Tintswalo Atlantic Cape Town
If you are a lover of remote and stunning places, this is the very best choice in Cape Town — situated within Table Mountain National Park, using a personal trail which winds its way through native fynbos into a pebble beach. The lodge, almost completely hidden from view, contains just 11 deceptively easy wood and glass cottages tucked under milkwood trees, the sea their permanent lullaby. The town feels a thousand miles away but each of the best tourist sites lie within a 20 to 45-minute push off. Just caveat: the longer you stare in the mesmerising sea and mountain views, the less you will feel like venturing out.
Style & personality
More lavish beach house than hotel, the lodge rose phoenix-like in the ash of the catastrophic 2015 flames and is currently looking better than previously. With fresh milkwoods implanted and smart landscaping, the bungalows still blend in perfectly with all the stunning sea-and-mountain surroundings, whilst décor is about producing relaxing womb-like spaces at a fresh trendy au naturel palette, using tactile materials that encourage barefoot lounging.
Service & amenities
A tiny dedicated group that selflessly served the local community — by repainting the fire station to supplying cooking courses at neighborhood colleges — throughout the 10 months the lodge has been rebuilt. Sincere, authentic, enthused, they’re all obviously very pleased to be working here, and who can blame them. Facilities include a heated pool, lots of watching decks, mountain biking and exceptional on-call therapists.
Multi-talented owner-decorator Gaye Corbett made the most of the reconstruct opportunity and made 11 distinct suites. Each enjoys complete privacy, with big sliding doors opening onto a deck just above the sea, fireplaces and each imaginable room amenity. Rooms are named after islands — appearing across the bay in the looming Sentinel you do really feel like you’re castaway at a mountainous archipelago.
Food & beverage
Exec chef Jeantelle Van Staden creates exceptional foods — just as well, as you truly won’t need to leave. Dinners are included as well as lovely. Guests are welcome to make menu ideas (Prawns? Fillet?) , say accurate dietary limitations, or offer her free reign with a four-course set menu; either way, come ready to feast.
Value for cash
Double suites from371 (R8,520), including dinner and breakfast. Free Wi-Fi. Not just cheap, but given the exclusivity and cuisine criteria, so well worth it.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
Kids are welcome but using restricted ‘romping’ area, this isn’t a destination I’d recommend for a household with active or young kids.
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