Top 10 Boutique Hotels in South Africa

Boutique hotels are the catwalk models of accommodation: sleek, elegant and the ultimate in lifestyle living. Brilliant boutique hotels aren't just about looks, they exude warmth, character and a sense of place. Whether in the city or the country, beside the sea or in the mountains, boutique hotels offer upscale accommodation and a unique experience.

Here are 10 boutique hotels definitely worth visiting:

  • Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa

    1. The Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, Johannesburg, Gauteng

    Set within landscaped gardens and voted the World's Leading Boutique Hotel a number of times, the Saxon is a most exclusive private retreat.

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  • Hartford House

    2. Hartford House, Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal

    Situated at Summerhill Stud on the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Meander, Hartford House features an award-winning restaurant, exclusive accommodation and a rejuvenating wellness centre.

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  • POD Boutique Hotel

    3. POD Boutique Hotel, Camps Bay, Western Cape

    Inspired by the bold forms of nature and combining a unique palette of granite, slate, timber and glass, elegant simplicity meets supreme luxury at POD Camps Bay.

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  • Villa Afrikana

    4. Villa Afrikana, Knysna, Western Cape

    Situated in the heart of the Garden Route and featuring a blend of African and contemporary decor, the 5-star Villa Afrikana is perched high above the town of Knysna overlooking the Heads and lagoon, on a hill fittingly called "Paradise".

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  • The Three Boutique Hotel

    5. The Three Boutique Hotel, Cape Town, Western Cape

    Old and new meet in perfect harmony at The Three Boutique Hotel. A National Monument, the building has been converted into a stylish and elegant boutique hotel in the heart of Cape Town.

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  • Peech Hotel

    6. The Peech Hotel, Johannesburg, Gauteng

    An ideal hangout for travellers on the hunt for contemporary style and a pocket of relaxation, The Peech Hotel blends chic design with the latest technology and eco-friendly solutions.

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  • Quarters Hotel

    7. The Quarters Hotel, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

    Four elegant Victorian homes were beautifully restored by award-winning architects to create a unique hotel of immense charm and character. Inside, the hotel is a subtle combination of modern sophistication and old-fashioned warmth.

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  • Compass House

    8. Compass House, Cape Town, Western Cape

    Perfectly positioned on the shores of the Atlantic Seaboard, Compass House promises the ultimate in style and comfort, and ocean views from every room.

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  • 131 on Herbert Baker

    9. 131 on Herbert Baker, Pretoria, Gauteng

    Pretoria's 131 on Herbert Baker offers discerning travellers a distinctive luxury boutique experience. Beautiful interiors, fine cuisine and panoramic views of the city, the hotel is set to surpass 5-star expectations.

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  • Coco De Mer

    10. Coco De Mer, Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal

    Distinctly styled with an Afro-Bali theme, Coco De Mer Boutique Hotel is a unique product for both local and international travellers. Set amid a tropical coastal forest, the hotel offers a memorable beach getaway.

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