This Week in Hotel Lust: White Picket Fences at Cape Town's Mount Nelson
This week, a combination of wanderlust and hotel lust led us to research the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, which a roving HotelChatter correspondent briefly had the chance to visit last year. We deemed Mount Nelson worth a second look from afar, because of the consistent buzz it garners for its exaggerated sense of luxury. Then again, if it weren't exaggerated it wouldn't be lust-worthy, would it?
Fat cats who travel to areas of the world deemed "exotic" aren't usually in the game of roughing it. Maybe they've come for a safari, but they better be welcomed home at the end of the day by plush linens at the very least.
No need to worry about that at Mount Nelson, where Garden Cottages located away from the main hotel building offer grown-up Richie/Regina Riches their very own white picket fence, rose garden, marble bathrooms, and use of an adults-only pool. Socialite's kids can be notoriously snotty, so this division of property is welcomed by singles and child-free couples alike. The price of privacy: approximately $1,478 per night, according to listed rates and our currency conversion.
These are accommodations targeted toward couples to begin with, and quite obviously Western travelers. Mount Nelson helps its guests explore what makes Cape Town culturally unique, but with an eye for what the rich have a taste for.
Activities on a getaway like this probably won't involve mud-splattered clothing, which is why the hotel offers activity packages like personalized whale watching excursions and wine tours of the region. After an exhausting day of sipping wine flight after wine flight, you can return to Mount Nelson for even more five-star epicurean perks at the on-site Cape Colony Restaurant, also suggested by our correspondent in '08.
If you're looking for a culturally authentic experience, Mount Nelson probably won't deliver what you're looking for. But if you'd like to be comfortably tipsy, free of screaming children, and swathed in five-star touches, there are few other places that can come close to what this lust-worthy hotel offers.