Cape Town's magnificent fishing village of Hout Bay is home to the Tintswalo Atlantic Boutique Hotel, perched along the base of Chapman's Peak on the shoreline. This stunning hotel is only 45 minutes from Cape Town's international airport and 25 minutes from the city centre and waterfront.
Due to its exclusive positioning and distance from the hustle and bustle of city living, the 5-star Tintswalo is defined by its nature as an escapist retreat. Not only do the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean lap at the foot of the hotel, but the surrounding vegetation is part of the Cape Mountain Reserve. This unique positioning sets the Tintswalo apart in many ways. A wide range of animal- and plant life share their home with guests from all over the world, who are encourage to sit back, relax and take in some of the splendour that South Africa has to offer. As visitors settle in, the views of Hout Bay and the Sentinel are most rewarding, particularly during dawn and dusk, when the sea and mountains are bathed in the warm red glow.
Each suite is individually furnished in the styles of famous islands around the world. All suites face the ocean to ensure the best views. During whale-watching season, guests are well rewarded by the abundance of these creatures in the bay. Suites are air-conditioned, and each equipped with en-suite facilities. The bathrooms, complete with 'his and hers' basins and spacious showers, all provide stunning views of the ocean. The private deck is a fantastic place to unwind after a day spent shopping in or exploring the Mother City, Cape Town.
The Presidential Suite has combined French elegance with the flavours of the Elba and Corsica Islands. This suite boasts an ample entrance hall, 2 en-suite rooms and a gorgeous lounge. This suite is available for the exclusive use of guests, or as part of the lodge facilities.
The Robben Island Suite takes a slightly less formal approach to honouring one of South Africa's most respected political figures, Nelson Mandela. He was imprisoned on Robben Island for nearly 24 years, and this island remains a geographic, social and political hotspot to locals and tourists alike.
The charm of the Greek islands is reflected in the Ithaca Island Suite, which displays the typical blues and whites of the Mediterranean.
Tintswalo's Lamu Island Suite displays the fun and natural elements of the Swahili Island and the African coast in general.
Italian luxury and décor is best enjoyed in the Sicily Island Suite, which transports one to sheer romance and opulence.
The Sainte Marie Island Suite uses glass and light in a stylish and innovative way to reflect the look and feel of the island off Madagascar. This suite is certainly one of the most elegant and striking at Tintswalo Atlantic Boutique Hotel.
The Cousins Island Suite is inspired by the island of the same name in the Seychelles. This suite is exceptionally private and boasts some of the most gorgeous shells, fish and other marine life. Décor and colours reflect water and coral.
Blues, browns and a masculine feel define the Madura Island Suite. Carved wood with a distinct Bali feel adds to this warm suite.
The Tintswalo Atlantic Boutique Hotel presents a fun, Caribbean feel in the Antigua Island Suite. Blues, pinks and yellows are used together with Caribbean elements to complete the look.
Princes' Island Suite reflects the Byzantine influence of the islands close to Istanbul. This is achieved mainly through the use of terracotta colours, which are combined with a fresh 'seaside' feel to create the ideal ambience.
The Zanzibar Island Suite is a fantastic interpretation of this fun and popular destination.
Tintswalo Atlantic Boutique Hotel values the input of our esteemed guests. It is for this reason that we encourage guest interaction in the kitchen. The Executive Chef is open to requests and feedback, and enjoys help from the guests in the preparation of some of his most delicious dishes. The kitchen in which he works his magic is an open plan one, leading onto the dining room. This creates an interactive environment, and visitors are welcome to enjoy a glass of South African wine and watch the chef in action. Breakfast and tea are included in the accommodation at Tintswalo Atlantic Boutique Hotel, and these are sure to provide guests with an entirely new perspective on breakfast and tea! Lunch and dinner from an A La Carte menu are also available.
Should you wish to sample some of Cape Town's finest restaurants, a courtesy vehicle is available at the hotel. This may also be used to explore Cape Town and to visit the world-famous V&A Waterfront.
The Tintswalo Atlantic Boutique Hotel offers guests a stunning and inviting lounge, dining room, wine cellar and bar in addition to the interactive kitchen. These provide luxurious, but homely, retreats for the busy traveller. Because of the unique and dramatic views of both ocean and mountain, all areas have been designed to take advantage of this setting. For a real treat, guests are enticed into the warm Jacuzzi, sunk discreetly into the wooden deck, so that the most glorious of views may be enjoyed in complete comfort and style. Alternatively, the loungers on the deck give one the feeling of hanging weightlessly over the Atlantic Ocean.
When designing and furnishing the Tintswalo Atlantic Boutique Hotel, utmost importance was placed on maintaining the beauty of the natural surrounds, rather than replacing it with the plush designs of the hotel. So, earth and water colours were used, as well as glass, wood and silver. Natural shells and driftwood have been juxtaposed with pewter ornaments and crystal chandeliers to complete the look.
To get to Tintswalo Atlantic Boutique Hotel from the Cape Town International Airport, take the N2 to Cape Town, and then the M3 freeway to Muizenberg. At the set of traffic lights, turn right to Hout Bay and Kirstenbosch. You will reach T-junction. Turn right and continue on that road until you see directions at Constantia Nek.
If you are coming from the winelands areas and are travelling along the N1, take the M5 turn-off to Muizenberg, and then take the left turn onto the N2. Follow the signs to Muizenberg, and then see directions from Rondebosch.
Tintswalo Atlantic Boutique Hotel is part of the Tintswalo Lodges Group. This group comprises a few select lodges and boutique hotels throughout the most popular destinations in South Africa.
The Tintswalo Safari Lodge is conveniently situated within the Manyeleti Game Reserve. This reserve is home to the famous Big 5 (elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard and lion).
Johannesburg's Tintswalo Waterfall is close to many of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, but is still secluded enough to provide one with a sense of complete escapism.
The Tintswalo Atlantic Boutique Hotel in Hout Bay is the newest member of this exclusive group.