For 5-star luxury, convenience and relaxation, book upmarket V&A Waterfront accommodation for your next visit to Cape Town. The upmarket self-catering apartments and penthouses available at the V&A Waterfront Marina offer superior Cape Town accommodation for holidaymakers and business travellers alike.
Within easy walking distance to the Cape Town City Centre, majestic Table Mountain and the surrounding suburbs of Sea Point, Mouille Point and Greenpoint, you may be torn between staying at home to enjoy your spectacular view over the yacht basin and heading out to explore the Mother City.
Classic Villas will help you find a perfectly positioned and secure self-catering holiday apartment in Cape Town at the V&A Waterfront.
The variety of apartments and penthouses available to rent do not only offer the exact number of rooms, views and level of comfort you want from your holiday rental, but also easy access to Cape Town’s major tourist attractions, such as Robben Island, Table Mountain and all the 5-star Cape Town experiences on your bucket list.
Why stay at the V&A Waterfront Marina?
Whether you are a single business person or a couple, a family or a group of friends, the Marina Residential development offers 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom or 3-bedroom apartments to answer your travelling needs.
With their luxury facilities, these serviced apartments give you easy access to the world of 5-star experiences at the V&A Waterfront.
The V&A Waterfront is not short of fun things to do. Whether you want to set sail and enjoy a Sunset Cruise or take the ferry to the historical Robben Island, these adventures are within easy reach.
If you want to reach for the sky, book a helicopter flip, which departs from the V&A Waterfront.
Join a guided historical walking tour at the V&A Waterfront to discover the history of this working harbour, involving the early Dutch, Flemish and British colonists, Malay slaves and sailors from every corner of the globe.
Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium to find Nemo and watch how brave divers feed ragged-tooth sharks, or get up close and personal with a waddle of African penguins.
Hop on the Cape Wheel for exhilarating Cape Town views that stretch all the way to the impressive Boland Mountains.
Come to the V&A Waterfront for a song and a dance. Free to view live entertainment regularly adorns the stage of the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre. African entertainment guided by Iqhude Theatre Productions, a community development project, comprises buskers performing gumboot dancing and drumming in public open spaces.
The V&A Waterfront also offers cinematic experiences. Private groups of up to 19 people can book out Scene, Nu Metro's brand-new ultra-luxurious cinema. Regular Nu Metro movie theatres offer the latest releases on the big screen while Cinema Nouveau theatres screen art films.
At the V&A Waterfront complex, more than 80 excellent restaurants, snack, wine and regular bars await your patronage. Taste fine cuisine from all corners of the earth.
Authentic South African and Cape Malay taste sensations can also be found at certain restaurants. Sip on South Africa's award-winning wines and taste the local craft beers and ciders.
South Africa's select range of handcrafted gin is also making a lasting impression on visitors.
If you feel like shopping, you will not be disappointed to find more than 450 retail outlets at the V&A Waterfront.
You can shop to your heart's content from 9 am to 9 pm every day and acquire anything from a sparkling South African diamond set in 18-carat gold or platinum, to fashion and accessories, leather shoes and bags, works of art, curios, gizmos and technology.
While on holiday at the V&A Waterfront, do not forget to pay some attention to the needs of your body and soul. Book a spa experience at the Mangwanani Boutique Spa where you will feel rejuvenated while indulging all your senses.
Or, simply take a seat outside, drink in your exquisite surroundings, taste the sea breeze and breathe in the luxury of being in a place of beauty.
V&A Waterfront's top attractions
The famous V&A Waterfront is South Africa's most visited destination. It is home to no less than 22 landmarks and its history can be traced back to 1654 when Jan van Riebeeck built the first jetty as part of his mission to establish a refreshment station for the Dutch East India Company at the southern tip of Africa. Here follows some insight into its top attractions:
Victoria Warf Shopping Centre
Whether you want to shop or spend time with your loved ones, the Victoria Warf Shopping Centre at the Waterfront in Cape Town is set to entertain you. From home décor to sports- and leisure wear retailers, jewellers and banks, accessories and electronics, international design houses, gift shops and a chocolatier, coffee shops, restaurants, convenience stores and cinemas, a beautician and hairdresser – the Victoria Warf Shopping Centre has everything you expect of a world-class shopping complex.
The Cape Wheel
Take a turn on board the Cape Wheel to experience spectacular 360̊ views of scenic Cape Town and get a bird's eye view of your very own apartment in Cape Town's Waterfront.
Springbok Experience Museum
Rugby culture is big in South Africa and The Springbok Experience, a world-class, modern interactive museum in the Portswood House building, bears testimony to this. The museum tells South Africa history through the eyes of Rugby, offering a fun and entertaining experience for the whole family. Children and adults can enjoy pitting their skills in the interactive "Springbok Trial" zone.
Two Oceans Aquarium
View a wonderful variety of maritime life at the Two Oceans Aquarium, one of the top tourist attractions. The interesting exhibits include an Indian and Atlantic Ocean Gallery and a Predator Exhibit; Kelp Forest Exhibit and Penguin Exhibit.
There is also a Touch Pool & Microscope section and Smart Living Challenge Zone designed to stimulate young minds and raise environmental conscience, as well as a Children's Play Centre. Be sure to time your visit so you can witness marine animals enjoying feeding times at the aquarium.
This cool, industrial space features over 150 shops where visitors can purchase locally designed goods, including arts and crafts. The market-style retail space is inspiring and you will find something unique to take home to your accommodation close to the V&A Waterfront.
Quayside Terrace Restaurants
One of the benefits of a self-catering holiday in Cape Town is that you can take your meals at any one of a variety of restaurants. Enjoy glorious sunny days and the reflection of the harbour's water with seagulls sweeping overhead when dining at a Quayside Terrace restaurant.
Take your pick to dine at any one of a number of "old faithful" and new establishments, all housed under the permanent glass and steel structure lining the terraced area overlooking the Quay 5 basin.
Alfred Mall and Pierhead
Situated in the heart of the historic pierhead and overlooking the small craft harbour and adjacent dry docks, the Alfred Mall offers an eclectic variety of shopping and entertainment. Visit the Alfred Mall Gallery, established in 1994, to enjoy the finest in contemporary South African art.
The Mall also offers haute couture, exotic African arts, crafts and accessories and African clothing and a jeweller and gemstone dealer.
Clock Tower Precinct
The Waterfront Clock Tower centre is a development that stretches opposite the bridge connecting it with the famous V&A Waterfront. The Victorian Gothic-style Clock Tower building, dating back to 1882, is closely connected with the history of the old Cape Town harbour.
Originally used by the Port Captain as his office, it has developed into a major tourism and leisure hub – most notably as host to the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island and a number of interesting museums, retailers, restaurants and more.
Shimansky Diamond Museum
Think jewellery while enjoying your accommodation at the V&A Waterfront. The Shimansky Diamond Museum in the Clock Tower Precinct offers complimentary diamond tours for visitors to learn more about the history of diamonds in the Cape. Marvel at the diamond workshop and take home your own shining investment from the on-site jewellery store.
Robben Island Gateway
This World Heritage Site and museum should be on every visitor’s list of "must-sees" in Cape Town. A triple-story glass museum links the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront to the Robben Island Museum, incorporating a passenger ferry terminal, various exhibition areas, an auditorium and a museum shop. Learn more about the late, iconic Nelson Mandela's walk to freedom and the country's history.
Chavonnes Battery Museum
Explore the ruins of the Chavonnes Battery, one of the oldest European structures in South Africa dating back from 1714 to 1725. The site was excavated some years ago and today serves as an informative museum enjoyed by visitors of all ages.
Time Ball Tower
Built-in 1894 and finally restored in 1997, the Time Ball Tower is a signalling device next to the Dock House, the Harbour Engineer's former residence. The purpose of the tower, used for four decades, was to allow masters of ships passing through to test the accuracy of their chronometers while docked at the harbour, which today remains a working harbour.
Back in 1860, when the original prison was built, it housed convicts working on the breakwater. Today, this hotel and university school offer a stark reminder of the harsh penal attitudes applied in the late 1800s, featuring an old treadmill that remains next to the former prison building. The presence of this former prison in such a top entertainment area certainly gives visitors in their luxury suites in the city centre some food for thought.
A highlight that delights many visitors at the Waterfront Clock Tower is watching the Cape fur seals taking a nap or sunning themselves next to the original Bertie's Landing Restaurant or on old tyres lining the quaysides around the Waterfront.
South African Maritime Museum
This interesting museum offers free entry and access to floating exhibits such as the world's largest surviving boom defence ship, the SAS Somerset and the Alwyn Vincent (a steam tug), both of which are moored at the V&A waterfront. Well worth leaving your holiday homes for a visit!
Get acquainted with the V&A Waterfront with views from your luxury apartment. This working harbour caters from an assortment of vessels and yachts via two deep-water passenger vessel berths, superyacht berths and a multitude of private floating marina berths. The local fishing industry occupies some 60% of the harbour and provides visitors with a vibrant and ever-changing backdrop of tugboats, ferries, fishing vessels, charter boats and marine life.
Fitness fanatics will rejoice to find one of the country's most picturesque running routes at the V&A Waterfront. There are 2,5km and 5km routes, so runners, walkers and strollers can enjoy the scenery, views of Table Mountain from many different angles and lots of fresh air.
The latest addition to the V&A Waterfront complex, the Silo District is an architectural intervention inspired by the historic character. The eagerly awaited transformation of bare cement grain silos into a world-class urban complex featuring an innovative contemporary art museum, hotels, restaurants, bars and shops, is set to capture the imagination of every visitor to the Western Cape.
Apart from the acclaimed Zeitz MOCAA art museum, the Silo District is also home to the studio of fine art jeweller Kirsten Goss who creates beautiful hand-finished pieces in a variety of metals adorned by precious and semi-precious stones.
The Lindt Chocolate Boutique & Studio should also be on the agenda for chocolate connoisseurs who will appreciate a customised chocolate created especially for them on the premises.
At the heart of the Silo District is the internationally anticipated Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), which opened its doors in the latter half of 2017. This public and not-for-profit cultural institution is dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora and houses the Zeitz collection, considered the most extensive and representative collection of contemporary art from Africa.
Should you require assistance to decide which of the V&A Waterfront’s top attractions you would like to explore, visit the V&A Waterfront Information Centre, situated on Dock Road (alongside Ferryman's Pub). The Waterfront Information Kiosk in Victoria Wharf is also conveniently located to serve and welcome you.
Book your 5-star experience
Cape Villa's prized selection of V&A Waterfront accommodation will place you in an upmarket apartment or penthouse for the duration of your Cape Town stay to perfectly match your needs. All that you would need to do, is enjoy all the 5-star experiences, right there on your doorstep.
Do not miss an opportunity to indulge in a 5-star experience – book your V&A Waterfront accommodation through Classic Villas by calling us at +27 21 201 1218.