“Sleek seaside apartments for 2-6, with stunning views, mountain backdrops and private plunge pools - all in a fantastic location”
The apartments have a sleek, modern feel, with private ocean-view terraces and plunge pools off open-plan living, dining and kitchen areas. Huge glass doors slide back to create large indoor/outdoor spaces, and marble, glass and chrome reflect the light. A few carefully chosen artworks and cushions create a minimalist, Euro-chic look.
Bedrooms have glass-walled ensuites in white Italian marble, which include fantastic showers; some have tubs, too. Bathrobes and big fluffy towels are provided, and storage space is abundant if you want to unpack.
The master bedrooms in Apartments 201 and 202 (each sleeping up to 6) are large, sea-facing and almost entirely glass-fronted, showcasing the vistas perfectly; they open onto private balconies where you can gaze at the scenery. The second and third bedrooms (one with a double bed, the other with twin beds pushed together) are smaller and face the side access steps; one opens onto a tiny courtyard. Huge blinds are operated at the touch of a button, and the high-tech lighting, surround sound and air-conditioning are controlled from panels in every room. Each apartment also has an additional toilet off the living area. Of the 2 duplexes, we preferred 202 for its cosier feel and slightly better views.
Apartment 101 is smaller and on one level. The only bedroom (an ensuite double) doesn't face the sea, opening instead onto a petite side-facing balcony. If you need to accommodate an additional guest, there’s a sofabed in the study (it has no ensuite, but there’s a guest bathroom with a shower). It’s closed off from the living area by sandblasted sliding glass panels, which look good but don’t screen light or sound very well.
Ebb Tide is entirely self-catering. The kitchens are well equipped, with full ovens and hobs, large fridge/freezers, kettles and toasters, as well as cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery and glassware. There are dishwashers and washing machines, too. All apartments have indoor dining tables and chairs, as well as smaller tables and seating out on the terraces.
Only supplies for tea and coffee are provided, so you’ll need to stock up on groceries, including salt, pepper and oil. Local supermarket Pick’n’Pay is within walking distance, or alternatively Ebb Tide’s manager Elize will take your order and arrange a delivery for you for a small fee.
But chances are you’ll want to try many of the city’s fabulous restaurants. Elize provides guests with a list of recommended options and their contact details, and you’ll be spoilt for choice - Cape Town is well known for being a foodie capital, and eating out is very affordable for overseas visitors. Turn left as you exit Ebb Tide and, after a short stroll towards Bakoven, you’ll come across a small bistro where we had a delicious and healthy breakfast. Or turn right and walk along Victoria Road to Camps Bay’s centre: the cosmopolitan ‘strip’ is no more than 10 minutes away. Here, you can gaze at the beautiful palm-fringed beach and the equally beautiful people as you lunch or dine at one of the many bars and restaurants along the seafront. This is the place to be in summer, so reserve tables in advance if you visit between November and March.