Tintswalo Atlantic - rush on in!

2014-06-04 11:13
“To judge a man by his weakest link or deed is like judging the power of the ocean on just one wave”

Who said that? Turns out, these are the wise words of rock legend Elvis Presley...

Fittingly, if Cape Town or South Africa were to be judged on its weakest points - as so many of us locals like to do - surely it would not be smashing stereotypes or clinching the number one spot on must-visit list after list.

Also check out: Cape Town named most beautiful city by Buzzfeed

Here, at the tip of the African continent, you have a number of opportunities to draw a gobsmacked gasp  – especially when driving along the bendy Chapman’s Peak down towards the pebble-spattered shoreline of Tintswalo Atlantic

The power of the ocean takes centre stage, only slightly overshadowing the refined hospitality and accommodation nestled into the folds of the Table Mountain National Park.

With that said, here are five reasons why you should head there during your next Cape Town break.

1.    Seriously, it is one of a kind

I'm not just saying so.

Tintswalo Atlantic is the only hotel in Table Mountain National Park, a protected World Heritage site.  But you’d hardly even know it is there.

Whether staring down from Chapman’s Peak or walking along Tintswalo’s unique shoreline, the unobtrusive 12-suite boutique hotel melds into the surrounding fynbos, seamlessly.  

And did we mention the light show? The sunset (and sunrise) shadow dances around the imposing Sentinel overlooking Hout Bay, changing the colour of the sky quite dramatically.

Also, Tintswalo’s positioning makes it surprisingly sheltered from the wind, allowing for pre-dinner cocktails on its wooden veranda - even in winter - and if you’re daring enough, there is the option of a dip in the heated pool. It’s just gorgeous.

2.    It’s got this intriguing, pebble-throwing tradition

The Tintswalo Lodges Group is a family-run, luxury portfolio of 5-star lodges and boutique hotels owned by Ernest and Gaye Corbett - with Tintswalo Atlantic literally a dream project come true for the Corbett’s.

They spotted the old, existing structures belonging to the National Park while out exploring the area a few years ago and thought it the ideal spot for a luxury boutique hotel.

Said to be strong believers in destiny and fate, assistant Manager Tania Batista Hofer introduced me to the pebble throwing ritual started by the Corbett’s that day.

They decided not to pursue the project and instead threw a pebble into the ocean, making a wish that if it was meant to be, it would happen. Clearly it came true – but only after the Corbett’s son was randomly seated on a plane right next to the person, who later told him about a hotel-tender opportunity that had come up in Cape Town.

In the native Shangaan language, Tintswalo means “the intangible feeling of love, gratitude and peace bestowed upon someone offering you a meaningful and worthy gift”.

So, before you leave, take your gifted pebble that staff will inscribed with your name and make a wish…  

3.    THE Ocean!

Okay, so I’m really going on about the ocean. But it will form such a big part of your stay and should you go, you’ll realized exactly what I’m talking about. The general goings-on in the bay can be quite entertaining to watch, with the odd Stand-Up Paddler (I've never understood this sport) or rubber duck of scuba divers scooting past, and of course the occasional whale pod in season – but the rhythmic waves with its hypnotic sound forces your brain to turn it down a few gears.

Light sleeper alert: I did mention the light show at sunrise though. Otherwise, just make sure the heavy drapes are drawn to block out any sound.

Here’s a tiny taster of this rugged shoreline.

4.    It feels like a land far, far away and yet it puts Cape Town’s best right at your feet

Just two kilometers from Hout Bay, roughly a 45-minute-drive from CTI Airport and a 25-minute-drive to the centre of Cape Town itself – a pre-planned itinerary is all you need to make the most of one of the World’s best-loved tourist spots.

Try some of these events if you do decide to go and don’t forget to send us some pics.

5.  This place is ridiculously romantic!

Couple's retreat is probably the best way to describe Tintswalo Atlantic – but this boutique hotel is extraordinarily versatile – able to host small conferences and intimate weddings I'm told.   

However, if you’ve been looking to treat that special somebody in your life – their mini-winter warmer is probably one of the top-end treats to consider. The atmosphere is intimate and there is enough to keep you cozy during your stay: amazing five-star dining, a heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, lounge and bar all add to the in-house experience. And if you’re not in the mood to mingle – each suite has its own handcrafted fireplace.   

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Selene Brophy was hosted by Tintswalo Atlantic. To find out more about their mini-winter warmer, which includes dinner, breakfasts, complimentary bubbly on arrival and a 30-minute spa treatment email res3@tintswalo.com.
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