Sea Five

Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa Book from R2800

Cape Cod meets the Med in Cape Town: a simply scrumptious boutique hotel overlooking breezy and beautiful Camps Bay
One of South Africa’s top interior designers - Francois du Plessis - has put his stamp on Sea Five with a stimulating mix of cool blue Mediterranean colours and warm African earth tones. The main floor is a large airy space with a sitting area of comfy cream sofas and a smart bar decked with lilies; sliding glass doors lead onto a terrace of wicker chairs and a slender pool. The feel is relaxed, sophisticated and fresh, and the clean, uncluttered lines extend to the 6 rooms above, which include a magnificent 2-bedroom penthouse on the whole second floor with sweeping views of both the mountains behind and the ocean in front.

The restaurants and shops of trendy Camps Bay are a short walk away, although the hotel will provide breakfast and can arrange light lunches. Evening sundowners by the bar shouldn’t be missed - the sunsets over the bay are brilliant and it’s a chance to meet the other guests, friendly and young, like Sea Five itself.

Highs

  • Location: you're on a peaceful residential street but only minutes from the beach and Camps Bay's restaurants
  • Rooms are lovely and luxurious, and all have a private outdoor terrace with loungers
  • Friendly and professional staff who blend into the background but emerge when you need them
  • Excellent homemade breakfasts plus complimentary afternoon tea and free bar snacks at sunset cocktail hour
  • The well-stocked and regularly replenished minibar is included in your room rate (beers, wine, spirits, soft drinks and lovely snacks; ask the bar for ice)

Lows

  • There are no lifts and lots of stairs
  • The terraces in some rooms can become intensely sun-baked and they don’t have umbrellas
  • Pretty expensive but totally worth the money
  • There isn’t a traditional reception desk like most hotels, but this is in keeping with the chilled ‘beach house’ vibe

Best time to go

Cape Town is appealing all year round. Summer is November-March, when it is hottest, and winter is June-August, when it can be windy and rainy. Come in spring (September-October) for whale watching and flora, or autumn (May-June) if you're on a wine route. July-August is the best times for safaris.

Our top tips

  • Don't miss tea for 2 - every afternoon, the hotel lays out a tea service with homemade biscuits and cakes in the chic sitting area

  • If you’re a cricket fan, Sea Five is very near the Camps Bay Cricket Club - from the hotel, you can see the club practicing in their playing field across from the ocean. Games can be attended by non-members and their bar/restaurant, Barocca, is open to the public
  • Great for...

    Beach
    City Style
    Foodie
    Honeymoon
    Wedding
    • = Recommended
    • = Best in region
    • = World favourite
    • Boutique Hotel
    • 7
    • Breakfast (+ lunch on request)
    • Best for 8+ year olds
    • Open all year
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Spa Treatments
    • WiFi
    • Pet Friendly
    • Disabled Access
    • Beach Nearby
    • Off-street Parking
    • Restaurants Nearby
    • Air Conditioning
    • Guest Lounge
    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Gym
    • Concierge Service
    Room:

    Rooms

    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).

    Features include:

    • Air conditioning
    • Bathrobes
    • Coffee maker
    • Coffee tea making
    • Complimentary minibar
    • Extra beds
    • Hairdryer
    • Internet access
    • Internet access
    • Phone
    • Safe box
    • Satellite tv
    • Terrace
    • Terrace
    • Toiletries
    • Wifi internet
    • Wifi internet

    Eating

    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.

    Features include:

    • Bar
    • Breakfast
    • Coffee maker
    • Coffee tea making
    • Food and wine
    • Lunch by arrangement
    • Organic produce
    • Room service
    • Vegetarian menu
    • Walk to restaurants
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    Activity:

    Activities

    • Relax on your private terrace - whether you have an ocean, mountain or garden vista, there will be comfortable loungers to lie on

    • Swim laps in the long pool - it’s slim and stylish with a view towards Lion's Peak

    • Watch the sun set over the sea - Sea Five’s cocktails are fruity and the bar snacks are free at sundown

    • Stroll along Camps Bay beach - it can be windy but a walk along its white sands is wonderful

    • Do lunch on the strip - there are loads of open-air bistros lining the main road in Camps Bay

    • Take the 'Table Cable' - the views from the top of Table Mountain are unmissable and the cable car ride up and down quite thrilling

    • Tour Cape Town - the city centre is only 20 minutes away and historical buildings like the Castle of Good Hope are worth seeing. Or shop! The V&A Waterfront by the harbour is an attractive complex of shops and galleries; it's also the embarkation point for Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned

    • Bond with the Boulders Beach penguins; you can take the scenic train to Simon's Town, home to the large penguin colony

    • There's fabulous whale watching at Hermanus, 2 hours' drive away (September-October is the best time)

    • Wine and dine - whether you visit the Groot Constantia estate in Cape Town or take a day trip to Stellenbosch in the Winelands, South African wine must be savoured

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Boat trips
    • Food and wine
    • Historical sites
    • Museums / galleries
    • Nightlife
    • Shopping / markets
    • Surfing
    • Swimming
    • Whalewatching
    • Wildlife
    • Wine tasting

    Kids

    This hotel is really geared towards adults, but Sea Five does accept well-behaved 8+ year olds. The Penthouse has a second bedroom with twin beds; one of the Mountain Junior Suites has a sofabed.

    Family friendly accommodation:

    Extra Beds Available

    Kid Friendly:

    Our guests' ratings...

    9/
    Rooms
    8/
    Food
    9/
    Service
    8/
    Value
    9/
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