from Cape Fynbos honey to typical south African cured meats – biltong omelette anyone … with a glass of chilled Cap Classique maybe?
Keep your children entertained with the hotel’s friendly and professional childminders at the Children’s Club whilst you amble onto boutique and café-lined Kloof St. But be sure to be back before you hear the noon day gun (an age-old tradition) so that you are able to fit in a Rose Petal Poultice Massage at Librisa Spa before you enjoy a leisurely lunch overlooking the hotel’s fragrant and colourful gardens.
That lunch could be quite fascinating. Please do try the “Abalimi Bezekhaya” salad. Not the name one automatically associates with a salad served in a historical establishment, but it is a salad made from organic veggies farmed by a community project in the townships of the Mother City.
The natural wonders of the hotel gardens also come in rather exotic forms. Not only sightings of squirrels, (an albino one too), Egyptian geese, hadedas, harrier hawks and ducks, and there is a worm farm; for art lovers there is another surprise – a sculpture exhibition by one of South Africa’s most eminent sculptors, Dylan Lewis.
Wandering past the artworks and down the hotel’s impressive palm-lined avenue, cross over into the Company’s Gardens and Cape Town’s very own museum mile, housing the South African National Gallery, the Natural History Museum, Planetarium, Jewish Museum, Houses of Parliament, Slave Lodge and Archbishop Tutu’s St. George’s Cathedral. The Company’s Gardens was created by Dutch settlers. Fed by sweet water springs running off Table Mountain, this was the place to grow fresh produce to replenish ships rounding the Cape.
Stroll back through the Prince of Wales Arch because you don’t want to miss the Afternoon Tea, with its extravagant selection of sweet and savoury treats, and local delicacies such as melktert, Cape Malay koeksisters and good-for-you local rooibos tea, maybe even taking a Tea Journey with our in-house Tea Sommelier. Page through the historical book “I had tea at the Nellie” which introduces the history of Afternoon Tea and the story of the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel and Cape Town, from the days of the Union Castle shipping Lines to World Design Capital 2014.
You might have an impulse to buy an authentic, locally made gift, or a souvenir from Cape Town. The hotel’s Vivid Boutique has everything you won’t find at craft markets and shopping malls in the Mother City, from beadwork to sculptures to tea bag designs.
Now: a nap or a swim in the quieter top pool, or perhaps a game of tennis at the bottom of the garden, you could even “up your game” with our coach extraordinaire, Barkie … in truth, the most tiring part of your day will be deciding what to do next.
Cocktail hour it is, on the terrace. Maybe a glass or two of the Cape’s finest wines, a craft draught or locally made Inverroche or Jorgensen’s gin. It is a great spot to watch Capetonians at play.
It’s time to freshen up in your ample sized and beautifully appointed bathroom with Charlotte Rhys lotions and potions. Looking and feeling fabulous, the next choice is whether to dine, or to squeeze in some local culture – a movie at the neighbouring Labia Theatre (which is the oldest independent art-repertory movie cinema in South Africa), or a local show at the nearby Fugard or Intimate Theatres?
Dinner at Lord Nelson Restaurant will surprise you with the most exquisite cuisine created by Chef Rudi Liebenberg, always using seasonal and local produce. If you are looking for a more interactive dining experience, then “The hottest table under Table Mountain” is for you – the Chef’s Table in the heart of the hotel’s kitchens promises an intimate culinary experience.
After dinner you could be tempted to “jol” on buzzing and vibrant Kloof St for a quick step into Cape Town’s nightlife.
And then you really do need to spend some time in your romantic and beautiful bedroom. Oh those beds! They are huge – 2x2m king size – with the softest imaginable linen. Sweet dreams.
Ps Don’t’ forget to pick up your children from the playroom
About Belmond Ltd.
Belmond Ltd., part of the world’s leading luxury group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, has been a pioneer of luxury travel for more than 40 years, building a passion for authentic escapes into a portfolio of one-of-a-kind experiences in some of the world’s most inspiring and enriching destinations.
Since the acquisition of the iconic Hotel Cipriani in Venice in 1976, Belmond has continued to push industry boundaries, taking discerning global travellers on surprising and unforgettable journeys spanning land, water, adventure and relaxation, with international acclaim. The portfolio of 46 properties extends across 24 countries, encompassing three luxury safari lodges, two river cruises, seven luxury trains, including the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, and the legendary ‘21’ restaurant in New York. From historic city landmarks like Belmond Cadogan Hotel and Belmond Copacabana Palace to hidden retreats at Belmond Cap Juluca and Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor, each incomparable property has its own timeless story to tell, yet the hallmarks of the brand thread through them all: heritage, craftsmanship, and a reputation for genuine, unscripted service in an unrivalled location create exceptional experiences that stir the soul.