Gone are the days when heading out into the country meant staying in pokey hotels with dodgy beds: the Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa is luxurious lodging in the most amazing setting—on the edge of the Bot River lagoon. There's plenty to boast about. The 18-hole golf course is in the top five in South Africa, and the AltiraSPA is highly regarded. Need any more prompting? The interior design is contemporary African, and bright bed throws and interesting signature pieces of furniture and art give each spacious room a unique feel. If you really want to splurge, the Presidential Suites, which include 24-hour butler service, will cater to your every need. For all the luxury, the hotel is also very child-friendly, with extensive child-care programs during the holidays.
Arabella Country Estate, R44, Kleinmond, 7195, South Africa