Sunday, 20 April 2014

Camps Bay Retreat Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa

For the start of our adventure, we had four nights in Cape Town. When we left the capital for our twelve day road trip along the garden route, one of the things I was sad to leave was our hotel. Less of a hotel actually and more of boutique B&B set in some lush surroundings, this is one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in.

the veranda and gardens overlooking the sea

We stayed at the Camps Bay Retreat, in the laid back beach area of Camps Bay, which we were informed, numerous times, that Camps Bay was the area for the rich and famous! 

one of the lounges  

As a location  to stay in in Cape Town, I would definitely recommend here over the V&A waterfront or the city centre. Retreating to the hotel after a day exploring, the sound of the sea and the gorgeous back drop is worth staying in the area for.  

Camps Bay Retreat is dubbed as a ‘private nature reserve’ with the private deck houses (not rooms) dotted about the 4 hectare resort amongst the pools, gardens, verandas and flowers. My favourite part of this hotel? The rope bridge you have to cross to get to the rooms! I felt like I was already of safari!

the  rope bridge from the main area to the deck houses 

The hotel boasts a private spa area, tennis courts and a library/ lounge area, with the kind of d├ęcor to make you feel like you’ve stepped in time a bit.

The sister hotel is on the Camps Bay beach and much larger. Seeing as you are welcome to use the gym, pool and other facilities there, I would recommend staying here for the quietness and intimacy and getting the complimentary lift (it’s a porsche by the way) to the hotel.

complimentary bath salts and soaps...
...perfect for relaxing with some bubbly!!!

Meals are served on the veranda of this gorgeous converted stately home, overlooking the gardens and the sea, a perfect tranquil spot. We arrived on our first night just in time to make sunset, watching the haze of colours whilst eating amazing food, was breath taking. On our last day, whilst having possible the fluffiest pancakes I have ever tasted, we saw a massive shoal of dolphins playing in the sea!

home made  muffins for breakfast 

the little yellow round fruits are amarula  

This easily makes an entry for one of my favourite hotels I have stayed in – I cannot fault it. The attention to detail of this hotel make you constantly “ahhh” and coo, from the homemade biscuits in the  room, to the nightly sweets  put on your  bed at turn down service. Staff even fetched me a pair of binoculars to stare at the dolphins! Perfect service compliments the ambience of the hotel. Staff are all too happy to help, whether it was ringing a restaurant to make a booking, or provide a box for you to take your breakfast away.

If you are staying in Cape Town, you have to stay here!!!

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