By Naushad Khan
The Mount Nelson Hotel, part of the Orient Express Collection, is perfectly located in the Cape Town city centre. Guests at this prestigious address are within walking distance of the vibrant Cape Town CBD and minutes away from iconic destinations such as Table Mountain, Robben Island, the V&A Waterfront and the sandy beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay.
A preferred hotel to royalty and superstars, The Mount Nelson has seen them all since 1899 when it first welcomed guests. This grand old lady stands head up high in picture perfect and lush green gardens that sucks guests into a fairy tale wonderland.
Their current winter promotion features three very tempting packages that include luxury accommodation, a feast of a buffet breakfast and a choice of other special treats at the hotel. You can choose from the Suite Life, The Epicure or the Spicy Life.
During our stay at the hotel we chose the Spicy Life option, which included a couples massage treatment for 60-minutes at the Librisa Spa. The use of a personal blend of essential oils ensures that you are soothed into a state of deep relaxation. Oh, why did it have to end? The staff at Librisa Spa are very professional and that adds so much to one’s overall spa experience.
Accommodation at The Mount Nelson is luxury at its best. The rooms are spacious and the decor and furnishings are carefully co-ordinated to guarantee the ultimate luxury stay. Our deluxe room had a balcony that offered amazing vistas of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. It is the perfect spot for a sundowner or two.
A stay at the Nellie, as The Mount Nelson is so affectionately known, will never be complete without discovering the joys of tea at their daily high tea. With a really wide selection of teas from across the world, delicious savoury and mouth watering sweet treats, you will lose all thoughts of the words “diet” or “eating-plan”. It is an absolute indulgence for all tea lovers and has become so popular that advance booking is necessary to secure your space.
The high tea is served in The Lounge, which also offers alfresco dining. The Mount Nelson is also home to the internationally acclaimed Planet bar as well as Planet Restaurant, which opened its doors in 2010.
Under the watchful eye of executive chef Rudi Liebenberg, Planet Restaurant has already notched up several awards and nominations with the fine dining establishment’s Chef de Partie, Wynand van Rooyen scooping the coveted title of Sunday Times Chef of the Year in 2011. Exec Chef Rudi Liebenberg has also set up an organic and sustainable vegetable farm in Stellenbosch, which produces most of the vegetables used at Planet Restaurant.
Their winter promotion, priced at just R1500 per person sharing, is an opportune time for locals to get a taste of one of the world’s finest 5-star hotels and enjoy all the additional trimmings on offer.