A couple of weeks ago I had the absolute pleasure of spending one luxurious night at the all-new Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa which is situated on Boulders Beach just outside Simon’s Town, with uninterrupted views of the African penguin colony which is of course a popular attraction for both locals and tourists alike.
The property operates as a luxury bed-and-breakfast with 6 gorgeous suites to choose from, but can also be booked as a 9-suite private villa (including a kids suite) which makes it perfect for family holidays or special celebratory friends getaways.
Their suites are classified as follows:
- Premier suites: Upper level, views of Boulders Beach, large balcony & direct access to the pool.
- Superior suites: Ground floor, sea facing, small balcony & direct access to Boulders Boardwalk.
- Luxury suites: Upper level, sea views from the side windows, no balcony.
- Standard suite: Ground floor, sea facing, small balcony & direct access to Boulders Boardwalk.
- Courtyard suite: Middle level, no sea views but with your own private courtyard which has direct access to the social fire pit area.
From the moment you arrive, you know you’re in for an extra special experience. While you enjoy a complimentary welcome drink, you can explore the common areas which are impeccably furnished to create a plush, warm & welcoming atmosphere where you are encouraged to relax while taking in the gorgeous views…
Now onto those luxury suites… We stayed in Waterwitch which is one of the premier suites on the upper level & also my personal favourite (I got a sneak peek at all the rooms when I joined them for a blogger’s breakfast back in October of last year).
As a homage to Simon’s Town’s rich shipping history, each of the suites have been named after famous ships of the world. Waterwitch was an exploration vessel once owned by 19th century British explorer Frank James Linsly. Other famous ships you may recognise include: the Dromedaris (which of course brought Jan van Riebeeck to the Cape in 1652) and the Mayflower (which famously transported the first English Pilgrims from Plymouth, England to the New World in 1620).
Room luxuries include: The biggest, fluffiest, comfiest bed you’ll ever sleep on, an en-suite bathroom with both shower & bath, as well as tea & coffee making facilities (including an illy coffee machine).
Then in our case we also had our own large balcony from where we could watch the penguins as they body surfed the waves & chilled on the beach, which really was amazing.
After enjoying a glass of wine, we decided to venture down to Boulders Beach. Tintswalo at Boulders has direct access to the Boulders Walkway which takes you all the way down to the beach. It’s a beautiful walk, even if you don’t end up paying to enter the beach area.
- SA citizens & residents: R39 (R20 for children) – BUT you have to take your SA ID along (you can’t show them a copy of your ID on Dropbox or anything like that – you have to present your physical card/book)
- SADC Nationals (with passport): R76 (R39 for children)
- Standard Conservation Fee (Foreign Visitors): R152 (R76 for children) – so yeah, if you forget your SA ID, or you’re visiting SA, you’ll have to pay this fee.
Back at Tintswalo we also enjoyed some time by the pool. The water is slightly heated, so it’s really lovely AND they serve complimentary afternoon snacks which they’ll bring up to the pool deck if that’s where you choose to chill.
They don’t do dinner at Tintswalo at Boulders (as mentioned above, they do bed & breakfast only – unless you book out the entire villa, then they can also arrange a chef), but they are on call to suggest a restaurant in the area & even make a reservation for you. On the night they recommended we do Saveur, which ended up being a lovely choice. The best part of the evening, however, was stumbling upon a penguin “gang” on our drive home:
All part of the awesomeness of having little tuxedo-clad birds living right on your doorstep!
After a fantastic night’s sleep, breakfast will simply be the cherry on the cake with a full continental & English breakfast spread that’s basically the stuff breakfast dreams are made of:
Now I know what you’re thinking: This looks incredible, but will I have to sell a kidney to stay here??
The answer is – no, no you won’t. Prices range from R3000 – R5000 per night per room (depending on which room type you book & whether it’s high/low season), but you can use their online booking system over here to confirm pricing & availability. Compared to other luxury accommodation options out there, I really don’t think their rates are bad at all.
They also have a promotion running at the moment:
- Pay for 2 nights & stay for 3!
- Valid until: 31 Mar 2019
For more pics of our stay, plus a look at the other rooms (from my previous visit back in October) – head on over to my Instagram account – CTmylove and click on the “Tintswalo” story highlight on my profile.
This really is such a fantastic option for a luxurious getaway to relax & unwind without having to travel too far. Also, Simon’s Town & those penguins are super cute & not to be missed. What more could one want?
** I was invited to stay at Tintswalo at Boulders by their PR team, therefore the cost of this 1 night stay was covered by them. **