Between Simon’s Town and Cape Point you’ll find Boulders Beach; how it got its name is obvious from the giant granite rocks that protect its sheltered coves.
The beach itself is part of Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) and is home to the endangered and protected African penguins which settled there in the 1980s.
Endemic to the coastlines of southern Africa (South Africa and Namibia), these penguins are under the protection of Cape Nature - which is infinitely better than being under the protection of the Mob.
The Boulders section of TMNP - part of SANparks, or South African National Parks - consists of three pristine beaches, one penguin viewing area and three boardwalks. The boardwalks were built to allow for viewing of the birds while keeping spectators at a safe and respectful distance for both parties. Access to this area is almost on the doorstep of the newly opened Tintswalo Boulders Boutique Villa.
With nine double suites and a children’s suite, Tintswalo Boulders can sleep 18 adults and two little ones; one of those suites has two queen beds, so you could probably push up the numbers.
Once two houses, now combined in a renovation, rebuilding and decorating feat that took only a remarkable two months, the villa can be booked in its entirety or split into two; each side has its own kitchen and communal living and dining areas, as well as deep verandas overlooking False Bay. A small pool on the upper deck and a fire pit in the courtyard service the whole property.
Guests can cook for themselves in the fabulous life-goal kitchen, or a private chef can be added to the bill to dish up delicious dinners and lunches. A sumptuous breakfast buffet complemented by a hot meal made to order is included in your stay, as are afternoon snacks - which is terribly civilised. You get complimentary wi-fi, and you can book an in-room spa treatment. Next year, they will add a flotation tank.
Glass double doors open on to a deck, and two short flights of stairs lead to a gate that in turn allows access to the pathway to the beach and the penguin boardwalk.
The windows have blackout shutters that are most welcome as the suite faces the rising sun. There is a large dressing room that will suit long-term guests. In there, you’ll also find the mini bar and coffee-/tea-making facilities (including fresh milk in the fridge), as well as robes and fabulously squishy slippers that murmur “luxury” as you slide your feet into them.
After that is the huge bathroom with double vanity and a bath in which seashells are arranged to spell out the words “save H20”.
I was impressed by the numerous thoughtful touches that add that little bit extra when it comes to ensuring a comfortable stay.
If you need to spread your adventurous wings a bit, a concierge service is offered for, among others, snorkelling safaris and guided sea kayaking excursions.
An opening special is available until March 31, 2019, offering a complimentary third night when booking a two-night stay (peak season block out period December 15 – January 15 applies). Low season rate is from R2500 per room per night and high season from R3000 per room per night including full breakfast and afternoon snacks.
Exclusive-use of the villa is from R24 000 per night (excluding all meals). A minimum stay of three nights is required for exclusive-use bookings.
Where: 7 Gay Road, Simon’s Town
Telephone: 011 300 8888