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					The Sentinel can be seen across
the sea from every suite at
Tintswalo Atlantic, the boutique
lodge near Hout Bay.
                                Tintswalo Atlantic

                Rooms with a view
      Nestled among milkwood trees and perched on stilts above
  a rocky beach at the foot of Chapman’s Peak, Tintswalo Atlantic
       blends in so seamlessly with the shoreline that it remains
                     one of Cape Town’s best-kept secrets.

          ncient milkwood trees curl           you feel separated from the rest of the
          upwards through the balau            world – yet remain intimately connected
          decks that float above the bare      by the luxury first-world comforts.
rocks below. The profile of the Sentinel,      Somehow, senses are reawakened and all
the distinctive mountain peak across           signs of tension magically dissipate.
Hout Bay, is etched in front of the setting    Tintswalo Atlantic is a boutique hotel
sun and the water ripples with soft swells.    just a few metres above the high-water
Between the yachts floating like butterflies   mark on the Atlantic shoreline. The
near the quiet harbour, a whale is rolling     fourth property in the Tintswalo stable,
about and flapping a fin, then lifting         it’s hard to see even as you drive along
its tail. Mesmerised guests are sipping        the world-famous Chapman’s Peak scenic
bubbly and sitting quietly. Just sitting.      drive. What makes it so private is the fact
Perhaps it’s the white noise of waves          that it’s the only lodge found within the
moving through the kelp, but one thing’s       Table Mountain National Park, bordering
for sure: once you reach the base of the       on the well-protected Cape Mountain
steep winding track down to the lodge,         Fynbos Reserve and far away from any

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                     CLOCKWISE FROM TOP
                         The Corsica suite in
                     the Presidential Villa is
                 furnished with soft drapes
                       and salmon-coloured
                    throws; bathrooms with
               shell mosaics and white bath
                 linen add sensual touches.

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                                                                                                            Fresh fynbos flowers,
                                                                                                            shells and a telescope to
                                                                                                            watch for birds or whales
                                                                                                            all bring nature inside.

other development. The coastline is one     Crystal Dinner food-and-wine pairing            Turkish island of Princes is finished with
of the most ecologically diverse regions    evenings are a highlight. Open to guests and    deep terracotta and burnt orange touches.
in Africa, yet Tintswalo Atlantic is only   up to eight day visitors, these sophisticated   Freestanding, raku-fired, woodburning
20 minutes’ drive from cosmopolitan         and festive dinners are held in the main        stoves add character and warmth in the
Cape Town, and five minutes by car from     dining area, with its views of the sea and      evenings. Madagascar’s Saint Marie is a
the picturesque town of Hout Bay, with      Sentinel beyond. Dinner guests are greeted      deep dusty pink and a feminine delight,
its bustling fishing harbour.               by the executive chef and are served with       with pretty touches such as the crystal
The pristine white-sand beaches of          exotic pre-dinner cocktails and snacks on       chandelier with porcelain roses and bath
Llandudno and Clifton are also just a       the deck before heading inside. Tables are      treats in pink crystal bottles. Bathing
short hop away, as is the historic wine     set in white linen and silver, with a simple    under a glass roof set almost inside a
route of Constantia, where guests can       protea lending a uniquely South African         milkwood tree adds romance.
sample wines from seven different wine      style. Candles enhance the ambience while       A private, exclusive-use presidential
estates. Of course, Tintswalo’s extensive   the sun sets and delicious aromas drift in      villa set into the trees up on the hillside
wine list means that you don’t have to      from the kitchen.                               above the main lodge has two spacious
leave the lodge to enjoy some of South      Each one of the 10 suites is furnished in a     air-conditioned suites. Corsica and Elba
Africa’s best wines – you can enjoy them    unique style. Named after islands around        have magnificent 180˚ views from the
while indulging in the gourmet cuisine      the world, the interior of each room befits     expansive deck, and both suites look over
on offer. Watch the chef at work in the     the colour and character of the island. The     the sea to Hout Bay and are interlinked
relaxed open-plan kitchen – or join in      Greek Ithica Island suite is painted a deep     by a luxurious lounge area decorated in
and try your hand at a cooking course.      indigo blue, and the suite named after the      chic French country style with a cosy

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fireplace, day bed and deep, comfortable
sofas. The draped four-poster beds are
king-sized islands of white, splashed in
colour with salmon and silver-blue scatter
cushions and throws. The luxurious en-
suite bathrooms are glass-lined, taking in
the best of the views and mountainous
surrounds while creating seamless indoor-
outdoor flow.
The interiors are luxurious with crisp
white towels, silky-smooth cotton linen,
candles, mohair blankets and oriental
carpets adding sensual touches. In fact,
the romance of and atmosphere created
by candlelight accounts for the lodge’s
single biggest monthly expense! Local
art is used throughout the lodge – a
miniature beaded gecko sits cheekily on
a bedroom wall, a wire basket catches the
afternoon sun and shell mosaics adorn
each individually decorated bathroom.                                                           TOP The deck is the
All the rooms are connected via a                                                            place to be as the sun
wooden walkway and are lit at night with                                                      sets over the Sentinel
                                             the suites are designed for all weathers.
                                                                                                    mountain peak.
strings of concealed LED lights. Complete    They’re idyllic on a hot summer’s day
                                                                                          ABOVE Guest can relax in
privacy is assured and guests can relax      but equally romantic in the rain when           the welcoming lounge
on private balconies overlooking the         the heat from the wood-fired stove and
                                                                                                                       PhoTogrAPhs: TINTsWALo ATLANTIC

Atlantic Ocean. Each one of the suites has   underfloor heating throughout warms the
full sea views, perfect for soaking up the   room. Cocooning is easy here: sink into
afternoon sun sundowner in hand. Built       the deep sofas wrapped in a soft blanket
with the utmost care around the branches     to read a good novel or wrap yourself in a
and into the canopies of the ancient         sarong, slip into the plunge pool or relax
milkwood trees (a protected species),        on the secluded pebble beach.

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                                                                                                Tintswalo Atlantic

                                                                    Freshly baked
                                                                    treats are served            hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
                                                                    at High Tea every            Telephone (accommodation
                                                                    afternoon.                   reservations): +27 (0)11 300 8888
                                                                                                 Telephone (day-visitor
                                                                                                 reservations): +27 (0)87 754 9300
                                                                                                 Facsimile: +27 (0)11 300 8790
At Tintswalo Atlantic time tends to stand     that is home to many species of fynbos,            Email:
still, with the only reminder being the       including over 1 000 protea bushes.                Website:
turn of the tides – and meal times, all       The world-famous V&A Waterfront, Table
                                                                                                 Transfers by vehicle or helicopter
of which are a treat. Afternoon tea is a      Mountain, Robben Island and Cape Point             can be arranged.
lavish affair that includes smoothies as      are less than half an hour away, making
well as a range of teas, infusions, coffees   Tintswalo Atlantic one of South Africa’s           other properties in the Tintswalo
and a scrumptious selection of freshly        premier luxury travel destinations, an             stable include: Tintswalo at Waterfall
made pastries and tempting cakes.             accolade endorsed by US Condé Nast                 (gauteng) and Tintswalo safari Lodge
                                                                                                 and Manor house (Mpumalanga).
As well as enjoying the chef’s gourmet        Traveler when it included it in its ‘Hot
pleasures, guests can choose to experience    List’. As testament to the chefs’ food flair,
a variety of walks in the surrounding area    Tintswalo Atlantic also landed the silver
– or simply indulge in a picnic at the top    award in the ‘Ultimate African Cuisine’
of a 100m cliff face with spectacular sea     category at the local Amarula Best
views! Knowledgeable in-house guides          Retreats Awards in 2008.
explain that the three-hour Bokkemans         For a secret getaway where privacy,
walk affords guests breathtaking views of     sensuality and luxury fuse with nature,
the sea and surrounding mountains, and        Tintswalo Atlantic is the closest to
that the trail runs through a forest area     paradise you will ever get.

                                                                                              Indigo blues and cream are
                                                                                              used in the Ithica Suite,
                                                                                              reminiscent of the Greek
                                                                                              islands’ summer hues.

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