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About Icon Villas
For us luxury does not lie in the choice of finishes, the breadth of facilities, or the quality of the detailing – these are a given in any Icon Villa. What we really seek is something more intangible: the soul of a place, which must somehow root the visitor in this thrilling continent. It’s a subtle play of elements, such as a generosity of space, decorated with flair and subtlety, and seamless flow between indoor and outdoor to maximise our sublime weather. We love the confident mix of the weathered and the manicured, and rooms that tell a story.
Our carefully curated portfolio comprises various villas that have been handpicked by Therese Botha, owner and founder of Icon Villas.
We specialise in private villa rentals, offering an extensive array of handpicked properties. Our focus is luxury villas and other beautiful properties located throughout Southern Africa. We know – through our own extensive experience – that a villa stay is intimate in all the ways a hotel stay can never be.
What’s more is that villa rentals, even the luxurious kind that we offer, often work out at a fraction of the cost of a hotel in the same luxury category.
Welkom, Ngiyakwemukela, Wamkelekile, Re a go amogela, Kena ka kgotso, Amukela, Wemukelekile, No tanganezwa, Siyalemukela, O amogetswe!
Explore our hand-picked selection of luxury villas in and around Cape Town – voted the best city in the world 2023 according to the Telegraph – in the spectacular country of South Africa. Whether you’re looking for a sumptuous escape or soulful apartment rental, we have the perfect accommodation.
Immerse yourself in the sensational setting of a new destination, where our villas in Cape Town, expanding to the Cape Winelands, Overberg region and beyond to our luxury villas along the Garden Route as well as our selection of safari villas, are blessed with breath-taking views and top-of-the-range amenities. Our range of exclusive villas offer exceptional experiences.
If you’re staying a little longer, make Icon Villas your home. We have a wide range of short and longer term villas to rent in Cape Town and throughout South Africa.
At Icon Villas we deal with experiences, not properties. Every property is personally hand-picked and vetted by owner, Therese Botha, with careful consideration to the location, soul, charm and personality that each uniquely embodies. A diverse selection caters to all tastes, from balmy beachfront properties to serene countryside retreats and mountain escapes, where nature seamlessly blends with modern living.
At Icon Villas, we take pride in providing exceptional service and personalised warm attentive assistance to ensure your stay is nothing short of extraordinary. Browse our collection of Cape Town villas and beyond, or let us assist you in match-making the best villa matching your needs and lifestyle.
We look forward to welcoming you home, with Icon Villas.
More about Therese Botha
Therese launched Icon Villas in 1997 with just a few choice properties; since then she has inspected many thousands more, slowly handpicking her portfolio. Today she is regarded as one of the best villa rental specialists in the country, with an eye for detail and commitment to guest experience that has set the benchmark for villa holidays in southern Africa. We ask her why, and where to next.
What makes an Icon Villa?
“Over the years I have come to realise that luxury does not lie in the choice of finishes, the breadth of facilities, or the quality of the detailing – these are a given in any Icon Villa. What I really seek is something more intangible: the soul of a place, which must somehow root the visitor in this thrilling continent. It’s a subtle play of elements, such as a generosity of space, decorated with flair and subtlety, and seamless flow between indoor and outdoor to maximise our sublime weather. I like the confident mix of the weathered and the manicured, and rooms that tell a story.”
Why do you think you are so sought after as a villa rental specialist?
“The truth is, I deal essentially in experiences, not properties. I want our guests to experience the best of the country, which is why we have a concierge service; to cocoon families and friends in a holiday home that is the equal of, or better than, their own. Aside from the stringent selection procedure, every villa is inspected through out the year and before arrival, and we personally check our guests in to ensure they know we are at their beck and call.”
What do you still want to achieve?
“I am fortunate enough to do something I feel incredibly passionate about. It is my dream to grow the portfolio throughout the continent, and to continue promoting what I believe is the best way to experience any of its countries – spending a week or more relaxing with friends and family in your very own African villa."
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