Best High Teas to Enjoy for Mother’s Day 2024

Casa Labia by Ideas Cartel

One of the best experiences to treat mom to this Mother’s Day 2024 is a special tea experience. It’s an elegant and fun foodie experience designed to make her feel like a pampered queen and the perfect excuse to dust off your best, smartest clothes!

(Tip: Remember to book immediately as these experiences will fill up quickly!)

There’s no shortage of excellent high- and afternoon-tea experiences in the Mother City; here are some of the best high teas to enjoy:


Savour High Tea by the Sea at Casa Labia (Muizenberg)

Savour High Tea by the Sea at Casa Labia (Muizenberg)

What could be more special and sophisticated than a high tea experience by the sea at the opulent Casa Labia in Muizenberg?

They have an option to choose between either a morning- or afternoon-seating and your tea experience is enjoyed in their gorgeous ballroom.

The menu offers a wonderful array of bottomless tea (other beverages are charged separately), savoury finger foods and an assortment of sweet treats (everything from chocolate eclairs to lemon poppy and elderflower lamingtons).

Choose between a variety of Dilmah and Enmasse teas, including strawberry, sticky naartjie, chocolate chai and jasmine queen.

Note: High tea offerings are subject to availability and direct bookings are essential. A deposit is also required to secure your booking.

For pricing or menu information or to book, please visit their website or contact Casa Labia directly.


Experience Middle Eastern-inspired Afternoon Tea at Vineyard Hotel’s Morii (Newlands)

Vineyard Hotel via Facebook

If you’re looking for something a little more exotic, why not try the Middle Eastern-inspired afternoon tea offered by Vineyard Hotel’s Morii?

This unique afternoon tea includes a delicious array of savoury treats, sweets and sandwiches, carefully paired with teas and infusions, including their own exclusive Vineyard Blend.

Delight in new treats and tastes like Macadamia and cashew nut tartlet with coffee chantilly; charcoal choux bun with goat’s cheese and spring onion crema; or even BBQ lamb kofta with beetroot hummus.

There’s a wide choice of teas to choose from, including caramel vanilla black tea, apple green tea and rose congou black tea. (Although, if you prefer, you can also choose coffee instead). For an additional fee, you can also add some Cape bubbly.

This tea experience is available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 15:30 pm but prebooking is essential.

For pricing or menu information or to pre-book, please visit their website or contact Morii at Vineyard Hotel directly.

Vineyard Hotel via Facebook Dessert

Enjoy Timeless Afternoon Tea Moments at the Mount Nelson Hotel (Gardens)

Tea Moments at the Mount Nelson Hotel

Afternoon tea was first introduced at The Nellie in 1989 and ever since, it’s been one of the hotel’s most timeless, classic guest experiences. To some degree, you could say it’s an essential Cape Town experience for all true foodies!

With over 60 premium loose-leaf, flowering teas and local infusions to choose from, there’s no shortage of tea options at the Mount Nelson Hotel.

Coffee lovers are also suitably catered for with some impeccable single-origin beans, sourced from Ethiopia and Rwanda and brewed to perfection. Guests can also enjoy premium whiskies, liqueurs and cognacs.

There’s an assortment of afternoon tea options to choose from, including the Classic Afternoon Tea or the Champagne Afternoon Tea.

Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel via Facebook

This iconic, historic afternoon tea experience, which takes place from Wednesday to Sunday at 12pm or 15:00 pm in the Lounge, offers a great selection of cakes, pastries and sandwiches. The accompanying piano music really sets the tone.

For pricing or menu information or to pre-book, please visit their website or contact Mount Nelson Hotel directly.


Treat Mom to a Wonderful Hout Bay Getaway

Hout Bay Getaway Bedroom

Why not book a special getaway for your mother to enjoy before or after Mother’s Day 2024?

Hout Bay Getaway Lounge
Hout Bay Getaway Kitchen

Our Harbour View Hout Bay three-bedroom apartment, which offers gorgeous views of the ocean and beautiful Hout Bay, is the perfect Mother City getaway.

Hout Bay Getaway Views
Hout Bay Getaway View

Our apartment comes with every desired amenity and luxury facility mom could need - including WiFi, a queen-sized bed and two double-beds, dedicated undercover basement parking, washing machine, tumble dryer, flat-screen TV and DStv and so much more. It’s also securely situated within a lovely security complex.

Best of all, to save on this stay, check out our Autumn Special (valid from 1 - 31 May 2024) here (under the ‘View Specials’ tab)!

Hout Bay Views

For more information on our Harbour View apartment or to book, please see here on our website.

Best West Coast Farm Stalls

West Coast

There are few things better than a good, South African farm stall (or ‘padstal’ as they’re locally called). Found in many local small towns and alongside main roads, these country gems are often brimming with delectable eats, homemade preserves and other bottled goods, freshly baked delicacies and an assortment of gifts and other knick-knacks.

In fact, farm stalls are a delight; perfect for the roadside pitstop, quick bite or a keepsake find.

In this post, we share some of the Western Cape’s best West Coast farm stalls to enjoy:


Vygevallei Farmstall

Situated next to a Puma petrol station, Vygevallei Farmstall makes for a convenient pitstop along the West Coast’s R27.
This charming, quirky farm stall offers the best, freshest roosterkoek and other eats, as well as some interesting locally made products.

Browse some local products, grab a roosterkoek for brunch or lunch or even simply stop by and admire all the quirky, fascinating outside decor.


Weskus Spens Padstal

Weskus Spens Padstal

Image credit: Weskus Spens Padstal

First opened in April 1992, Weskus Spens Padstal has stood the test of time. Situated 10 kilometres from Vredenburg and 20 kilometres from Velddrif, this charming farm stall has become famous over the years as the oldest farm stall along the R27.

To this day, they are also famous for having the ‘best bread in the West’, which they have been lovingly producing for over two decades now.

In addition to their famous breads and brand, Weskus Spens also offers delicious breakfasts, pies and more. There’s a great outdoor garden area, complete with a kid-friendly jungle gym to ensure a family-friendly experience from start to finish.
While you’re there, shop for some fresh bread or stock up on goodies like rusks, chutneys, organic honey and other precious gifts!

Weskus Spens Padstal 2

Image credit: Weskus Spens Padstal

For more information, please visit: weskusspenspadstal.co.za


Die Skooltjie Padstal

Die Skooltjie Padstal

Image credit: Die Skooltjie Padstal

Situated between Dwarskersbors and Elands Bay, this delightful farm stall offers a wide assortment of pickled goods, game- and chicken-pies, coffee, soft serve ice-cream, sweets and more.

It’s a traveller’s safe haven in the midst of the West Coast in every sense of the word. Many people say they are frequent return visitors and for good reason: with friendly, welcoming West Coast hospitality, delicious goods and well-stocked shelves, it’s the ideal place to stop for some road trip essentials or homeward-bound treats!


Weskus Padstal

Weskus Padstal

Image credit: Weskus Padstal

Situated near Yzerfontein, Weskus Padstal is the perfect place to stop for a family meal, stock up on country goodies or even simply a place to stretch your weary legs. There’s an on-site eatery and bakery, as well as a stocked shop and nursery, to enjoy here.

Weskus Padstal is a charming experience, with good food, lovely goodies and much more to see and enjoy during a visit.


Rent a Dreamy West Coast Apartment

Skilliepark Exterior

DK Villas offers an exciting short-term rental in our beautiful Skilliepark apartment, which is situated near the peaceful West Coast fishing village, Dwarskersbos.

This cosy cottage, which comfortably sleeps four guests (including children), has chic beach finishes throughout and offers a light, airy seaside getaway for guests to enjoy.

Skilliepark dining

With two bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen and comfy lounge area, an en-suite bathroom (complete with bath), a separate guest bathroom (with shower), a lovely patio and a conveniently located garage that enjoys direct access to the apartment, this beach cottage makes for an incredible stay.

On top of that, it is situated in a secure, safe complex, which also has its own communal swimming pool for guests to enjoy. (There is also plenty of visitors’ parking available, if needed.)

Skilliepark location

The apartment is well-furnished with every possible amenity and creature comfort you could need, from Wi-Fi and DStv to a washing machine, tumble dryer and much more.

This is the place to make your West Coast dreams come to life, as you create new memories filled with seasonal wild flowers, long walks by the ocean and tranquil days spent in the West Coast sunshine, where the sky is so often painted the most glorious array of colours come sunrise or sunset.

West Coast Spoils

For more information or to book this dreamy West Coast apartment, please see here on our website.

Two Oceans Marathon 2024: Its History, Scenery and Where to Watch From

Two Oceans Marathon

Africa’s biggest running event, the famous Two Oceans Marathon (or, TOM), is an exciting race weekend that promises race day jitters, family day activities, beautiful scenery, excitement from start to finish and more.

This historic race, which has been taking place since 1970 and is now in its 53rd edition, draws thousands of local and international guests, supporters and fans alike. Run from the bottom of Dean Street, Newlands to the UCT rugby fields (Groote Schuur Estate), this stunning running race takes runners and supports on an incredible journey across the Mother City.

In this post, we share some historic facts about the Two Oceans Marathon, showcase its scenic route and look at where to watch and cheer on the 2024 entrants from.


An Overview of the Two Oceans Marathon’s History

Two Oceans Marathon’s History

Since the first edition of the Two Oceans Marathon on 2 May 1970 (although it was only officially named that in 1972), this Cape Town-based running race has come a long way and has firmly cemented itself in the hearts and minds of runners and supporters from the world over.

While the race was originally intended to be a training run for the perhaps more iconic
Comrades Marathon, it has turned itself into an annual attraction (usually synonymous with Easter weekend) that now attracts more than 9000 entrants. Not bad for a humble race beginning with just 26 runners and an entry fee of 50 cents back in 1970!

Today, the race is famously hailed as Africa’s biggest running event and has a huge impact on the Western Cape’s economy, contributing some R672 million to it annually.

But it’s not just about the economic impact this race has because the Two Oceans Marathon is now considered a weekend of family fun, exciting race moments and unique experiences for runners, their loved ones and of course, spectators to enjoy!

The 1970s saw some historic moments for the race — including the first female entrant, the first black entrants and winner and the first permanent blue number — and, since the 1980s to the more recent 2010s, the race has continued to grow in size, popularity and key moments! There have been last-gasp victories, many smashed records and even the wettest race in TOM history.

Read more about its historic moments here!


Iconic Cape Town Scenery

Running Marathon

What makes the race so memorable though is its spectacular scenery that gives both entrants and their supporters a first-hand glimpse of the Mother City’s natural beauty!

The Ultra Marathon (although there is also the Half Marathon and some excellent Fun Runs) takes runners and supporters from the heart of the Southern Suburbs through to Muizenberg, Kalk Bay, Noordhoek, along Chapman's Peak, Hout Bay, Constantia Nek, Newlands and everywhere in between before ending at UCT’s rugby fields.

Along the way, there’s ocean vistas, leafy suburbs and mesmerising mountain scenery to enjoy.


Where to Watch the Two Oceans Marathon In-Person

Running Cape Town

If you wish to show your in-person support, here’s a list of the best places to physically catch the TOM from:

  • Main Road Rondebosch: The start
  • Main Road – Rondebosch to Fish Hoek
  • Fish Hoek – Kommetjie Road
  • Main Road – Noordhoek
  • Chapman’s Peak
  • Hout Bay and The Marathon Mark, to the top of Constantia Nek
  • Constantia Nek – Ladies Mile/Parish Road
  • Southern Cross Drive
  • Cecilia Forest (along Rhodes Drive)
  • Kirstenbosch Gardens
  • UCT – Rondebosch: The finish line

If you wish to show your support, please ensure you:

  • are mindful of the road closures (you need to know where to park or walk to your spectator spots from);
  • do not litter (there are many bins provided along the route);
  • and pack a lovely picnic to keep your hunger in check!

For more information and tips, please see the official Supporter Guide here.


Stay at Our Tranquil Hout Bay Apartments

dk villas marathon

While we are fortunate to be fully booked for 13 and 14 April 2024, including two with runners who are competing in this year’s race, remember that DK Villas is still the perfect place to stay if you wish to participate or cheer on next year’s race!

And, just because you’ve missed a stay with us for the race weekend itself, doesn’t mean you can’t book a soothing accommodation getaway with us either before or after all race frenzy has come and gone!

dk villas lounge

Choose from our three family-friendly accommodation stays:

dk villas swimming pool

Each apartment is wonderfully furnished with every necessary- and-luxury amenity, from secure parking to complimentary WiFi, DStv, handy appliances and more.

Our three apartments also offer their own uniquely scenic views that further enhance the specialness of your Hout Bay stay!

dk villas bedrooms

For more information or to book our Hout Bay apartments, please visit their relevant accommodation page(s) on our website.

Keeping it Fresh: Where to Find Markets in Hout Bay and Surrounds

Markets are always fun! There’s so much to see and do walking through a variety of stalls, from fresh produce, fine foods, delicious coffees, handmade goodies, and usually live music that sets the tone for a buzzing morning, whether with friends or family. So, if you’re on holiday in the Western Cape or just passing through on a weekend, give the local markets some love.


5 Cape Markets

Below are five markets worth exploring. While some are closer, in Hout Bay, and conveniently located only a few kilometres from all three of our Hout Bay units (Harbour View, The Boardwalk, and Riverview), others are a bit further afield but will allow you to get a glimpse of the beautiful Cape scenery. Let us start with Hout Bay.


Bay Harbour Market

Bay Harbour Market

Known as “Cape Town’s Most Vibrant Market”, it is in a fish factory on Harbour Road, but we promise there is nothing fishy about it! The market caters to everyone, supplying delicious foods, from sweet to savoury, sushi to waffles, and almost everything in between. Enjoy a morning coffee or if you’re a juice person, you can opt for one freshly prepared. For the beer lovers out there, you can get your beverage at the Boom Bar, which is a full-service bar.

While you have food taken care of, you can enjoy offers that range from arts and crafts to fashion, beauty, wellness, and décor with live music. The Bay Harbour Market is open on Fridays from 5 pm to 9 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 9.30 am to 4 pm. More details can be found on their website or social media channels.


Hout Bay Village Market

Hout Bay Village Market

What used to be the Lion’s Club Craft Market is now the Hout Bay Village Market, located in Mainstream Park (opposite the Mainstream Mall). It is only about a minute’s drive away from our Riverview Hout Bay unit. With food stalls available to your tastes, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll outside, experiencing a variety of arts and crafts by artists who handmade their products. The Hout Bay Village Market believes it’s “not just about shopping; it’s about creating an experience”.

It is open every Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm, depending on the weather conditions. Additionally, it operates during seasonal times, namely Spring, Summer, and Autumn. You can bring along your whole family and it is also pet friendly.


First Fruits Farmers Market

First Fruits Farmers Market

Situated on Valley Road in Hout Bay, the First Fruit Farmers Market fosters a sense of community and gives small business owners a boost. If you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors brimming with beautiful scenery this will be an enjoyable early morning treat. You can also picnic and bring your dogs (on leashes). The market is open once a month on the first Saturday of every month, from 9 am to 2 pm. Bring the whole family and pets are also permitted.


Lourensford Market

Lourensford Market

If you want to expand a little bit beyond the city limits and take a drive to enjoy the Cape scenery, why not try The Lourensford Market on the Lourensford Wine Estate in Helderberg, Somerset West? It’s over an hour from Hout Bay and offers over 60 stalls with a variety of foods and artisanal and artistic goods.

For the adults there is wine tasting. If you are a connoisseur, you can get a taste of the wines from the estate. For the kiddies, there is a variety of activities available. You can’t have a market without some live music, which you can enjoy and jam along. The market is open on Fridays, from 5 pm to 9 pm, Saturdays from 11 am to 4 pm, and Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm.


Oranjezicht City Farm Market

Oranjezicht City Farm Market

Just under an hour away from Hout Bay, the Oranjezicht City Farm Market at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (V&A) is a great option if you want to explore the city bowl a bit more while on your trip. The market brings “urban farming” to life and offers locally produced food with various options that include vegetarian, vegan, dairy, sugar, wheat gluten-free, and more.

The market is open on Saturdays from 8.15 am to 2 pm and Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm. There is also the Wednesday night market that runs until April 2024 from 5 pm to 9 pm. Pets are also allowed here but on leashes and well-mannered.


Chilled Market at the Range (Tokai)

Chilled Market at the Range (Tokai)

Come and chill at the Chilled Market at the Range in Tokai, it’s about 25 minutes away from Hout Bay. Explore some delicious homemade meals from pizzas to delicious sweet treats, and beverages that cater to everyone from those who love their craft beers, which are on tap, and those who enjoy an evening wine, and more!

The kiddies can come too and have a blast at the play area while you enjoy a stroll through the stalls. Paired with some live music, and indoor or outdoor seating, it’s a fun-filled Friday evening outing that opens on Friday evenings from 4.30 pm to 9.30 pm.


There you have it! Just a few options to choose from, some within walkable distance away and others requiring a scenic drive out, but either way it’s a fresher alternative, shall we say, to get your fruits and veggies, and some local gifts and goodies, during your stay here. While we do out best to provide accurate details, we do kindly advise you to double-check the respective markets’ webpages about any date or opening time changes.

Easter 2024: Kid-Friendly Places in Hout Bay and Surrounds

Clay Cafe Hout Bay

Hout Bay and its surrounds offer so many family-friendly experiences to enjoy together and there’s no better time than the Easter school holidays to explore this beautiful part of the Mother City.

In this post, we share some of the best kid-friendly places to explore over the Easter 2024 school holidays:


Paint Together at Clay Cafe Hout Bay

Clay Cafe Garden

What can be more fun than painting your own clay ceramic at the family-friendly Clay Cafe in Hout Bay? Best of all, this branch and its cafe menu caters perfectly to families, meaning little ones don’t get left out!

Young and old can pick out their clay ceramics (there’s a wide variety to choose from, everything from mugs and plates to pot plants and more), paint up a storm and enjoy a delicious family meal together.
Plus, over the Easter weekend, on 30 and 31 March 2024 between 9am - 5pm, the Clay Cafe Hout Bay will be hosting some special Easter festivities.

We’ve heard the Easter Bunny is even going to make an appearance (from 10:30 am onwards) and there will be spot prizes for the best Easter ceramic!

Book online to be part of this fun Easter experience.


Visit World of Birds

World of Birds

The World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park is one of the most timelessly popular Cape Town experiences for families. Not only is this the largest bird park in Africa but it’s a true Hout Bay icon.

During your visit, you can see everything from a wide range of birds to different types of monkeys and more. If you time your visit right, you can even view the feeding times.

Recently, a new cafe, called the Hornbill Cafe, has opened up at World of Birds and it promises the perfect pit stop after a day’s exploration. To round off your visit, there’s also some fun kiddie play areas and a lovely curio shop on-site.

For more information, please see their website: worldofbirds.co.za


Enjoy Playtime at Earthworx Garden World

World of Birds children

Perhaps an unsurprising spot for families to go but this isn’t your ordinary garden centre. Earthworx Garden World offers so much for families to enjoy, thanks to their beautiful garden centre, Roots Farm Shoppe and of course, their incredible, child-friendly playpark.

The playpark is a huge favourite among little ones, with everything from treehouses and swings to ziplines, slides and more to enjoy. Best of all, for a small fee, there are staff on hand to supervise kids.

Earthworx Playpark can also host excellent children’s parties. Enquire with them directly for more information on their action-packed kids’ parties.

For more information, please see their website: earthworx.org

Earthworx Garden World

Enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt and Sunday Lunch at The Cellars-Hohenort

Cellars Hohenort

Another celebration to enjoy this Easter is the special Easter egg hunt and Easter Sunday lunch taking place at The Cellars-Hohenort, in charming Constantia, on 31 March 2024.

The festivities kick-start from 12pm with a fun Easter egg hunt, before families then sit down to enjoy a delicious Easter lunch together in the beautiful Conservatory restaurant, which conveniently overlooks the hotel’s lush lawns, camphor trees and stunning gardens.

Parents can enjoy a wonderful three-course menu (with amuse-bouche), with two options per course to choose from. While for kids, there’s a separate two-course menu with a variety of tasty treats!

For more information or to book, please contact the hotel directly or see their website: www.thecellars-hohenorthotel.com


Book a Family-friendly Hout Bay Stay

Family-friendly Hout Bay

While our range of beautiful Hout Bay accommodation offerings are booked up for the 2024 Easter weekend, there’s no reason you can’t plan a family-friendly stay with us this year, whether for the school holidays or beyond.

Choose from our three accommodation options, which are happily all child-friendly:

dk villas pool area

Each of our apartments is tastefully furnished; offers its own unique views; and comes complete with every creature comfort and luxury amenity needed, from secure parking to free WiFi, DStv, quality appliances and more.

dk villas lounge

For more information or to book our Hout Bay apartments, please visit their relevant accommodation page(s) on our website.

Spend a Fun Day at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Kirstenbosch Gardens

Photo credit: www.sanbi.org

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is one of the Mother City’s most timeless natural attractions.

This incredible national botanical garden boasts a rich history; offers some of the most incredible flora anywhere in the world; and is the perfect family-friendly attraction to explore with your friends and loved ones.

In this post, we share some cool things to do on a fun day out at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.


1) Take a Protea Picnics Feast Along With You

Based in Hout Bay, Protea Picnics is a delightful, local picnic company that is passionately run by owner Sally de Villiers.

Sally’s affordable, yet tastefully curated Protea Picnics can be purchased and enjoyed anywhere in Cape Town. (You just need to collect your picnic order from her Hout Bay base.)

This means you can savour the picnic experience at the beach, on a mountain or yes, even at beautiful Kirstenbosch!

Best of all, for DK Villas guests who stay five nights or more at any of our Hout Bay apartments, we can offer you a beautiful picnic from Sally.

So, why not order your picnic and take it along with you to Kirstenbosch?

Kirstenbosch has so many tranquil picnic spots for visitors to enjoy and Sally’s Protea Picnics are the real deal.

Her picnics offer quality, healthy food and desserts that come beautifully packaged, with thoughtful, eco-friendly touches for extra good measure!

You can order from her set picnic menus or even build-your-own picnic. Note: Picnic orders cater for a minimum of two guests. To learn more or book a Protea Picnics experience, please see Sally’s website: www.proteapicnics.com.

Kirstenbosch Picnic

2) Brave the Boomslang

Aside from Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden’s many incredible garden sections, which include (to name a few), the Peninsula Garden, the Sculpture Garden, Mathews Rockery, the Education Centre - one of the garden’s most famous attractions is the thrilling Tree Canopy Walkway, affectionately called the Boomslang (tree snake in Afrikaans).

This giddying boardwalk curls above the treetops, offering incredible views from staggering heights! It even allows for some ideal photo opportunities too.

This 130-metre-long walkway is 12 metres high in places and offers visitors a unique way to admire and appreciate Kirstenbosch.

Boomslang

Photo credit: www.sanbi.org


3) Experience a Kirstenbosch Summer Concert

This concert experience is one of the hottest annual attractions in the Cape Town social calendar.

While it’s limited to certain summer dates, if you happen to be exploring the Mother City around that time, it’s well worth securing some tickets to enjoy a special outdoor concert experience on the lawns at Kirstenbosch. For more information on Kirstenbosch’s summer concerts, please see here: https://www.sanbi.org/event/kirstenbosch-summer-sunset-concerts-2023-24/

Another popular, fun attraction often enjoyed at Kirstenbosch is the Galileo Open Air Cinema. This fun movie company allows guests to book a unique outdoor cinema experience: watching a popular blockbuster movie in Kirstenbosch Garden!

For more details or to book this incredible open air cinema experience, please see their website: https://thegalileo.co.za/venue/kirstenbosch-garden/.

Kirstenbosch walk

Photo credit: www.sanbi.org


Book a Relaxing Hout Bay Stay with DK Villas

DK Villas offers three lovely Hout Bay apartments for our guests to choose from.

Dk Villas Bedroom

Each of our beautiful, self-catering apartments comes with its own set of accommodation perks, luxury amenities and special views - but this time, we want to highlight our gorgeous, family-friendly Boardwalk apartment.

Dk Villas Boardwalk

This thrilling, self-catering apartment comfortably sleeps four guests (including children). This makes it perfect for families visiting Cape Town or anyone desirous of a soothing seaside getaway in beautiful Hout Bay.

Wine

What’s more, The Boardwalk apartment has a fun, playful feel to it, largely thanks to its funky, yet trendy furnishings!

Complete with bright, airy interiors and stunning mountain- (of charming Chapman’s Peak) and sea-views, this two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment also comes fully equipped with a host of amenities and creature comforts to ensure a comfortable, soothing family getaway.

dkVillas bedroom

Use it as your home base when exploring local city attractions, like Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch or the V&A Waterfront - or even Hout Bay itself, as our secure, luxurious apartment is close to Hout Bay’s own local shops, restaurants and beach!

dkVillas Lounge

For more information or to book this Hout Bay apartment, please see here on our website.

Romantic Places to Dine at in February

La Colombe

February is famously hailed as the ‘Month of Love’ and, with all that romance lingering in the air, why not plan a special, romantic meal for your significant other, galentine or even the family?

In this post, we share some romantic places to dine at in February.

Best of all, they are all conveniently situated along the Atlantic Seaboard (which stretches from the V&A Waterfront to Hout Bay), Cape Town’s city centre and the Constantia Winelands, so you don’t have to travel far to enjoy a stunning meal with your loved one(s)!


1) La Colombe (Constantia)

Arguably one of the most romantic, timelessly beautiful fine dining restaurants in Cape Town is La Colombe at Silvermist. If there’s any romantic restaurant you should save up to enjoy in the Mother City, it has to be this one.

Situated at the lovely Silvermist Estate, this Constantia-based restaurant has won countless awards and it enjoys a flawless reputation for good reason.

This French-meets-Asian-style fine dining restaurant has several set menu options, namely a Reduced Menu, Reduced Vegetarian Menu and the Chefs Menu or Vegetarian Chefs Menu.
Each menu option is sure to leave you spellbound as the food is, quite literally, art on a plate and it tastes as amazing as it looks!

At La Colombe, you can treat your special someone to an unforgettable meal; pop the question in a gorgeous, intimate setting; or simply celebrate your love’s stay.

Note: Advance bookings are highly recommended, as the restaurant sometimes books up a few weeks in advance.

La Colombe Food

2) Azure Restaurant (Camps Bay)

As a winner of South Africa’s Best Hotel Restaurant at the 2020 World Culinary Awards, Azure Restaurant, found at the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa in Camps Bay, is not to be missed during the ‘Month of Love’.

This romantic seafood restaurant is blessed with stunning panoramic sea views; a menu that champions exquisite local ingredients; and of course, a refined dining space (with indoor and outdoor seating) second to none.

Enjoy a memorable meal here with your special someone, as you savour the best of the Atlantic Seaboard.

12 Apostles

3) Quentin at Oakhurst Barn

If you’re looking for a romantic Hout Bay restaurant, look no further than Quentin at Oakhurst Barn.

This restaurant, which is inspired by generational family food-, farming- and cookingtraditions, offers guests the perfect mix of traditional- and modern-cuisine.

They always have a special Valentine Dinner, a Sunday Carvery Buffet Lunch and, as of October 2024, they are also introducing an exciting Summer A La Carte menu to the mix!

With its old-meets-new setting and warm hospitality, Quentin at Oakhurst Barn is ideal for a meal with the one you love.

Flowers

Other romantic restaurants in Cape Town to enjoy include:

  1. Homespun (Blouberg)
  2. Beluga
  3. Scala Pasta
  4. Utopia

Enjoy a Romantic Getaway with DK Villas

Dk Villas Wine Bucket

While DK Villas offers three stunning Hout Bay accommodation options for our guests to enjoy, perhaps the best for a special romantic getaway in the Mother City is our Riverview apartment.

Here, couples can enjoy a soothing, romantic escape in a secure, lovely complex, located a mere stone’s throw away from the beach and within close proximity of Hout Bay and the Mother City at large, too!

Dk Villas Breakfast

Our self-catering apartment offers a gorgeous open-plan kitchen and lounge, private balcony (perfect for enjoying long, summer evenings or early morning catch ups), a lovely bedroom (equipped with a spacious queen-sized bed) and bathroom.

Dk Lounge

It also comes complete with a host of amenities and appliances to make your stay easy, breezy and comfortable.

French Decor

What’s more, the room’s tasteful French decor and luxurious furnishings ensure that you are surrounded by the ultimate comfort during your romantic stay.

Apartment

For more information or to book our Hout Bay apartment, please see here on our website.

Sightseeing Attractions Near Noordhoek and Chapman’s Peak Drive

Chapmans Peak drive

Photo credit: Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust - Travel Writing and Photography

Noordhoek is a truly special seaside village in Cape Town that lies situated below Chapman's Peak Drive and surrounded by the vast Table Mountain National Park (TMNP).

Blessed with incredible mountain- and ocean-views and surrounded by some of the best outdoor attractions in the ‘Deep South’, Noordhoek needs little introduction.

But, in case you didn’t already know, Noordhoek is also a wonderful haven for families, friendly locals, animal lovers and of course, eager travellers too.

In this post, we share some of our favourite sightseeing attractions near Noordhoek (and charming Chapman’s Peak Drive too):


1) Drive Along Stunning Chappies

Connecting Hout Bay and Noordhoek in what can only be described as an impressive series of heart-in-mouth twists and turns, Chapman’s Peak Drive, or Chappies, as it’s fondly known to locals, is one of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring mountain- and marine-drives in the world.

It has a rich history, dating back some 100 years, and is a celebrated engineering marvel. Beyond that, it’s also a true South African icon and one of Cape Town’s most well-loved travel attractions.

Chappies view

No visit to the Mother City is complete without a scenic drive along Chappies.

There is a toll road and payable per bike/vehicle fee if you wish to drive the full route. Otherwise, grab a day pass (applicable during daylight hours only) on the Hout Bay side and enjoy navigating the first 3km.

With gorgeous picnic- and viewing-spots and gorgeous sights of both the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Peninsula savoured along the way, Chappies is an unforgettable experience. And it’s the perfect way to enter and explore Noordhoek too!


2) Visit the Tranquil Cape Point Vineyards

Cape Point Vineyards is one of Cape Town’s most beautiful wine farms. Here, guests can enjoy a winery by the sea, thanks to this family-owned estate’s incredible location.

Cape Point Vineyard

Photo credit: Cape Point Vineyards

Located in Noordhoek, where it is set against the world-renowned Chapman’s Peak mountain range and from where it impressively overlooks the icy Atlantic, Cape Point Vineyards offers a host of amazing experiences.

Think everything from its elegant eateries to tranquil picnics, wine tastings and the much loved, weekly summer market, which takes place every Thursday afternoon (provided weather holds)... These are just some of the many reasons to visit Cape Point Vineyards!


3) Explore Noordhoek Farm Village

Another endlessly popular Noordhoek attraction is the beloved Noordhoek Farm Village. Here, guests can discover a heady mix of quality entertainment, top-class eateries, local hangout spots, kiddies’ play areas and so much more.

Noordhoek Farm Village

From Franck Dangereux’s The Foodbarn Cafe and Tapas to the ever-popular Cafe Roux to a host of local shops, services and the weekly evening market, Noordhoek Farm Village offers something for everyone - with a wonderfully, laid-back, country vibe thrown in for good measure!


4) Grab a Bite to Eat at JAKES on the Common

If you work up an appetite, there’s no better place to grab a good meal than JAKES.

Jakes on the Common

Located at the foot of ‘Chappies’, this lovely eatery, with its carefully landscaped gardens, charming restaurant building and family-friendly atmosphere, offers guests the perfect mix of simple, yet tasty breakfasts, delicious lunches and stylish social evenings.

The Bar and Lounge adds an extra element, making it the ideal place to enjoy some craft beer, cocktails and quality wines.


Other fun sightseeing attractions near Noordhoek include:

● Birdwatching
● Beach strolls
● Surfing
● Beach horse rides
● Noordhoek Panorama Circuit hike


Stay Longer With Our DK Villas’ Harbour View Apartment

Harbour Bay

While we have several excellent accommodation options located in Hout Bay, one of our loveliest options, especially for families, is our beautiful Harbour View Apartment.

Harbour Bay Bedroom

Best of all, this self-catering Hout Bay apartment, which can sleep six (6) guests (including children) is only a short drive away from Noordhoek.

It’s also perfectly positioned to be within easy driving distance of the Cape Town CBD.

Hout Bay Harbour

Our spacious, fully furnished three-bedroom apartment offers all necessary creature comforts and luxury amenities.

Harbour Bay Dining Area

These include stylish SMEG appliances (like a dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer); outstanding ocean- and mountain-views; an open-plan lounge-dining room; DStv, Wi-Fi and 24-hour security; as well as beautiful bedroom and bathroom facilities (including an en-suite bathroom attached to the main bedroom).

Harbour Bay Lounge

It’s a truly idyllic city stay that allows you to rest and recharge after exciting days exploring Hout Bay, Noordhoek and Cape Town as a whole!


For more information or to book our Hout Bay apartment, please see here on our website.

Care for a Coffee?

While we have nothing against tea, we must admit that coffee is close to all our hearts. It’s that warm elixir that gets our groggy states going in the morning. It’s something to look forward to. It’s that reprieve where we can just sit and sip. And it’s something we can enjoy alone or with our loved ones. Coffee is like the glue that keeps us connected to others, and yes, often our sanity.

If you’re visiting the Western Cape, there will be no shortage of coffee and warming your heart up a little with that cuppa. So, let’s not waste any more time and set you up with your perfect fix.


Hout Bay

Both Dario’s Café and Hout Bay Coffee offer superb coffee options and are only a few minutes’ walk away from our Harbour View and Riverview spots and about a five-minute drive from our Boardwalk spot.

If you want more of a cosy, and family-friendly, Italian ambiance, Dario’s Café is your go-to and is run by an Italian couple. Not only can you indulge in some Italian coffee, which some visitors have described as the “best”, you can also have a bite to eat, from breakfasts to delicious pizzas, and more!

Hout Bay Coffee

Hout Bay Coffee offers freshly roasted coffee from their roastery, which is small batch roasted, hand sorted, and freshly delivered. Their options include Signature Blends and Single Origin.

Hout Bay Coffee Spots

Chelsea Village Wynberg

Four & Twenty Café on Wolfe Street in Chelsea Village, with their second branch on Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, offers a cosy and quaint Parisian atmosphere. It was founded and owned by Tracy-Leigh Genricks, who studied at Silwood Kitchen Cordon Bleu Cookery School in France. With a wealth of knowledge and passion keeping this café’s heart beating, you will find delectable cups of coffee.

Wynberg Coffee
Wynberg Coffee 2

Surfer’s Corner Muizenberg

The Hans & Lloyd Coffee Co. is a micro-roastery with boutique coffee shops located in Muizenberg and Newlands. They are all about “good vibes only” and if you have a gander at their Instagram page you will not only find their love of coffee but also surfing. From beans to boards, this is worth a stop if you are a surfer, or just love the ocean and want to be with the waves while enjoying your preferred coffee.

Hans and Lloyd

St. James

Folk Café in St. James offers a bit of everything, but this is what makes them another go-to.
While there is food and beer available, let’s chat about the coffee, which as their website explains is their “blood and passion”. While they roast their beans, under the name “Espresso Concepts”, and offer perfectly blended cups to drink, they also supply beans, which you can order online. They also stand for ethically and sustainably sourced products and welcome anyone, from family to friends, to come and create memories and have fun while being nourished by good food and drinks.

Folk Cafe

Kalk Bay

Olympia Café and Bakery in Kalk Bay is described as an “institution”, but not in any way you’d think. The only thing fishy about it is that it’s one of the familiar favourites of Kalk Bay. Not only does it offer delectable seafood dishes, from mussels to tuna, but it also caters to almost any taste, from meat eaters to vegetarians. You can’t go wrong here if you live in Kalk Bay or want to visit it with coffee that’s been described as some of the best around.

Olympia Café

Whether you want to walk or take a bit of drive, a great cup of coffee won’t be hard to come by during your stay in the Cape. It all depends on what mood you are in, whether you want somewhere quiet, quaint, bustling and energetic, surf and sea, or ethnic and cultural, your cup of coffee won’t judge.

Exploring the Gorgeous Constantia Wine Route and Surrounds

Constantia Wine Route

Photo credit: Steenberg via Facebook

The Constantia Wine Route is a must-visit when exploring Cape Town. It offers a selection of gorgeous selection of both commercial- and boutique-wine estates that cater to all ages and travel needs.

Whether you want to enjoy a scenic wine tasting and cheese platter, take the family on a winelands adventure or simply need an escape from the bustle of city life, a visit to the Constantia Wine Route is always recommended!

Oh and did we mention this is the oldest wine-producing region in the Southern Hemisphere?

In this post, we share some of our favourite wine farms in the Constantia Wine Route:


1) Steenberg Vineyards

Steenberg Vineyards

Photo credit: Steenberg via Facebook

Steenberg Vineyards may have a rich history dating back to 1682 but this wine farm is the last word in modern Cape luxury, especially as far as our local wine farms go.

Here, you can find a five-star hotel and spa, an 18-hole golf course, two excellent restaurants and of course, some incredible wines. Steenberg’s Sauvignon Blanc, in particular, is highly acclaimed.


2) Constantia Glen

Constantia Glen

Constantia Glen is a beautiful, boutique wine farm that is perfectly positioned below Constantia Nek.

Not only is driving to this wine farm its own unique adventure but the wine farm itself offers so much for its guests to savour.

They are famous for their wines and platters but the restaurant is another unmissable attraction. Just book in advance, especially on weekends, as this eyecatching estate’s restaurant and tasting room can get very busy!


3) Constantia Uitsig

Constantia Uitsig

Something of a hidden gem in the Constantia Wine Route, Constantia Uitsig is a wonderful wine farm for families in particular to explore.

Excellent wine aside, this tranquil wine farm is home to a thrilling bike park, a stunning tasting room, two lovely eateries and a great Heritage Market, which offers everything from vegan dishes to ice-cream, cakes and sushi too.


4) Groot Constantia

Groot Constantia

As the oldest producing wine farm in South Africa, Groot Constantia is arguably one of the most well-known too.

This beautiful, historic estate is not just loved for its Cape heritage though - because it offers excellent wines, a wine and gift shop, museum and cellar tours and two lovely restaurants to boot.

Be sure to check this Cape Town wine farm icon off your travel bucket list.


5) Book a Soothing City Stay at DK Villas’ Hout Bay Apartment

DK Villas’ Hout Bay Apartment

If you are looking for beautiful city accommodation that is at the other end of a fairly quick, scenic commute, while also not being directly located in the CBD itself, why not book DK Villas’ The Boardwalk apartment in Hout Bay?

Our modern, trendy self-catering two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment comes fully furnished and is ideally located close to both the Constantia Wine Route and Cape Town’s city centre.

This quirky apartment has wonderful amenities (including a well-equipped kitchen, DStv, WiFi and more, to name a few) and safe, basement parking.

DK Villas Accomodation

It also enjoys great mountain- and sea-views (as well as views of Chapman’s Peak) and is a brief walk from the beach, local restaurants and shops making it ideal for both business travellers and holidaymakers alike.

DK Villas Hout Bay Apartment

Best of all, children are always welcome here so our gorgeous Hout Bay apartment is perfect for families too!


For more information or to book our Hout Bay apartment, please see here on our website.

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