“An ultra-chic hotel above Clifton’s 4 beaches, with spectacular views of Table Mountain and the 12 Apostles”
The 5 romantic suites are very similar, though the Deluxe options are more spacious thanks to their indoor living areas. All are decorated in a neutral palette of grey, cream and taupe, with framed botanical prints and round wicker mirrors adorning the walls. The style is modern and sleek. Contemporary sofas sit next to hurricane lamps and scatter rugs; geometric-print cushions and African textiles add colour and texture.
Beds are kingsize (note, no twin rooms) and dressed in fine, white linens, with plush upholstered headboards. There are floor-to-ceiling windows and each room has a private terrace with stunning panoramic ocean views and a table and chairs. Some have loungers or cushioned chairs, too.
White marble bathrooms are minimalist in style with large tubs and powerful walk-in rainfall showers. There are Africology toiletries, robes, even beach towels and bags.
For families and groups, there are 2 larger suites. The 3-bedroom suite has queensize bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms (tub and handheld shower) plus a kitchen. The 2-bedroom suite has 2 queensize bedrooms, 2 separate bathrooms (tub and handheld shower) and a kitchenette. Both are large and beautifully designed with big dining/living rooms. Best of all, each has an ocean-facing patio with a sundeck and alfresco dining area plus loungers and a hot tub.
Since our visit, a large Deluxe Apartment has been added nearby. Accessed via an interlinking bridge, it's a romantic and luxurious option for couples wanting added privacy. Expect a endless views, a plunge pool, terraces, a full kitchen and living area, plus a private butler!
Meals here are a delight. A cooked or continental breakfast is taken at long, white tables in the dining room or outside on the sun terrace. Typical fare includes poached eggs on English muffins with ham mushrooms and rocket (ours was excellent), sweet pancakes, or omelettes bursting with cheese and vegetables. Cold options include creamy yoghurt, plump kiwis, strawberries and melon, freshly baked seeded bread, homemade bran muffins and Bircher muesli.
There's a well-stocked honesty bar in the lounge, with a wide variety of wine and beer but you can also help yourself to any tea nespresso, cookies and cakes which they lay out. Chefs are on-hand all day to serve snacks and light lunches on request - perhaps a club sandwich or their popular chicken and vegetable soup. Afternoon tea is a selection of delicious home-baked cakes and sticky treats, like brownies, nougat and red velvet cupcakes. Private dinners are also available (advance notice required), tailored to the guests' preferences, with a local twist. A typical menu might be sweetcorn and shallot fritter, Cape Malay chicken and prawn curry, and a tipsy bread & butter pudding.
Guests in the larger 2- and 3-Bedroom Suites and the Deluxe Apartments have private kitchens with ovens, hobs, barbecues, microwaves, fridge-freezers, utensils and basic ingredients. There are indoor and outdoor dining areas. Grocery stores are close by, and you can request a shopping service/private chef.
South African cuisine is very cosmopolitan with global influences. National delicacies include biltong (dried, salted meat) and boerewars (hand-made, flame-grilled sausages). Staff can recommend excellent seafood restaurants in Camps Bay, and we love the laid-back Tamboers Winkel in downtown Cape Town for leisurely lunches. Sandwiches, salads and sharing platters are all reasonably priced and staff are super-friendly. If you're after something heartier, Royale Eatery offers up 50 different kinds of gourmet burger, including the Santorini (pork patty with terriyaki, ginger, coriander and chilli) and the Big Bird (ostrich with beetroot relish).
Only children 12 years and older are accepted, and the 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom suites/apartments with kitchenettes are good options for families. However, note that this is an intimate gueshouse which is also popular with honeymooners.
Teens (over 12)
Junior Suite 2a has 2 sofas that can be converted to accommodate up to 2 children up to the age of 15. Teens over 15 will need to be accommodated in an additional room. The 2- and 3-bedroom suites are better for families but note that all beds are queensize (no twins).