Out with the drab and the dowdy. Away with the frumpy and the staid. In with spirited splashes of colour, bold design and a dash of daring. If you love holiday accommodation that’s hip and natty, these are the fab and funky hotels and lodges you would love to unbend at in South Africa.

MADIKWE GAME RESERVE

Gone are the days when “earthy” was the only colour on the spectrum at safari lodges. Some, such as Jaci’s Lodges in Madikwe Game Reserve, have pulled out all the stops to create stunningly vibrant spaces for your South African safari. Mail us

Interior of a Starbed Suite at Jaci’s Lodges. Gleaming copper and bright colours do a dazzling dance. If you like, you can also sleep outdoors on a starbed, on the rooftop of your suite. Online Bookings
The swish central leisure area at Jaci’s Safari Lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve. Online Bookings

KNYSNA, GARDEN ROUTE

An old, disused power station might seem an unlikely haunt for a modern hotel. Not so at The Turbine Hotel & Spa on Thesen island in Knysna. The Turbine is a clever and inspired conversion of an old turbine site, with funky decor that integrates and showcases much of the old gadgetry of the hotel’s former self. Up-to-the-minute decor is a real treat. Mail us.

The Turbine Hotel and Spa in Knysna has wonderfully inviting leisure areas that integrate the old with new in exciting ways.
There’s nothing stiff and formal about the dining spaces at The Turbine.
Reinventing the old is the order of the day at The Turbine
Old instruments also form part of restaurant decor at The Turbine.

CAPE TOWN

The Grand Daddy in Long Street is grand in a brand new way. It’s fun, it’s funky and it brims with verve. Accommodation is in sleek suites or at the unique rooftop Airstream trailer park. The Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema is the best way to catch a movie in Cape Town. Mail us.

An interior of one of the fab Grand Daddy suites
A brilliant suite interior at Grand Daddy, aglow with colour and comfort.
Each trailer sports its own theme. All are fabulous spaces to tuck in for the night.
Movies come semi-al fresco at the Grand Daddy, with colourful blankets to wrap up in

Also in Long Street, Daddy Long Legs Art Hotel calls itself a boutique backpacker. Very affordably priced, the rooms all have their own singular theme, each decorated by an artist, poet, photographer, designer or musician. Mail us.

The Afro-jazz band, Freshlyground, is the inspiration for this room at Daddy Long legs Art Hotel

GORDONS BAY

Chocolate Box offers vibrant 5 star luxury in Gordon’s Bay, a charming seaside town hugging the Hottentots Holland mountainside. The gorgeous pool deck grants heavenly views and captivating sunsets. A handful of suites are crisp and mod, providing generous comforts. Owner-hosts provide caring and attentive hospitality. Mail us.

One of the vibrant suites at Chocolate Box. Online Bookings
Super-comfy and eye-catching, another suite at Chocolate Box. Online Bookings

BARRYDALE

Karoo Art Hotel is a quirky and inviting country hotel in pretty Barrydale, situated on picturesque Route 62 and on the edge of the Klein Karoo. The hotel is vibrant with eye-catching detail, colour and an engaging collection of art showcased throughout, but particularly in the restaurant, The Gallery. Each of the hotel’s 15 en-suite  rooms is distinctively decorated and provides an appealing haven for visitors to quaint Barrydale. Mail us.

Art defines life at Karoo Art Hotel in Barrydale. Online Bookings
One of the rooms at Karoo Art Hotel. Online Bookings

Mail us to book your holiday accommodation  throughout South Africa, or call +27 21 797 7122 (international) or 0860 102 907 (local).