IHG Hotels & Resorts is heading south next year with some of its best-known luxury brands.

IHG plans to open the InterContinental Table Bay Cape Town in 2025 after renovating the existing Table Bay hotel. The property, which was inaugurated by the late South African President Nelson Mandela in 1997, is located along the Victoria and Alfred waterfront with views of the harbour, Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain.

The hotel plans to reopen with InterContinental branding late next year after the property undergoes a million-dollar face-lift. Hotel owner Sun International will continue its involvement and manage the property after renovations are complete.

“This marks an important chapter for us in the African market,” Haitham Mattar, IHG’s managing director for India, Middle East and Africa, said in a statement. “It is a privilege to bring one of Cape Town’s best-loved properties under the InterContinental brand as the first in the city. With its rich history, scenic location and legacy of excellence, this iconic property perfectly embodies the essence of the InterContinental brand, and we look forward to continuing its legacy with the V&A Waterfront and Sun International. Excited to work to keep.”

InterContinental Table Bay Cape Town will join IHG One Rewards as part of the brand integration. The renovation will result in 306 rooms, including 45 suites. The renovation will include upgrades to the hotel’s pool bar and terrace, spa, restaurants and reception areas. There will also be an Intercontinental Executive Club floor and lounge.

“For nearly 30 years, we have been the proud owner and operator of The Table Bay Hotel,” Sun International CEO Anthony Leeming said in a statement. “We have successfully positioned the hotel as one of the most prestigious, award-winning hotels in Cape Town. We have hosted dignitaries, heads of state, celebrities and families who have returned year after year because they loved the experience.”

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“We are extremely excited to be a part of this amazing hotel’s transformational journey to become an InterContinental Hotel, undeniably one of the best hotel addresses in the world!” Leaming continued.

The Intercontinental announcement comes amid a flurry of major hotel brands pushing into Africa over the past year.

Just minutes away from the future InterContinental, Accor’s Fairmont luxury brand now operates the newly renovated Hotel Cape Grace on the Cape Town waterfront. Earlier this week, Park Hyatt Marrakech officially opened amid the expansion of the Park Hyatt brand across the continent, with Park Hyatt Johannesburg also expected to open next year. JW Marriott Masai Mara now offers Marriott Bonvoy members a luxury safari option in Africa. Of course, don’t forget about Hyatt’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith partnership; It includes several options throughout North and South Africa as well as Tanzania.

Long story short: If you’ve been holding onto points in hopes of taking your dream luxury vacation to Africa, now’s the time to start cashing in.

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