This year we decided to take our family holiday to Cape Town. Though the husband and I have been there quite a number of times, it was the first time for the kids. I planned the holiday quietly as I wanted to keep it a surprise for them. We are the type of parents that enjoy watching our kids scream and cry (lol, in a good way). I decided on Century City, and one hotel Stood out – The Residences at Crystal Towers (Marriott Hotel).
We opted for the apartments instead of the hotel because it keeps the kids more relaxed. It is quite an easy adjustment from the home environment. This Marriott hotel is split into two sections, the hotel side and the apartments side called The Residences. The Residences at Crystal Towers boast sophisticated accommodations and it really exceeded our expectations. We took an early flight and arrived way earlier than check in time. So I was a bit nervous because it’s really not easy entertaining kids, especially while walking around with your luggage for hours before check in.
As soon as I arrived though, reception quickly assured me that I’ll get the first available room. In the meantime they stored all my luggage away and provided me with options of things to do with the kids. The Residence is in a convenient Century City location, with the huge Canal walk mall in the same premises. And so we hit the mall and enjoyed YUMMI macaroons. Hardly 30 min later I received a call alerting me that our room was ready. I was absolutely impressed.
The residences has the most sophisticated guest rooms and suites, one can immediately tell that it’s a 4-star hotel. As soon as we opened the door to our apartment, the kids went crazy. To them, we had brought them to heaven. They got sold at the complimentary Wi-Fi offered, plush bedding and 24-hour room service throughout our stay. The minute you enter your apartment it just feels like an individual unit and most noteworthy each room has own TV. The kitchen is fully equipped with all appliances, crockery and cutlery. This way you can cook on the nights you feel like it, and have a proper home dinner. Our view was absolutely breath taking, which resulted in us having breakfast at the balcony every single day.
We spend most of our days exploring Cape town, but couldn’t wait to return to our apartment because there’s plenty to do. Amenities include an outdoor swimming pool and a full-service spa.
The best thing about this hotel is their outstanding service. The staff goes out of their way to accommodate your needs. Travelling with kids is always nerve wrecking, but I’ve never felt this relaxed in a while. Our return flight was delayed, by 4 hours. The hotel understood our dilemma and accommodated us for that period of time. Who does that? I honestly have never come across such service.
EXPLORING CAPE TOWN
I had done a proper research on kid friendly outings around Cape Town. Our challenge; we have a teen and a 7yr old. Also, you really can’t bet on Cape Town weather. We did plenty of sightseeing, and below is our Top 3.
- City Sightseeing Bus
We pre-booked only 1 day on the bus because kids get easily bored. They absolutely loved it. Sitting upstairs with an open top gave a clearer view. The bus has over 30 stops and allows you to hop-on and hop-off at your leisure. We got off whenever we felt like it and explored areas around. We’d then wait for the next one and hop on. This is such a unique experience, well worth it.
2. Table Mountain
Table Mountain has become the single most welcoming icon to travelers from all over the world. It is also the country’s most photographed attraction with it’s famous cable car took millions of people to its top. We all enjoyed the cable car as it ascended up the mountain. The view is absolutely majestic and its for that reason it belongs to 7 wonders of nature.
Bo-Kaap is largely a Muslim community with a distinctive Cape Malay culture created by intermarriage between slaves from the South and Southeast Asian countries with those from India, Madagascar, and native African groups.
The brightly coloured houses on either side of the street is a recent innovation that celebrates the district’s Muslim identity. In earlier days, all the houses of Cape Town were painted white. Then the residents of Bo-Kaap began painting their houses in vivid colors in preparation for the celebration of Eid. Neighbours would often agree on what colors to use so as not to have a clash of shades.
This is definitely my favourite spot in Cape Town, mainly because of the photo opportunities here. I LOVE COLOUR.