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Our very own MD and founder of Smith, James Lohan, was chatting to the Guardian this week about his favourite beaches. travel top100 beach holidays

He had this to say:

“One of my favourite and most dramatic coastal destinations has to be Cape Town. For the best bit of coastline, head for Clifton Beach, made of four coves, and well protected from the notoriously biting winds of the ‘Cape Doctor’. Each part of the coast attracts its own idiosyncratic social tribe: choose cove two to hang out with young and beautiful Capetonians as they dip their toes into the truly freezing Atlantic, cove three for gay-friendly beachlife or cove four, which is popular with families.”

Cape Town is both one of our top South Africa destinations and one of the most popular Smith destinations full stop, so we asked him to share his favorite hotels around the city and let us know what made them so special:

Here are James’ top five hotels:

1. Alta Bay: six rooms of discreet, unfussy tranquillity, high on the hillside.
2. Welgelegen: A boutique B&B only a minute away for the bars and restaurants on super-trendy Kloof Street.
3. Les Cascades: More luxurious, a super-chic Bantry Bay bolthole, a world away from the bland world of corporate five-star international hotels.
4. Atlantic House: a five-star guesthouse perched on the slopes with views of Camps Bay; an elegant hideaway haven of simplicity and style.
5.Kensington Place: Cape Town’s original boutique bolthole; a stylish retreat located on the slopes of Table Mountain, a stroll from all the action, and a drive from some of the most amazing beaches in South Africa.

For more info on Cape Town, the surrounding area and restaurants and bars in the city, click here.

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