Arabella Hotel & Spa
Just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town lies the Arabella Hotel & Spa. The hotel setting is lovely: on a golf estate with the Kogelberg Mountains as a backdrop, and facing out over the Bot River Lagoon to the blue ocean beyond.This scenic stretch of coastline is aptly named the Cape Whale Coast, and staying here puts you within easy reach of the whale-watching haven of Hermanus.
Arabella is a larger hotel with 145 rooms ranging in size and style from the comfortable Deluxe Rooms to the grand Presidential Suite. Lagoon-facing rooms cost a bit more, but are well worth it as the views really are stunning! Also on the estate is a choice of both outdoor and indoor swimming pools, outdoor tennis courts, miniature golf for the kids and a gymnasium.
Arabella Golf Course is one of the top ranked courses in South Africa. Challenging but fair, the course has a great layout alongside the lagoon with each hole sitting comfortably within this beautiful landscape. Visit the award-winning spa for their signature African Rainforest Treatment, or the heated hydro-pool, sauna and steam room. Activities in the area include quad biking, horse riding, sea kayaking and wine tasting in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.