The best open air, hotel experiences for this season.

Some say challenging times. We feel lucky since we find that everyone is doing everything better now, turning your Cape Town stay to an epic vacation.

Check our list of new finds:

The Pink Dame, The Belmond Mount Nelson, re-opens at the beginning of December with an array of al-fresco offerings.

Relax and enjoy the open air pleasures around the leafy garden estate. Renowned chef, Rudi Liebenberg, has curated a range of tempting experiences, from picnics and afternoon teas to sparkling moments on the Planet Bar terrace.

Introducing a novel culinary service: gourmet picnics by the pool or in the shade of their timeless trees. Choose to lounge by the heated swimming pool, soaking up the vistas, or have your basket laid out in a sheltered spot in the garden. Delve into the wicker hamper to discover light finger food delicacies, Winelands cheeses, artisanal Bosman, Spier and Jewell’s charcuterie served with homemade atjars, pickles and tapenades, and much more. Chef Rudi, who believes in sourcing tasty regional produce as ethically as possible, suggests you add some sparkle with a local Cap Classique, or why not splash out with a vintage Champagne?

Picnics can be collected between 12:00 and 13:00 Thursdays to Sundays

Afternoon Tea has always made iconic moments at the Mount Nelson. Imagine the scene: debonair, fedora’d Henry Dike plays the grand piano as a silver tiered stand, glittering with sweet gems, is brought to your table. The spread showcases local and global classics, including traditional melktert with Cape Malay cinnamon and cardamom, baked cheesecake with white chocolate and tangy berry tartelettes.

And that’s just the start. Baskets of warm, freshly baked scones and traditional koesisters sprinkled with coconut beckon you to indulge, while savoury options include the hotel’s famous mushroom empanadas, cauliflower and onion pakoras, Farmer Angus beef frikkadels, and delicate finger sandwiches with enticing fillings such as smoked Franschhoek trout. Going green? Treat your taste buds to Chef Rudi’s imaginative plant-based menus.

As for the brew itself, Mount Nelson offers an unparalleled selection of premium leaf and flowering teas from all over the world, as well as healthy local infusions.

Afternoon Tea will be served in the sunny conservatory or on the outdoor terrace Thursdays to Sundays. There will be two sittings, one at12:00 and the second sitting is at 15:00

Eating outdoors is a particular pleasure of summer, and the hotel’s picturesque terrace is perfect for sampling the daily surprises on Chef Rudi’s chalkboard. Cape Wild Foods, plant-based and slow food dishes feature prominently on his three-course lunch and dinner menus.

The Planet Bar menu has been newly curated so that you can drink, dine and toast any moment of the day. A light bite menu features brinjal biltong, General Tso’s cauliflower and mini puri balls with ceviche, as well as dishes such as Madras roasted lamb rib and a deliciously old-fashioned ice-cream sandwich.

The ocean front Radisson Blu Waterfront introduced Dubai-styled Breakers’ Brunch with bottomless drinks.

For R770 per person, brunch aficionados will enjoy a selection of bottomless drinks including cocktails, local beers and wines, tequila and Prosecco to accompany their all-you-can-eat starters, a platter choice for mains, rounded off with all-you-can-eat dessert. Or, for R550 per person, brunchees (we’re making that a thing) get the same food option, accompanied by unlimited soft drinks. Live music by DJ Cosher or DJ Tanner will ensure that the vibe is always just right.

Brunch Dates: 5 & 26 December, 2 & 9 January, 6 & 13 February, 6 & 13 March

Due to capacity regulations bookings are essential 021 441 3000.

One of the favourite handouts along the Sea Point promenade, is Strolla Restaurant and Bar at the Peninsula Hotel, across from Sunset Beach. With both a street and hotel entrance, you’ll meet a mix of holiday makers and locals.

The long standing, loved Wednesday famous BBQ half chicken combo with two sides continues over the summer.

Fridays of this season presents the Strolla Soiree. Come enjoy the sunsets this summer with friends over a meal and a couple of cold ones, with only the best tunes.

The beats will kick off at 17:00 every Friday evening till 18 Dec 2020 (including Wednesday 16 Dec), with two of the hottest local DJ’s on the decks and top quality sound.

Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers, in Century City, spread their 50% off Sushi all over the week. You can now enjoy 50% off all our sushi from 12:00 – 21:00 daily!

12 Apostles Hotel and Spa offer a refined, time conscious take on their popular experiences: Tea by the Sea, Gin and Canape Tasting, Rum and Ribs Pairing, Gourmet Sushi, Craft Beer Experience or an intimate lunch or dinner in the award-winning Azure Restaurant.

Azure guests can enjoy a new three-course menu offer. Available for either lunch or dinner and has been specially created by Chef Christo Pretorius and the Kitchen Brigade. From R 395.00 per person it also includes a glass of South African white or red wine.

Fans of Chef Liam Tomlin will be happy to hear that Tintswalo Atlantic, the boutique hotel at the foot of Chapmans’ Peak Drive on Hout Bay side, offer a Chefs Warehouse menu and experience to both its guests and stand-alone bookings.

Dine with the Atlantic Ocean right below your table and contemporary tapas is a set menu of small plates for sharing in 4 courses.

Another favourite back on the plate is the Summer Sundowners – #StellaSessions at the Tsogo Sun The Cullinan.

Enjoy a bottle of Graham Beck MCC and a Stella Ploughman’s platter to share at #SSCullinan’s #StellaCafeBar Every Friday 17:00- 19:00 for R220 per person. Bookings essential.