We discovered Les Cascades, very much by chance at the end of a touring holiday in South Africa, never realising where it was or what it was, so it was just amazing to find what I would undoubtedly class as one of my top 10 romantic weekend getaways so close to the centre of Cape Town.
We were in fact looking for weekend honeymoon ideas, and my wife wanted to write about the top 10 romantic weekend getaways, so we were more than delighted to find Les Cascades , which is situated in the exclusive area of Bantry Bay on the Cape Town Atlantic coast, less than a ten minute drive from the city.
In its former life Les Cascades was a private house, hidden behind a huge wooden front door, but herein lies a beautiful boutique hotel. I hesitate to write about a romantic weekend getaway, when it is really only feasible for people in Southern Africa. Having said that I once went to Darjeeling for the weekend!!
Immediately you enter through the doors it is like another world, where uncannily you seem immediately to be able to forget the stresses you carried around with you outside. The initial impression of luxury, comfort, warmth, and the views from reception are reinforced by the sheer quality of the furnishings in the suite.
Apart from the opulence of the furnishings, a combination of dark woods, wool carpets, African art and artifacts, there is the small matter of hidden speakers, a large screen television, and fast internet connection for those info junkies who simply can’t escape from the ties of the office!!
The bedroom is enormous, and there is yet another television, and a huge bed with fine cotton linen, and then the bathroom is a designer’s dream with a lovely big bath, and a large shower, with the inevitable but nevertheless welcome huge array of toiletries. The suite comes complete with a little kitchenette cleverly hidden away, and a private terrace – all very impressive indeed.
What is so incredible about Les Cascades is how isolated, and ‘away from it all’ you feel, which helps make it such a fantastic romantic weekend getaway, and yet it is effectively in suburbia!! The key to this is the fact it is on a hill so you feel as if you are on a mountain overlooking the ocean, and that enhances the feeling of privacy.
There are three pools, and elegant dining villa restaurant, which is just past the main pool, and is accessed via steps. The whole thing gives the impression of not so much a hotel as small village.
Without going into detail, dinner is superb, magnificent food, beautifully presented, and fine wines. The breakfast is in similar mode, the only possible complaint could be unforced overindulgence!!
Everywhere has superb sea views, the restaurant, the pool, but best of all in this incredible escape is the almost telepathic service which was unsurprisingly spot on.