Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Other Side of Cape Town




Yes, we loved Cape Grace Hotel and its central V&A Waterfront location. But, a few days into our South African adventure, we explored beyond this area of Cape Town and discovered what very might qualify as one of the most unique, special and romantic hotels I have seen in a very long time. Part of the Tintswalo Collection, the brand new (opened in October), 11-suite Tintswalo Atlantic overlooks the Atlantic Ocean from its location on scenic Chapman's Peak road. Each oceanview suite is individually decorated/named after an island worldwide (our Cousine Island Seychelles-themed room--seen above--featured aquas/natural hues, a fabulous bath with open shower, vintage-style tub, and unbelievable ocean views). Other worldwide destinations represented through color themes and decor styles include the Caribbean, Greece, Italy, Madagascar, Africa, Bali and Turkey. The WOW factor of the property extends throughout the public spaces, built from wood and glass to blend harmoniously with the natural environs. A lounge with overstuffed sofas/chairs and divine decor, a bar, wine cellar, dining room, an open, interactive chef's kitchen, and the decktop heated Jacuzzi pool all share the same stunning sea views. The staff, including Ryno, the executive chef and his wonderful wife Melissa, will make you feel as though you are an old friend within no time. Trust us, you won't want to leave. NB: Book through Elite Travel International and rates include daily breakfast, the first night's dinner (custom-created just for you if you like), VIP treatment and of course, some nice extra perks!

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