There is no denying that Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. In no small part thanks to her position, languishing on the shores of the southern Atlantic. From the heart of the city to the far reaches of the Cape Peninsula rugged mountain backdrops are hemmed in by the wild ocean. Surprisingly, for a city so bound to the sea, there are very few truly oceanfront properties, here are three of our favourites, offering a range to suit all tastes.
Radisson Blu Waterfront – Urban ocean
This is the place for those that want to be in the heart of the action and not compromise on the ocean front location. The excellent Radisson Blu Waterfront Cape Town is built right on the ocean’s edge, yet just a short stroll from hustle and bustle of the V&A Waterfront.
After a morning exploring the sights of the city return to the sanctuary of the hotel, spread out your towel on a lounger and you are suddenly in another world. As you soak up the African sun, the sound of sea gulls intermittently interrupts the mesmerising rhythm of the waves gently breaking just feet away. As you slide into the rim-flow pool to cool off the boundaries between pool and ocean blur and there is just blue as far as the eye can see. Later, as the sun begins to dip, the terrace fills with guests and Capetonians alike enjoying sundowner drinks to celebrate the end of another beautiful day.
For guests staying in the hotel’s premium balcony rooms, junior suites and two-bedroom suites the ocean vibe continues even in your room. The large airy rooms with separate lounge areas have following sleek lines and are furnished in muted shades of blue and white and balconies that offer uninterrupted ocean views lending. Standing here could be forgiven for thinking you were in a beachfront resort and not a city hotel.
All of this is backed up by Radisson’s famous 100% guest satisfaction guarantee, meaning a memorable stay is waiting for those choosing this hotel.
Tintswalo Atlantic – Paradise found
If being in the heart of things isn’t your style head out of town a little along the enchanting Atlantic coastline to the seaside enclave of Hout Bay. Here, huddled amongst the rocks at the foot of Chapaman’s Peak Drive you will find the outstanding Tintswalo Atlantic. 11 individually appointed suites (including one opulent 2-bedroom suite), each offering a subtle nod to one of the world’s great islands, offer a retreat like no other.
At Tintswalo Atlantic sheer opulence meets barefoot escapism. The calm waters of the bay lap virtually at your front door and transport you to a place so much further away. Sit on the shaded deck, gazing out across the bay to the towering Sentinel Rock that stands guard against the raging ocean beyond. You may even be lucky enough to see southern right whales right there in front of you. These ocean leviathans seek refuge in the calm waters of the bay from July to October each year.
Whether your personal taste leans more to the deep blues and whites of reminiscent of Greek islands in the Ithaca Island suite or the African earth tones of the Lamu Island suite one thing remains constant, views. Every suite offers majestic views out to the waters of Hout Bay and beyond to the Atlantic Ocean. Sumptuous interiors are simply the cherry on the top.
Even such an enchanting setting has to have one drawback and that is the life-rich waters of the bay are a little chilly for swimming. Do not fear though, the lodge’s oceanfront heated pool allows you to feel like you are swimming in the ocean, without the chill.
All the excitement of the city is just a short 20-25-minute drive away. Nip over Constania Nek and you are in the beautiful Constantia wine region or continue your journey along the spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive to head to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. One thing is for sure, you will always look forward to returning to Tintswalo Atlantic after a day exploring.
The Last Word Long Beach – Paradise undiscovered
For some though, there is a need to feel the soft sand between their toes before they truly feel they are at the sea. For those people The Last Word Long Beach is the answer. Here 8km of pristine beach lie at your doorstep, with arguably some of the best beach views you will find in the whole area.
This is an intimate property, offering just 6 rooms and suites, every one with sea views and private patio. An exquisitely kept terrace is the perfect al fresco dining spot before cooling off in the pool and from there it is just a short amble down the path that leads directly onto Long Beach. Gently curving stretches of white sand seem to go on forever, and beyond, blue seas, rugged mountains and glorious sunshine.
The rooms are sheer classic beach chic – marble, cottons and white linens with pops of pastel blues and greens bringing the outside in. Complimentary in room mini-bars and snacks just give you another reason not to leave your havens. for those who do venture out, the resident bar keeps the supply of complimentary beverages flowing! Did we mention the delectable three course seafood dinners that are also included?
Located in the sleepy village of Kommetjie (pronounced “Comm-Eh-Key”) The Last Word Long Beach is perfectly located to explore the wild coastal region of the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point as well as the most historic wine region in the country. The city of Cape Town itself is about an hour’s drive, but the route to get there and back is so impressive you’ll hardly notice the time.
Warwick Blow is Owner of Safari In Style. Safari In Style uses more than 50 years of personal experience to create tailor-made unique journeys through Africa’s finest safari destinations.
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