Guest Blog, Opulent Destinations, South Africa — Feb 21, 2017 6:00 PM

Guest Blog: Child-friendly Hoods – Cape Town via Bernadette Erasmus from @kaleidoscopebe

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Parenthood is an evolving process, any parent will tell you. After the new arrival, the said parents face the travelling years. Yup, all have been there, think crying toddler in the plane, the red face parents, disturbed looks from other passengers. Those more advanced in years might even have a slight giggle and reminiscences of their own in the same situation.

So the new parents want to go away, as it is with new parents, they can’t be away from little ones too long. Why not take them with, easier said than done. Child-friendly accommodation impacts the pocket, after acquiring everything your little girl or guy needs, spare change is a rare commodity.

The star rating of a property might dearly impact that jingle in the pocket. This is not always the case though; let’s look at the facilities offered by some of the industry players.

The Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is impressively geared towards young children and teenagers. There’s a constant programme of activities for children such as cricket matches, face painting and treasure hunts. There is also a family friendly restaurant with a children’s menu at Oasis Bistro as well as an excellent babysitting service. Child size bathrobes and slippers are provided in the guest rooms along with children’s toiletries, books, games, XBox 360 and Playstation. Milk and cookies are served to children at bedtime.

The Nellie & Nelson Activity Centre caters for children aged three to 12 with educational games and toys, a blackboard wall and child friendly furniture, and organised activities such as storytelling and group games throughout the day. The Teens’ Lounge, for 12 to 18 year olds, features contemporary furniture, Xbox 360, Nintendo W11, a computer and a big screen TV.” *


Hotel Verde is situated at Cape Town International Airport, perfect for weary families to relax before exploring all the city has to offer. They are all about responsible travel being a Green Hotel. They implemented several green practices, one in particular for younger guests called Verdino’s for Bambino’s. Verdino’s is an in -house currency, which guests can offset against their account by following green practices. The children are taken on a trip through their wetland and educated on the eco system and green practices.***


If the Waterfront is more what you had in mind The One & Only Cape Town caters for young guests and more.

The state-of-the-art KidsOnly is understandably a major draw card for families. The newly landscaped outdoor area boasts everything from a race track for kids to ride their trikes to a grassed area for mini soccer games, a jungle gym with swings, a treehouse for imaginary outdoor play and even a mini putt putt course.

One&Only Cape Town KidsOnly offers daily, age specific, facilitated programmes – for 4-5-year-olds, 6-8-year-olds and 9-11-year-olds. Each programme is specifically designed to take age and interests into account and includes the likes of arts and crafts, cooking, games and imaginary play. For older kids wanting free play, there is a kids business centre for computer games and communication and there is also an Africa themed play area which is ideal for the younger ones. Babies and their minders are also accommodated at KidsOnly where babysitting services and dining from the resort’s in-room dining menu are available.

A fantastic new offering for locals visiting One&Only Cape Town is that their children can now also experience KidsOnly. If you’re local and visiting for lunch at Reuben’s One&Only or if you’re spending the afternoon at One&Only Spa, your children will have an opportunity to join in the fun at KidsOnly. Simply contact restaurant reservations to enquire.

Aside from the varied activities on offer at KidsOnly, One&Only Cape Town has a host of other child-centric amenities and special offerings. From their signature milk and cookies turndown (complete with junior gowns) when it’s time for bed, to interleading room and family suite options, and a soon-to-launch menu of mouth-watering dishes .The KidsOnly menu will also feature a number of delicious yet nutritious, ‘brain food’ meals. “**

Let’s support our hoods!



*Information courtesy of media kit of Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel.

** Information courtesy of press release of One and Only Cape Town.

***Information used with permission of Hotel Verde.


Text Bernadette Erasmus – BLOG , TWITTER, FACEBOOK 

Featured photo from by BriF / 92 images