Taj Hotels Set to Open 166-Room Taj Cape Town in December 2009, Its 80th Hotel and First in South Africa
In December 2009, Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces will open Taj Cape Town, its 80th hotel and its first in South Africa. This new landmark will offer the signature Indian hospitality and luxury accommodation synonymous with Asia's leading hotel group within South Africa's thriving cultural and tourism capital.
A new 17-floor Tower rises dramatically behind these two heritage buildings, and features rooms with floor to ceiling glass facades, walk-out balconies and panoramic views of Table Mountain or the city. The Taj Club floor offers business travelers a private lounge and butler service.
Taj's reputation for culinary excellence can be experienced at the hotel's three restaurants. The three-level Mint, a grill restaurant, has an open show kitchen, a floor-to-ceiling wine wall, and full-length sliding doors with uninhibited views of St. George's Mall. The fine-dining restaurant Bombay Brasserie is modeled after its namesake in London and offers authentic Indian flavors transformed into a contemporary gourmet experience. The Twankey, a seafood and Champagne bar, is a relaxed but sophisticated gathering place with live evening entertainment.
The restored ground floor of the Reserve Bank building, with the original marble columns, skylight and anatomically correct lion medallions pressed into the ceilings, remains a triumph to the fastidiousness of James Morris, who designed the building in 1929. He famously bullied the Astronomer Royal into measuring the position of the sun every day that year to ensure the banking hall, now the hotel's lobby, would be bathed in Cape sunlight.
For rest and rejuvenation, the Jiva Spa draws from Ayurveda, an ancient Indian healing tradition, and delivers a range of signature treatments, yoga, and meditation. The spa includes two suites dedicated to skin and nail and beauty treatments, four generously sized massage suites, a double massage suite with a Jacuzzi and an Ayurvedic consultation and treatment suite. A fitness center comprises a fully equipped Technogym, heated indoor pool, two saunas, and male and female changing areas.
The Board of Executors building also houses a business center, boardrooms, banquet and meeting rooms, whose interiors have been restored to their original opulence and are now complemented by state-of-the-art technology.
About Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces - | Established in 1903, Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia's largest and finest groups of hotels, comprising 65 hotels in 45 locations across India with an additional 15 international hotels in the Maldives, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa, South Africa and the Middle East. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Rajput palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury. The Taj, a symbol of Indian hospitality, has completed 106 years of its landmark hotel, The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Mumbai. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India's premier business house.
Babs Harrison of Sheila Donnelly & Associates