Cape Town is known for its stunning scenery, cosmopolitan vibes, food and wine, kind people, and the place to take it all in while treating yourself to a relaxation vacation is Stillness Manor Estate & Spa.
Location! Location! Location!
Built by the Noakes family in 1952 as a family home, and just 32 kilometres (about 20 miles) from Cape Town’s International Airport, the Manor was built in the distinctive Cape Dutch style. The property was transformed into a boutique hotel in 1995, and underwent a renovation in 2020. It’s the ideal haven for those looking for nature and stillness not far from Cape Town’s vibrate night life.
With views over the stunning Steenberg Golf Course and surrounding Constantia Valley, whose winemaking history dates back to 1685, the location of the distinctive hotel can’t be beat if you want to explore. But, as its name suggests, the Stillness Manor & Spa truly invites guests to sit motionless, soak in the surroundings, and escape the hustle of life’s daily grind.
From the moment you arrive on the 4-acre property, you are enveloped in lush green surroundings, where pampering, wellness, and calm are embodied by the welcoming staff. If you prefer a little more activity, take a walk on the trails at the back of the property, play a round of tennis on the private courts opposite the spa, or visit the nearby Tokai Nature Reserve.
The Manor is driving distance from high-end restaurants, golf courses and shopping centres of Cape Town, as well as several fantastic estates where you can taste the best South African wine.
Manor lodging means spacious, naturally-lit rooms
There are 14 spacious and luxurious suites in several categories for guests, and none will disappoint. All are individually decorated and naturally lit, with well appointed en-suite bathrooms and all the comforts you need for a home-away-from-home feel.
Manor Suites are located in the main manor house and have large bedrooms as well as lounge areas.
Superior Suites are located at the bottom of the garden close to the spa and boast outdoor terraces, and lounge areas. For families, a few of these suites have interconnecting doors.
A Presidential Suite is situated in the manor house and has a large bedroom with 2 double beds, a marble bathroom with a separate bath and shower, a spacious lounge area with plenty of seating, and great views over the Constantia Valley.
Delicious roasted butternut starter with danish feta, pineapple and cashew nuts
The restaurant has glass windows and doors all around, creating a light and open space with a fresh feel. In the morning, breakfast is served in the conservatory or out on the terrace with its majestic views.
Although the selection is small, the food is appetizing and meals are beautifully prepared and paired with a wide selection South African wines.
Spa and Awww!
As you meander the pathway from the Manor to the spa, your journey to relaxation, rest and rejuvenation begins.
The hotel’s decadent spa is in a separate building, which adds to the illusion of being truly carried away— mind, body and soul.
This Spa has various beauty treatments, including facials, scalp and full body massages, couples massages, manicures and pedicures, exfoliation, and more. You can also enjoy the steam room and sauna, day and night, and an indoor heated pool.
The Spa is ‘where peace comes to rest’
Lunch by the pool is a must. Order a fresh chicken salad and zesty South African wine while you sunbath, or read a good book in the sun chairs.
What makes Wellness Manor & Spa so special is that it caters to so many unique desires and comforts, indulgences and experiences, all in one stunning setting. No matter where you find yourself on the property or where you look there is always something pleasing for the eyes to behold, andy you’re always welcome to stay still, and do nothing at all.
BeSeeingYou In: Cape Town
Good to know: The historic Constantia vineyards are close by, which means you can easily set up a day of wine tasting
WOW! Factor:: The views of False Bay, the Constantia Mountains, Elephant’s Eye Cave, and the back of the iconic Table Mountain from the property.
Tip: If you like to golf, book your tee times. Two of South Africa’s top courses, Westlake and Steenberg, are just down the hill.
Author Bio: Anke Ferreira
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