Nestled between the breathtaking Chapman’s Peak Drive and Table Mountain lies one of Cape Town’s most idyllic coastal spots: Hout Bay. And despite the hustle and bustle of Town being just a stone’s throw away, Hout Bay retains its idyllic small-town feel – the perfect spot for a romantic sojourn, weekend getaway or an overnight treat.
Which is why we’re so excited about one of the area’s best kept secrets: the Hout Bay Manor. A sumptuous boutique hotel set just off Hout Bay’s Main Road (with links to the city and the V&A Waterfront via the newly-built Bus Rapid Transport system), this luxe spot boasts stunning decor, a relaxing spa and a buzzing restaurant and bar.
If the glorious old Cape Dutch architecture doesn’t grab you as you arrive, then the quirky, elegant interior will. Think oversized chandeliers brimming with African beads, plush sofas, imposing paintings and glistening dark wood fittings.
Each of the 19 rooms (from R2 100 per room per night) boasts en-suite bathrooms, TVs, mini-bars and Wi-Fi – but we’d recommend splurging on a suite with a free-standing Victorian bath, especially if you’re staying with your man. You won’t even need to bother throwing on a gown as you move from a blissful bath to four-poster bed (perfect for a romantic night!).
Feeling the need for some indulgent pampering? Then why not head to their serene Inzolo Spa with the girls and enjoy anything from a Fragrant Relaxation Massage (R950) to a Total Pureness Exfoliation and Body Polish (R250) or classic manicure (from R200)?
Another reason why we love the Hout Bay Manor: their stunningly decorated Pure Restaurant (think cascading trains of crystals and ornate furniture) accompanied by an equally stunning menu. Feast on dishes like their cold smoked farmed trout with beetroot gel, salmon tartar and pickled beetroot (R80) and then move on to their delicious Karoo lamb with sautéed new potatoes, rosemary scented garlic confit, brocolinni and mint salsa (R140). And to top off a mouthwatering meal? Their citrus and ‘Spirit of Klein Constantia Grappa’ cold soufflé with berry-apricot compote (R60) is divine.
So whether you’re needing a long break to rejuvenate or simply want to enjoy an indulgent afternoon at their spa, Cape Town’s Hout Bay Manor is one spot not to be missed.
For more information, visit houtbaymanor.com or call 021 790 0116.