There’s nothing that screams luxury more than jumping in a taxi when you arrive in a city and saying “Take us to the Taj!” Having recently returned from a trip to India, we had an inkling of what was in-store. Our charming host Peter greeted us and made our stay spectacular. Our suite overlooked St. Georges Cathedral on Wale Street (where Archbishop Desmond Tutu himself once resided), just next to the Company’s Gardens. 

Peter invited us to Tea, which is served regally in the restored lobby promptly at 4pm, complete with profiteroles, Rooibos tea and champagne – the perfect way to help with the jet lag. The Taj is perfect for those looking for a grand, colonial experience. There’s also a sumptuous spa where we delighted in a two-hour session of signature therapies and there were also three incredible restaurants to choose from. My favorite was The Bombay Brasserie, a posh dining room where children are not allowed after 7pm, modeled on its namesake in London.

www.tajcapetown.co.za