“Cape Cod meets the Med in Cape Town: a simply scrumptious boutique hotel overlooking breezy and beautiful Camps Bay”
Sea Five rooms are all big, bright and breezy with bleached hardwood floors, scrubbed wood furniture and long windows that open wide to the mountains or sea. We stayed in one of the 2 Ocean Junior Suites with glorious views to Camps Bay from the nautical loungers on our terrace. The 2 Mountain Junior Suites have only a side view to the sea but their terrace vistas above the rooftops to Lion's Peak are terrific. They’re larger rooms, too; one has a sofabed so it’s good for families. The only rooms without a view are the Garden Rooms, but one has a private fragrant garden of lemon and lavender.
The Penthouse has the real wow factor - it takes up the entire top floor of the hotel, with 4 terraces facing in each direction. Have morning coffee on a side terrace and sunbathe on the other side in the afternoon; have a peaceful read on the shady terrace facing the mountains, then watch the sun set on the terrace overlooking the sea. Bed down in Italian linen in either the four-poster king or the singles in the second bedroom (with a walk-in closet). There’s also a lounge, dining table and bar. Oh, and one of the 2 bathrooms has a spa bath.
In fact, all the bathrooms are pretty spiffy, with heated floors and walk-in rainforest showers. All rooms have WiFi and satellite TV, too. And - a real bonus - a minibar that is entirely complimentary (and restocked throughout your stay).
Mornings are eased into at Sea Five, helped by the fresh coffee and selection of teas in your room. When you amble down to breakfast, you’ll find a delectable spread of fruit, cereals, yoghurt, cheese and croissants laid out on the bar. Choose a table in the lounge area or on the terrace by the pool, where a menu of accompanying hot dishes (omelettes, scrambled eggs and smoked salmon) sits by the fresh flowers.
Herbs from the garden deliciously enhance the lobster pasta the hotel can provide as a light lunch. Or you might wander down to Camps Bay and its strip of open-air restaurants facing the sea - we especially liked the prawn cocktails and oysters at The Grand. The hotel lays out complimentary tea and cakes in the late afternoon, and make sure you attend evening cocktail hour when guests cluster around the bar and ooh and aah over the sunset.
Staff will offer restaurant recommendations for dinner - Col’Cacchio is considered the best Italian and the Codfather is famous for its fish. Round off your meal with a nightcap at fashionable Café Caprice.