Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town,Events,Hotel,Spa and Recreation | on: March 9, 2017


Get Pedalling at the Annual Cape Town Cycle Challenge

It’s that time of year again when we are all preparing for the annual Cape Town Cycle Tour (formerly known as the Cape Argus). Taking place on Sunday the 12th of March, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the cycle tour – the largest timed cycling event in the world, covering a magnificent 109km route. A massive group of 35 000 cyclists will wind their way through the mountainous backdrop with many raising funds for the Rotary Club of Claremont and the Pedal Power Association, amongst others.

The History of the Cape Town Cycle Tour

The Cape Town Cycle Tour was established in 1978 by the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, as a way to draw attention to the need for bicycle lanes in South Africa. It has since grown immensely to become one of the world’s most respected cycle tours, and it is even recognised in the International Cycling Union’s Golden Bike Series.

Get Involved in the Cape Town Cycle Tour

Applications for entry closed on the 23rd of August but there is no reason for cycling enthusiasts not to grab a seat and watch the event from one of the beautiful spectator spots. With six cut off times along the route, you can easily plan which of the 16 spots you would like to view the race from ahead of time.

Each of these areas have with their own charm and breath-taking view:

• The start, Hertzog Boulevard
• Newlands Forest Area
• Paradise Road (near Paradise Motors)
• Edinburgh Drive (top of Wynberg Hill – outbound)
• Main Road / Steenberg Road (Muizenberg)
• Kalk Bay and St. James
• Fish Hoek
• Glencairn Beach
• Simon’s Town Main Road
• Scarborough
• Noordhoek Farm Village
• Hout Bay (Corner Princess and Main / Chapman’s Peak Drive)
• Suikerbossie
• Camps Bay Beachfront
• Sea Point
• Promenade & finish line

A brief 10-minute drive from the Cape Town Cycle Tour start, and only 12 minutes from the finish line, Taj Cape Town makes choosing the perfect accommodation a cinch. The Taj is also the ideal resting place for exhausted cyclists and supporters alike – wind down with a spa treatment at the luxurious Jiva Spa, replenish your energy stores over a delicious meal at the Bombay Brasserie or Mint, the Local Grill and wash it all down with an artisanal cocktail at the Twankey Bar. To book your accommodation, phone +27 (0) 21 819 2000 or email

Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Accommodation,Activities,Cape Town,Events | on: February 28, 2017


Plug into the Creative Global Network at Design Indaba 2017

Each year the Mother City re-affirms its title as the design capital of South Africa when the insightful, visionary and inspired arrive in droves to absorb the annual creative burst. The Design Indaba attracts cultivated thought leaders the world over for 3-days of conferences, film festivals and emerging creatives.

A Design Capital of the World

Cape Town has an ongoing reputation for its high level of entrepreneurship in creative industries and design-led organisations, along with having held the prestigious title of ‘Design Capital of the World’.

The blossoming of South African creativity in areas like Architecture, Art, Photography, Craft, Fashion and Jewellery design, and more, led to a victory over more than 50 competing cities for the bi-annual award bestowed by the International Council for Societies of Industrial Design.

Cape Town’s “Year of Design” in 2014 can still be felt today as it touched every facet of the city.

Investing in Your Career

Hosted at the Artscape Theatre, the 2017 Design Indaba Conference offers career enhancing insights from local and international speakers, with ticket prices ranging from R3 065.00 for a single day ticket to R7 900.00 for the full three-day experience.

For those who cannot make it to the live talks, the conference is now also available in simulcast in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Potchefstroom or Windhoek. These Simulcast ticket prices range from R380.00 to R1 600.00 with discounts on offer for student and group bookings.

Talking the Talk at Design Indaba

Design Indaba is easily the ‘TED Talks’ of creative dialogue and conference goers will gain access to the inner workings of industry geniuses the world over. Included on the guest list are artists, Lernert & Sander; product designers, Dokter and Misses; entrepreneur, Joe Gebbia; interaction designer, Marko Ahtisaari and furniture designer, Yinka Ilori as well as graphic designer, Bo-Won Keum; speculative designer, Shoko Tamura; photographer, Thandiwe Msebenzi and even co-founder of New York agency Collins, Brian Collins. These and many, many more speakers will impart insights into their start-up secrets, design inspiration and ultimate ambitions.

An Exploration of Beautiful Objects in Africa

Engaging the public with exhibitions that explore creativity and design, the festival will also delve into the meaning of beauty as it seeks to crown one of the top ten intriguing and storied entries for the coveted “Most Beautiful Object in Africa” award. The nominations for 2017 have been announced and an exhibition showcasing the top 10 objects will run at the Artscape Theatre throughout the festival as well as being available online as a 360 video tour.

Locals and visitors alike are also invited to enjoy an evening interlude from 5:30 PM onwards at the Artscape Piazza. Open to the public, the Nightscape festival will present a cornucopia of exhibitions, a film festival, art and design installations, all topped off with a generous dose of music from a selection of top DJs, musicians and producers. To sustain festival goers, food and drinks will also be available.

At the Centre of It All

Many of Cape Town’s Design districts can be explored from the city centre.  Long Street is renowned for its entertainment venues with a significant length dedicated to restored Victorian buildings which have been converted into nightclubs, theatres and boutique hotels. Cutting-edge technology, fashion and design are the hallmarks of Kloof Street along with a slew of production studios, the Labia cinema art house, trendsetting hair salons and one of South Africa’s biggest animation studios.

The East City Precinct is one of the design district frontrunners with a revamped neighbourhood that is home to many design and information technology firms. The project aims to attract more creative industries and emerging designers to the area while transforming Cape Town’s innovation District – The Fringe – into a central hub of creative and inspirational businesses, buildings and institutions, including the Fugard Theatre, the Cape Craft Design Institute, Open Innovation Studios.

Design enthusiasts will be pleased to know that not only is Taj Cape Town centrally located within the heart of the Mother City’s design hub, it is also a wonderful design destination in its own right. Here, the beautifully restored architecture of the Old Reserve Bank along with its modern luxury tower creates an innovative twist on timeless elegance – a motive reflected in each room combining modern luxury convenience with an old world charm.

As Design Indaba conference and festival goers flock to Cape Town, booking accommodation ahead of time is essential. Taj Cape Town is located a short distance from the Artscape Theatre where the conference and festival will be held. Alongside its convenient central location, Taj Cape Town also offers a luxurious and authentic Cape Town experiences.  A range of fine dining restaurants, the ultimate relaxation of the Jiva Grande Spa and a host of activities and tours are available for festival goers looking for the complete Mother City adventure.

Contact us at +27 (0) 21 819 2000 or email to reserve your accommodation for the 2017 Design Indaba.





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