Tintswalo Atlantic is a rare thing, the only luxury lodge, the only lodge in fact, inside the spectacular 220-square-kilometre Table Mountain National Park.
Tintswalo Atlantic lies smack dab on the shore outside Hout Bay – you couldn’t get closer to the water if you tried – way below Chapmans Peak Drive. Every point in the public areas, as well as the 10 suites and one two-bedroom villa, has its own picture-postcard view of the iconic Sentinel across the Mediterranean-blue waters. Sometimes it resembles a slumbering dragon in the distance, sometimes a rhinoceros, sometimes an old sailing ship tossing in the waves.
It’s hard to decide when the view is best, by day, by night or in between
It’s been 11 years since Tintswalo Atlantic opened, following the lead of several lodges in Kruger National Park and Addo Elephant Park, like Singita, the Outpost and Gorah, which were given 25-year leases and opened luxury low-impact lodges within the boundaries of the various reserves. Tintswalo became the first, and has since then remained the only, lodge to be allowed inside Table Mountain National Park, which runs from Signal Hill above Cape Town all the way down the peninsula to Cape Point.
Is it a dinosaur, a rhinoceros or an old sailing ship you are looking at across those mediterranean blue waters?
The lodge has been built in such a way that it would leave no imprint were it to be removed. The uniqueness of the location – surrounded by fynbos and milkwood trees on three sides, sea the other – might have its natural challenges, and in 2015 it was almost consumed by a mountain fire, but the payoff is there every time you look out. The suites, appropriately, are themed for islands around the world, from Lamu to Sicily to Zanzibar.
In spite of the simplicity of the structures, luxury is not skimped on. Think beach house with a wine cellar, a kitchen that can whip up anything from a New Year’s feast to a meal that would delight a hardcore vegan, sumptuous furnishings and chandeliers, and generous spaces that open onto a porch that runs the length of the living and dining areas.
No matter where you are, in your bathtub, at your dining table, in the pool, you can look out and feast the eyes. It’s one view that never gets tired or repetitive, no matter how many times during your visit you look at it. And to be sure, there will be many of those.
For more information about Tintswalo Atlantic, or Tintswalo’s four other properties, three of them safari lodges and one located right above Boulders Beach, home of the penguin colony in Simonstown, contact Tintswalo here.