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 Cape Town,Hotel,Spa and Recreation | on: November 19, 2015


Jiva Grande Spa is proud to announce that we have introduced a new spectacular retail product – Esse Organic Skincare. This amazing range comprises of the best cutting-edge, certified organic products available for the professional skincare market.

Created in 2002 and based on a passion for the chemistry of Africa’s plants, Esse now exports to more than 20 countries and is putting South Africa on the map by highlighting the biodiversity of our African plants and their potential in cutting-edge organic skincare.

Along with the philosophy of doing everything they can to keep their client’s skin healthy and resistant to the aging process, the company also takes a long-term view on skin health, while paying attention to the impact their business has on the world. Esse certifies as both organic and supportive of Fair Trade as they only use plant-based ingredients.

Esse Organic Skincare products are now available at our Jiva Grande Spa, the range includes a variety of cleansers, including a gel cleanser that utilises peppermint and spearmint oils which refresh and improves micro-circulation to aid in the elimination of toxins. For mature or dehydrated skin, a cream mask is available which contains stable and available sources of vitamins A, B, E and C that have been shown to improve skin structure, reduce pigmentation and aid cell regeneration. A selection of toners, moisturisers, treatments and exfoliators are also available as well as hand creams and lip conditioners. For more information on the products, please contact one of our professional specialists on +27 (0) 21 819 2000 or

Taj Cape Town provides luxury accommodation in Cape Town and is home to the luxurious Jiva Grande Spa. Please contact one of our professional therapists’ at for more information or click here to view the Jiva Grande Spa Brochure. Gift Vouchers are available as the ideal Year End or Festive gift and guests will receive 2 additional complimentary vouchers for every ten Jiva Grande Spa vouchers purchased.





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