Clifton Beach Villa

Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa Book from Book from £576 per night

The ultimate contemporary beach villa on Clifton's 4th Beach - stunning location and brilliantly equipped (sleeps 5 + 3 kids)
Clifton's sweeping ocean views and relaxed vibe make it one of Cape Town's most sought-after residential districts, while its white sandy beaches are some of South Africa's best. This ultra-cool new 3-bedroom pad is a rare find, right on Clifton's 4th Beach - a favourite with glam sunbathers, volleyballers and families. Four years in the making, the owners have created a living space of beautiful proportions: a dreamy, breezy open-plan affair with heated polished-concrete floors and great use of natural light. Expect luxury touches, quirky modern sculptures and art works that make you smile. Daily housekeeping keeps things pristine, and the kitchen is superbly equipped with everything from a double-wine fridge to a Gaggenau hob. There's even a popcorn maker for when you watch movies on the giant curved TV.

Walk along to the lively bars and restaurants of neighbouring Camps Bay, or take a quick Uber ride to Cape Town's hottest dining spots and boutiques. If you just want to stay here and unwind, it's heaven: poolside loungers, long sofas, giant bean bags and a hammock for sunset views. Those looking for entertainment can descend into the funky subterranean den - an audio-visual mecca with a retro turntable and windows looking into the swimming pool. Passers-by who glance inside all say, "WOW, FAB, COR"! So did we.

Highs

  • Fantastic location - a few steps to Cape Town's loveliest beach and only a 15-minute drive from the city centre and V&A Waterfront
  • Beautiful, modern interior design combined with fun, comfortable living areas and luxury appliances
  • Gorgeous bedrooms (2 doubles and a single), 4 bathrooms and space for 3 mattress-beds in the den
  • Heated pool and a lovely terrace that's sheltered from the summer's 'Southeaster' wind
  • Daily housekeeping Monday-Friday included in the rate; Continental breakfasts and a private chef available on request

Lows

  • Only reachable by a 5-minute walk from parking areas above - but you get a single garage to park in (gold dust in summer) and the housekeeper helped us with our bags
  • There's a beach pathway in front of the house. It's a safe area but you'll see occasional passers-by (going green with envy)
  • If you're not a tech-head, the many different lights, audio and visual equipment may flummox you
  • The Atlantic Ocean here is usually icy cold

Best time to go

Cape Town is appealing all year round. Summer is November-March, when it is hottest and driest, and winter is June-August, when it can be cooler and rainy (though sometimes better than an English summer's day!). Come in spring (September-October) for whale watching and flora, or autumn (April-May) if you're on a wine route. May-October is the best time for combining a stay with a safari in or around the Kruger. The villa is open all year.

Our top tips

For one of the best views of the city, hike up Lion's Head behind the villa. Drive or take a taxi to the start of the trail; from there it's a relatively easy 2-hour round hike.

Foodies should head to the Saturday Oranjezicht City Farm Market at Granger Bay (near the V&A Waterfront), for fresh organic veggies, artisan produce and delicious street food.

Great for...

Beach
City Style
Family
  • Boutique Villa
  • 3 bedrooms
  • Self-catering; restaurants nearby
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
Room: Master Bedroom

Rooms

Spread over 3 levels, the villa has 2 double bedrooms, 1 single bedroom, 4 bathrooms, and 2 separate living /entertainment areas.

Top floor: fabulous master bedroom with an ocean-facing deck, free-standing bath and walk-in shower room. Air conditioning will cool you down but we preferred to open the doors to the gentle breeze and sound of waves.

Ground floor: the main open-plan living area offers a large relaxing space for cooking, dining and lounging (complete with a Bose sound system and Smart TV). Skylights and large sliding windows keep it light and airy, while splashes of colour and quirky sculptures of bubble-gum-blowing kids and bronze rabbits lend a sense of playfulness. Expect other eye-catching touches such as amazing glitter-effect cupboard doors and poignant artwork capturing the spirit of Mandela.

There are also 2 bedrooms on the ground floor (a double and a single), located at the back of the villa. They lack the sea view, but each has a spotless shower room, super-comfortable bed with crisp white linens and oodles of wardrobe space.

Outdoors: the living area opens onto a slim-line heated pool and wooden deck area with 4 loungers, hammock and cushions where you can laze away your days, catching glimpses of the beach just across the walkway. The private garden fronts the beach.

Lower ground floor: below decks you'll find a funky den with beanbags, a large Smart TV and sound system, and a cool viewing window looking directly into the pool. A row of 3 daybed mattresses can be made up for extra guests plus there’s a shower-room and bar-kitchenette.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Barbecue
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Dishwasher
  • Dvd player
  • Fireplace
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob stove
  • Iron
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pool/beach towels
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Security alarm system
  • Swimming pool
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Toiletries
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

You get a welcome hamper on arrival. Continental breakfast and a chef can be arranged, but if you like cooking, the main kitchen is a dream, with a state-of-the-art Gagganau hob, Le Creuset cookware and every utensil you could need from muffin tins to barbecue tongs. You'll find gadgets galore, too - a Nespresso machine, smoothie blender, even a popcorn maker.

Most importantly, the living area is a soulful, delightful place to eat, whether at the breakfast bar or the long table for 10 where poetry is etched into the wood and candle holders are aptly labelled to capture the mood: "Dream-Love-Life-Friends Laugh..."

Supermarkets are close by – we recommend Woolworths (similar in style and quality to M&S in the UK), a 5-minute drive away in Seapoint.

Buzzing bars and restaurants line the promenade in neighbouring Camps Bay (15 minutes' walk), while some of the city’s best eateries are just a short drive away. You’ll find an excellent list of favourites in the villa.

Features include:

  • Chef on request
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Toaster
  • Welcome hamper
Eating: Diner 1
Activity:

Activities

  • Lounge on the deck and watch the world go by or plunge into the heated pool
  • Flip-flop your way onto Clifton 4th Beach, Cape Town's trendiest stretch of sand, for sunbathing, volleyball and sunset picnics
  • For incredible views, hike to the top of Lion’s Head or catch the nearby cable car to the top of Table Mountain
  • Take a picnic to the famous Kirstenbosch gardens. Part of a nature reserve, they are home to over 7,000 indigenous plants and species
  • On Saturday mornings stock up on artisan produce and organic veggies at one of Cape Town's thriving farmer's markets
  • Drive down to the V&A Waterfront for galleries, boutiques and restaurants. This is also the jumping-off point for day trips to Robben Island (where Mandela was incarcerated)

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse-riding
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Shopping / markets
  • Surfing
  • Whalewatching
  • Wine tasting

Kids

A stylish, relaxed home. Youngsters will love being right on the sandy beach and splashing in the heated pool, while indoors they'll relish the space. Our 10-year-old daughter thought she'd found heaven in the entertainment room, with its slouchy beanbags, large daybeds (which can be made up as 3 extra beds), music system, Apple TV and underwater windows into the pool. It’s enough to make even the moodiest teenager smile!

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

The single room is best for one child. And the downstairs area works well for kids with the three day beds which can be extra beds thus turning the area into a kids dorm

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots and bedding
  • High chair on request

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kids Activities on site:

  • Heated pool 7x3 m
  • Lower-level den with giant beanbags and Smart entertainment system
  • Just 10 steps from the sheltered white sands of Clifton 4th beach (though the sea is very cold)

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Red bus tour of Cape Peninsula
  • Cable car up Table Mountain
  • Kirstenbosch botanical gardens which also has a nice African style restaurant
  • Two Oceans Aquarium
  • Kiddies blue train at Mouille Point
  • Mini Golf
  • Hout Bay bird and monkey sanctuary

Families Should Know:

The pool is unfenced and just a few feet from the sitting room so not ideal for toddlers; the master bedroom on the top floor has a balcony, and the villa is on 3 levels so there are stairs. The walkway down to the villa from the car park has some steps, which could be hard work with a pushchair.

Distances:

  • Airport: 30 minutes' drive (Cape Town International)
  • Hospital: 15km
  • Shop: 5 minutes' walk
Kid Friendly: Den2

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