3 Beachfront Hotels in Cape Town
Oct10

3 Beachfront Hotels in Cape Town

We’ve scoured the peninsula for 3 beachfront hotels in Cape Town that deserve a mention. These 3 hotels aren’t 100 metres from the beach, and they’re not located on clifftops overlooking the blue expanse of ocean. These beachfront hotels are literally on the beach. We’ve hand selected a few accommodation options in each of the major beach areas of Cape Town. We have Tintswalo Atlantic tucked away at the base of Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most scenic drives. The closest area to Tintswalo is Hout Bay. Then there’s the Last Word’s Long Beach Hotel, which is located on a wide stretch of sandy beach on Noordhoek – the relaxed side of Cape Town! On the azure ocean side of Cape Town – the Atlantic Seaboard stretch – we’ve selected The Bay Hotel, a favourite among locals and international visitors for its prime location on the shores of the palm-fringed Camps Bay Beach. Tintswalo Atlantic at the Base of Chapman’s Peak Drive Tintswalo Atlantic is one of our favourite boutique beach hotels. It reminds us of a secret unobtrusive hideaway that flies under the radar. This haven of luxury is tucked away in a small bay beneath the world-famous Chapman’s Peak Drive, and rests on the shores of a private bay. The hotel’s wrap around balcony is the perfect place to watch the huge breakers rolling onto the beach. The rooms are nothing short of exquisite and each of the 10 luxury Island suites, offer superb finishings and sophisticated decor. A world-class fine dining restaurant, swanky beach cocktail bar and class wine cellar provide the perfect escape for purveyors of fine dining. There’s even a small pool surrounded by wooden decking – the perfect place to put your feet up and unwind. The Last Word’s Long Beach Hotel in Kommetjie, Cape Point Route There’s a stretch of kilometres long sandy beach that curves all the way from Noordhoek to Kommetjie, offering a wild beauty and powerful seas. Horse riding is popular on Noordhoek beach, and it’s not uncommon to witness scenes of cantering steeds framed by icy powerful waves and endless views of the ocean. This part of Cape Town is accessible via the Cape Point Route side of the mountain. Noordhoek lies at the base of Chapman’s Peak opposite to the Hout Bay side. Long Beach is situated on this Noordhoek Kommetjie stretch and is a well-known local surfing spot. The Last Word is comfortably perched on top of fynbos smothered dunes on the sandy beach. The views from the Long Beach are mind-blowing. Endless horizons greet the huge expansive of blue ocean with their brazen sunsets, and...

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Tintswalo Group to Open Villa Overlooking Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town
Sep15

Tintswalo Group to Open Villa Overlooking Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town

The southern peninsula of Cape Town is one of the most spectacular regions in the Western Cape, and visitors often overlook this area in favour of the more tourist orientated areas of the coast. The Tintswalo Group has recognised the potential of the area, so they’ve decided to build a stylish seaside villa hotel overlooking Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town. The opening date is the beginning of October, and we’re bound to see an influx of visitors to the villa. The southern peninsula is a strip of coast extending from Muizenberg through to Noordhoek at the base of Chapman’s Peak. The coast hugs the warm Indian Ocean and is known as the laid-back, local part of Cape Town. The False Bay coast is also a marine reserve teeming with cow sharks and ocean life, making it ideal for scuba diving and snorkelling. Home to a variety of surfing waves, golden beaches, rugged coastlines, and the Cape Point Nature Reserve; the southern peninsula most certainly is the epitome of wild beauty. Villages dotted along the coast have a sporty, surfing and bohemian vibe, and restaurants home to delectable cuisine remain uncrowded. One of the most popular beaches along the False Bay Coast is Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town. This beach and calm bay is home to a protected penguin colony – don’t be surprised to come across penguins while you’re taking a dip in the small bay. Cocooned by carpets of mountain fynbos, flanked by mountains and hugged by the False Bay Coast is the Tintswalo at Boulders Manor. Tintswalo group tends to find magical, hidden corners of South Africa for their properties. Location, luxury and quality are all key elements of a Tintswalo property. There will now be two Tintswalo options in Cape Town – one on the sought after Atlantic Seaboard, and one on the laid-back False Bay coastline. We cannot wait for the opening of this villa in Boulder’s Beach Simon’s Town, an area with perfectly safe beaches and shallow waters ideal for swimming. The villa style manor will have 9 suites and a children’s suite on a bed and breakfast basis. Guests have the option of hiring the entire villa on a private use basis, which will have 5 luxury suites and one children’s suite, catering for a group of 10 people. Rooms have sweeping views of extensive Indian Ocean, and the location is perfect for a family holiday. Tintswalo at Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town is part of the Tintswalo classic collection, and is certainly set to draw in the...

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3 Unique Accommodation Options for the 2019 Knysna Oyster Festival
Sep13

3 Unique Accommodation Options for the 2019 Knysna Oyster Festival

The Knysna Oyster Festival is an annual event that takes place along the Garden Route region of South Africa. This lush area, otherwise known as the Eden of South Africa, recently endured a devastating setback when fires raged out of control in the Knysna region. The area is slowly being developed and rebuilt after the fires, and the Knysna Oyster Festival continues to thrive. The festival takes place during South Africa’s June/July school holidays and is a festival offering a programme of exciting events ideal for the whole family. There’s the famous Knysna marathon that’s at the heart of the festival, and runners flock to the region from around South Africa to enjoy a scenic run through the forest and its surrounds. Pezula Hotel and Golf Course It goes without saying that The Garden Route is a fantastic destination for golfing. From endless lush landscapes to sea views, and wild vegetation teeming with game, the Garden Route has certainly earned its reputation as South Africa’s eden. Garden Route is also a renowned golfing destination and has the likes of Fancourt, Pinnacle Point, Simola, Oubaai, George, Goose Valley and many others. Pezula golf course is a first-class destination for golfers, and the Pezula Hotel offers easy access to the greens. It’s also a perfectly sophisticated destination for non-golfers to indulge in a spot of luxury. As a matter of fact, the luxurious Pezula Hotel caters for a wide variety of traveller. From honeymooners, to golfing groups and young families, Pezula offers a world of wonder in the heart of the Garden Route, complete with beautifully appointed suites and stand alone villas. The accommodation options come complete with WiFi, air-conditioning and the amenities from home. The villas differ from the deluxe suites in that they come complete with their own private pool, entertainment area and sweeping views of Knysna and surrounds. The delightful deluxe suites offer a tranquil retreat with hearty fireplaces and blissful garden views. The hotel has plenty to keep you occupied. There’s a 12 metre indoor pool, spa facility, sauna, health bar and a post-treatment relaxation zone. This is the perfect place to unwind after running an intense marathon! Head Over Hills Luxury Retreat Located on top of the famous cascading cliffs of the Knysna Heads, sits a sophisticated retreat called Head over Hills. This five star luxury hideaway has exquisite vistas of the temperamental and vast Indian Ocean, the tranquil Knysna lagoon and the jagged coastline. The Heads is a tourist hotspot, yet remains an idyllic and peaceful area. Head Over Hills is a sought after destination, and offers plenty of relaxation options for those needing some...

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Top 4 Reasons to Visit Cape Town in Winter
Sep13

Top 4 Reasons to Visit Cape Town in Winter

Sun worshippers and beach goers seeking a popular summer destination for their holiday flock to Cape Town’s shores to explore the endless beaches and postcard perfect mountain vistas. The endless summer days in Cape Town definitely provide the ideal setting for a summer vacation, but the winter season often produces charmingly warm and sunny days. There are stormy days, but they’re generally short lived and interrupted with strikingly blissful intrusions of sun.  The Mother City is a year round destination and visiting Cape Town in winter means fewer crowds, cheaper prices, crisper sunsets, and less chance of having to contend with the blustery south easter.   Here are our top 4 reasons to visit Cape Town in Winter :  Wine Farms with Fireplaces   There is nothing better than spending a cold, yet still winter’s day on a wine farm in Cape Town. Immerse yourself in the contrasting colours of carpets of vineyards on the slopes of the mountains, and sip a glass of quaffable wine while you look out over the rain-soaked, glistening landscape. There are a number of wineries offering huge indoor fireplaces with hearty crackling fires, comfortable couches and cosy bar areas. Head towards Constantia, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Durbanville to find that cosy winter wine hideaway. La Motte Wine Estate in Franschhoek and Babylonstoren  our personal favourites for winter wining and dining. World-class Surfing Waves Cape Town is a go-to destination for avid beach goers and water sport fanatics. The Mother City has both the warm Indian Ocean and the cold Atlantic Ocean, which means different wave types on each coast.  Generally speaking, the ocean is a far cry from the warm waters of the Med. Waves on the Atlantic Seaboard tend to be icy and powerful – perfect for the more experienced surfer.  During the winter season Llandudno offers some of the cleanest and slickest barrels you’ll ever see, making it ideal for hardcore surfers. Dungeons offers one of the most challenging big waves in the world and is an eerie, sharky spot. Challenging on all levels! For the more relaxed surfer, long boarder or cruiser,  we recommend Muizenberg. This section of the Indian Ocean is best for beginners and caters for a mixed crowd. There are surf shops, cafes and bars located on the beach front. Winter season sees the North-west wind rolling in which provide ideal conditions for small, fun waves. Participator or wave observer, there’s always a winter wave for you in Cape Town. Less Crowds, Better Prices Like most tourist hotspots, when the summer crowds arrive in their droves, the prices tend to escalate. Despite your foreign currency it can also be a costly...

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4 Understated Boutique Hotels in Cape Town
Jul24

4 Understated Boutique Hotels in Cape Town

We recently launched a blog post about swanky hotels in Cape Town, and we thought it was time to explore the more understated hotels in Cape Town. These are 4 understated boutique hotels in the Mother City, a selection that only scrapes the surface of the exquisite boutique hotels on offer in Cape Town. The Cape Milner in Tamboerskloof The Cape Milner Hotel offers the discerning traveller a sense of simple style and luxury, and designers continuously ensure the hotel is retouched to keep up with modern decor trends. The recent addition to this luxury hotel is the Glass Lounge, a plush cocktail bar serving a range of gourmet tapas. The cosmopolitan bar is the perfect place to unwind after a full day of exploring the Mother City, and the bar even has a glass roof that adds to the already exceptional views from this lounge-come-bar area. This boutique hotel has 57 rooms, with 2 suites and 10 luxury rooms. The hotel is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the views of Table Mountain and surrounds. Each room has spectacular views, and is perfectly equipped with all the amenities of a luxury hotel. WiFi, DSTV channels, flat screen TVs, en suite bathrooms, mini safes, complimentary tea/coffee making facilities, and the added luxury of room service ensures that all of your holiday needs are met. The Cape Milner Hotel has a design that’s clean and fresh.  Decor is neutral and understated in terms of colour schemes, and the stark minimalism is broken by warm natural woods used in flooring and panelling throughout. The bold artwork, and colourful furnishings also add a sense of flair to the hotel. The architecture and design of this exquisite hotel is only surpassed by its location, which is a stone’s throw away from the busting and funky Kloof Street. Kloof street has a number of restaurants, cafes and shops worth exploring. Modern, secluded and contemporary, the Cape Milner is an idyllic hotel and one of the top boutique hotels in Cape Town. Boutique Manolo in Tamboerskloof Boutique Manolo is yet another elite boutique hotel located in the quiet, yet eclectic suburb of Tamboerskloof. Manolo is a small hotel that offers an intimate and personalised service. Surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and well-manicured lawns, Manolo is certainly the ideal oasis in a bohemian and bustling area of the city centre. Decor is washed with white, and only hints of colour are scattered throughout, which can be found mainly in the soft furnishings and artwork adorning the walls. Each of the 4 luxury suites and the expansive penthouse, comes with their own terrace. The terraces have sun...

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Looking for High-end Exclusivity? Try The Royal Portfolio Hotels
Jul12

Looking for High-end Exclusivity? Try The Royal Portfolio Hotels

The Royal Portfolio is a handpicked selection of high-end hotels offering a sense of exquisite exclusivity. Catering for an international market seeking hotels and lodges of a superior standard, the Royal Portfolio certainly sets the benchmark in terms of elite destinations. This intimate collection is a portfolio of private residences, hotels and safari lodges located in sought-after tourist destinations. For those with an extended budget, and want the best-of-the-best, the Royal Portfolio is a must. The Royal Portfolio is a family-run business, and although its properties are upmarket, the ethos of familiar comfort is a primary focus. Royal Portfolio is about the luxury, the familiar and the experience. Each destination is in a must-visit area in South Africa. One of our consultants will happily combine an itinerary with a stay at the below properties, offering you a quintessential “South African” experience exploring the Cape winelands, whale watching town of Hermanus, Kruger bushveld experience and the buzzing Cape Town. Let’s take a peek inside their staggeringly elite hideaways. Royal Malewane in the Kruger’s Thornybush Private Game Reserve The Thornybush Private Game Reserve is a big 5 reserve forming part of the Greater Kruger region. Royal Malewane is a luxury safari lodge in the heart of the reserve, and was recently nominated as one of the best 50 resorts in the world by Condé Nast  Traveler. This classic safari lodge exudes a traditional safari feel combined with a modern take on decor. It’s understated and classy; and provides that much needed slice of luxury combined with the adventurous safari lifestyle. Game drives are led by highly qualified guides and trackers; and take place twice a day during the periods of time when predators are most active. During your down time between game drives, we encourage you to indulge in a spa treatment or simply soak up the bushveld atmosphere. In terms of accommodation, there are six luxury suites, two “Royal” suites that come complete with two bedrooms. Then there is the Africa House, which is an exclusive use villa. Birkenhead House in the Whale Watching Town of Hermanus The Birkenhead House is a stately coastal home overlooking expansive sea and cascading cliffs of Walker Bay in Hermanus. Hermanus is a bustling seaside village that enjoys hordes of visitors during “whale season”, which is the time of year when the southern right whales return to ancient breeding areas. Walker Bay is one of these destinations, and is a short drive from Cape Town, making it a popular add-on to a holiday in Cape Town. The Birkenhead sets the standard in terms of luxury destinations in Hermanus. Decor is contemporary coupled with tasteful beach-house...

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Don’t Forget the Herbivores. Top 4 Vegan Restaurants in Cape Town.
Jun05

Don’t Forget the Herbivores. Top 4 Vegan Restaurants in Cape Town.

There has been a global trend towards leading a healthier and more environmentally conscious diet that aims to conserve natural resources. People have, in recent years, become acutely aware of the origin of their food and also what what they’re putting into their body. The population is increasing exponentially and this puts pressure on the earth’s natural resources. Mass produced food shrouded in plastic, loaded with preservatives and pumped with chemicals has become the norm for most people. Society has become impatient, and thrives on fast and easy solutions. The movement towards a healthier and more sustainable way of living is slowly becoming the norm. It’s all about making more informed decisions with the realisation that your choices have ripple effects. A healthy diet is up to the individual and their circumstances, which can include anything from health to economic situation, and religious beliefs. There are some people will only eat organic vegetables and grass fed beef, others follow a purely plant based diet, some only eat ethically farmed animals, and others believe in a diet of 70% plant and 30% meat. Whatever the food belief system (and there’s no proof that one healthy diet is superior to another healthy diet), it’s abundantly clear that people have made a conscious effort to become educated about the source of their meals and snacks, which is a good thing. This blog post is for all the foliage loving folk that thrive on a plant based diet and have decided to follow a vegan based lifestyle. Cape Town tends to follow foodie trends and restaurants have jumped on the health bandwagon, with vegan restaurants cropping up everywhere. There are  plenty of noteworthy “themed” restaurants out there, but we cannot do due diligence to all of them, so we’ve selected our top 4 vegan restaurants (some are vegetarian but have a fully extensive vegan menu) located in popular tourist areas. Veganism is the term given to those that abstain from using animal products in both lifestyle and diet, and rejects the use of animals as a commodity” The Hungry Herbivore The Hungry Herbivore is 100% vegan restaurant located in the heart of Cape Town in a trendy and funky area worth exploring. It’s a small, cosy cafe vibe with simple decor and delicious food. There are products to purchase to take home with you. Order pizzas with cheese made from nuts, and finish off with a delicious slice of cheesecake. Location : 11 Orphan Street, Cape Town Tel: 021 422 0347 Opening Hours: 12:00 – 22:00 | Monday – Saturday Sunday | 9:00 – 15:00  Kitchen closes 30min before closing time Scheckter’s Raw in Sea Point...

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