Creamy sand beaches and a lively, cosmopolitan personality – Cape Town has enough to attract any beach chair connoisseur or bon viveur. But it’s especially beloved by international celebrities who flock to South Africa for sun-kissed R ’n’ R. Camille de Mondesir enjoyed a gossip with convivial Capetonian, Troy Goatley, who kindly (if a little indiscreetly) helped us steer a few superstars to the perfect hip hideaway…
One thing’s for sure, this laid-back, world-class paradise is the best place to transition from limelight to sunlight. The World Cup may have kicked Cape Town into the front of our minds, but now the crowds and vuvuzelas have retreated it’s more appealing than ever.
When Simon Cowell was seeking somewhere to stay during the World Cup, little wonder he’s said to have considered booking Driftwood, a Castiglioni-clad, beachfront villa with panoramic views of Llandudno Bay.
Perfect for any Hollywood mogul who likes to relax and entertain in chic, sundrenched style, this stylish holiday house from our Smith & Friends collection has three, open-plan floors which fuse clean, white minimalist furnishings with unusual African artwork and dark wood. And of course there’s a fleet of discreet staff to see to your every whim. Matt Damon can’t seem to stay away from sunny SA since filming Invictus here, and we think he’d be hard pushed to find a better luxury rental to enjoy some time out of the public eye.
World-loved superchef Jamie Oliver is another familiar face in the Cape, although he usually retreats here for low-profile faimly escapes following publicity tours in Johannesburg.
So, we think he’d love quietly refined Rodwell House, a poised 1930s mansion house on the breezy seaside village of St James. Marble columns, parquet floors, an enormous wine cellar, and a museum-worthy collection of 20th-century art make this blissfully secluded boutique hotel a haven for fine dining and living – even for those with littlies in tow.
Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin-starred Maze may have lost its way on Cape Town’s celebrated restaurant circuit, but inow there’s only a Nobu at the One & Only resort. And this November, foodies can be dazzled by Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s Japanese-South America fusion when he personally presents some special tastings events at this outpost (+27 21 431 5111). And where there’s a Nobu – there’s usually a celebrity, no?
Sir Elton’s romance with Cape Town came to a giddy head with a series of exclusive concerts at a beautiful wine farm, and we think he’d fall in love with La Residence, a mini-modern Versailles overlooking the vine-filled valleys of Franschhoek. This terracotta-toned chateau is shelled by a contemporary exterior. Sky high windows give way to a royal and romantic interior – red velvet armchairs, plush, silk-upholstered couches rest on polished black and white floor tiles, and exotic antiques from Tibet complement an opulent French decor. With the option to relax indoors on a four-pillared bed of feathers or outdoors in the mountain-gazing infinity pool, there’s no need to spell out why superstars are devoted to this paradise palace.
So, whether it’s low-key luxury, château-style chic or old-world elegance that you’re after, these luminary-worthy lairs are sure to whet your appetite for a glamorous escape…