Airbnb has taken Cape Town by storm. There are currently thousands of homes, rooms and beds up for rent on the platform. They range from the simple to the sublime, and compared to hotels, they offer a personal touch, unsurpassed location, and the price is usually right. If you’re looking for something extra special, consider booking one of these stunning Airbnb options in Cape Town.
Camps Bay is one of South Africa’s most revered suburbs. With mountain views on the one side, and the vast Atlantic on the other, it’s difficult to know where to look. This spectacular house takes advantage of both, with views of Lion’s Head, the Twelve Apostles, and the ocean from several rooms and the expansive covered terrace. There’s also a plunge pool for cooling off on those hot summer days. Host Michelle has received more than 170 reviews for the this property and still averages five stars.
Cost per night from €167
The quiet oceanside suburb of Bakoven manages to achieve small town charm just minutes away from the bustling Camps Bay strip. This beach house situated on the rocks above Bakoven beach is the perfect place from which to appreciate this unique corner of Cape Town. It may not be cheap, but the amenities on offer, including a hot tub, and stellar design go a long way towards justifying it. And that’s before you’ve considered just how incredible the sea and mountain views from the bungalow are.
Cost per night from €685
This remarkable penthouse puts you right in the heart of the action of Cape Town’s City Centre. The top floor position means there are epic views of Table Mountain and the city from most rooms, and yet you’re far from the noisy streets below. If you’re looking for an exclusive apartment in the middle of Cape Town’s famous CBD, then this architectural gem might just be your best option.
Cost per night from €431
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Higgovale is one of the city’s oldest and most idyllic suburbs. It’s a wind-free suburban haven with panoramic views of the city and Table Mountain. This exquisite cottage on the slopes of the mountain is the ultimate retreat for up to six guests sleeping in three en-suite bedrooms. There are panoramic views from the veranda, and despite the tranqulity, you are just a few minutes away by car from the CBD and famous beaches.
Cost per night from €162
This small, beautifully appointed inner city loft is situated on historical Adderley Street and sleeps up to three guests. The loft is just a short walk away from several key attractions, and you will be able to feel the pulse of the oldest part of the Cape Town CBD. It’s located in a building dating back to the early 1900s, and the owners have made an effort to highlight this heritage without compromising on style and comfort.
Cost per night from €67
This incredible little beach cabin is the perfect compliment to the peaceful seaside town of Scarborough. Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, this wood-paneled cottage allows you to get off the grid. It’s set among natural vegetation and has ocean views. The pristine condition of Scarborough means there’s ample birdlife and the possibility of spotting porcupines and genets.
Cost per night from €28
There are beach houses, and then there are houses that are literally on the beach. This is the latter. Set on a dune in a secure estate just outside Kommetjie, you’ll have beach sand licking the edges your terrace. The house finds a balance between modern conveniences you’d expect in a high-end rental, and the laid-back charm that makes this suburb so agreeable.
Cost per night from €277
This spacious cottage in Bishopscourt is set in a tranquil Mediterranean garden. It has views of the back end of Table Mountain, and is within walking distance of famous Kirstenbosch Gardens. The cottage features comfortable places to relax, both inside and out, and there’s a housekeeper to ensure that guests have the best possible experience. Though away from the City Centre, this is the perfect base from which to explore the quite southern suburbs and the Constantia wine route.
Cost per night from €114
The tranquil setting of this luxurious Simon’s Town house is perfect for anyone looking to unwind. The views from the deck across False Bay and towards the distant mountains may be worth the cost per night alone. Though you’re a short drive away from the likes of Cape Point, Boulder’s Beach, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg, the carefully appointed interior, which takes full advantage of the location, may just encourage you to lounge around the home a little longer.
Cost per night from €85
This serene villa set just metres away from Cape Town’s spectacular Glen Beach is epitome of luxury. It offers 360 degree views of Glen Beach, Camps Bay, Clifton, Lion’s Head and Table Mountain. Floor to ceiling glass doors ensure that you never forget about your perfect location, and the spacious and meticulously designed interior make this one of the most revered rentals in the city.
Cost per night from €260
Clifton is home to four of the country’s most pristine beaches, and this incredible villa puts you in the perfect position to exploit them. It’s located just a few metres above quieter Clifton Third Beach and is packed full of character. The five-bedroom villa has a sparkling swimming pool and shaded deck, both of which have views over the ocean. But if you can tear yourself away from this lap of luxury, the beach and icy Atlantic is just a short walk away.
Cost per night from €1745