A STYLISH CLIFFSIDE HIDEOUT SET ABOVE CAPE TOWN’S BEST BEACHES, WITH KNOCKOUT OCEAN AND MOUNTAIN VIEWS? SOUNDS GOOD TO US. ANGELA BEITZ CHECKS INTO THE BEAUTIFUL CAPE VIEW CLIFTON TO EXPERIENCE ONE OF THE CITY’S MOST EXCLUSIVE STAYS.
We get to do quite a few reviews here at Fact and some will call us jaded, maybe even spoilt. Basically, what I’m trying to say is that after hundreds (literally) of stays in the world’s best resorts and hotels, it takes a lot to make say wow, and really mean it. Walking out for the first time onto the deck at Cape View Clifton simply took our breath away. Looking out towards the mountains are the 12 Apostles with the gorgeous white beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay beneath. Look behind you and there’s the Lion’s Head mountain. In fact, everywhere you turn, you’re met with a different view of another great wonder, each one as impressive as the last. As an Australian and having lived in the Gulf for years now, I’ve seen my fair share of incredible evening skies. But, Cape View plays host to a glorious sunset like no other – prepare to be hypnotised (and, of course, snap that instaworthy shot).
Clifton is well known in the region, the bay is minutes away from the centre of Cape Town, its cliffs are filled with the houses of the affluent and the beaches are stunning, but to be staying here at Cape View is really a special treat as the property is truly unique. The property is a converted house with room for only 20 guests. It offers modern luxury but avoids the trappings of so many fivestar hotels; it feels really personal. There are just a handful of people to make you feel at home and they’re all so lovely and unobtrusive – just what I like on a getaway.
At the heart of the hotel is an enormous, light-filled room with a large, open kitchen, an honesty bar, a lounge, and long dining tables. It’s the sort of house you’d expect to see in high-end interior magazines and the décor is painfully chic and so well done. The foldaway glass front wall is the spacious deck where you can eat, drink, lounge, swim and enjoy the stunning views. The bedrooms are also sea-facing with beautiful balconies which again make for stunning views. The interiors are stylish, with a neutral palette and cushions covered in graphic prints, with illustrations of palm trees and sea shells on the walls, along with elements of blue and white. Light, bright and airy, the spaces have been immaculately designed to give off an aura of a dreamy beach-front condo – the kind you see in Hollywood films set in Malibu. Made up of seven rooms and suites, Cape View Clifton has nailed the unique guesthouse concept designed to perfectly cater for the relaxed luxury traveller.
The house could be described as a B&B and the breakfasts are truly incredible. You can also order lunch and dinner in advance but with such excellent choice for dining out in Cape Town, you’re more likely to want to explore the cool restaurants. You will not forget the view that you wake up to and lounge to, eat and drink to at Cape View. The whole place feels like it’s made of ocean breezes and ocean views, with beautiful attention to detail, while the vibe is somewhere between being comfortable at home to being in an upscale, boutique hotel. General Manager Cobus Bester also deserves a special mention as he helped us with everything we needed including booking all of our restaurant reservations for us. This was a truly unforgettable experience and one that we will not be forgetting anytime soon.
GO: Visit Cape View Clifton in Cape Town, South Africa. Go to www.capeviewclifton.co.za for reservations and more information.