One of my very favourite places in Cape Town is the exquisitely located Tintswalo Atlantic hotel. Tucked beneath the soaring Chapman’s Peak and as close to the Atlantic Ocean as you can hope to be in a bed – this beautiful boutique hotel has played host to many magical memories for myself and my husband. We’ve been lucky enough to spend a few special evenings enjoying the enchanting surroundings – twinkling lights of Hout Bay across the ocean from a beautiful bath, starlit walks to the pebble beach, fine cuisine in the opulent dining room and fireside chats on cosy evenings in one of the gorgeous suites.
Sadly the Tintswalo Atlantic has had the misfortune of not one, but two fires during its’ existence – the first was the dreadful mountain fires of Feb/ March 2015 and the latest was earlier this year in February 2019 when a kitchen fire destroyed the main section of the lodge.
Tintswalo is a Xitsonga word meaning “Mercy” in English and it is a great mercy that all guests we evacuated there was no loss of life during this most recent devastating turn of events….
Another meaning of the word “Mercy” is “a disposition to be kind and forgiving” and the owners and staff of Tintswalo Atlantic have show this character trait by, yet again, forgiving Mother Nature and setting to rebuild what was lost with tenacity and vigour.
After a 6 month closure for rebuilding and redecorating of the main lodge and two of the guest suites, Tintswalo Atlantic will re-open for business on 1 October 2019.
The public areas have been freshly decorated in the signature blue and turquoise shades by the owners, mother and daughter team Gaye Corbett and Lisa Goosen while special attention has been paid to ensure that the lodge is environmentally conscious and has a light carbon footprint.
A maximum of 24 resident guests are accommodated at Tintswalo Atlantic in 10 Islands Suites and a 2-bedroom Villa. Suites are individually designed and decorated and named after some of the world’s favourite islands, from Robben Island, Madagascar and Zanzibar, to Java, Corsica and Sicily. All suites have a lounge area with a wood burning fireplace, and a tea and coffee station with an espresso machine, as well as a private deck overlooking the ocean and the pebbled beach below. Spacious en-suite bathrooms also have sea views and walk-in showers, his-and-hers basins and huge Victorian baths with a selection of fragrant soaps and pampering bath products. Also included in the rate is complimentary wi-fi and extravagant full breakfasts, as well as the signature Sundowner Cocktail of the Day with a selection of canapés. Room service, in-room massages, transfers and a range of sightseeing excursions are available too.
Tintswalo Atlantic is taking a new marketing approach following the re-launch and will now focus on resident guests only. New room rates have been introduced to invite guests to immerse themselves in the full Tintswalo hospitality experience. These include bed and breakfast and start at R6500 per room per night during the low season (1 May to 31 August), R9600 (high season) and R11500 (peak season 15 December to 15 January).
“Tintswalo Atlantic is synonymous with luxury, privacy and seclusion. This is what we will highlight as our service promise. We’d like to present guests with a bespoke and exclusive, private lodge experience, complete with the warm South African hospitality and personal service our brand is known for. Family owned and managed, Tintswalo Atlantic is a magical, emotive place. The sensation of love, gratitude and peace is what we’d like for our guests to experience when they stay with us.” – CEO, Lisa Goosen
Resident guests will have the option of booking for lunch and dinner daily while non-resident guests will be accommodated once a week only 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. Moving away from traditional fine dining, Tintswalo diners may expect wholesome and fresh, seasonal cuisine. Honest and uncomplicated seaside fare is served in a relaxed environment, complemented by an award-winning wine list. The 3-course lunch is offered at R960 per person.
The public areas of the hotel are stylish and inviting and all windows offer idyllic sea views and the best sunset views in Cape Town.
I’ve said it before and it was reconfirmed on my recent visit, Tintswalo Atlantic is Cape Town’s most romantic hotel and I can’t wait to spend another enchanting evening relaxing, rejuvenating and reconnecting – with nature and my husband!
Contact Tintswalo Atlantic
Tel: +27 11 300 8888