Forget the Maldives. If you’re seeking romantic opulence at half the price, look no further
Time Out Dubai staff
Stay... Boutique Cape Standard: In a picturesque part of town, this guest house has a fresh, beach house feel and is within walking distance to a number of popular restaurants. The design-conscious owners have done an excellent job with the individually decorated rooms, featuring unique works of art. www.capestandard.co.za Expensive Mount Nelson: One of Cape Town’s most iconic, easily recognisable buildings, this historic pink hotel draws visitors with afternoon tea, relaxing pools and luxury set in a rich emerald landscape. www.mountnelson.co.za
Eat... Budget The Royale Eatery, Long St, Cape Town: Gorge on all manner of gourmet burgers in the uber-cool surrounds of this trendy restaurant, which seems to take its interior decor cues from Quentin Tarantino flicks. 273 Long Street, Cape Town. Expensive La Colombe: Widely thought to be among the top 50 best restaurants in the world, a visit to Cape Town might be considered incomplete without at least getting the opportunity to decide for yourself if it makes the cut. What to order? A South African steak, of course. Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, Cape Town.
Must see... Table Mountain. If you’re moderately fit, climbing up to the top of the Cape’s famous Table Mountain can be an exciting (though rather exhausting) challenge, though there’s a cable car to ferry less ambitious visitors up to the top. Worth a visit for the view over the bay alone.
Must do... Visit Stellenbosch Around 30 minutes out of Cape Town, this is verdant grape country, where grape beverage production takes centre stage and stellar restaurants lend support. If a tasting tour doesn’t appeal to you, there are numerous hiking trails whereby you can experience the lush landscape, or marvel at the inspiration the land has provided local artists with, at one of the many local galleries.
Flight time Nine hours and 50 minutes.
Getting there A return flight to Cape Town costs from Dhs4,815 with Emirates. www.emirates.com
Time Out recommends Avoid getting in unmarked taxis at the airport, as incidents of robbery (or worse) are regularly reported. While travelling, keep your belongings safe and valuables out of sight, and avoid walking around at night unless in a well-populated tourist district.