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This ex-flight attendant is set to open SA's first township boutique hotel in Khayelitsha

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The Spade is the first four-star hotel in a South African township.
  • The first boutique hotel in a township will open on 5 December 2021.
  • The hotel, situated in Khayelitsha, is the brainchild of ex-flight attendant Annette Skaap who grew up in the township.
  • The hotel also has a spa, in-house gym, and a heated outdoor swimming pool.
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South Africa's first four-star township boutique hotel, Spade Hotel and Spa will open in Khayelitsha, near Cape Town, next month.

The hotel, situated 24km away from Cape Town International Airport, has 13 suites with modern finishes and design elements. It has en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, unlimited WiFi, complimentary tea, coffee-making facilities, Smart TVs, and fully stocked minibars.

It is also equipped with an in-house gym, a spa, a heated outdoor pool, and a restaurant and bar. For guests travelling for business, it has business facilities and a complimentary shuttle service.

The suites and luxury rooms have views of Table Mountain, the Cape Winelands and the Helderberg Mountains.

It is close to Cape Town's key tourism gems, such as the Cape Town City Bowl, which is 24km away, the Cape Winelands and Muizenberg Beach. Table Mountain is 34km away, while the V&A Waterfront is 36km away.

The Spade Hotel's Kitchenettes 

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Spade hotel and spa. (Image: Spade Hotel)
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Spade hotel and spa. (Image: Spade Hotel)
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Spade hotel and spa. (Image: Spade Hotel)

The Spade Hotel's suites

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Spade hotel and spa. (Image: Spade Hotel)
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Spade hotel and spa. (Image: Spade Hotel)
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Spade hotel and spa. (Image: Spade Hotel)
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Spade hotel and spa. (Image: Spade Hotel)
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Spade hotel and spa. (Image: Spade Hotel)
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Spade hotel and spa. (Image: Spade Hotel)

The Spade Hotel's restaurant

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Spade hotel and spa. (Image: Spade Hotel)
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Spade hotel and spa. (Image: Spade Hotel)
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Spade hotel and spa. (Image: Spade Hotel)
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Spade hotel and spa. (Image: Spade Hotel)
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Spade hotel and spa. (Image: Spade Hotel)
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Spade hotel and spa. (Image: Spade Hotel)

The woman behind the Spade Hotel

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Annette Skaap, CEO of the Spade Hotel and Spa in Kayelitsha. (Luvuyo Wogqoyi, Bulumko Gana/Iskeem Semicimbi)

The Spade Hotel was born out of Annette Skaap's aspirations to venture into the hotel industry after her 10-year stint as a flight attendant and her travels to Bali, Singapore, Dubai, Namibia, Botswana, and Mozambique.

The qualified auditor first ventured into rental property seven years ago after observing travellers flocking into the Western Cape annually from other provinces. She noticed a gap in the market and started developing rental apartments and properties.

Skaap, born in KwaLanga and raised in Khayelitsha, is also a digital content creator and is currently pursuing a BCom Degree in Accounting Science at the University of South Africa (UNISA).

The Spade Hotel and Spa is a partnership between Annette and her husband and businessman Bulelani Skaap, who has been instrumental in pioneering the lifestyle and entertainment industry in Khayelitsha. Their portfolio has been 14 years in the making, and it includes the Kwa-Ace Lounge, Kwa- Ace Kitchen, and Kwa-Ace eParkin, which are named after Bulelani's nickname Ace Mabheka.

Annette said the Spade Hotel has been part of its plans since 2018, but was derailed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

"We are pleased to introduce our new business expansion with the development of our first luxury hotel, The Spade Boutique Hotel, and Spa," Annette said.

"With this hotel, we wish to accommodate our guests, local and international, to experience the other side of Cape Town and more beyond the city. We wish for our guests to leave with an incredible South African experience that will stay with them forever," she said.

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