Situated in one of Cape Town’s most sought-after neighborhoods, Cape View Clifton is seemingly suspended between the dramatic backdrop of Lion’s Head and the Twelve Apostles, and fronted by the coveted golden sand of Clifton’s world-famous 1st,2nd,3rd, and 4th beaches.
An invitation arrives for an overnight stay at Cape View Clifton for us as a family. It’s always a nice change from the suburbs to experience the lifestyle of people populating this coveted corner of the Atlantic Seaboard, where properties sell at a premium.
We arrive after lunch on a Saturday afternoon at the multi-level exclusive boutique beach house. Forming part of the Rare Earth Property portfolio, we are assured of the ultimate in luxury. As we enter the property at street level, walking through to the reception area, we are all awestruck by the breathtaking views of the ocean meets the blue sky.
Our accommodation for the night is suite number 5, an elegantly furnished sea-facing 3-bedroom suite with an outside patio, separate lounge, dining and kitchen area. Floral pillows adorn the white-covered beds, drawing the eye to the soft neutral hues that complement the surrounding garden with palm trees.
Shielded from the elements and Cape Town’s notorious south-easterly wind in the summer months, Cape View Clifton is relatively wind-free. The dining area is strikingly clad in beach house white, with marine accents and comfortable couches in which to laze the day away. With pleasantly warm weather, our daughter decides to try out the crystal-clear pool while my husband and I take in the vistas from the teak pool deck, shaded under large umbrellas.
Before heading out to dinner, we stay a while longer to enjoy the magnificent sunset from the pool deck. For dinner, we decide to dine out at a nearby restaurant, and with the location of Cape View Clifton, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to adjacent activities and attractions.
After dinner, we return to our lovely suite where a relaxing shower with the Moyo Cape May Synergy is enjoyed before retiring to bed under the silky white linen. The waves crashing in the distance lulls me to sleep and the next morning, mist rolling in over the ocean makes for a theatrical change to the previous day. It quickly burns away, ensuring a crisp clear morning when breakfast is served in the upstairs dining area.
A wide selection for breakfast is beautifully displayed, ranging from cereals, pastries, yogurt, granola, charcuterie, and fruit, to freshly squeezed juices and our favorite – a choice of hot breakfast. My husband and I order our cooked breakfast – wholewheat bread with scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, while our daughter tucks into her Sunday morning staple food – croissants!
Lingering on the pool deck, we cannot get enough of the sight and smell of the ocean and Lion’s Head looking like it’s within touching distance. My husband thinks he spots a whale frolicking in the waves, but he’s not sure whether it’s a giant protruding boulder. On closer inspection – I confirm, after seeing a spout from its blowhole, that three whales are having a wonderful time in the bay. Back home, as I look through my photographs, I see that one even blew a heart!
Whether you’re staying in Cape Town for business or pleasure, Cape View Clifton is the perfect base to stay while exploring the city, or just enjoying the stunning surroundings that this beautiful boutique beach house has to offer.
| Photographs courtesy of Rare Earth Retreats and by Heléne Ramackers
*** Views expressed are the author’s own. Thank you to Gillian Gernetzky from Nicky Arthur PR for arranging our stay and for Cape View Clifton for hosting us.