My hubby and I try to get away for a romantic weekend every few months, a tradition we started long before children, and one which we have tried to maintain ever since. This is not always easy, with all the added pressures children bring along, but in my mind it is very necessary to remain connected as a couple!
With this in mind, I have decided to start a new series on my blog, focusing on Romantic Getaways, starting in the Cape. Over the next few weeks I will be introducing you to Romantic Cape Getaways, some of which we have stayed at before and others that are on my wish-list!
My first feature is on the stunning Hout Bay Manor, situated in Hout Bay, Cape Town. The Hout Bay Manor, which was built in 1871, is renowned as one of Cape Town’s most graceful and romantic landmarks. The recently restored 5-star boutique property offers 19 individually designed en suite rooms. The decor has a distinctly African feel and the utmost care has been taken to preserve the history and heritage of this landmark, while infusing the interiors with Zulu and Xhosa chic décor to celebrate the vibrant pulse of South Africa.
Hout Bay Manor A lover’s paradise…
The hotel also boasts its own signature restaurant “PURE” , where guests can indulge in an evening of gourmet delights, accompanied by top-notch service, in a surrounding of “pure” sophistication and class. The restaurant seats 60-80 guests in style, amidst a tranquil palette of creams, whites, marble and fine art.
As well as beautiful accommodation and a world-class restaurant, the Hout Bay Manor offers guests the added luxury of indulging in much deserved pampering at The Inzolo Wellness Suite (Inzolo meaning peace, calm and tranquillity). The Spa’s philosophy is to nurture the senses and to promote the rejuvenating, healing energy of Africa in the picturesque setting of Hout Bay. Here couples can select from a menu of massages, facials and other pampering therapies in an exceptional dual treatment room.
During the warmer summer months guests can enjoy the peaceful setting and beautiful surroundings of the estate by lounging in the pool area, taking time out from the hustle and bustle of life, to relax and de-stress. The magnificent old oak trees in the tranquil setting of the Tea Garden are a perfect spot to unwind, as well as being a magical setting for an intimate wedding ceremony.
Hout Bay Manor is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway, where you will be treated to the tranquility and beauty of this gorgeous setting, the amazing attention to detail and attentive staff.
The Hout Bay area offers a host of activities a mere 5 minutes from the hotel, with its quaint shops, bistro’s and restaurants; spend a day at the beach or visit the working fishing harbour. The area is a melting pot of history, diversity and culture. If you would like to venture further out, a drive along the breathtaking Chapman’s Peak Drive to Noordhoek and Cape Point is a must.
Hout Bay Manor has redefined the essence of hospitality and is a tribute to old and new – this is unsurpassed luxury living at its best.
To find out more about the Hout Bay Manor rates and facilities on offer, click over to their website here.
Images: Hout Bay Manor, Hout Bay Holiday