After an ordinary Tuesday at work Roeleen and I packed our laptops, said our goodbyes and got into our cars as usual. Only this time, the lingering thoughts of emails and checklists quickly escaped our minds, making room for the bottled up excitement and anticipation leading up to our unforgettable evening at Tintswalo Atlantic.
Being a “plattelandse meisie” myself, the thought of spending a night at a 5-star boutique hotel seemed like a dream come true. From the minute we arrived, emotions of amazement and awe were clearly evident from our beaming, star-struck faces, and the only words we could utter, were “wow” and “this is amazing”.
After being warmly welcomed by friendly staff that showed us around while we sipped on our delicious hazelnut martinis, we settled in, freshened up and made our way to the seafront deck for sundowners. And wasn’t it just the most perfect sunset! Complete like a watercolour painting coming to life, the whole of Hout Bay and Sentinel peak made up our magnificent view. With the sound of crashing waves in the distance, and the crisp sea breeze putting a slight blush on our cheeks, feelings of contentedness and gratitude were inevitable.
Together with some influential creatives in the industry, we were treated to mouthwatering canapés and bubbly. It only took a view bites to convince us of Tintswalo’s culinary magic, making us even more enthusiastic about the feast that was still lying ahead. After a few chats and laughs, lovely Melissa, manager of the hotel, gathered us all together to experience a unique Tintswalo tradition. Each of us received a pebble with our names written on it, and we were asked to make a special wish. Together as a group we then had to throw the pebbles over our left shoulders as far as possible in the coastal waters, of course keeping our wishes in mind. This memorable activity was just one of the many personal touches that made our stay at Tintswalo truly authentic.
After a stroll around the premises, we were welcomed to a candle lit, opulent and festive dining room, making us feel like royalty, once again. With heavenly dinner options on offer, the menu properly awakened our appetites, and rightly so. We indulged in a creamy zucchini soup, crunchy crustacean croquettes, a delicious fish main course, and topped it all off with a delectable baked chocolate fondant. Our 5-course meal was accompanied by the calming acoustic sounds of Angelo Thomas, which set the perfect mood for an enjoyable, relaxing evening of wining and dining.
Being already overly impressed by this Atlantic gem’s excellent service, homely atmosphere and wondrous ambience, our opinions were about to get even greater. Our suite, named after the Caribbean island Antigua, surely felt like our very own secluded sanctuary, far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With the fireplace crackling away we enjoyed the moonlit ocean view, all from the comfort of our luxurious beachfront lodge, kitted out with a deluxe bathroom, private deck, mini-bar, under floor heating… and the list goes on. After a 5-star snooze we awakened to a picture perfect morning. Again, we were treated to a scrumptious breakfast spread fit for any king or queen, making it extra hard to leave this coastal luxury behind.
After spending a day and night as ladies of leisure, we were fully convinced of the majestic and captivating powers of Tintswalo Atlantic. A drive along Chapmen’s peak with a stop-over at this boutique hotel will definitely not disappoint. Guests can enjoy the scenic surrounding of Table Mountain National Park, and of course the Atlantic waters right at their feet. This is the perfect romantic getaway spot for newlyweds, or any other sight-seeking, adventure loving couples. Visitors can choose between one of 10 beautifully decorated suits or even stay in the super luxurious Presidential suite. Tintswalo also specialises in exquisite intimate weddings, and after the warm hospitality we experienced, I can just imagine that the helpful staff will make one’s wedding unforgettable.