Known throughout the world for its natural beauty, Table Mountain National Park also does glamour to perfection. Boutique hotel Tintswalo Atlantic, freshly refurbished, is the most perfect sunset spot in the Cape. By Romi Boom
Feet in the water says holiday. So does a large straw hat. Add the most picturesque sunset spot in the Cape Peninsula, then add the most stylish boutique hotel in the Cape. What you get is the stay of a lifetime: sumptuous oceanside suites, privacy, seclusion, extravagant pampering and wholesome, seasonal cuisine.
Tintswalo Atlantic, the only boutique hotel within Table Mountain National Park, has just reopened in October, following a fire in February. The public areas were affected by the blaze. These now have a fresh new look in the lodge’s signature blue and turquoise shades. The ten suites, named after legendary islands, were mostly spared. From the deck outside Java and Cousine, especially, the moody Atlantic is within an arm’s length, almost literally. Nature meets nurture.
An unforgettable setting and soundtrack
The setting below Chapman’s Peak Drive enhances the lodge’s exceptional appeal. From the secure parking area inside the grounds a shuttle takes guests down a steep, winding descent through mountain fynbos. At the bottom the ocean hugs the lodge in an endless embrace. It’s hard to focus on anything but the waves that caress the intimate pebble beach.
Before you get too spaced out by the soothing soundtrack, remember to look for southern right whales in the bay. If you’re lucky, you might hear strange growls, grunts and gurgles, not quite like a seagull and not quite like a cat. That would be sea otters at dusk, staying in contact with each other while exploring offshore waters. And if you get really, really lucky, you might spot a pod of dolphins in horseshoe formation chasing a school of sardines into a small, hidden cove along the seaboard.
Sought-after dining destination
The chill factor moves up a notch when sundowners are served on the main deck. Included in the rate is the signature cocktail of the day with a selection of yummy canapés; think flash fried springbok fillet and creamy mussels. The kitchen is open plan and diners are welcome to interact with chef Thando Jaxa and his team.
The menu features newly created starters such as roasted scallops and seared duck breast, mains such as sous vide lamb rump and masala spiced monkfish, and dessert such as mille feuille banoffee and peppermint crisp tart. The latter is a favourite of Springbok captain Siya Kolisi, a regular guest and ambassador. Full marks to Siya for popping the question at Tinstwalo Atlantic, he couldn’t have chosen a more romantic venue to propose.
Non-resident guests are accommodated once a week at the Tintswalo Atlantic Where else in the World Wednesday Lunch, where a limited number of casual diners are welcome by prior reservation and subject to availability. Due to its limited availability and exclusivity, the WWW Lunch is destined to be one of the most sought-after lunch experiences in Cape Town. The 3-course lunch costs R960 per person.
What does it cost?
The marriage of a six- or seven-star experience with awesome scenery is overwhelming. For so much wellness, deep pockets is a small price to pay. Room rates include bed and breakfast and start at R6,500 per room per night (low season 1 May to 31 August); R9,600 (high season), R11,500 (peak season 15 December to 15 January). Resident guests have the option of booking for lunch and dinner daily. For more information, visit Tintswalo Atlantic.