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October 30, 2011

Nova Constantia Boutique Residence

At Nova Constantia we pride ourselves on not just offering a fine boutique hotel in the heart of the historical Constantia Valley but rather a private residence that exceeds the expectations of even the most seasoned traveller.

The hotel is situated in a quiet yet accessible leafy suburb of Cape Town, known as the Constantia Valley, which evolved from the very first wine-producing farms established in the Cape colony, as early as 1685. This idyllic location provides the perfect setting to relax and rejuvenate with peace and privacy as the ideal.

Nova Constantia is a generously well designed space of architectural grandeur. Its African Chic contemporary style reflects the best of what the “new South Africa” has to offer. The large private manicured gardens allow you to benefit from the alfresco lifestyle of the Cape and the design theme expands outdoors into several secluded tranquillity areas allowing guests to relax in privacy cocooned in sheer luxury.

Nova Constantia offers you eight generously proportioned suites on three levels, each featuring dressing rooms, kitchenettes as well as private terraces and balconies. Our apartment suite additionally contains a fully equipped kitchen, private entrance and patio. All our suites are equipped with large flat-screen TVs with satellite channel feed, DVD players and Wi-Fi internet access.

Services & Facilities

We strive to complement the exceptionally luxurious and bespoke features of the hotel by adding a truly unique level of service found only in some of the world’s finest establishments. Our guests are not considered room numbers but rather individuals that have chosen to enjoy a certain level of hospitality. Having just eight exclusive suites enables us to pay undivided attention and focus on service – it is the attention to detail which makes this property unique. Please refer to our Personal Concierge page for more details on our unique service approach.

The suites are serviced daily, during late morning and early afternoon or at your convenience. Essential high quality toiletries are provided and the turn down service is prepared in the early evening. We also offer an overnight laundry service; please make use of the laundry bag provided in your suite.

Breakfasts are individually prepared to our guests’ requirements, created from the freshest organic ingredients, taking advantage of the on-site herb garden, served either in the dining area, suites or alfresco on the patio or in the gardens. Refreshments, such as sandwiches and a wide selection of imported and local teas, coffees, healthy snacks, biscuits and ice creams are available either in the kitchenette in the suites or upon request.

Nearby, many fine restaurants can be discovered and enjoyed. Should you wish, we can arrange for lunch and dinner to be delivered and served either in your suite or the dining area. We also host various late-afternoon and evening meals on the hotel grounds – from barbecues, to interactive gourmet dinners prepared by one of the leading chefs, champagne and oysters evenings, sushi under the stars or wine and cheese pairing in the company of one of the award-winning winemakers. Usually, the nature and timing of these events are based on our guests’ preferences and arranged with the hotel in advance.

Prepaid local cell phone SIM cards can be arranged to provide you with a cost efficient means of making and receiving calls while away from home. Should you choose not to bring your electronics on vacation we are able to arrange rentals of both notebooks and cell phones.

The greater Cape Town area enjoys detailed electronic map coverage and if required, we can arrange the rental of a GPS navigation system for your vehicle. The GPS unit can be pre-programmed with selected points of interest according to your preferences to ensure your exploration is relaxed and enjoyable.


We are ideally suited to host smaller wedding parties and other receptions. Our Personal Concierge will make your stay with us a relaxed, special experience. Please contact us for more details.


The residence has a flood lit tennis court for the use of our guests free of charge. The tennis racquets can be rented from the concierge. The sizeable swimming pool (11x6m) is solar heated, the temperature is maintained around 28ºC (82ºF). A private balcony Jacuzzi with the view of Constantiaberg mountains can be enjoyed in our Luxury suites.

Guests can enjoy a game of snooker on the pool patio, adjoining the bar & lounge area.

The hotel boasts a sizeable library of light reading material as well as DVDs. Satellite TV and digital audio channels are offered on 40inch flat screen TVs in the suites or via the projector screen in the lounge. Broadband internet connectivity with Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel.

Sights & Activities

Cape Town and the Western Cape region offer an amazing variety of activities, which can be tailored to suit even the most adventurous traveller. Below is a menu of some of the most popular past times.

As part of our Personal Concierge service, we are happy to design a programme of activities to suit your requirements and interests.


The Constantia Valley is world-renowned for its gourmet delights and excellent wines – so whether its wine tasting in front of a roaring fire or among the vines on a hot summer day, you can experience the Valley’s attractions and activities all year round. Summer picnics at one of the picturesque local wine estates are a popular past time.

There are two championship golf courses, the Steenberg and Westlake courses, both within 10 minutes from the residence. The tee times and equipment hire can be organised through the concierge.

Some of the most popular hiking trails start literally from our doorstep. By ascending from the Constantia Nek, you can explore the top of Table Mountain on foot, enjoying the magnificent panoramic views over the whole of Cape Town.

Other outdoor activities such as jogging, horse-riding, cycling, mountain-biking, climbing, and abseiling can be organised for individuals or small groups upon request.

Cape Town beaches are world-famous and there is a full range of sea-based activities available nearby. The Muizenberg beach is an ideal location for those keen to learn or enjoy a variety of beach water sports, such as surfing, kayaking or kite-surfing.

The nearby village of Hout Bay with its famous fishing harbour lies within a 15 minutes drive. From here, a half-day or full day trip can be arranged on a sailing or motor boat. Sunset cruises and deep sea fishing trips are the most popular.


The most popular Cape Town attractions are within a short drive from our residence.

A must-see for every visitor is the top of the famous Table Mountain. A state-of-the-art revolving cable car takes you safely to the top affording a 360 degree view over the city of Cape Town – the height of Table Mountain at its highest point is 1085m. For the more adventurous, there are many climbing or hiking trails should you prefer this route. As the “tablecloth” of cloud often covers the mountain, so these trips are best arranged on the day.

The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is world-renowned for its beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Guided tours are offered as well as picnics and sunset concerts of both popular and classical music on the premises.

The Tokai Arboretum dates back to 1694 and is the oldest tree park in South Africa. This national monument has a wide variety of trees and is a popular area for walking, hiking and mountain biking. The variety of trees includes large Californian Redwoods and Oaks.

Situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront has become South Africa’s most visited destination. Set against a backdrop of magnificent sea and mountain views, it offers a mélange of exciting shopping and entertainment venues.

The Atlantic Seaboard is an ideal destination for a “day at the beach” offering four beaches at Clifton, the Camps Bay beach, which is set against the impressive backdrop of the Twelve Apostles mountain range and further out is Sandy Bay popular with naturists. A wide variety of excellent restaurants line Camps Bay beachfront – an ideal place for sundowners.

For a more rural feel visit Noordhoek with its beautiful mile long beach, ideal for horse riding, and picturesque Farm Village. From Noordhoek, Cape Town’s most scenic drive via Chapman’s Peak will bring you to Hout Bay.

Cape Point, the south-western tip of Africa is a short drive away and definitely worth the visit. On the way, one can stop at Simonstown, the home of the South African Navy and the only colony of penguins in Africa.

The wine regions of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl are set at the foot of the Hottentots Mountains and offer world class wines and amazing scenery. There are a number of excellent award winning vineyards and restaurants to visit, or you may opt for a picnic in one of the scenic locations.

The coastal town of Hermanus, less than one hour away, is most famous for its whales. The whales regularly come incredibly close to the shore during their mating season (September till November) and can be viewed by the naked eye.

The Cape West Coast is gaining popularity amongst visitors and its coastline offers a rural feel unique to the area. The National Park is famous for its wild flowers, blossoming in September and a number of emerging vineyards are starting to compete with the more established siblings of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl.

Several game reserves have been successfully developed within driving distance from Cape Town. These offer visitors the opportunity to view a majority of South African fauna, including the “Big Five” (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo) in a malaria-free environment close to the Mother City.

Driving Directions
We will gladly arrange for airport transfers upon request. Should you prefer a self-drive, the driving instructions are as follows:

– from the airport, take the N2 towards Cape Town and follow it for 10 kilometers – exit onto the M3 South (direction Muizenberg) and carry on for 9.5km – exit at the Kendal Road off-ramp and turn right onto Kendal Road, direction Tokai- turn left at the T-junction onto Spaanschemat River Road, direction Tokai. Follow the road for 2km – turn right into Welbeloond Road and then immediately first right into Muscat Lane South. Nova Constantia is on the corner of Welbeloond Road and Muscat Lane South, with the entrance from Muscat Lane South.


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