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Former flight attendant to open SA township’s first boutique hotel in Khayelitsha


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

The qualified auditor first ventured into rental real estate seven years ago after observing travelers flocking to the Western Cape from other provinces each year. She noticed a gap in the market and began to develop apartments and properties for rent.

Skaap, born in KwaLanga and raised in Khayelitsha, is also a digital content creator and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of 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 the development of the lifestyle and entertainment industry in Khayelitsha. Their portfolio has been around for 14 years and includes the Kwa-Ace Lounge, Kwa-Ace Kitchen and Kwa-Ace eParkin, which are named after Bulelani Ace Mabheka’s nickname.

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

“We are delighted to present our new business expansion with the development of our first luxury hotel, The Spade Boutique Hotel and Spa,” said Annette.

“With this hotel, we want to welcome our customers, local and international, to discover the other side of Cape Town and more beyond the city. We want our customers to leave with an incredible South African experience that will stay with them. forever, “she said.