South Africa has experienced unprecedented growth in tourism during the past decade, and as a result the local tourism scene has become both more sophisticated and varied – from boutique wine estates to niche fashion outlets; Italian restaurants to sidewalk cafes; specialist spas to exhilarating local décor trends, a plethora of options awaits. Aside from our restaurants, regularly rated unbelievable value (hardly surprising, given the combination of abundant fresh local produce and beautiful surrounds that has snagged so many international chefs), the design scene is exciting. Aside from traditional African crafts, the emergence of a sophisticated blend of Afro-Euro style in which functional items are given a local twist has resulted in Cape Town gunning to be World Design Capital in 2014, and South African products are finding their way into design-savvy shops all over the world. Of course you can get them here for far less, or make your own, personal discoveries. Mindful of the fact that our guests usually prefer exploring the less discovered local gems, our concierge service is unbeatable in terms of breadth and depth of knowledge.
Icon is the only villa rental company to retain the services of travel writers, locals who have spent years immersed in South and East Africa, and can provide you with insider advice on how best to spend your time and money, depending on your unique and personal interests. So, whether you need advice on how to extend and make the most of your stay on the continent, or simply wish to know where to purchase that one-off item that everyone back home will covet, or the kind of authentic restaurant or wine tasting experience that lingers long after the holiday has ended, contact us. We are, as always, at your service.