Near the end of our South African road trip, Ted and I pulled back into Cape Town in our little rental car, glad for a secure parking spot and a place sit still for a few days. We’d been invited to take in the scenes on the Cape Town Waterfront during a stay at Lawhill Luxury Apartments, and with a setting like this, how could we not enjoy a little luxurious R&R, a massage at Urban Beauty, and a cozy cup of coffee at Vovo Telo? Yes, please, and thank you!
Our Cape Town apartment: upper right hand, fourth floor, overlooking the private waterfront shared with the beautiful One & Only…
The V&A Waterfront (that’s Victoria and Alfred, not Victoria and Albert – important distinction)
After a restful night’s sleep at our home-away-from-home, we walked from our apartment down to the waterfront to find Urban Beauty Spa, anticipating bliss after hiking through indigenous forests and spending thousands of kilometers crisscrossing the Cape in bus and rental car bucket seats.
We found the tower and found the cozy spa spot tucked just steps away.
Orchids? Always a good sign…
We left the cameras, bags, and worries of the world and retreated into the quiet space.
Tiny starry lights piercing the wooden sauna ceiling.
Plush robes and calming music.
Between Ted’s heroic left-handed stick-shift no-cruise-control driving and my hunching over the laptop for a-few-too-many-hours, we were so grateful for the chance to have knots worked out and bodies rejuvenated.
By the time we made our way back to the lobby, we were loose and limber, dreaming of our upcoming jet to Zanzibar Island, feeling refreshed and ready to again take on the world.
Huge thanks to the kind team of staff who made our visit to Urban Beauty Spa a memorable part of our time in Cape Town.
Afterward, we window shopped our way along the waterfront facades, and artisan baked goods and creamy cappuccinos lured us in to Vovo Telo. The cafe had the cutest little resident sparrow hopping among tables and flying in the rafters…
It was just the sort of spot that made me miss Portland; it could’ve easily been nestled between storefronts on NE Alberta – and if it was, I’d be making coffee dates left and right!
Winding down from zigging and zagging, excited to soon be zipping to Zanzibar, our string of days on the waterfront provided refreshment in every way, and we’re both so grateful for the kindness of Lawhill & Urban Beauty in making us feel quite at home.
WHAT TO KNOW:
Shopping, people watching, live-music listening, and coffee drinking galore
Are you the type to splurge on a spa day or an extra creamy cappuccino? Any favorites in your hometown?
(P.S. In Portland, my perfect massage & hot drink combo would be an appointment with my friend Crystal and a piping mug of chai at Townshend’s! Neither of them know I’m making the recommendation — but if you’re in the market, you must give them a try.)
This post is part of our twoOregonians Tour the Cape series featuring quintessential and offbeat South African experiences, one-of-a-kind accommodations and beautiful B&Bs, respectful wildlife programs, social service projects, and landscape photography from the South African Cape. As always, all opinions, photos, and stories are our own; many thanks to our kind hosts and partners along the way. It was our pleasure to experience such genuine kindness and hospitality!