Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Accommodation,Cuisine,History,Hotel,Spa and Recreation | on: October 6, 2017

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1. Central Inner City Location

Taj Cape Town is an ideal base from which to explore the Mother City’s culture, history and heritage. A free shuttle service takes guests to the V&A Waterfront and daily historical walking tours acquaint interested individuals with the hidden historical treasures of the city centre. There are plenty of eclectic shops and galleries nearby as well as exceptional restaurants, including the Test Kitchen, Shortmarket Club, La Tete and Chef’s Warehouse.

2. Contemporary Indian Dining

Bombay Brasserie offers an unrivalled dining experience, which puts a gastronomic spin on traditional Indian cuisine. The recent appointment of international Head Chef David Tilly takes the hotel’s gourmet offering to the next level. With 19 years of experience in some of the world’s foremost restaurants, Tilly was at Le Meurice when it won its second and third Michelin stars. Now he brings his Michelin magic to Taj.

3. High tea and Breakfast Buffets

Mint offers a relaxed all-day dining alternative, with an award-winning wine list and expansive menu, including the grill which serves up a succulent selection of meats. Mint is also the site of Taj Cape Town’s famed breakfast buffet which includes a decadent array of treats with some gluten-free eats. Additionally, the High Tea offering is one of Cape Town’s best.

4. The Reserve at Taj

The Reserve at Taj Cape Town is adjacent to the hotel and offers luxury business facilities and banqueting rooms. Plush rooms accommodate a variety of conferences and events, while the lavish Bank Hall is able to host cocktail parties of up to 350 guests. The underground vault is a remnant from the building’s days as a bank, which transforms into a unique bar for intimate events. The Reserve is the ideal inner city wedding reception venue, with intricate art deco finishes and plenty of space for larger parties.

5. Rooms fit for royalty

Taj Cape Town makes guests feel like Indian royalty with rooms suitable for a maharaja or maharani. Luxurious linens and subtle Indian-inspired furnishings greet guests, along with magnificent views of the city centre and Table Mountain. Spacious bathrooms comprise an expansive shower and bath, and special touches include truffles, wine, fresh fruit and a personalised note upon guests’ arrival.

6. The Twankey Bar mixes it up

With an award-winning mixologist manning one of the city’s quirkiest bars, The Twankey Bar offers swanky red leather chairs, marble table tops, mood lighting and a massive blackboard offering a multitude of Cape Town-inspired cocktails. There’s a light menu for guests to snack from, but the real highlight is the historical setting and array of one-of-a-kind drinks.

7. Jiva Spa Indian Wellness

Renowned for its signature Cape Fynbos treatment, Jiva Spa advocates ‘Athithi Devo Bhava’ – the belief that guests are gods and should be treated reverently. Inspired by the ancient art of Indian wellness, luxuriant massages and treatments place special focus on aligning the body and mind, with soothing aromatherapy products made especially for Taj.

8. The Art Gallery and First Thursday Offering

Taj Cape Town’s prestigious art gallery exhibits the work of a new South African artist every month, which ties into a vibrant First Thursday offering. On the first Thursday of the month, the hotel invites the public to view its latest exhibition while revelling in live entertainment at The Reserve and The Twankey Bar.

 
 
 
Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Accommodation,Activities,Cape Town,History,Hotel | on: July 7, 2017

The Best of Cape Town, Just a Stone’s Throw Away

Cape Town is famous the world over, not only for its awe-inspiring scenery but for its cultural diversity and rich heritage. For all its drawcards, Cape Town has one very real flaw – there is simply too much to do. You need more than a weekend, more than a week, maybe even more than a month to fully absorb everything that makes Cape Town so unique and easy to love. This is exactly why we thought it best to compile a list of the top five sights around Cape Town, all of which happen to be just a stone’s throw from Taj Cape Town. Isn’t that convenient?

Red Bus City Sightseeing

As with London’s iconic sightseeing busses, Cape Town has its very own sightseeing bus and it just happens to be one of the best ways to see Cape Town. There are several tours to choose from, each with their own themes, routes and stops. There are 17 stops altogether and the buses run all day every day, with one of the first busses for the City Tour departing as early as 09h00 from the nearby Long Street tour office. Tour goers can choose from 12 tours which offer guided experiences through the Peninsula, Cape Point, Table Mountain, downtown, wine estates, the townships and more.

The Evening Show

Because you can watch a movie anywhere in the world, it’s always better to see a live show when you are visiting a new city. Live music and theatre are your best source of local culture and entertainment after a long day of sightseeing.

The Crypt

For those who have never managed to attend the annual Cape Town Jazz Festival, the Crypt is not only the best live jazz venue in Cape Town, it is also just across the road from the Taj Cape Town.

The Cape Town Magic Club

If you are in the mood for a more theatrical endeavour, the Cape Town Magic Club puts on incredible magic shows at the Cape Town Club every Monday evening at 7 pm and at 9 pm. The talented magicians are guaranteed to baffle audiences with their trickery and smooth moves.

The Fugard Theatre Cape Town

Get transported to another time and place at the Fugard Theatre. With shows on Tuesdays to Saturdays, we highly recommend that you catch a show during your stay in Cape Town. A brief 8-minute walk from the Taj will get you right to the front door of the Fugard Theatre.

The Artscape Theatre

This is a theatre complex which is large enough to house an arena, an opera house, a theatre and open-air theatre – leaving endless possibilities when it comes to epic live performances! At any one time, guests can treat themselves to a musical, a pantomime, an exhibition, a ballet, a play, an opera or even a talent competition.

Cape Town Markets

Markets are a great way to take a relaxing stroll and admire the creativity and ingenuity of our fellow humans. Depending on the type of market you prefer, which day of the week it is and where you are located, there is a market in Cape Town waiting for you to explore it. Find community markets, farmers markets, holistic and lifestyle markets, night markets and more to while away your time in Cape Town.

The Museum Mile

Cape Town’s rich history is nothing to be scoffed at. Mired in wars and slavery, ours is a history to be learnt from rather than repeated. The Museum Mile is the collective name for the network of museums within the Cape Town city bowl. Grouped together are galleries, historical houses, a maritime centre, a planetarium, a castle, the slave lodge and various other museums, each with something unique and interesting to offer. Together these pockets of preserved history map out a description of life in the Cape Town of old.

Table Mountain

Last but not least, of course, is Table Mountain. Not merely for the sake of a cliché, but because the mountain will pull you into its orbit whether you allow it to or not. This unavoidable and magnificent landmass is not only beautiful from the view in your hotel room but it also provides an utterly inspiring view of Cape Town from above. No trip to Cape Town is complete without a bit of time on the mountain and the cable car is one of the best ways to get up there.

With all that is to be seen and done, Cape Town visitors are spoilt for choice. One thing you don’t need to spend time thinking about though is where to stay. Taj Cape Town is dusted with a generous, wall-to-wall coating of luxury and it’s conveniently close to all of the above-mentioned sights and activities. To book accommodation contact: res.capetown@tajhotels.com, or call +27 21 819 2000.

 
 
 

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