Camps Bay Retreat
Camps Bay Retreat, Cape Town, South Africa
Camps Bay Retreat is positioned between the mountainous ranges of Lions Head, Table Mountain and Twelve Apostles overlooking the endless vista of the Atlantic Ocean.
It is set in a lush four acre garden with stunning views across the nearby ocean. In the grounds you will find three swimming pools: one heated and one unheated and the stunning mountain pool, fed by water which cascades down from Table Mountain. The tennis court is the last privately owned court in Camps Bay and all equipment is available to hire. Guests can also enjoy nature walks and mountain biking, as well as the spa facilities at the Bay Hotel.
There is a choice of accommodation at Earl's Dyke Manor or the more contemporary Deck House and Villa, which are linked to the Manor grounds by a superb suspension bridge over a ravine leading down to the ocean. Earls Dyke Manor has four magnificent suites with an elegant, colonial style and some superb antique furnishings and paintings.
The rooms at Deck House have a crisp and modern style with lots of sunlight and large wooden deck spaces. Deck House has a private pool and extensive gardens and all rooms have private decks. In the Villa, the rooms are also more modern in style, with deep leather sofas and minimalist bedrooms and bathrooms.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Following a historic route between Pretoria and Cape Town, The Blue Train is one of South Africa’s finest rail journeys. On board, you can experience fine dining, relax in your own private suite and take in mountain views from the Observation Car.
No visit to Cape Town is complete without a tour of the "Mother City". Your tour will include visits to the Castle of Good Hope, the Parliament Buildings and Bo-Kaap, plus of course the iconic Table Mountain.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens occupy a large swathe of beautiful land on the lower slopes of Table Mountain. They house a huge collection of indigenous flora, such as heathery fynbos, flowering proteas and dramatically colored strelitzias.
As with any major city there are a number of very good museums in Cape Town and you might like to visit some whilst you are here. Some of the ones that we personally recommend are District Six Museum, Gold of Africa Museum, and the Iziko Museums of Cape Town.
The Cape Peninsula is an area of dramatic natural beauty and huge ecological significance, which manages to retain a wild feel despite its huge popularity with visitors. As you drive south from Cape Town, you pass through the exclusive suburbs of Camps Bay and Clifton before continuing onto Hout Bay and through Constantia, where the road meanders behind Table Mountain and down onto the coast.
The beautifully restored carriages of Rovos Rail combine luxury travel with the chance to experience living history.
Guest are taken to the lower terminal for the cable-car up Table Mountain. The cable-car is a very modern affair, and completes a 360º rotation during the ascent, affording you fantastic views over the city.
In the company of Pietman Retief, who is recognized as one of the leading wine experts in the country, you can experience the winelands and the history of the area through his passion.