The Sentinel can be seen across
the sea from every suite at
Tintswalo Atlantic, the boutique
lodge near Hout Bay.
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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The Corsica suite in
the Presidential Villa is
furnished with soft drapes
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-
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.
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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treats are served hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
at High Tea every Telephone (accommodation
afternoon. reservations): +27 (0)11 300 8888
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: email@example.com
still, with the only reminder being the including over 1 000 protea bushes. Website: www.tintswalo.com
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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