Tintswalo Lodge

From the mo­ment I ar­rived at Tintswalo I knew it was go­ing to be some kind of magic. Ac­tu­ally, that isn’t en­tirely true, you see the magic started long be­fore the trip be­gan.

Let's Travel - - BEYOND - By Toni Pal­tridge

Let me ex­plain. I was lucky enough to win a prize, just a sim­ple ‘name in the hat’ draw at a travel in­dus­try func­tion… one of the ben­e­fits I guess of work­ing in the travel in­dus­try. The prize had a num­ber of lux­ury land and air el­e­ments con­trib­uted by a few dif­fer­ent South African sup­pli­ers, so I was a lucky girl in­deed.

Once the heady ex­cite­ment of win­ning had been re­placed by a ‘right, let’s do this’ at­ti­tude I got to plan­ning and book­ing this South­ern Africa ad­ven­ture. My deal­ings with the prop­erty, via their agent, were fault­less and highly pro­fes­sional giv­ing me a small in­sight into the magic that was about to come.

Magic! How right I had been, when upon ar­rival we were greeted with a just nicely (not too over the top) or­nate gate with the Tintswalo logo, a se­cu­rity guard, a park­ing spot with an out­stand­ing view and a shut­tle trans­fer to the prop­erty, this gave me the feel­ing of be­ing com­pletely taken care of from the get go.

“Tintswalo is a Shangaan ex­pres­sion mean­ing ‘the in­tan­gi­ble feel­ing of love, grat­i­tude and peace be­stowed upon some­one of­fer­ing you a mean­ing­ful and wor­thy gift.” Believe me, I was feel­ing that!

You see, Tintswalo At­lantic is set in Ta­ble Moun­tain Na­tional Park. This chic re­mote lodge with At­lantic views is 6.1 km from the Cape Town sub­urb of Hout Bay so the drive there alone, soak­ing up the scenery, is enough to get your senses take no­tice.

Wedged be­tween Ta­ble Moun­tain and the At­lantic Ocean at the base of Chap­man’s Peak, over­look­ing Hout Bay’s iconic Sen­tinel, lies this com­pletely en­chant­ing 5 star bou­tique lodge.

Quiet charm in­fuses the ho­tel from the mo­ment you ar­rive, be­yond the gate and carpark that is! The dé­cor, light and quaint ar­chi­tec­ture com­ple­ment the At­lantic Ocean waves crash­ing on the peb­bled beach a few me­tres below. With the ocean rolling in as if to lit­er­ally em­brace the lodge, you are left with the dis­tinct feel­ing of hav­ing ar­rived in par­adise.

We were of­fered wel­come drinks and a chance to soak up the en­vi­ron­ment while pleas­antly chat­ting to our host be­fore be­ing es­corted to our rooms.

The ten lux­ury suites are in­di­vid­u­ally dec­o­rated to mir­ror the per­son­al­ity of ten beau­ti­ful is­lands of the world, en­sur­ing ev­ery guest a unique ex­pe­ri­ence. We were told each suite is af­forded the same hyp­no­tis­ing view across the Bay and out over the At­lantic Ocean.

There were such girly squeals of joy once our host had shown us (and left us) to our very own suite, know­ing this was ours and ours alone for two whole nights, es­pe­cially with the knowl­edge that this mag­i­cal place has been de­scribed as the most dra­matic desti­na­tion in South­ern Africa. Tintswalo At­lantic is cer­tainly the per­fect lo­ca­tion to re­lax and re­ju­ve­nate body, mind and soul, away from the stresses and dis­trac­tions of daily life.

One tip I can give, how­ever, is to ar­rive with a very empty stom­ach! The food is sen­sa­tional and seem­ingly end­less.

My travel buddy and I or­dered a gourmet pic­nic lunch bas­ket for an ex­cur­sion to The Cape of Good Hope - an en­joy­able day trip from the prop­erty - to find that the bas­ket was not only de­li­cious but plen­ti­ful.

On re­turn­ing from our out­ings each day we en­joyed a sun­downer on our pri­vate deck lap­ping up the sounds of the ocean at our feet and the sights of a sun­set burst­ing with colour and mood.

It’s a shame we couldn’t stay longer, to give us more time to ven­ture out to Hout Bay Har­bour and Seal Is­land, or visit the world-renowned Cape Winelands and ex­plore Cape Point Na­ture Re­serve even more.

If we weren’t feel­ing so damn deca­dent, which is truly what this place leans to, we could have walked from the lodge through the mag­nif­i­cent ‘Fyn­bos’, re­garded as the worlds’ rich­est flo­ral king­dom, along one of the many paths and walk­ways within the Ta­ble Moun­tain Na­tional Park. Tintswalo At­lantic is the only ac­com­mo­da­tion es­tab­lish­ment in the en­tire Na­tional Park.

When it came time to leave we were both given a small coloured rock, col­lected from the beach below the lodge, with our names writ­ten on them. It is then cer­e­mony to stand with the sea to your back, make a wish and throw the rock with your right hand over your left shoul­der, or was it left hand over right shoul­der? Ei­ther way, the fun and unique­ness of this cer­e­mony so­lid­i­fied our ex­pe­ri­ence and connection to Tintswalo.

The Tintswalo Prop­erty Group is a mother/daugh­ter run busi­ness with three other lux­ury prop­er­ties in South Africa - Tintswalo Sa­fari Lodge, Tintswalo Manor House and Tintswalo at Water­fall - all places I for one can not wait to ex­pe­ri­ence.

Rest as­sured if you de­cide you can only fit in Tintswalo At­lantic I can guar­an­tee you will en­joy ex­clu­sive ac­com­mo­da­tion in a breath-tak­ing set­ting, 5-star fine dining, warm fam­ily-style hos­pi­tal­ity and a host of un­ex­pected plea­sures in this gem on the At­lantic Coast only a 30 minute scenic drive from Cape Town. Just magic!

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