Where to stay at Bantry Bay: The Clarendon at Bantry Bay & Ellerman House
As you move along the Atlantic seaboard – 10 minutes due south – the Waterfront turns into a charming stretch of picturesque bays and the affluent residential areas of Sea Point, Bantry Bay and Camps Bay. Sea Point had a bad reputation in the past, but this area has been cleaned up majorly since the World Cup in 2012 and is now looking great. Sea Point has a cosmopolitan vibe to it, but overall the hotels retain the commercial feel of the Waterfront and it’s rare that I use them.
Personally I love the Bantry Bay area. A good mix of hotels and outstanding guesthouses are located in an area that’s loved by the locals themselves – you can’t go wrong with that nod of approval! Bantry Bay is mostly protected from the winds that can affect parts of Cape Town. It is a popular area of the city especially in the winter months. I’ve always loved The Clarendon at Bantry Bay for great-value luxury guesthouse accommodation...the views here are absolutely superb.
But this is also the home of Ellerman House – Cape Town’s most exclusive and expensive property. Ellerman is quite simply in a league of its own – a stunning boutique property with more space per guest than anywhere else in the city. Ellerman, with views to die for and a service level that’s hard to beat anywhere else in Africa (let alone Cape Town), is one of Cape Town’s most valuable pieces of real estate!
Camps Bay is the perfect area if you are looking to be directly on the beach. There is a combination of hotels, apartments and guesthouses here. I love the vibe of Camps Bay – it’s trendy and very European. Arguably, it’s slightly commercial – but walking on the beach here and going out at night is an attraction in itself.