Visit Cape Town for a girly shopping weekend with a South African twist

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Grab your gal pals & head to South Africa's capital to shop, sip tea & explore.

Visit Cape Town for a girly shopping weekend with a South African twist

© The Table Bay Hotel

European cities may seem like the only option for a cheeky weekend away with the girls, but Cape Town isn't as far away as you'd think.

Okay, so it's a 12-hour flight from London's Heathrow but jetting off to South Africa for a long weekend of shopping, site seeing and sipping cocktails (and tea) is now more realistic than ever.

We test drive the four-day stay in South Africa's sought after capital to uncover the must-see spots to get you started.

Why go?

Whether you're well travelled or a first time flyer, Cape Town is a dream destination. Boasting award winning, five star hotels, historic landmarks and breathtaking panoramic views, this culturally charged city is ready to be discovered.

When you're not taking in the amazing views from on top Table Mountain, there're plenty of spas and shops on hand to help you unwind and play like a celebrity.

As well as the shopping and museums to occupy your stay, you'll be tempted by diverse food and drink offerings, from traditional dishes to the delicious comforts of home. If it's a night on the cocktails you're after, the city's buzzing Long Street is lined with welcoming bars and an energetic nightlife to match.

Stay

The Sun International Table Bay Hotel sits on the beautiful Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and is a choice hotel for celebrities visiting Cape Town. Since being opened by Nelson Mandela in 1997, the luxury hotel has played host to Charlize Theron, Kate Moss, Nicholas Cage, Michelle Obama and the Manchester United team. Yes, hot footballer types and everything.

With every room and suite enjoying panoramic views that either look out on the Atlantic Ocean or across at the Table Mountain, it's no wonder this is the most desirable postcode in Cape Town.

Offering a four-night package with flights with South African Airlines, the Table Bay Hotel has made the long weekend getaway seem pretty effortless.



Eat and drink

The Table Bay Hotel is the perfect spot for food and drink lovers. Priding itself on main restaurant, The Atlantic Grill - run by award-winning chef, Dallas Orr - you'll find a delicious menu of international cuisine and South African wines available to pick and choose on iPad menus. The hotel's Conservatory Restaurant also hosts a jazz brunch every weekend, which spills out onto the lawns in the summer months.

Afternoon high-tea (pictured below) is served every afternoon in the lobby, along with a recently introduced tea-pairing session. This delightful service gives a charming insight into the secrets of serving and drinking tea as well as, our favourite bit, teaching you which pastries are best devoured with eat cup. Yum.

It's the hotel's expert wine knowledge that is most impressive, including a remarkable attention to detail wine list and one of the largest private wine cellars on the continent.

Visit Cape Town for a girly shopping weekend with a South African twist

© Jessica Bridgeman/Instagram



Shop

Shopping couldn't be closer with the Table Bay Hotel on the doorstep – and even boasting a direct doorway - to the city's retail hub. As well as must-shop faves like Burberry, MAC and Armani, the Victoria & Alfred Shopping Centre houses a cinema and plenty of restaurants. Did we mention it's attached to the hotel too?

Explore

Cape Town is drenched in tourist spots, from the famous Table Mountain to the historic Robben Island. With so many museums to choose from, we recommend the District Six Museum (on 25A Buitenkant Street) and the South African Museum (on 25 Queen Victoria Street).

For your fill of breathtaking beauty spots, head to the beautiful Camps Bay – a family friendly stretch of beautiful sandy beach with great street-side cafes and restaurants. To really capture Cape Town's natural beauty, take a drive up to Chapman's Peak where you'll find the perfect picnic setting (and, if you're lucky, a man selling coffee and ice cream).

Visit Cape Town for a girly shopping weekend with a South African twist

© Jessica Bridgeman/Instagram



Don't Miss

No girly weekend away is complete without a little beauty therapy. The Table Bay Hotel's Camelot Spa fulfills all me-time desires with steam rooms, access to the pool area and an amazing treatment menu. New treatments also include the Baobab African Journey – a deeply relaxing and invigorating 90-minute treatment. You can take that from us.

Fashion fans can also plan their trip around the Mercedes-Benz Cape Town Fashion Week. Showcasing the best in South African designers and emerging graduate talent, the four-day annual event sees Cape Town's style elite gather in the capital.

The Facts

Africa Travel (Africatravel.co.uk) offers four nights at The Table Bay Hotel with flights with South African Airlines priced from £1,300 per person. A private airport transfer with luxury vehicle is £40 per person return.

A standard tour to Robben Island will last 3.5 hours, including two 30 minute ferry rides. Ferries depart from V&A Waterfront at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm, weather permitting. The trip costs R230 (about £16) for adults and R120 (about £8) for children under the age of 18.

For more information about The Table Bay Hotel visit Suninternational.com.

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