Escape to serenity: Discover Cape Town’s top retreats and cabins

Posted on 11 September 2023 By Tsoku Maela

Disconnect and rejuvenate in nature’s embrace without any guilt. Here are some of the finest cabins and retreats in the Western Cape, perfect for your upcoming weekend escape from Cape Town.

Picture: Solace Eco cabins / Instagram

1. Solace Cabin in Rawsonville

  • Distance from Cape Town: Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

If you adore wine, relish solitude, and yearn for hidden waterfalls, Solace Cabin in Rawsonville is your dream destination. Nestled along the Breedekloof Wine Route, spend your days exploring vineyards and growing your Chenin collection while surrounded by majestic mountains.

This cosy cabin offers modern comforts, including decent WiFi for remote work, an Espresso coffee machine to kickstart your day, and an exclusive hot tub (or a refreshing plunge pool for summer visitors). Don’t miss the secret waterfall nearby, accessible with directions from the owner during check-in.

2. Melozhori Pods in Bonnievale

  • Distance from Cape Town: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes

Indulge in the Melozhori Eco Pods within the Melozhori Private Game Reserve for a romantic retreat in the Western Cape. Unwind in a wood-fired hot tub with a glass of wine from Robertson Valley. Try the Springfield Cab Sauv for red wine lovers or The Ring MCC from Weltevrede for special occasions.

These Cape Town eco-cabins offer everything you need for a romantic getaway, including an outdoor pizza oven and stargazing from a 14-meter hammock.

3. Cabine du Cap in the Klein Karoo

  • Distance from Cape Town: Approximately 2.5 hours

Escape to Cabine du Cap in Montagu, just off the iconic R62 route. This cabin offers serenity away from city life, surrounded by wildlife and serene valleys. Powered by solar energy, it still provides modern luxuries like WiFi, a fully equipped kitchen, a swimming pool, and an outdoor bath. Plus, breakfast is included in the rates.

4. Copia Eco Cabins in Bot River

  • Distance from Cape Town: Approximately 1.5 hours

For those who struggle with a digital detox, Copia Eco Cabins offers the perfect remedy. These eco-cabins, constructed from shipping containers, provide a wood-fired hot tub, a king-sized bed, and a cosy fireplace. With little cellphone signal and no WiFi, you’ll immerse yourself in nature’s tranquillity.

Explore the nearby Elgin Wine Route when you’re not at the cabin, and consider a visit to South Hill estate for a delightful lunch.

5. Leopard Valley Eco Retreat in the Cederberg

  • Distance from Cape Town: Approximately 2 hours

Explore the enchanting Cederberg region from the Leopard Valley Eco Retreat, where stylish cabins made from shipping containers offer an off-the-grid escape. Enjoy a private pool, ancient San Rock paintings, hiking trails, and magnificent rock formations.

6. Rosemary Cabins in the Banhoek Conservancy

  • Distance from Cape Town: Approximately 50 minutes

Nestled by a lake in the heart of the Banhoek Conservancy near Stellenbosch, Rosemary Cabins offers three beautiful cabins with modern amenities and stunning vistas. Each cabin includes a complimentary bottle of wine, and you can relax by floating on an inflatable in the dam.

7. Kolkol Fynbos Pods in Bot Rivier

  • Distance from Cape Town: Approximately 1.5 hours

Enjoy a retreat into nature at Kolkol Fynbos Pods, where you can even arrange an in-house massage. Opt for the romantic cabin setup for a special experience, complete with a food setup and a complimentary bottle of MCC. Wake up to panoramic views, end your day with a traditional braai, or relax in the wood-fired hot tub.

8. Poortjies Eco Cabin on Suidster Farm

  • Distance from Cape Town: Approximately 3 hours

Discover the Poortjies Eco Cabin, situated between Montagu and Barrydale along the R62. This off-the-grid cabin, powered by solar energy, offers privacy and serenity. Relax in the wood-fired hot tub beneath the stars or explore the nearby Barrydale Wine Route.

9. The Greenhouse in Swellendam

  • Distance from Cape Town: Approximately 2 hours

While technically not a cabin, The Greenhouse stands out with its unique design and enchanting interiors. Surrounded by glass walls, it offers an immersive experience with nature. Start your day with a dip in the private outdoor plunge pool, relax on the sun deck, and savour breakfast in the conservatory.

These retreats near Cape Town offer the perfect opportunity to disconnect and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Western Cape. Whether you seek solitude, romance, or outdoor adventures, there’s a cabin or retreat to suit your desires.


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