The Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is perfectly located on the edge of vibrant downtown Cape Town and at the foot of the UNESCO world heritage Table Mountain. No wonder this location has a rich history that goes back to 1743 when the land was granted to the Dutch Baron Pieter Van Rheede van Oudtshoorn. In 1899 Belmond Mount Nelson opened doors and was the first hotel in South Africa to offer hot and cold running water and it was described as being ‘even better than its London counterparts’.
Nowadays Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel offers accommodation in 200 luxury rooms and suites and has been regarded as one of the city’s top five star hotels. I couldn’t agree more, it’s certainly an excellent way to recover from a long flight and start my grand tour throughout South Africa. With many hideaways to escape the city’s buss I found it an ideal retreat for those looking for leafy tranquility.
Many highlights of this lively city like the Museum Mile, a pedestrian avenue home to some of South Africa’s best museums, and the Kloof and Long Street are just a short stroll away. Another must visit is the V&A Waterfront harbour, just an 15 minute drive away, which is a mixture of ocean facing restaurants and lots of shops including some of my favorites like MAC Cosmetics, Jo Malone, D&G,Bobbi Brown, Chanel… and many more 😉
Belmond’s Libris Spa offers a variety of face and body treatments in one of eight spacious rooms housed in three late-Victorian buildings and is recognised as one of the leading luxury Spa’s in Cape Town. The rejuvenating treatments are designed to balance energy and provide total wellbeing with skincare products of Kalahari and Africology.
With a Finnish sauna, steam bath, and two pools, one of them being one of the largest heated pools in South Africa, there is plenty opportunity to relax and digest the breath taking views and tranquil surroundings before or after your treatment. I could recommend to take full advantage this.