The Constantia

The Constantia: Our full report

9 suites
Traveller's rating
Excellent (98%) From 13 reviews
Best for 12+
All year

The Constantia is a country-style five-star boutique hotel, set in the fertile Constantia Valley – the Cape’s oldest wine region – and approximately 20 minutes drive to Cape Town’s city centre. This area boasts many excellent restaurants, and five world-class wine estates: Buitenverwachtig, Constantia Uitsig, Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia and Steenburg.

The Constantia is a country-style five-star boutique hotel, set in the fertile Constantia Valley – the Cape’s oldest wine region – and approximately 20 minutes drive to Cape Town’s city centre. This area boasts many excellent restaurants, and five world-class wine estates: Buitenverwachtig, Constantia Uitsig, Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia and Steenburg.

The Constantia has nine elegant rooms: four Superior double rooms (40m²/54m²), two Pool suites (70m²), two elegant suites (95m²), and one Premier suite (95m²), the latter accommodating families. They vary in size, design, layout, colour scheme and soft furnishing, however all main facilities are the same. They all come with small private patios, as well as with separate en-suite bathrooms, complete with a shower, bath, toilet, heated towel rails, hair dryer, shaving point, velour robes and slippers.

In the middle of each room/suite is a large double bed with crisp white linen, and bedside tables with an iPod doc. There is a seating area with a comfy sofa and chairs in muted tones, and coffee table. Behind the bed is the large open-plan bathroom (which can be separated from the bedroom by fold out wooden louvered panels which come across the full width of the bed). The focal point of the bathrooms is a stunning nautical coloured mosaic, which backs the double ‘rain’ shower. There is also a freestanding bath and twin basins with a full range of toiletries and bathrobes and slippers.

Other room features include under floor heating, air-conditioning, bedside alarm clocks, satellite TVs, iPod doc, wireless internet connections, in-room telephones, private safes, fresh flowers, and cotton linen. Mini-bars, tea/coffee and snacks are complimentary.

The Constantia’s main facilities include a large, solar-heated swimming pool with a surrounding deck and loungers, set in manicured gardens, all with mountain views. There’s an extremely comfortable lounge with a number of sofas and chairs in cream, pale green and hints of gold. There are elegant chandelier lights, and coffee tables with a selection of factual books, and current newspapers and magazines. Afternoon tea is served in here.

The dining area is split in two by a large tree growing through the centre which is enclosed in glass lower down but grows up and out of the roof! This divides the main dining space with the light and bright conservatory and is where breakfast is served.

Self-drivers can make use of the hotel’s secure parking area.

Whilst staying at the Constantia, there are plenty of activities and attractions to keep you busy; from wine tastings to walking trails. The hotel manager, will gladly help to arrange transfers and tours to the area’s highlights for you. Picnic baskets and pampering spa treatments can also be arranged.

Constantia Valley’s main attractions are the five first-class wine estates. These produce award-winning wines, and have excellent South African restaurants, serving a variety of traditional South African dishes, Mediterranean cuisine, and exotic Continental menus – a real treat to all gourmets and oenophiles!

Other highlights include shopping at the chic Constantia Mall, golf at one of the areas three championship golf courses, or tours to the Cape’s attractions, including those in Cape Town. Table Mountain and the V&A Waterfront are just 20 minutes from the Constantia, to Stellenbosch and the Cape Winelands it’s a 40 minutes’ drive, and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are a mere 10 minutes away.

Our view

For those seeking a luxurious place close to Cape Town’s centre and its attractions, but outside the city’s hustle and bustle, the Constantia is ideal. The atmosphere is smart, but friendly and relaxed. It offers comfortable accommodation in lush, mountainous surroundings, with a good choice of fine restaurants and excellent South African wine estates nearby.


Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Ideal length of stay: 3-6 nights This will depend on the length of time you have for your whole trip – Cape Town has an enormous amount of things to see and do!

Directions: Directions from the Airport to The Constantia: •Follow the N2 from the Airport towards Cape Town •When you reach the mountain turn left on the M3 - Muizenberg turn off (N.B. Do not take the M5 - Muizenberg) •Continue on the M3 until the Kendal Road Turn off. •Turn Right into Kendal Road, and left into Spaanschemat River Road at the T-junction. •Continue over the traffic lights, and as the road bends at the bottom of the hill, you will need to turn right into WILLOW HOUSE. •Reception for THE CONSTANTIA is on your left as you enter the gate

Accessible by: Self-drive

Key personnel

Owner: The Constantia is owned by the property group The Last World, which also runs The Franschhoek and Long Beach.

Food & drink

Usual board basis: B&B

Food quality: The extensive buffet breakfast will probably give you enough sustenance to last you through to teatime! There is a huge choice. On our last stay in 2014 there were various cereals, a couple of fruit salads (papaya, kiwi and pineapple and the other was blueberries, raspberries and strawberries), fresh croissants along with other pastries, a cheese and a meat platter and a range of breads. As well as these cold options, you are able to choose form a variety of hot dishes as well – full English breakfast, eggs Benedict (with either ham, bacon or smoked salmon muffins, topped with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce), scrambled eggs and smoked salmon, omelettes with a various fillings, mushrooms on toast….the list goes on. A sumptuous feast to start the day.

The Constantia also offers an afternoon tea with a small selection of cakes.

On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays (or with advance notice), they offer a 3 course evening meal which costs approximately R500.

The Constantia also sits next door to the very relaxed ‘Peddlars & Co.’ bar/restaurant, which is perfect for a low key meal with a lively atmosphere.

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor Dining

Drinks included: Yes, drinks are included at the Constantia, including premium brands and bespoke wines.

Further dining info: Breakfast can be brought to your room on request.

Special interests

Honeymoons: The Constantia, close to Cape Town’s centre, is a luxurious and boutique destination for your honeymoon to South Africa. With five world-class wine estates and many great restaurants nearby, you’ll be spoilt for choice of where to indulge in your next romantic meal!

See more ideas for Honeymoons in South Africa


Attitude towards children: Children welcome at The Constantia.

Property’s age restrictions: None

Special activities & services: They have children's games, books, DVDs and TV as well as Nintendo Wii in selected suites. They also have a kids evening menu.

Notes: At the Constantia, children over the age of 12 can't share a room with two adults in the same room (other than in the family room). They will be accommodated in their own room, and charged at full rate.


Power supply: Mains Electricity

Power supply notes: They have a generator as a back up.

Communications: There’s an in-suite telephone and wireless internet connection in every room. There is also mobile phone reception throughout.

TV & radio: Each suite at the Constantia has satellite TV and DVD Player (along with a few DVD’s).

Water supply: Mains

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: No

Medical care: There are several local doctors.

Dangerous animals: Low Risk

Security measures: The Constantia has 24 hour security and a secure parking area. Beside this, There's a private safe for personal belongings in every suite.

Fire safety: Fire extinguishers are located in every room.


Laundry facilities: Full laundry service available at an extra charge

Accepted payment on location: The Constantia accepts all major credit cards (American Express, Diners, Mastercard, and Visa). No foreign currency is accepted, only South African rand. (There is a shopping mall with banks only 2 minutes drive away)

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