Usually on a Cape Town trip, I stay in a city centre hotel, and may as well be in Joburg for all I see of the sea.
Now I’ve discovered the Clarendon in Bantry Bay, with knock out views of the ocean every time you lift your eyes up from your laptop, Ask for a room with a view, because a couple of rooms at the back don’t benefit from this mesmerising scenery.
It looks and feels more like a large private house than a hotel, and I check in over coffee and a cup cake in the airy lunge and dining area.
The rooms are spacious and incredibly white, and a few splashes of colour would add some zing. They have underfloor heating, a large screen TV, a fridge and a bathroom with a generous shower, twin sinks and a bath. Each room has a decent size lunge and a working area with a desk and free WiFi.
Sliding glass doors lead to your balcony where sun loungers are ready for the sunset that happens right in front of you. There’s a pool in the garden too, although its unheated and way too icy in winter.
Breakfast is buffet-style for fruits, cheeses, cereals and pastries with a hot menu to order, and afternoon tea is served on the terrace. Technically. It’s a bed and breakfast place, but you can pre-book dinner if required.
A big attraction is that the Clarendon is a short walk from the beach, with a good Spar on the way if you need anything. The same road leads to the MyCiTi bus station on Queen Street, and its cheap and easy to catch a bus to Camps Bay for cocktails, into the city or to link up with the airport bus route.
A Standard room costs from R2950 per night.
Address: 158 Kloof Road, Bantry Bay