Bantry Bay Cape Town
Bantry Bay: Cape Town’s Ocean View Gallery
By Joanna Hurlston

When it comes to Bantry Bay, it’s all about the view! I absolutely love visiting this small seaside paradise and just soaking in the splendour of the endless azure waves.

The area is a small stretch, but it encompasses some of the best views of the Atlantic Ocean. And although there aren’t too many places to visit, Bantry Bay is just a stone’s throw away from some truly impeccable places to grab a bite and a refreshing glass of wine.

These are a few of my absolute favourites in and around the ocean-side paradise – so without further ado – ta-daa! Have a peek and try them out for yourself.

WINING & DINING

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The Bungalow, Clifton

The Bungalow tops this list because it’s just a few minutes away from Bantry Bay, and perfectly showcases the best thing about the Atlantic Seaboard, which is (obviously) the magnificent ocean! This is is one of Cape Town’s most opulent spots to frequent, and doing so comes along with the full VIP treatment. Absolutely perfect for losing track of time with your favourite people

Divine, sweeping views, beautiful sun-kissed people and comfortably cushioned seating for long, lazy Sundays  I like to enjoy one of the many great cocktails. My personal favourite is their classic mojito!

La Mouette

La Mouette, Sea Point

This little gem is also just a few minutes from Bantry Bay. Set up in a charmingly wholesome courtyard, the ambience is calm and the staff are very professional, and the entire set up feels like it’s been snatched up from somewhere in the leafy suburbs and placed in one of Sea Point’s busiest locations.

La Mouette offers delicious, seasonally-inspired menus which change regularly (so you have to return frequently to sample each new batch!) The owners are delightful and the atmosphere is refined – the wine is excellent too. Frankly, it’s the whole package and without a doubt, one of my favourites.

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The Roundhouse, Camps Bay

And last but not least: The Roundhouse in Camps Bay. The restaurant specialises in contemporary South African cuisine with a modern European twist – an approach as historical as the building itself, which was built in 1786 and has been remodeled endless times since!

They pride themselves on using seasonal ingredients have and have an exquisite knack for tailored food pairings. Definitely worth a visit!

Looking to visit Bantry Bay? Have a peek at our gorgeous villas here: https://timeandaway.co.za/bantry-bay-villa-rentals/

WHERE TO STAY IN BANTRY BAY

Below are two properties we really love and want to share some video footage from each of the villas

Valencia Cape Penthouse | 3 Bedroom Cape Town Villa | Time & Away

Valencia Penthouse

Valencia Cape is a gorgeous split-level penthouse in an ideal location on the border of Bantry Bay and Sea Point on Victoria Road in Cape Town which was voted the best city in the world.

Portman Place, Outside dinning area and swimming pool

Portman Place

This lovely family villa is located in Bantry Bay, walking distance to Sea Point and the beach promenade so it’s a great location. A quick drive to the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, you couldn’t ask for a more central and easy to be location.

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Clarion House

Clarion House sits high up upon Lion’s Head mountain overlooking beautiful Bantry Bay and the magnificent, far-reaching Atlantic ocean. This superb 5 bedroom house offers modernist architecture and sophistication, minimalist furnishings and fittings. These aspects combine to create relaxing rooms with a pleasant feel – uncluttered, modern and easy on the eye.

We’d love to have you!

Until next time,

Salut!

Love,

Joanna

cape towns best kept secret
The Southern Suburbs: Cape Town’s Best Kept Secret
By Joanna Hurlston

When it comes to Cape Town tourism, the winelands and seaside spots generally get the bulk of the praise – but the Mother City has a few more tricks up its sleeve. From the sweeping, lush vineyards of Constantia, to the leafy suburbs of Newlands – Cape Town locals will know that the Southern Suburbs is brimming with delectable scenery, and better yet, incredible places to grab a bite. And with the Mother City gradually emerging from hibernation, there’s nowhere better to spend a sun-kissed afternoon!

Although I hold the Cape Winelands and Atlantic Seaboard equally dear to my heart, the Southern Suburbs comes pretty close. There’s nothing that I adore more than a long, lazy Sunday cruise from the Cape Town CBD, along the gorgeous coast, over Hout Bay, until eventually reaching Constantia. And there’s nothing better than knowing there’s a wine farm or restaurant nestled at the end of the rainbow!

These are a few of my absolute favourite gems to visit in the Southern Suburbs:

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Groot Constantia

What I adore most about the beautiful Groot Constantia wine-farm is the sheer variety of things to do, see, and (mainly!) taste.

Both Jonkershuis and Simon’s restaurants are absolutely scrumptious, and frankly, I often have difficulty deciding between the two. On top of that, the farm also sports an Iziko Museum, gorgeous art, wine tasting and cellar tours. I would highly recommend for an epic, full day of fun.

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La Belle at the Alphen Hotel

The Alphen is a beautifully historic building which is perfectly amplified by its grand, leafy grandeur. I simply adore meeting loved ones for a glass of succulent white under the impressive ancient oak trees. The ambient restaurant is always alive with people tucking into homely breakfasts and decadent pastries. My go-to dish? The mushroom tortellini. The pasta is fresh, light and al dente; the mushroom filling is perfectly flavoured with just the right amount of truffle oil. Ideal for sociable afternoons lounging in the dappled sunlight.

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95 at Parks

The best thing about this restaurant (ironically) is the delectable salad menu. They have amazing creations, like the crispy baby calamari with quinoa, pomegranate, avo, kale, lentils and greens, and a 

Caprese with burrata mozzarella. Yum! A few of my other go-tos are the steamed mussels in tomato and white wine, the home-made pasta with rich, hand-cut ragout, and the perfectly grilled tuna coated in a toasted sesame seed crust. If you have a more carnivorous palate, they also do incredible meat dishes, such as the Fiorentina T-bone, deliciously tender fillet, sirloin, Karoo lamb and slow-cooked beef short rib. An absolute must!

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La Colombe

La Colombe is one of those dining experiences that you may experience only a handful of times in your life. It’s a culinary paradise, embodying the meaning of the delicious words like “self-indulgence” and “spoil.”

In 2016, it featured as one of the top 100 restaurants in the world, solidifying its distinctively exquisite dining reputation. The service is beyond impeccable, the food even more so. This is exactly where to go for an absolutely unforgettable dining experience.

And there you have it! I hope at least some of these claims will sway you into spending a few sunny afternoons in the splendid Southern Suburbs – and I might just see you there!

And if you find yourself looking to stay in the area, browse our splendid villas. From the beautifully appointed Asheville and Glen Eagle to the timeless Mulberry Estate, we undoubtedly have something that will tickle your fancy.

Until next time!

Salut.

Joanna