Excitement reigns in Cape Town following the Mother City’s designation as World Design Capital 2014. What a sparkling debut for the African Continent! This fantastic news hit the world on the closing day of the International Design Alliance Congress in Taipei. Majestic Cape Town is the fourth city to hold this great biennial appointment. Twitterati and other media have been posting their jubilation from the moment the announcement was made.

We can certainly look forward to a fantastic programme from a world-class city that came up trumps in the 2010 World Cup Soccer. This will make Cape Town an even-better destination for that dreamed-of holiday. But with or without this new status, Cape Town is a must-see holiday destination, where travellers can enjoy magnificent stretches of coastline, pristine beaches, vibrant nightlife, exquiste winelands and loads of cultural attractions. Leisure activity Number 1 for visitors remains the ride up to the top of Table Mountain by cable car – and legendary Table Mountain is currently competing for a place among the 7 New Wonders of the World.

Cape Town’s selection of luxury hotels, slick holiday pads and supreme spas rank with the best of the best. The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa near glorious Camps Bay offers holidaymakers a good measure of seclusion, whilst being only minutes away from the V&A Waterfront and the city. The Twelve Apostles has a prime spot between mountain slopes on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Dine outdoors with views of the vast ocean and breathstopping amber sunsets, enjoy unique spa therapies and catch the odd movie in the hotel’s luxury cinema.

For the ultimate privacy and seclusion, book the ultra-luxurious sole-use villa 26 Sunset Avenue Llandudno, which has its own private access to the beautiful Sandy Bay Nature Reserve. Six lavish suites give you space, supreme views and luxurious accommodation. Do your own thing at this top-notch villa in absolute style.

If you want to be closer to the city, choose Cape Town Hollow, a small hotel set in the shadow of Table Mountain beside the Company Gardens in a hub of cultural activity. Historic Long Street and trendy Kloof Street with its numerous eateries are at close quarters.

Or stay a bit beyond the city on the stunning False Bay coast where whales are frequent seasonal visitors. At Lakeside, Colona Castle Manor House looks out across a pretty lake district, and a large expanse of the Cape Peninsula and surrounding ocean. The manor offers easy access to beaches, whale watching, golf, and some notable wine estates.

Contact a Getaways Consultant for more information about a wonderful holiday in Cape Town, with the inclusion of recommended stays a little further afield in the winelands of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Call +27 21 797-7122 (international) or 0860 102 907 (local).