Cape Town is known throughout the world for many reasons, one being its beaches. We have written a few blog posts about the incredible beauty of the coastline around the city and some of the beaches like Camps Bay have even won awards for being world class. Now you are here to learn English and enjoy every aspect that life has to offer you, however you just don’t feel like going to the beach.

At times the wind can be a little bothersome and to be honest, you just don’t want to get sand in everything! Don’t fret, Cape Town obviously has something to offer the ‘not-so-beach-bum’. Various hotels in and around the city offer you the best of both worlds: incredible views and the luxury of a sun lounger next to the pool.

The Milner Hotel on Milner Road in Tamboerskloof has a lovely small pool next to their restaurant. They serve reasonably priced drinks and delicious food at the poolside, while you enjoy the view of Table Mountain. The area is not very big, so get there by 12pm when the pool opens to the public. You will most probably find more Capetonians at the poolside than hotel guests. They do require that you spend a minimum of R150 to use the facilities but if you’re spending the whole afternoon there it’s totally worth it. Due to the intimate nature of the pool area, this is the perfect opportunity to make English-speaking friends and to practise your conversation skills while getting a tan!

Zenith Sky Bar at The Cape Royale Hotel offers incredible views of the Cape Town Stadium as well as the mountain. They serve tapas, noodles and sushi to poolside guests, along with a wide variety of cocktails. The bar does not have a minimum spend but you are expected to order something. The pool area is bigger than the Milner, but this also means more guests so you should make sure you get there early!

Batstone Pool, Café and Bar situated on Dixon Street in Green Point, is an exclusive and luxurious get away from the buzz of city life. The rooftop bar offers you a unique setting with free WiFi, towels and delicious food served from the delectable eatery. Entrance to the pool facilities is priced at R150 before 3pm and R100 thereafter. Considering the extras they offer and the fact that you can actually book your lounger ahead of time, I would say it’s worth the money spent!

If poolside luxury and being served while you relax is your thing, I would definitely try any one of these pools. There are a few more, such as the public pools in Sea Point, Long Street’s Baths and the slides in Muizenberg. Once again this goes to show that coming to Cape Town will exceed your expectations in every way.