The hum of cars zooming by and the bustle of the city all goes quiet as the huge foyer envelopes your senses and drifts you away to a place of utter relaxation – welcome to the tranquil Cullinan Hotel.
Friendly staff greet you, eagerly waiting to meet your every need. The weight of your bags disappear as they are ushered away to your room in an instant. You’re encouraged to rest your feet by the poolside and order a cocktail to match your mood. We can highly recommend the Elderflower Spritz with a splash of gin and a complimentary Elderflower tonic.
Sapphire-coloured pool water calms your soul and the whistling of the wind rustling through palm trees puts the cherry on top of an already serene scene.
Stella Restaurant and Bar, conveniently situated right by the pool, offers brunch to suit every palate and the exotic mushroom dish with baked potatoes goes down like a dream.
The unwinding continues as the Mangwanani Spa beckons to you from the other side of the glimmering water.
The scent of sandalwood and lavender oil fills your lungs as the masseuse kneads the knots away. The head, neck and shoulders massage is not to be missed.
After your massage comes to an end, head back to your room for uninterrupted views of Cape Town’s city life, the shower pressure of your dreams and a bed so comfortable it feels like being enveloped in a hug.
Hunger sets in and Stella Sessions are calling your name. Every Friday at the Cullinan between 5pm and 7pm, visitors can indulge in bottomless cocktails paired with a Stella snack platter for just R220. If you’re a vegetarian, a special platter can be arranged on request.
Once you’ve had your fill it’s time to visit that bed you’ve been thinking about all evening. The Cullinan ensures each room is kitted with fresh fruit, pretzels, biltong, nuts and a bottle of wine for all your late-night snacking needs.
As the sun rises, a buffet breakfast of note awaits all guests – and when I say of note, I mean it. The Peach Tree Restaurant serves up every breakfast craving you could possibly have and you don’t have to choose just one. From freshly squeezed juices to omelettes, muesli, fresh fruits, mushrooms, crispy bacon, waffles and more, your every desire is catered to.
No matter how long you stay, when the time to leave the Cullinan finally comes, you’ll find yourself wishing you had another day to spare, so be sure to enjoy your stay to the fullest.
Pictures: Supplied/Nidha Narrandes