A Trip Along the Atlantic Seaboard of Cape Town

If we pick up the traces of where we left off, exploring the delights of Chapman’s Peak drive (M6) on our trip along the Atlantic Seaboard of Cape Town, you’ll find yourself at the toll gate (such a joy!).

Directly after you exit and before you commence the drive into and around Hout Bay, you will see the signs to the left for Tintswalo Atlantic.

Tintswalo Atlantic has quite literally been (rather like Phoenix) resurrected from its own ashes a mere seven months after a fire, which laid waste to large parts of the Cape Peninsula, burnt it to the ground in March 2015.

This beautiful five-star boutique hotel is set down on the rocks of the Chapman’s Peak and overlooks Hout Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Stunningly beautiful and extremely elegant with a superb restaurant would, I think, describe Tintswalo Atlantic. The service and attention to detail are second to none. The staff are extremely friendly and very helpful. The suites are superbly decorated, all with wonderful sea views (even the bathrooms!). Your meals may be taken in your suite or in the stylish restaurant and terrace.

A luncheon at Tintswalo Atlantic is truly a blissful experience.  I highly recommend taking a moment to breathe in the fresh sea air and marvel at the spectacular view.

Please make a reservation for lunch or dinner on (021) 201 0025 or at tintswalo.com/atlantic/contact

After leaving you should rejoin the M6 and continue to Hout Bay itself, passing the Chapmans Peak Hotel (famous for its chargrilled calamari) on your right and the superb sweeping white sands of the main beach on your left.

There are literally dozens of places to stay, eat, drink and be merry in Hout Bay. Just be careful and don’t drink and drive. Fortunately, there are also numerous good B n B’s in the area.

Hout is the Dutch (first explorers to discover this area) for wood, as apparently the whole area from the mountains to the coast was one enormous pine forest in the 1600’s.

Travelling on through Hout Bay and keeping to the coast road (M6) you will be stopped in your tracks by the devastatingly beautiful Llandudno ( supposedly one the most expensive areas in Cape Town). There are some of the most elegant architect designed mansions as well as a few left of the original (mostly wooden) houses clustered around the beach area and beyond.

The M6 continues winding its way along the scenic route to Camps Bay, passing on your right the Twelve Apostles hotel with its stunning views and superb restaurant.

Camps Bay itself is the jewel in the Atlantic Seaboard crown with its superb restaurants, stunning beach and numerous hip and trendy bars for you to while away your time until the early hours. The sunsets at Camps Bay are stunning, especially from The Bay Hotel terraces, sipping cocktails watching the red sunset….rude not to really dahling!! (photo opportunity??)

The coastal road will take you through Clifton (with its four superb beaches), then Bantry Bay, feel free to stop and admire the views, smell the coffee enjoy walking in (not on please) the ocean. Eventually, you will arrive at Sea Point.

Now…..Sea Point is a different kettle of fish entirely. A rambling suburb of Cape Town in every sense of the word. It is a Town where people live, shop, work and carry on with their day to day lives whilst having a beautiful beach and gorgeous apartment buildings on their doorsteps.

Sea Point became very popular amongst European immigrants between the first and second world wars and consequently boasts some beautiful examples of Art Deco and Neuvo buildings even to this day. I am pleased to say that now these gems of a bygone era are now protected, thankfully.

As you follow the M6 you will drive through what is now known as The Platinum Mile. Its name is derived from the ridiculously priced apartments to be found here. To us locals, it is still Mouille Point and boasts one of the few remaining lighthouses on the Atlantic seaboard. (Actually, my late Dad, bless him, was moored here in 1943 on/in a British troop ship, on their way to Durban, on the east coast of South Africa).

Ultimately this wonderfully scenic and (in parts historical) route leads you to The Victoria & Alfred shopping mall, known locally as the Waterfront. This stunning location is a veritable shoppers paradise and will need another blog to describe and wax lyrical about……………..see you on the other side.

Please, dear reader. keep yourselves and your valuables safe at all times.

  • Tony Ward

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