This exclusive address perched high above popular Clifton Beach is nestled amid some of the country’s best real estate, and with good reason: the mountains are the backdrop and the Atlantic Ocean unfurls in front of the hotel. Owner and interior designer Jessica Lattimer transformed a once-stuffy old abode into an airy oasis, imbuing the spaces with a contemporary yet timeless feel. This villa tumbles its way down five floors, and is designed like a chic beach house swathed in crisp whites, soft grays, and soothing taupes.
There’s no restaurant or room service, so those looking for a surplus of amenities might want to look elsewhere. Cape View Clifton isn’t the kind of hotel where the staff will cloy guests with attention. They’re there when you need them—to help you plan an excursion, perhaps—but they’re mostly unobtrusive, so guests can do their own thing, uninterrupted. Just as one would at their own beach house.
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When summer makes its way to the Southern Hemisphere in November, all of Cape Town heads for Clifton’s prime beaches. But for a less busy beach, drive a few minutes past Camps Bay to Bakoven Beach, where visitors can sunbathe or splash in the tidal rock pools. For a laid-back bar that fits the Cape View Clifton beach-chic vibe, head to the patio of the Bungalow. In neighboring Camps Bay, the historic Roundhouse restaurant (its origins date back to the 18th century) has some of the best views in the city.
Need to Know
Rooms: Eight suites, including a two- and a three-bedroom suite with full kitchen. From $309. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: There’s no restaurant at the hotel, and guests have to book ahead if they want the chef to prepare lunch or dinner. There’s no room service either, but an honesty bar is filled with wine and snacks for between-meal munchies. Spa and gym details: The property doesn’t have a spa, but there is a gym and pool.
Who it’s best for: Families of sophisticated beach bums who like to maintain their independence while still having access to amenities like full breakfast and an attentive staff when needed. Our favorite rooms: It’s hard go wrong with any of them (the expansive sea views are virtually identical in each), but the deluxe suites with ample living areas are just the right size for couples. Families should spring for the two- or three-bedroom suite. Good to know: While the location is beautiful, it’s not exactly convenient. Those with aspirations of pulling away from the beach to explore Cape Town should rent a car for easy access to town and other sites.