TAKING IN TINTSWALO BOULDERS BOUTIQUE VILLA ON WORLD FAMOUS ‘PENGUIN BEACH’
There are very few places in the world that can honestly claim a prime position quite like Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa, matched with a premium guesthouse experience and home away from home touch.
Tintswalo Lodges expanded its portfolio of luxury lodges and boutique hotels that are all set in iconic locations, with the opening of Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa in Simon’s Town (Cape Town) back in 2018. On route to Cape Point, Boulders Beach is known for its pristine swimming beaches, where the waddle of African penguins is the star attraction.
Arriving at Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa, on the edge of Simon’s Towns suburbs, and directly on the doorstep of one of South Africa’s most precious natural phenomena, the space feels instantaneously like a home away from home. The team is most welcoming and assists with luggage and check-in to what was once a private residence, but has now been transformed into something quite special for those travelers looking for a unique experience.
Surrounded by fynbos, Tintswalo at Boulders boasts a unique North-facing, beachfront location that offers endless ocean views. Spacious living areas lead to a terrace with a sea view pool.
With direct access to Boulders Beach and its world-famous resident colony of endangered African penguins, Tintswalo at Boulders operates on a bed and breakfast basis with nine double suites, as well as a children’s suite. Each luxurious suite is named after a historic ship, with en-suite bathrooms and individually decorated. ‘Mayflower’ happens to be the one that provides a night’s rest, with a spacious bathroom, generous bedroom and an unobstructed view of one of South Africa’s most special places – the home of the African penguin, with its distinct jackass call.
The bold deco and generous space matched with the incredible views of the Simon’s Town bay, makes for a distinctive escape. The suite features both a shower and bath, ample cupboard space, a small fridge and flat screen television with a considerable selection of channels to choose from.
For those wanting to explore a little, Simon’s Towns main road filled with shops, restaurants and historical buildings, reflecting the area’s naval history, is a very short drive away. Opting for a popular spot near the harbor for a classic fish and chips meal, makes for a great late lunch or early dinner, as Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa only serves breakfast.
Although a very intimate and personal setting, Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa offers a full range of services, including airport transfers, complimentary Wi-Fi, full breakfast, afternoon canapes and a private chef on request to prepare other meals. A concierge service is offered for bookings of restaurants, snorkeling safaris and guided sea kayaking excursions.
For those wanting to take over the entire boutique villa, Tintswalo at Boulders may also be booked on an exclusive-use basis for families and friends travelling together, either as a private villa of five suites and a children’s room, or the entire villa sleeping 18 adults and two children (minimum stay of 3 nights required for exclusive-use bookings).
One of the highlights of Tintswalo at Boulders is breakfast, set up in one of the many magnificent rooms of the villa, either inside or outside, with the most beautiful spread, offering both cold and hot breakfast options. It’s a leisurely feast, whilst observing the ocean and nature, complimented by attentive service and a delicious offering.
It goes without saying, that an after breakfast stroll is both a healthy must-do but also an unmissable opportunity to witness one of the great South African natural sights. A small garden path along the side of Tintswalo at Boulders leads to a garden door that opens straight onto the boardwalk and onwards to the entrance of the sheltered Boulders Beach.
Boulders Beach is one of Cape Town’s most visited beaches and the only place in the world where you get close to the endangered African penguins, that settled here back in 1982, and whose population has now grown to an estimated 2’000 to 3’000 birds.
A couple of years ago, three wheelchair-friendly boardwalks were constructed to accommodate the nearly 60’000 visitors that visit the beach each year. Expect to pay a well-worth-it conservation fee to enter the protected conservancy and take time to enjoy the natural spectacle of African penguins going about their day swimming, interacting and shuffling around, whilst protecting their chicks from a few bothersome seagulls.
All too soon it’s time to check-out of Tintswalo at Boulders and head back to Cape Town. This Simon’s Town escape is the perfect weekend away or two-night stopover for those touring the greater Western Cape region. With wonderful hospitality matched by one of the finest natural locations in the world, it’s hard not to feel a little envious that some consider Tintswalo at Boulders a regular weekend escape.