For a relaxing getaway, a business trip or a dirty weekend away in Cape Town, Spicy Villa Guest House comes highly recommended. Think chic Afro/Mediterranean-inspired décor, a crystal clear pool set among palms, cycads and leafy trees, pristine over-sized bathrooms, and comfortably luxurious bedrooms and open-plan living space.
Its location could not be more perfect: situated in the upmarket suburb of Oranjezicht, the guesthouse is five minutes’ drive to the city but just far enough away up the steep slope towards Table Mountain that it escapes all noisy car and foot traffic. Spend the day lounging at Spicy Villa’s pool with a chilled glass of wine and a book, intermittently gazing up at the mountain through palm fronds, and you’ll be transported a million miles away from the buzz of city life and your daily nine to five.
Named after its rich earthy colours and exotic atmosphere, Spicy Villa has four large private bedrooms, each uniquely decorated and with its own beautiful en suite bathroom. The house has complimentary wireless internet access and the two luxury rooms are kitted with 42-inch flatscreens with DSTV.
The en suite off the main bedroom, ‘Cardamom’, has double basins, two showerheads and a large bath, providing couples a gorgeously deluxe space for the utmost level of relaxation. And a comfy extra-length king-sized bed will ensure that you wake up feeling better rested than you can remember.
A four-star guesthouse is incomplete without waking up to a scrumptious breakfast, and Spicy Villa is no exception. Enjoy a spread of fresh fruit, yoghurt, muesli, fresh bread, cheese and preserves, and/or your cooked breakfast of choice with a cup of freshly brewed coffee on the shaded balcony terrace overlooking the pool… and you’re fully charged for the day ahead.
For the rest of the day, relax in the lounge, outside by the pool or under the gazebo and make use of the fully equipped kitchen to prepare your meals. If you’re lucky enough to be alone in the guesthouse during your stay as we were, you can enjoy dining on your own gourmet meals in the private romantic setting in the spacious open-plan dining room.
For a truly memorable place to stay time and again on visits to the Mother City, look up Spicy Villa Guest House: four-star treatment with unanimous five-out-of-five ratings by all who have had the pleasure of staying there.
UPDATE: Since writing this review this guesthouse has closed.