“2 ultra-modern self-catering pads in Camps Bay, as sleek and stylish as a James Bond villain's hideout (sleeping 4 and 6)”
Sea View can be rented as whole villa, or as 2 separate apartments (the 2 double-bed Penthouse and the 3 double-bed House). Just as the building looks ultra-modern from the outside, it is ultra-modern with clean lines and a minimalist approach on the inside - all the better to focus on the views.
The floor-to-ceiling windows draw your eyes to the horizon every way you look and the decor is simple but luxurious throughout: cream sofas and walls, textural brown and beige carpets, accents of wicker and light wood and the occasional tasteful and well-placed knick-knack (sea shells, glass jars).
The house has 3 spacious kingsize bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms (2 with a bath, 1 with a shower) and sleeps up to 7 if you add an extra bed. It's an impressive space, with windows showcasing the view and mod cons everywhere, from the underfloor heating, robes and toiletries in the bathroom to the fully equipped kitchen.
There's enough space for 6 adults to find their own niche here, with an open living area, plenty of sofa space around the gas fire, and an indoor table seating 8. But the best part of the House is the panoramic terrace, complete with sofas, daybeds and loungers, where you can grill fresh fish on the braai, dine outdoors and pose around the pool. There's also a small private gym with sea views.
The Penthouse splits over 2 floors and has 2 kingsize bedrooms decked out in crisp white linen, both with views of Table Mountain. Ensuite bathrooms have a tub and shower, plus double sinks and underfloor heating.
The kitchen is open plan with a breakfast bar, sitting area and dining table as well as patio doors that open onto the terrace and plunge pool area. It's film-set perfect, with loungers and views of the ocean.
The House and Penthouse are both self-catering with fully-equipped kitchens and plenty of dining space, both indoor and out. They each have a 4-point electric hob, in-built braai (barbecue), a large fridge with filtered water and ice machine, plus a fan oven, microwave, toaster, kettle and breakfast bar. Cleaning products are provided, as is a dishwasher, and you'll also find a welcome pack with tea, coffee, sugar, salt, pepper, milk and fruit. Outside there's a shared herb garden.
The nearby Pick’N’Pay supermarket is open late and the slightly more upmarket Woolworths is a short drive away. Alternatively, a local supermarket delivers to the villa for a small fee and you can order your groceries online before your trip - ask for details when booking.
If you want to eat in but prefer not to cook, you can ask for a private chef, who will whip you up whatever you fancy, from barbecues of ostrich, bison and crocodile to regional specialities. If you want to eat out, it's a short walk to the beachfront for a whole host of restaurants. Trendy Café Caprice has a great vibe and excellent tapas/grill options, while Col’Cacchio is a good Italian. We'd recommend having a cocktail and indulging in some people-watching at Sapphire Bar before deciding what to eat.
The apartments aren't entirely child-friendly as they have steep drops, open staircases and sharp edges. But given the location and the large amount of space here, we think it would suit families with kids over 6, and particularly those with teenagers really well (although there are no twin rooms).
If you are planning to visit with a baby that isn't walking, an exception can be made (the House and Penthouse would be best). There is a bathtub on site but there are no baby cots - these can be hired from a local company on request.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Take your pick: the Penthouse sleeps 4 in 2 double beds; the House sleeps 6 in 3 beds and also has an extra rollaway bed, and the Whole Villa sleeps 10 in 5 beds and has an extra rollaway bed. All the beds in the bedrooms are kingsize doubles so it will depend on whether your children will share or not.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Both rentals are fully self-catering with kitchens that have everything (though the Penthouse doesn't have a blender). Only the basics are provided so the first thing you need is to hit the supermarket. Each rental has a braai (barbecue) and a great family dining table indoors and out - they are well set up for big groups. There are shops a short walk away and plenty of family-friendly cafes and eateries in the Camps Bay area
There are lots of steep drops and exposed staircases but children over 6 should be fine