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 Activities,Cape Town,Events,Hotel,Spa and Recreation | on: March 9, 2017

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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 sales.capetown@tajhotels.com.

 
 
 

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