Having welcomed South African royalty – the likes of Nelson Mandela are in the guest book – this tranquil haven can claim an air of exclusivity. The entrance hall has plush furnishings and a grand piano, and the gardens stretch out peacefully (and contain a tennis court, among other things). Take in the views with a drink at the Sky Bar.
A thriving and dynamic city, Jo’burg has skyscrapers, shopping malls, upwardly mobile locals and leafy suburbs. It marks its past at Constitution Hill and the Apartheid Museum. Take a picnic and enjoy the views at Zoo Lake, under a shady oak tree.