The drive to Tintswalo Atlantic never loses its magic. Situated along Chapman’s Peak Drive (just outside of Hout Bay), the views of the ocean are nothing short of astounding – as are the beauty and seclusion of this five-star establishment.
I instantly understand why it’s called Tintswalo (Shangaan for “gratitude” or “contentment”). My home for the night is the Elba Presidential Suite (each of the suites at Tintswalo is named after an island). Featuring two bedrooms, joined by a spacious lounge area with a fireplace, the suite is decadent. The large, pristine white bathroom is a haven in itself and the finishes are opulent yet homely, from the touches of silver and glass on the side-tables to the Victorian bathtub. The sheer drapings around the king-sized bed and the sitting area with burnt orange couches overlooking the ocean are designed for maximum relaxation and luxury.
All in all, there are 12 gorgeous suites on offer, the two presidential suites – Elba and Corsica – and 10 additional suites, all celebrating the scenic location of the property.
No trip is complete without great food – and that’s guaranteed at Tintswalo. I aimed to try the full English breakfast, but was diverted by the hearty cheese platter, thinly sliced salmon, cold meats, cream cheese and fresh fruit. The hotel restaurant offers breakfast lunch and dinner and an exquisite wine list with some of the Cape’s finest wines on offer for lunches and dinners.
Although I found it hard to tear myself away from the views and the heated pools, there are plenty of activities in this area that can be arranged from the hotel.
As owner Ernest Corbett says: “This is where you come to plan the rest of your life.”
Tel: +27 (0)21 201 0025.