If, like us, you’ve avidly been following BBC 2’s Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby, then tonight’s 5th episode about The Silo in South Africa is bound to capture your imagination…
With Series 2 already having featured an eclectic mix of island luxury, an historic castle and a remote mountain retreat, The Silo provides a dynamic city centre perspective — and a lofty one at that! This modern Cape Town landmark was born from an ambitious re-purposing project — a former grain silo transformed into an award-winning industrial art-themed hotel and world-class Modern Art Museum.
Blending raw industrial elements with Liz Biden’s vibrant signature interiors, The Silo is a fascinating blend of cutting-edge architectural design filled with antique furniture and rich colourful fabrics. It’s the 96 pillowed-glass windows that really steal the show – containing 5,300 individual panes of glass at a cost of £50,000 each to construct, these are an engineering feat with striking appeal. Beyond gaining an insight into the heritage and design innovations of the build, viewers are whisked inside the hotel to discover the Willaston Bar, complete with 14 different gins and local infusions, witness Chef Zyaad and his Cape Malay fusion cuisine and venture into The Vault, the exclusive gallery for emerging artists.
This latest gem from The Royal Portfolio, part of the Biden family’s unique collection of exclusive hotels, lodges and private residences within iconic locations, may be a departure from the norm in terms of being a new city-centre property, however the exceptional service standards and authentic touches are a beacon for South African hospitality. Showcasing the very best experiences, such as safaris in the Greater Kruger National Park, harvesting grapes in the picturesque winelands of Franschhoek or enjoying the coastal lifestyle and marine wonders of Hermanus, The Royal Portfolio’s boutique properties are world-class havens for the world’s travelling elite. Whilst the views from The Silo are impressive, the opportunity to combine an exceptional city stay with other similarly unique Royal Portfolio properties is an enticing prospect. Travel from Cape Town to the seascape of Birkenhead House, enjoying some whale watching, before venturing to the scenic Cape Winelands for a decadent stay at La Residence and embark on a thrilling safari stop at Royal Malewane in the African Bush for a fitting finale. Each Royal Portfolio property exudes style and together, they create a stunning South African circuit ideal for any distinguished world traveller.
To learn more about the style behind The Royal Portfolio, please read our exclusive interview with Liz Biden within our Elegant Traveller online magazine. Alternatively, to create your own South African odyssey, please call our expert Travel Consultants who’d be delighted to book The Silo as part of your luxurious touring experience.