In a world of monotony and sameness The Last Word Intimate Hotels group prides itself in being the last word in five-star luxury. Join me on a journey of discovery and you’ll experience how inordinately different and intimately caring a family business can be.
You’ll be treated like royalty, charmed by personalised hospitality, captivated by picturesque locations and enchanted by exquisite style and elegance.
The Last Word Intimate Hotels is a novel, out-of-the-ordinary concept that encourages visitors to Cape Town to participate in an all-encompassing travel experience by offering the best and easiest way to see more of the Mother City.
There are three exclusive hotels in the portfolio – all three are in up-market, picturesque locations. By combining stays at these different hotels, visitors can experience the versatility of Cape Town and its surrounds while enjoying the memorable service and hospitality for which The Last Word Intimate Hotels is renowned.
Breakfasts here are a specialty. They offer a tantalising assortment of interesting fare and are included in the rate. An in-house chauffeur service, at an additional charge, is on call for restaurant transfers or tailored tours to the highlights of Cape Town.
It is common knowledge that Cape Town is the African Riviera; the playground of the continent; “the fairest cape in all the world” (sic). In keeping with this reputation The Last Word Intimate Hotels are located in the best settings the city can offer – away from the madding crowd.
Once off the highway, it’s an easy drive past internationally-renowned vineyards to The Last Word Franschoek. Here a charming wisteria- rose- and bougainvillea-lined path offers a charismatic welcome to the five-star, intimate hotel.So prepare for a ride fit for royalty.
Ten en-suite bedrooms are generously proportioned and comfortably gracious. Two have private pools. The stylish living room opens onto an outdoor, heated swimming pool and compact sun trap. The hotel boasts personalised attention so delivering whatever guests require comes with a smile.
Indigenous and exotic flora ensures a colourful garden year round and there’s secure parking behind palisade fencing.
History abounds here in the Franschhoek valley, sheltered by the Middelberg, Groot Drakenstein, Klein Drakenstein, Wemmershoek and Franschhoek mountains. The village was named after the so-called Huguenots who fled homeland France, in 1685, after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes and the prohibition of Protestantism. It has the reputation of being the food-and-wine heartland of South Africa.
Activities in the area include gourmet wining and dining in world-class restaurants, boutique shopping, walking and hiking, mountain biking, wine tasting, chocolate tasting, cheese tasting, historic buildings and museum, championship golf courses, bicycle hire as well as wine tasting on horseback.
It’s the fine touches and attention to detail, complemented by an attentive yet unobtrusive team, that promise treasured memories. This hidden gem away from the madding crowd is a home-from-home type of place.
Vibrant indigenous flora and vivid exotic plant life create a tranquil and serene ambience at The Last Word Constantia, a superior nine-roomed hotel in Cape Town’s oldest wine valley. It’s a hidden gem in a gardener’s paradise about 15 minutes from central Cape Town and proudly boasts a Lilizela Tourism Award after being voted the top five-star guest house in South Africa for service excellence in 2013.
Here, in the safety of the city’s prosperous rural suburb, you will escape the masses and the bright city lights. The hotel offers the magic in charm, the comfort in sanctuary and a garden that shouts abundance. The solar-heated, crystal pool water, clear blue skies and heady scent of fragrant blossoms add to the value of your discovery – a value that is priceless. Accommodation comprises nine spacious en-suite bedrooms, one of which is a family suite with everything a young teenager could wish for, and offers parents peace of mind. Two suites have private plunge pools.
Among the local wine-estate attractions are Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia and Buitenverwachting. These farms, in a valley renowned for being the oldest wine-making region in the southern hemisphere, are a fine example of the Cape’s matchless, international, award-winning Steenberg golf course has to be seen to be believed. It’sa few minutes’ drive from the hotel. The 18-hole championship course meanders through vineyards, pine plantations and waterways and, arguably, has the best greens in Cape Town.
A meal at Peddlars & Co where Chef Brad Ball has made his mark is a must.
Activities in the area include boutique shopping in Constantia Village and High Constantia, wine tasting at one or more of seven wine estates on the Constantia Wine Route, three championship golf courses, world-class restaurants, walking trails, Constantia Sports Club & Gym, and township tours.
For an exceptional shopping experience the shop in The Last Word Constantia has established a reputation for offering bespoke works of art in a harmonious setting. Browsers are assured peace and tranquility as they choose between hand-crafted jewellery and ceramics, perfume, one-of-a-kind bags and The Last Drop from the world’s most exclusive spirits company. Each item on sale promises to raise a smile for its matchless exclusivity.
The Last Word Long Beach, right on the waters’ edge in Kommetjie, is about an hour from the city centre. It is clearly evident why this property has been judged South Africa’s Leading Beach Hotel by the World Travel Awards for the past six consecutive years. It’s spacious and uncluttered. All six suites are sea and mountain facing and discreet touches such as the sun hats, and towels in a beach bag illustrate there’s pride and pleasure in charming guests with exclusive experiences that, in time, will become lasting memories. It’s a happy place.
Apart from the picture-perfect scenery presented along Ou Kaapse Weg and Chapman’s Peak Drive which are the routes to Kommetjie, the hotel offers unsurpassed, uninterrupted vistas over the ocean to Hout Bay. Leisurely walks or horse riding along the 8km stretch of beach, and nature trails in the mountains, are among the activities the area offers. For those who revel in history Slangkoppunt Lighthouse is a site dating back to 1914.
Alternatively there is a choice of: premier surfing, lobster fishing (in season), township tours, baboon walks, lighthouse tour, walking trails (beaches, fynbos), marine bird watching, Noordhoek Farm Village, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Cape Point Nature Reserve, Cape Point Vineyards and whale watching.
None would argue that Cape Town is the beauty spot on the African continent and, in an endeavour to share the city’s unique features with guests The Last Word Intimate Hotels has extended its horizons to include Racontours that helps visitors uncover Cape Town’s precious gems. This is a one-of-kind opportunity to engage with nature. It’s a learning experience that offers personalised adventures along roads less travelled.
The Strandloper Safari uncovers the rich diversity of marine life along the Cape’s living shores while The Fynbos Explorer reveals the colourful indigenous flora for which the Cape is world renown. The Little Wine Journey takes guests behind the barrels to some hidden secrets of extraordinary winemakers responsible for remarkable wines and, under the ‘Table’, between the ‘Lion’ and the ‘Devil’, The Old Cape Town Ramble brings sailor, settler and slave history to life.
Racontours presents an opportunity for you to discover intimate aspects of Cape Town most visitors never get to see. The outings are luxury, exclusive and private – most of all they are great fun!
Apart from the tours mentioned, other activities range from ‘sedate’ excursions to pursuits that will challenge even the most hardened adrenalin junkies!
The Last Word Intimate Hotels’ particular brand of warm, genial, irresistible hospitality will be indelibly imprinted on your memory. It allows you to live your story and to realise your holiday dreams. It’s a pioneering model… it’s beyond boutique.