Located on Chapmans Peak drive in the famous Table Mountain National Park overlooking Hout Bay, lies this jewel of a place. Tintswalo Atlantic is one of my favourite places that I have been to in a very long time. Tucked away right on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, a stay here will be in your memories for a long time. This place is perfect for guests that are looking for a quiet and private spot while exploring the surrounds. Whatever your purpose or preference, I am sure Tintswalo Atlantic will tick all the boxes.
The Tintswalo Atlantic Experience
After entering the gate and on arrival at the parking area you will be transferred to the Lodge with the shuttle vehicle on the private road to the Lodge, an experience to start off with. After being met by the friendly staff you will be seated in the comfy lounge for check in before being shown to your suite. The lodge dining room leads out onto an expansive wooden deck and enjoys sublime ocean views and fresh sea air. Inside, the open-plan kitchen layout offers interactive cooking opportunities to guests who might enjoy sipping a glass of wine while watching the chef prepare meals or discussing cooking techniques with the head chef. The entire main area has a real feel having your own little place on the doorstep of the ocean. The staff are all there with the real Tintswalo hospitality to assist with your every need. You will get to enjoy sundowners and canapes on the deck, the perfect way to settle in and relax to the sounds of the at waves crashing on the rocks. The barmen and waiters are always willing to assist, from taking a photo for you or serving you with your favourite drink. The drink selection ranging from craft beers, ciders to spirits and a wide variety of some of the best wines.
The heated pool adjacent to all the rooms and seating areas on the pebble beach makes for the perfect ocean experience. I am convinced the pool would be great in winter. It’s ideal for lounging at on hot days with a cold drink while keeping your eyes open for dolphins and whales that occur in the bay. They even leave ice cold water, sunscreen and magazine for you to use while at the swimming pool. Throughout your stay there are small touches such as this that just makes your stay extraordinary. From the complimentary bottle of wine on arrival to the welcome message written in seashells in your room.
The team at the concierge desk are always there to assist with any transfers and tours for you. It’s easy to explore Cape Town and the Winelands from there, along with Escape & Explore, who outsources all Tintswalo Atlantic’s day excursions & activities. Staying at Tintswalo Atlantic will keep you close to everything but still feel like you are away from the hustle and bustle. Surrounded by nature, you can partake in hiking trials from the Lodge. Options of day excursions include: Hout Bay Village and Market, V&A Waterfront, Cape Point, Seal Island or Boulders beach or a trip to one of the many top wine farms. There are even in-room spa treatments available at the Lodge as well as a boutique gift shop with a selection of curios.
Dinner time is a memorable occasion, with a glimpse of the nighttime lights of Hout Bay I enjoyed a delicious dinner, and tasty it was indeed. All the food prepared by the kitchen is delectable. I can firmly say that after a stay at Tintswalo Atlantic you would leave with a piece of the Atlantic Ocean and warm hospitality with you. At the end of your stay at Tintswalo you must partake in a very special tradition before you leave. You get given a pebble with “May all your wishes come true” written on it. Then you must stand on the deck facing the lodge with the pebble in your right hand throwing it over your left shoulder as you make your wish. A memorable of farewell Tintswalo Atlantic.
The Lodge & Rooms
Tintswalo Atlantic has 10 Islands suits, each with its own balcony and views of the bay as well as one two-bedroom suite with a central lounge and larger deck area. The suites each have a unique design and theme – paying tribute to the beauty of nature and the rich heritage of our surroundings. The elegantly decorated suites feature parquet floors, large windows, air conditioning a seating area and a fireplace.
All the Island Suites at Tintswalo Atlantic have great sweeping views of the ocean, whether it’s from your own private balcony or your bathroom, almost to the point where you feel the waves are inside the room. The rooms are very spacious, and bathrooms have a bath as well as a shower with ample space. In your room you will also find a coffee and tea station (perfect for the morning coffee on your patio), full DSTV-satellite TV All the furniture is comfy and finishes across the entire lodge are subtle. I almost had a feeling of staying in a very private secluded house. I stayed in one of the newly rebuild suites, which was constructed after the fire in 2019. Honestly feels like that never when staying there.
Breakfast is served in the dining area or outside on the deck, a great experience in the morning while staring at The Sentinel across the bay.
I felt at home from the moment I arrived until the moment I left. The interior feel has a real relaxing and convivial feel. I am convinced a winter stay at Tintswalo Atlantic would be marvellous. Fireplaces all around and the beautiful scenery are a perfect match.
Tintswalo Atlantic is a unique boutique hotel. It is perfect for those who don’t want to be surrounded by many people and the remote location ensures your stay will be rewarding and relaxing. The small amount of rooms allows for an intimate and luxurious stay. There is nothing I can fault this boutique Lodge on.
In my opinion, this is a place every traveler should visit during their visit to Cape Town.
Who should go? Tintswalo Atlantic is perfect for all couples,friends and honeymooners. I won’t recommend including Tintswalo Atlantic on an itinerary with young children.
When to go? Now..(really how I feel). Tintswalo Atlantic is great anytime of the year. I would only recommend being mindful of winter months with rain and heavy winds that could cause closure of Chapmans Peak.
How to get there? Tintswalo Atlantic is about 45 minutes from Cape Town International Airport and 40 minutes from Cape Town CBD and easily accessible by road.
Suggested length of stay? I would recommend a stay of at least 2 nights; bit longer will be great.
Insider tip: Ask for the Zanzibar suite – one of the most recently built suites.