Rovos Rail – The perfect opportunity for a ‘bleisure’ trip
- Richard Moss
Why might business travel to Cape Town be popular? Cape Town is a business-friendly environment, with a low cost of living, favourable tax policies, a vibrant startup scene and a stable political climate. It is also home to many international companies and has a well-developed infrastructure. Additionally, Cape Town has some of the best conference facilities in Africa, notably The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) being a popular venue for global conferences, trade shows and exhibitions. Lastly, the city is well-placed as a gateway to many other African countries as well as being a hub for international travel, with direct flights to many major cities around the world.
Cape Town came in joint 10th position in our 2022 most-booked destinations list. Our business travel experts have put together this business travel to cape town round up exclusively for you. Read on to explore the hotels and airlines we most commonly book to Cape Town, as well as our experts top tips for utilising your spare time in the city.
There are multiple options, from around the UK to Cape Town if you are willing to factor in a stop. You could fly from Manchester, Bristol, Edinburgh and more across the likes of Lufthansa, KLM or the ever-popular Qatar Airways. However, if you wish to travel stress-free, greener, or are in a rush, flying direct is your best option. This would be achieved by the single daily flight from London Heathrow to Cape Town, operated by British Airways. This flight takes approximately eleven hours and forty minutes.
(Information correct at time of writing May 2023).
The United Kingdom flag carrier may not be the most revered of airlines but they are still well-known for a high level of service with a focus on providing a comfortable travel experience for all passengers. In recent years the business class offering from British Airways has improved with the ‘Club Suite’. Explore the ‘Club Suite’ product here, which has since rolled out to a larger proportion of the fleet.
The Alphen Boutique Hotel is a luxury hotel located in the Constantia Velley in Cape Town. It is set on an 11-acre estate that dates back to the 18th century, featuring lush gardens amongst historic architecture. Just 19 rooms and suites make up the accommodation. Each has its own unique character and charm adorned in luxury modern amenities. The hotel benefits from an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and spa, as well as a restaurant serving gourmet cuisine. For business travellers, this hotel offers a boardroom, conference room and a ballroom for meetings or events. There are also business services available such as printing, copying and faxing.
The One&Only Hotel in Cape Town is a luxurious urban resort located in the V&A Waterfront, offering amazing views of Table Mountain and the ocean. 131 elegant rooms and suites, all with private balconies or terraces overlook the marina or Table Mountain. Rooms are decorated in a contemporary African décor with state-of-the-art amenities. Leisure facilities include a large outdoor infinity pool, fitness centre and full-service spa. There is also a private island with restaurant and beach club. For business travellers, there is complimentary Wi-Fi throughout, a range of meeting and event facilities and business services.
The Hyatt Regency can be found in the business district of Cape Town, just a short walk from the Cape Town International Convention Centre. All 137 rooms and suites offer floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Table Mountain or the city skyline. An outdoor rooftop pool, fitness centre and full-service spa make up the hotels leisure facilities. There is also a bar and lounge area in addition to a restaurant serving up international cuisine. A business centre, multiple meeting and event spaces and free Wi-Fi throughout are at the disposable of all business travellers.
Our business travel experts have a variety of suggestions for your downtime, whether that be an isolated few hours, or a whole day off from meetings and events. Either way, make sure your business travel to Cape Town is more than just ‘all work’. The city has plenty to offer, from areas of outstanding natural beauty, rich culture and vibrant food and wine scene. Here are some of our top recommendations.
Perhaps the most obvious touristy attraction and top of everyone’s Cape Town to-do list, is Table Mountain. Take a cable car to the top and enjoy panoramic views of the city and the surrounding coastline. That or a wine tasting tour just outside of the city in the Cape Winelands, home to some of the best wineries in the world.
For a quick and inexpensive adventure, consider exploring the Bo-Kaap or Woodstock neighbourhoods. The former is colourful and vibrant area know for brightly painted houses and Cape Malay cuisine. The latter is an eclectic area home to a variety of artisanal shops, galleries and cafes. For a more scenic stroll consider the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, home to thousands of plant species and set against a backdrop of Table Mountain. A visit to the historic Robben Island also wouldn’t go amiss, Nelson Mandela was imprisoned here for 18 years.
If adventure and adrenaline is more your thing then Cape Town has it all! Grab a board and surf the waves at Muizenberg Beach or travel a little further afield from Cape Town to Gansbaai. It is here that the ultimate fear-fuelling, bucket list attraction cage-diving with Great White Sharks happens. For something a little more in the middle, paragliding and bungee jumping is also easily sourced in/around Cape Town.
If all this inspiration needs funnelling into a quoted business trip itinerary, look no further. Our business travel experts are at hand to provide you with a fast and painless service. You can rely on us to get you or your team to Cape Town and back seamlessly and stress-free.