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MannaBay Cape Town , South Africa

MannaBay Cape Town, South Africa

MannaBay Cape Town


Situated in the very top of Oranjezicht, the upmarket suburb situated on Table Mountain’s steep slopes, viewpoints are plum: at front is located the twinkling city and Table Bay; right behind lies the mountain, its slopes efficiently your backyard. You aren’t walking distance to whatever, but the city-centre is a five-minute push off; add the next five for the Waterfront, cable car or Camps Bay/Clifton shores.

Style & personality

Hidden behind the somewhat brash concrete façade of what was formerly a private home are sumptuously decorated interiors and an immaculately groomed terraced backyard with fireplace pit and elevated bar area. There is a feeling of relaxation, with stunning wall paper options, monogrammed linen, bookshelves full of well-thumbed novels, eclectic furniture and arresting South African artworks gathered by globe-trotting proprietor David Ryan (also owner of this hugely successful Rhino Africa).

Service & amenities

This is much more of a guest house as opposed to a full size hotel, but unobtrusive but attentive direction and 24-hour butler support for a maximum of 16 guests signifies you are going to come across a greater degree of maintenance than you do at many resorts. The free transfers to supper (to a booking made by the supervisor for your benefit, according to their own complete comprehension) are a real blessing, as is your free airport transport (book before birth).

Exercise center


Spacious, superbly dressed, each with exceptional mountain or city views. Difficult to choose between these, though I would prefer the town side (such as Pom Pom that is on the ground floor but includes its very own private plunge pool) and likely avoid Persian, that’s the least personal, overlooked by the pub terrace behind the pool.

Food & beverage

An superb breakfast spread. The free house wines are great. The free high java – served everyday, occasionally to live piano accompaniment – is a decadent signature. I simply wish they served dinners.

Value for cash

Double rooms from286 (R5,000), including Wi-Fi, breakfast, higher tea, airport transfer (one way) and transports to restaurant bookings booked by the hotel. It is not cheap but also the ample comps and support levels make a persuasive case if you are comparing with a similarly priced five-star resort in town.

Accessibility for guests with disabilities?


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