Constantia is more synonymous with its wine estates – the first to be established in the Cape and home to some iconic names – than stays, but the suburb to the South of the Cape Town CBD is an underrated option for tranquil stays. The Last Word Constantia is one of three family-owned properties – the others are in Franschhoek and out-of-the-way Long Beach – that focusses on a ‘home stay’ experience, where nothing is too much trouble for the dedicated in-house team.
Set unobtrusively back from the road on a bend on the oak-lined Spaanschemat River Road, but just 20 minutes from central Cape Town, The Last Word Constantia is may as well be a million miles away from the city centre. The lush gardens, sunken pool and airy space make guests feel like they’re out in the countryside – Constantia is hardly ‘the city’ – but such is the tranquility that relaxation is almost mandatory. The in-room arrival fruit and cheese platter is a hint at the quality of every element of a stay at the property – generous, varied and of impeccable standard. What better way to start a stay than to take the platter out into your private outside space, open a bottle of local wine from the minibar and delight in the tranquility of the gardens?
The first think you’ll notice about the property is the way that light plays an integral part in inspiring a feeling of calm – glassed passageways, oversized windows and wide doorways opening onto patio spaces invite the Cape’s famous golden sunshine into every corner. Neutral, comfortable furnishings, deep pile carpets and opulent bathrooms are a signature – everything you touch has that degree of heft that denotes quality. Freshly-cut flowers abound throughout the hotel, bringing the lush gardens, inside. The nine bespoke rooms are available in four categories: 95m2 Elegant Suites; 70m2 Pool Suites; 45m2 Superior Rooms and a combined 118m2 Family Suite, with two bedrooms and a private lounge area.
In-house dining is a lavish affair – with breakfasts an especially big hit – but guests can also make use of the adjacent Peddlars On The Bend restaurant for a hearty and comprehensive dining offering, across the spectrum – with a world-class bar, to boot. If your arrival or departure falls outside meal times, the team will put together a cute travel box for you, linked to your preferences and dietary requirements.
Eight prestigious wine estates, boasting some of the country’s finest restaurants, are within easy reach of The Last Word Constantia, and Table Mountain, Cape Point, the world-famous Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and the bustle of central Cape Town are no more than 20 minutes away by car – just be mindful of the infamous Cape Town traffic between the Southern Suburbs and the CBD during the two daily rush hours.
Rooms from R2 800 per night, depending on category and seasonal fluctuations. Breakfast, drinks, spirits, chauffeur, concierge and itinerary planning are all included in the rate.
Storm shutters separate the bedroom and bathroom in the upstairs Elegant Suite, which also has a small balcony. Throw open the shutters and enjoy uninterrupted, private views of The Table Mountain National Park from both oversized bathtub and cavernous double shower.
Rooms from R2 800 per night, depending on category and seasonal fluctuations.
34 Spaanschemat River Road,