Weekend Wanderings: A stay at Tintswalo at Boulders in Simons Town

A few weeks ago we were invited to spend a night at the new Tintswalo at Boulders in Simons Town. Now normally an invite to enjoy a night at such a romantic and luxurious seaside escape would be for 2, but this time the invite was for our family of 4! What a lovely surprise.

Tintswalo at Boulders is the newest incarnation of the Tintswalo brand… and it came at a very good time when, sadly, Tintswalo Atlantic experienced a fire a few weeks after Tintswalo at Boulders opened its’ doors.

Previously we have enjoyed two visits to Tintswalo Atlantic and have always been thrilled to enjoy a night at the edge of the sea. Surely one of the most breathtaking locations for a hotel in the world…

Tintswalo is the epitome of sophisticated, elegant luxury and the spaces they create are always beautifully appointed and Tintswalo at Boulders is no different!

We were welcomed in to a stunning space at this boutique hotel, where the seaside views are slightly different to those of their Atlantic position, but equally enthralling.

Stepping out onto the patio area we were greeted by the most magnificent panoramic view of False Bay and unobstructed views of the penguins sunning themselves on the boulders of Boulders below!

This is a scene I could sit and enjoy all day, every day… a moving painting where the seascape scenery changes constantly. Sweeping clouds, swooping seagulls, rolling waves and the blue peaks of the Helderberg – magic!

After enjoying a moment to centre ourselves and breathe out, we were shown to our suites, but not before meandering through the general areas of the luxurious seaside accommodation. There are three living rooms decorated in soothing neutral tones with accents of deep blue and emerald green that reflect the incredible natural surroundings, these spaces are beautiful with large comfy couches, piles of magazines, fascinating artworks, cosy corners and inviting fireplaces. These beautiful reception rooms will draw you in and make you feel right at home.

Other corners of this 3-level villa worth exploring are the central courtyard with a fire pit, the rooftop pool and the cosy cinema room – once our kids discovered this spot there were in no hurry to head off anywhere else – and this meant mom and dad could enjoy some time catching up alone.

Tintswalo at Boulders operates on a bed and breakfast basis with six luxury suites, along with the option of a children’s suite which was the reason for our invite for 4! The whole space (originally two homes) may also be booked exclusively as a 9-suite private villa (or even one half can be booked) for fun family getaways, special celebrations or large groups of friends travelling together and a private chef is available on request to make it feel like a real holiday!

Paying homage to the maritime history of the town, the rooms are named after famous ships, ranging from the Mayflower and the Cutty Sark, to Jan van Riebeeck’s Drommedaris. Our rooms were located on the lower level of the villa as this is the area where the Penguin suite for the kids is located. Our Mary Rose room was beautifully decorated with a HUGE four poster bed, an epic en-suite and ultra soft dressing gowns.

All the rooms at Tintswalo at Boulders are super-spacious and each has its’ unique selling point. Mayflower is a corner suite on the ground floor, enjoy a grand four-poster in Mary Rose, ultra-privacy with a garden courtyard in Victory. Or views for days and direct access to the rooftop pool from Drommedaris and Water Witch.

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Unfortunately we didn’t have a balcony with a view, but we did have direct access to the private walkway that leads directly on to the Boulders Beach boardwalk. Our room was literally a two minute stroll to the penguins at Boulders Beach, well, even closer if you count the little stowaway penguin we spotted nesting on our side of the boardwalk!

The main attraction in Simons Town is Boulders Beach and to be so close to all the action is really something special! We took a walk down the garden path and found ourselves mere metres from the entrance to the penguin sanctuary. Being locals we knew a few of the best spots to head to and first opted to refuel with a sorbet from one of favourite ice-cream spots in Cape Town!

Filled with ice-cream joy, we meandered down to one of our best beaches to enjoy the views, the gulls and a lone penguin enjoying an afternoon stroll just like us!

But Simons Town isn’t only about the penguins… there are plenty of other activities to do in the area including scenic walks in the surrounding mountains, taking a drive down to Cape Point, going whale-watching on a boat, or kayaking on the calm waters of False Bay.

For more ideas see my post about the Top 10 Things to do in Simons Town.

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During our stay we loved taking a slow stroll down St Georges Road popping in and out of all the interesting shops and quirky museums that line the street. We also enjoyed a traditional fish and chips dinner at the iconic Salty Seadog restaurant after taking a walk down the dock to admire the harbour views and meet a few of the locals….

After our lovely local meal it was time to head back to our beds cocoons. The enveloping down duvets and crisp white linen, along with the blackout roller shutters on the windows ensured a dreamy nights’ sleep…

With the endless views east, sunrise is worth waking for, if you can bear to climb out of bed! We sat down to a delicious breakfast on the balcony which allowed us the opportunity to enjoy the view and the penguin sounds.

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Breakfast at Tintswalo at Boulders is taken seriously… fruit and granola, cheese platters, charcuterie, freshly squeezed orange juice and a hot breakfast will ensure you don’t leave hungry.

Every member of staff we met at Tintswalo were welcoming, warm, attentive and friendly. Villa supervisor Stanford Ndebele and manager Tatum Ehrenreich are on hand to assist with advice of where to eat or what to do as well as make bookings as needed.

Tintswalo at Boulders truly felt like a (luxurious) home from home – one we were not in a hurry to leave – and we all left feeling happier and more relaxed!

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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for almost 7 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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