Resorts offer a holiday destination designed to provide everything a vacationer could want or need. These often include accommodations, food, activities and entertainment. Resorts in the Western Cape strive to do just that with many perfect destinations offering everything you need for a fantastic holiday. While none of them holds the title of the largest west coast resort, which belongs to The Hilton in San Francisco, they will still blow you away.

With so many resorts available deciding which one is right for you can be challenging. That is why we decided to write this list with our picks for the 3 best resorts in the Western Cape. To help you find the ideal resort to suit your idea of a perfect vacation.

Beacon Island Resort

Hotel with green grassy lawns surrounded by a wonderful blue ocean, a glimpse of what the seaside resorts in the western cape offer

First on our list of resorts in the Western Cape is the Southern Sun Beacon Island resort. This resort is located in Plettenberg Bay making it ideally situated along the Garden Route which is South Africa’s ultimate road trip.

Beacon Island Resort offers luxurious 4-star hotel accommodations that will make you as comfortable as possible. They have 192 standard rooms all of which have either an ocean view or views of the lagoon. These rooms come with a double bed that can be separated into two single beds, and some have sleeper couches as well. Meaning the whole family is accommodated. The rooms also have a fridge, tv with DStv, and free uncapped wifi. Additionally, the resort has 8 spacious suites available offering unsurpassed luxury accommodation. The suites have stunning views of the ocean and even feature sea-view showers. They also have a separate lounge, dressing room, and balcony giving you plenty of space to relax. All of this also includes the amenities of the standard rooms.

Resorts in the Western Cape don’t disappoint when it comes to activities, and Beacon Island is no exception. This resort has multiple swimming pools an outdoor one and an indoor heated pool as well. Allowing you to enjoy a swim no matter what the weather is like. The hotel also has a fitness centre allowing you to keep up with your exercise routine while on holiday. There is also the Jiwu Spa and Salon where you can be pampered and rejuvenated. Additionally, there are daily children’s entertainment programmes and a kid’s play area to keep the little ones busy.

There is also easy access to the beautiful sandy beaches of Plettenberg Bay, ideal for a family beach day. The resort also has 4 restaurants all with stunning ocean views, delicious seafood and more. There is something for even the most fussy eater at this resort. This is the perfect resort for those looking to enjoy an ocean retreat in luxury.

Pieknierskloof Mountain Resort

dinner table on a patio with built-in braai overlooking a beautiful mountain valley, a taste of the majesty resorts in the western cape have to offer

If you are looking for resorts in the Western Cape to enjoy the mountains then Pieknierskloof Mountain Resort is for you. This resort is located in the majestic Cederberg mountain range just outside the town of Citrusdal. Making it the ideal mountain getaway for you and the whole family.

The accommodation at this resort provides all the modern comforts you could ask for. They have rooms of varying capacities from the valley view rooms which sleep 2 up to the mountain view suite which sleeps 4. All of the rooms include air conditioning, housekeeping, underfloor heating, and DStv. Additionally, they offer stunning views of the mountains and valley below that are a delight to wake up to. 

While the rooms at this resort are smaller than most resorts in the Western Cape there are numerous activities meaning you won’t spend much time in the room. These activities include wine tastings, hiking trails, archery, rock climbing, a fully equipped spa, and a 9-hole golf course. There is even a zip line for an exhilarating way to see the local scenery. For the kids, there is a wonderful playground area with a jungle gym, an outdoor chess set, and trampolines.

There is also a games room that is packed with fun including a pool table and table tennis. When it comes to food the resort has the wonderful Kloof restaurant offering an assortment of fine dining options, and some kid-friendly cuisine too. With so much to offer Pieknierskloof Mountain Resort is our top pick for a mountain resort vacation the whole family can enjoy.

Monkey Valley Resort

A beautiful log cabin with thatch roof sticking out of the tree tops on the slopes of chapmans peak, a prime example of what resorts in the western cape have to offer

While Cape Town isn’t technically a resort town there are some resorts that fall in its municipality. One of these is the Monkey Valley Resort, which is located on the slopes of Chapmans Peak overlooking the Atlantic. While this isn’t the most luxurious part of Cape Town, that title belongs to the Constantia area which is also the most expensive to stay in. However, this resort has a key advantage over Constantia in that it provides breathtaking views of the sunset over the Atlantic.

Of all the resorts in the Western Cape, this is the best one to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. The lodgings at Monkey Valley Resort are a testament to this with all of their units being rustic wooden cabins with thatch roofing. They offer executive suites which are close together overlooking the main lodge and restaurant. These suites each have a private deck and fireplace. They also include modern comforts like Wi-fi, a tv, and a fridge. Additionally, the resort has its self-catering luxury cottages set in the Milkwood Forest. These provide a bit more privacy while keeping all of the same comforts.

The resort has a number of facilities available to its guests. This includes 2 swimming pools nestled amongst the lush foliage and overlooking the sea. There is also a herbal sauna set in the treetops to help you relax and unwind, and mobile therapists offer massages in the comfort of your room. There are even babysitting services and a children’s playground to keep the little ones occupied while you relax. Additionally, once you get hungry you can stop by the excellent Thorfynns restaurant for a meal that is sure to tantalise your taste buds.

Surrounded by nature reserves there are unlimited hiking opportunities and bird watching to be had at this resort as well. There is also direct access onto an 8 km long unspoiled beach so you can enjoy the ocean without the usual crowds. With so much to offer, this is the place you should stay in Cape Town to enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

These are our picks for the best resorts in the Western Cape. Therefore if you are looking for a holiday where all your needs can be satisfied at the same place you are staying. Be sure to book a stay at one of these fantastic resorts for a holiday you won’t forget.

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