The Best Beach Escapes in The Cape

The Best Beach Escapes in The Cape

Wake up and smell the ocean.

When it comes to unforgettable getaways, it’s hard to beat having your own private, shaded patio or sunkissed deck facing some of the best ocean views in the world. Add the ease with which you can access the inviting blue water, and the fact that you can simply press “play and repeat” every day, and you’re set for your best coastal break ever.

We’ve rounded up our favourite beachfront getaways guaranteed to deliver (in buckets and spades!). Spectacular views? Check. Steps away from the sand? Check. Falling asleep to the sound of the waves? Check.

Which are your favourite? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Find a beach escape in the following areas

Atlantic Seaboard
Deep South
West Coast
Overberg
Garden Route

Atlantic Seaboard

Bakoven Beach House

Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Bakoven Beach House
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Bakoven Beach House Exterior
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Bakoven Beach House Bedroom

Where Bakoven
Distance from CT 10 minutes
Setting Dubbed one of the most spectacular secret beaches in Cape Town, Bakoven is without a doubt a dream destination for a quintessential seaside stay. Boasting out-of-this-world sunsets, quaint beach paths and lapping waves – a mere stone’s throw from your private deck – the properties along this strip are the stuff of vision boards. One such spot is the beautiful Bakoven Beach House, where modern amenities, five-star service and a completely private beachfront experience await.
The lodgings

  • 3 en-suite rooms with baths and showers
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan lounge
  • dining area
  • indoor fireplace
  • upper deck with braai and sun loungers
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • Bakoven and Beta beaches below
  • restaurants, shops + bars in Camps Bay
  • 10-minute drive to CBD
  • surrounding hiking trails + beaches
  • swimming
  • snorkelling
  • kayaking

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 6
Cost R12 000 per night for the house
MAKE A RESERVATION

Tintswalo Atlantic

Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Tintswalo Atlantic
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Tintswalo Atlantic Setting
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Tintswalo Atlantic Bedroom

Where Hout Bay
Distance from CT 20 minutes
Setting On the rocky shores of Chapman’s Peak Drive in Hout Bay, this luxurious lodge overlooks the endless Atlantic Ocean and The Sentinel beyond. Hidden from passing travellers, Tintswalo Atlantic is only reachable by the resident shuttle, which transports guests from the car park off the main road right down to the lodge on the shore below, where an unparalleled seaside setting awaits. Wake up to the smell of crisp sea air and the sound of lapping waves outside your suite. At sunset, saunter onto the main deck for complimentary canapés and the cocktail of the day as the sun dips into the ocean.
The lodgings

  • 8 suites (and 1 two-bedroom suite) each offering uninterrupted ocean views
  • en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower
  • private balcony
  • tea- + coffee-making facilities
  • luxury amenities
  • complimentary wifi
  • air-conditioning

Things to do

  • breakfast served each morning
  • Chefs Warehouse (for lunch and dinner)
  • ocean-facing deck for pre-dinner sundowners
  • spa treatments
  • sea-facing heated swimming pool and sun loungers
  • gift shop

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2 per suite
Cost From R7 100 per suite per night (depending on season, includes breakfast)
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Bungalow 52

Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Bungalow 52
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Bungalow 52 Interior
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Bungalow 52 Bedroom

Where Clifton
Distance from CT 15 minutes
Setting Designed by award-winning architects, VDMMA (Van der Merwe Miszewski Architects), this shore-hugging escape is reminiscent of a tropical seaside paradise, with lashings of style and luxury. A few steps from your dreamy deck and you’re on the accolade-accruing Clifton 4th beach, where dips in the sea, lazy afternoon lounging, and morning runs on the sand beckon.
The lodgings

  • 3 en-suite bedrooms
  • state-of-the-art kitchen
  • open-plan lounge
  • 10-seater dining area
  • fully stocked bar
  • downstairs media room with old-school vinyls (which doubles as a teenager’s sleeping pod with 2 double beds and an en-suite shower and kitchenette)
  • large undercover deck
  • large heated pool (with spa jets)
  • sun loungers, hammocks + day mattresses
  • braai area
  • outdoor heated shower
  • private garden + front lawn
  • lock-up garage

Things to do

  • beach walks
  • swims in the ocean + private swimming pool
  • surrounding shops, restaurants + bars in Camps Bay

Good to know There’s a full cleaning service from Monday to Sunday, and a full continental breakfast and butler service can be arranged on request.
Child friendly? Yes, however there are child-safety issues (such as steps and an exposed pool with a mechanical cover) so children under 6 years require parental supervision.
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 10
Cost From R22 500 per night for the house (depending on season)
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The Marly Boutique Hotel & Spa

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Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: The Marly Boutique Hotel & Spa Patio
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: The Marly Boutique Hotel & Spa Bedroom

Where Camps Bay
Distance from CT 10 minutes
Setting Flaunting unbelievable 360-degree views of Camps Bay Beach and the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, this spangly boutique hotel and spa offers guests a sumptuous seaside holiday with a sophisticated edge. A monochromatic palette of white, grey and black, coupled with a unique mix of contemporary art and decor – and a sexy soundtrack of chilled Del Mar-style beats – set the scene for days of poolside lounging, heavenly spa treatments and wonderful service in a sea-facing setting that’s tough to beat.
The lodgings

  • 38 rooms and suites (Classic Sea-Facing and Mountain-Facing rooms, Studio Sea-Facing Room, Deluxe Sea-Facing Suites, Junior Sea-Facing Suites, Superior Sea-Facing and Mountain-Facing suites)
  • extra-length king-size beds
  • en-suite bathroom with a rain shower and/or bath
  • private balcony with seating (in Classic Sea-Facing Rooms, Superior and Deluxe Sea-Facing Suites)
  • multimedia entertainment system
  • desk and dressing table
  • Marshall bluetooth speaker
  • lounge area
  • complimentary refreshment bar
  • espresso machine
  • international plug points
  • complimentary wifi
  • air-conditioning

Things to do

  • breakfast served each morning
  • Baptiste Rooftop Bar & Pool
  • The Marly Spa
  • Boutique Marly for designer shopping
  • gym
  • restaurants, shops + bars on the bustling Camps Bay strip

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2 per room
Cost From R6 350 per night for two adults (depending on room type and season, includes breakfast)
MAKE A RESERVATION

Deep South

Cape Beach Villa

Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Cape Beach Villa
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Cape Beach Villa Interior
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Cape Beach Villa Lounge

Where Noordhoek
Distance from CT 45 minutes
Setting Flaunting unbelievable 180-degree panoramas of the most beautiful strip of beach in the world, this bright and airy five-bedroom holiday house is as homely as it is hi-tech. The Afro-Scandi interior design has deep roots in its surroundings – all basketry, art, rugs, pottery and crockery are locally made – and blends seamlessly with the jaw-dropping setting, right on the Atlantic Ocean. The inordinately beautiful views make escapes here heavenly, no matter what time of year. Did we mention, you also have a private path to the beach below?
The lodgings

  • 5 en-suite bedrooms (with heating and cooling functionality), pure-cotton linen and hairdryers
  • 1 of the bedrooms has 4 single bunk beds and sleeps up to 6 children
  • separate cottage (with 1 bedroom and 2 single sofa beds)
  • fully equipped kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances
  • walk-in fridge
  • indoor braai + butler’s kitchen
  • spacious open-plan dining area
  • seaview lounge overlooking the pool and ocean
  • cosy fireside reading lounge
  • sunset bar with sliding doors opening to garden + ocean views
  • lounge with a floating TV
  • complimentary wifi throughout the house
  • wraparound wooden deck

Things to do

  • Caribbean-inspired sunset bar
  • private access to beach
  • outdoor shower
  • solar-heated swimming pool with electric cover
  • sun loungers
  • surrounding walking trails + mountain biking
  • golf
  • horse riding
  • restaurants + yoga studio nearby
  • hairdresser + shops within walking distance
  • live music at Café Roux nearby

Child friendly? Yes, for children over 10
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 12 (8 to 10 adults; 4 to 6 children)
Cost From R16 000 per night (depending on season, discount for longer stays)
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Tintswalo at Boulders

Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Tintswalo at Boulders
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Tintswalo at Boulders Patio
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Tintswalo at Boulders Bedroom

Where Simons Town
Distance from CT 45 minutes
Setting Above a sea of striking fynbos, a stone’s throw from Boulders Beach, this boutique beach villa is an attractive combination of laidback modern comfort and sumptuous luxury, ideal for a romantic escape, families or groups of friends travelling together. Days fall into an easy routine of waking up to the smell of ocean air, before wandering down to the world-famous penguin colony for a day on the beach and in the gentle waves.
The lodgings

  • 9 en-suite suites (each with its own private balcony)
  • children’s Penguin suite
  • north-facing balconies
  • large open-plan lounges with fireplaces
  • TV room
  • 2 fully equipped kitchens
  • indoor dining areas
  • wind-protected courtyard with a fire pit

Things to do

  • breakfast served each morning
  • pool on the top deck
  • direct pathway down to the boardwalk + beaches
  • surrounding shops + restaurants 
  • marine excursions + adventure activities
  • private chef available on request

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2 per room
Cost From R2 950 per person per night sharing (depending on season, includes breakfast)
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The Last Word Long Beach

Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: The Last Word Long Beach
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: The Last Word Long Beach Patio
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: The Last Word Long Beach Bedroom

Where Kommetjie
Distance from CT 40 minutes
Setting Characterised by fynbos-dotted sand dunes, wild waves and a pristine shoreline, the laidback suburb of Kommetjie is not only a haven for surfers and those seeking a simpler life, but also for travellers who wish to immerse themselves in the rugged beauty of the Cape. Overlooking Long Beach, this view-drenched boutique hotel offers the ideal stage to elax in unhindered seclusion, with warm service and superb food rounding off your unforgettable stay.
The lodgings

  • 6 suites varying in size (divided into Elegant Suites, Superior Rooms and a Junior Suite)
  • en-suite bathroom with a bath + shower
  • spacious lounge area
  • private sea-facing patio
  • desk area
  • flatscreen TV with select DStv channels
  • minibar
  • communal dining and relaxation areas
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • Long Beach
  • breakfast served each morning
  • sea-facing deck with a swimming pool + sun loungers
  • on-site restaurant, bar and lounge
  • speciality three-course Seafood dinner (included)
  • beach + fynbos walks
  • SUP
  • surfing
  • whale-watching during season (June to November)
  • the historic Slangkop Lighthouse

Child friendly? Yes, 6 years and older
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2 to 4 per room/suite
Cost From R3 500 per room per night (depending on season and room type, includes breakfast, dinner and beverages)
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Villa Misty Cliffs

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Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Villa Misty Cliffs Interior
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Villa Misty Cliffs Bedroom

Where Misty Cliffs
Distance from CT 45 minutes
Setting Misty Cliffs is the ideal location for a beach holiday, far from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you prize peaceful seclusion and being a stone’s throw from the ocean, this beach house on the edge of the peninsula should be on your list. You couldn’t get closer to the shore if you tried!
The lodgings

  • 3 bedrooms (one with bunk beds for the little ones)
  • en-suite bathrooms with a bath and shower
  • open-plan living area
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • lounge and dining area
  • two spacious sea-facing terraces
  • outdoor pool overlooking the ocean
  • jacuzzi
  • braai area
  • entertainment zone with a TV and couches

Things to do

  • swimming in the pool + sea
  • beach sports + walks
  • nearby Cape Point Nature Reserve
  • nearby quaint shops + restaurants

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 8
Cost R4 500 per night for the house (depending on season)
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Blue Ocean Beach House

Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Blue Ocean Beach House
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Blue Ocean Beach House Interior
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Blue Ocean Beach House Bedroom

Where Kommetjie
Distance from CT 50 minutes
Setting Modern style meets coastal charm at this contemporary beach house on a quiet slice of the Kommetjie shoreline. One step off the wooden deck and you’re on the beach, with a row of sand dunes providing privacy from beach-goers on hot summer’s days. And, should you wish to cool off in the comfort of your own home-from-home, the sparkling pool should do the trick.
The lodgings

  • 4 en-suite bedrooms
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan lounge + dining area
  • private deck
  • covered outdoor seating area
  • outdoor dining area
  • gas braai
  • courtyard garden
  • complimentary wifi
  • Netflix and select DStv channels
  • Sonos sound system

Things to do

  • private access to beach
  • outdoor shower
  • swimming pool
  • small heated plunge pool

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 6
Cost From R6 800 per night for the house (depending on season)
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West Coast

Silver Bay Villa

Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Silver Bay Villa
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Silver Bay Villa Setting
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Silver Bay Villa Bedroom

Where Stompneus Bay
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting This luxe self-catering villa on the wonderfully wild West Coast offers uninterrupted ocean views, direct access to the beach, and an interior worthy of double-page spreads in a decor magazine. It’s got the white walls, thatched roof and warm comfort of a welcoming beach house, but with a special sprinkling of modern luxury.
The lodgings

  • 1 master bedroom with a king-size bed and en-suite bathroom with bath and shower
  • 3 bedrooms with queen-size beds and en-suite bathrooms with shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • 2 open-plan living areas with a flatscreen TV
  • indoor fireplace
  • outdoor braai area
  • open-plan dining area overlooking the pool deck
  • protected outdoor deck
  • laundry room
  • double garage
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • boardwalk down to the beach
  • rim-flow pool with sun loungers
  • family playroom

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 8
Cost From R11 295 per night (depending on season)
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Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel

Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel Patio
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel Bedroom

Where Paternoster
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Tucked away on a beach in the charming West Coast village of Paternoster, the award-winning Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel is the ultimate barefoot-luxury getaway. Just 90 minutes from Cape Town, this romantic haven, set between fynbos and sea, is home to 14 suites and rooms, all dressed in contemporary beach style, and each with its own courtyard or terrace, boasting breathtaking beach views.
The lodgings

  • 14 rooms + suites (divided into Nature King, Ocean Suites and Courtyard Rooms)
  • en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower
  • private terrace or courtyard
  • outdoor shower
  • spacious lounge
  • tea- + coffee-making facilities
  • sound system
  • flatscreen TV with DStv
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • breakfast served each morning
  • Elements Wellness Suite
  • swimming pool
  • hikes + beach walks
  • birdwatching
  • biking + fishing
  • on-site Leeto restaurant

Child friendly? Yes, 12 years and older
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2 per room
Cost From R4 975 per room/suite per night (depending on season and room type, includes breakfast)
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The Olive Tree Villa

Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: The Olive Tree Villa
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: The Olive Tree Villa Patio
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: The Olive Tree Villa Bedroom

Where Yzerfontein
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting Overlooking the ocean on a quiet slice of the Yzerfontein beachfront, this breathtaking self-catering home is the epitome of modern coastal chic and luxe comfort. Stylish furnishings, spacious living quarters, attentive housekeeping and panoramic sea views make this beautiful property a seaside stay with edge.
The lodgings

  • 2 suites (with extra-length king-size beds)
  • en-suite bathrooms with a shower and/or bath
  • combustion fireplaces for each suite
  • open-plan living, dining and entertainment areas
  • outdoor lounge
  • full access to Netflix, Showmax and DStv
  • lift access
  • braai facilities
  • tea- + coffee-making facilities
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • heated swimming pools (in the summer months)
  • direct access to the beach
  • surrounding eateries
  • nature walks
  • on-site massages
  • bicycle rental

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2 per suite
Cost From R2 300 per suite per night (depending on season, includes breakfast)
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The Boat House

Where Yzerfontein
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting On a stretch of road, just steps from the ocean in Yzerfontein, this Scandi-esque beach babe is kitted out with everything you need for a comfortable coastal escape. Completed in July 2021, this once-ramshackle boat shed might be compact, but what it lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in design might.
The lodgings

  • 2 bedrooms with queen-size beds
  • shared bathroom with a walk-in rain shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan lounge + dining area
  • indoor wood-burning fireplace
  • outside deck with a wood-fired hot tub
  • desk space
  • smart TV with Netflix + DStv
  • tea- + coffee-making facilities
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • beach walks
  • world-renowned bakery
  • 25km beach (longest uninterrupted stretch of coastline in South Africa)
  • swimming or kayaking in the ocean
  • surfing (great for beginners)
  • surrounding eateries
  • 1969 Land Rover and Vespa available for rent

Good to know The Boat House can now be rented in conjunction with the newly-renovated main beach house on the property, which sleeps 10 people.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 4
Cost R2 950 per night for the house (weekdays)
R3 500 per night for the house (weekends)
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West Coast Luxury Tents

Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: West Coast Luxury Tents
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: West Coast Luxury Tents Kitchen
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: West Coast Luxury Tents Patio

Where Between Dwarskersbos and Elands Bay
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Midway between Dwarskersbos and Elands Bay on Fork West Farm in the wildly beautiful West Coast, this site offers guests a tranquil glamping experience. Set behind the sand dunes, in what is rugged, bushy terrain, these luxury tents are your answer to crowd-free camping by the sea, as each tent has private access to an unspoilt beach.
The lodgings

  • 3 luxury lodge tents (Fork North, Middle Fork and Fork South)
  • Fork South includes a stand-alone thatched unit alongside the main tent that sleeps 1 adult or 2 children
  • each tent has electricity, an en-suite bathroom and a fully equipped kitchenette
  • each tent has a private braai area (firewood is available)

Things to do

  • unspoilt beach near the farm
  • 400-metre-long airstrip on the farm that can be used by a light aircraft (by prior arrangement)
  • birdwatching
  • surfing in Elands Bay

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? On request
Wifi? No
Sleeps 2 to 4 per tent
Cost From R1 250 per night for 2 adults (depending on season)
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Gonana Guesthouse

Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Gonana Guesthouse
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Gonana Guesthouse Patio
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Gonana Guesthouse Bedroom

Where Paternoster
Distance from CT 1 hour 50 minutes
Setting Hugging the shores of a beautiful private beach in the Bek Baai area of Paternoster, this eco-conscious guesthouse is the epitome of a serene seaside escape. Opened in December 2019 by Swedish entrepreneur Jonas Sandstrom, the newly renovated property boasts a Scandi-African aesthetic inspired by its surroundings and is the first sustainable and environmentally conscious guest house to open in Paternoster.
The lodgings

  • 8 en-suite rooms with a shower, boasting sea or mountain views
  • 7 of the 8 rooms feature a private outdoor terrace or balcony with a seating area
  • view-drenched outdoor communal deck with a seating area
  • lounge + breakfast area with a fireplace
  • fully stocked honesty bar
  • tea- + coffee-making facilities in the lounge area
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • private walkway to the beach (20 metres away)
  • healthy, meat-free buffet breakfast served each morning
  • solar-heated saltwater swimming pool with deck chairs
  • nearby Paternoster Crayfish Wharf, home to De Seekat restaurant, Mattat crafts, Maneki + Uro Erichsen Art Gallery, Die Koelkamers
  • nearby Cape Columbine nature reserve + notable heritage sites
  • sea kayaking, beach-buggy rides, E-bike tours + horse-riding
  • wine tasting along The West Coast Wine Route
  • beer tasting at Paternoster Brewery

Child friendly? Yes, on request (in the studio only)
Pet friendly? Yes, on request (in selected rooms only)
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2 per room (triple room sleeps 3 adults)
Cost From R1 750 per night for two adults (depending on season, includes breakfast)
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Bordeaux on Britannia

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Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Bordeaux on Britannia Patio
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Bordeaux on Britannia Bedroom

Where Britannia Bay
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Situated among the endless cluster of houses on Britannia Bay’s spectacular Golden Mile, this rental villa boasts stunning sea views. Inside, the decor is warm and sophisticated, with a series of spaces inviting lazy afternoons of reading, contemplation and board games. The private path down to the beach a mere stone’s throw away is its crowning glory.
The lodgings

  • 4 bedrooms (2 sea-facing)
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • spacious dining + living area
  • cinema-size smart TV

Things to do

  • beach walks
  • central courtyard with a heated pool
  • skateboarding half-pipe
  • utility room with three mountain bikes + a table tennis table
  • kayak or SUP (there is a double-seater family-friendly surf ski for use)
  • surfing

Child friendly? Yes, 6 years and older
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 8 (maximum 6 adults)
Cost From R7 950 per night for the house (depending on season)
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Abalone Hotel & Pool Villas

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Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Abalone Hotel & Pool Villas Interior
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Abalone Hotel & Pool Villas Bedroom

Where Paternoster
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting A short distance from the centre of the village, this elegant escape offers seclusion while maintaining easy access to the centre of town. The intimate lounge area, kept cosy by a roaring fireplace, boasts a palette of seaside blues, whites and wood, adding layers and textures to the laidback atmosphere, while the infinity plunge pool offers unfettered views of the ocean and surrounding landscape. The selection of rooms, suites and villas are decked out with the requisite facilities, while meals – courtesy of See Briesie – can be enjoyed indoors or outside on the wooden deck.
The lodgings

  • 6 Standard Superior Rooms, with access to the inner courtyard + swimming pool
  • 9 Luxury Superior Suites, with private balconies or garden patios
  • 3 Superior Sea View Suite, with a private patio + full view of the ocean
  • 2 Villas with sea-views, 2 bedrooms each, spacious lounge + fully equipped kitchen
  • en-suite bathrooms with a bath + shower
  • fully stocked minibar
  • Italian coffee machine
  • flat-screen TV with select DStv
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • communal dining + relaxation areas
  • sea-facing deck with sun loungers
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • breakfast served each morning
  • swimming pool, sauna + jacuzzi
  • on-site spa
  • bar + See Briesie restaurant
  • beach walks
  • surrounding eateries

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2 to 4 per room/ suite/ villa
Cost From R1 700 per room per night (depending on season and room type, includes breakfast)
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Indigo Blue Beach House

Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Indigo Blue Beach House
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Indigo Blue Beach House Patio
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Indigo Blue Beach House Interior

Where Langebaan
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting The West Coast town of Langebaan is a favourite among locals and tourists for its pristine beaches and white-washed architecture – not to mention the plethora of watersports available whether the wind is howling or not.  This rustic beach house – right on Sandbaai beach – is a perfect fit for ocean lovers, lounge lizards and watersports enthusiasts!
The lodgings

  • 2 en-suite bedrooms (with double beds)
  • 1 bedroom with single beds + a shared bathroom
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • lounge with a TV
  • indoor heating
  • three covered patios
  • outdoor braai
  • three outdoor seating areas
  • outdoor hot shower

Things to do

  • direct access to the beach
  • swim in the Langebaan Lagoon
  • kayaking (2 kayaks are provided)
  • restaurants and shops in the town centre
  • watersports, and some partially enclosed braai facilities in the West Coast National Park

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No
Sleeps 6 to 8
Cost From R4 750 per night for the house (depending on season)
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Serenity Houseboat

Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Serenity Houseboat
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Where West Coast National Park
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting This luxurious private houseboat floats on Kraalbaai’s crystal-clear waters in the West Coast National Park – about an hour’s drive from Cape Town. The large lounge area opens onto a deck, where deep chilling is obligatory. With gorgeous views of the lagoon and beach, it’s the perfect self-catering destination for a romantic getaway, family escape or relaxing retreat.
The lodgings

  • 2 double bedrooms + a sleeper couch in the lounge
  • 1 bathroom with a double shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • dining area + braai on the deck
  • open-plan lounge

Things to do

  • swimming + canoeing in the lagoon
  • fishing + flower-spotting (in season)
  • West Coast National Park

Child friendly? Yes, under supervision
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No
Sleeps 6
Cost From R3 100 per night for the houseboat (depending on season, minimum two-night stay on weekends)
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Rocherpan Nature Reserve Eco Cabins

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Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Rocherpan Nature Reserve Eco Cabins Setting
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Rocherpan Nature Reserve Eco Cabins Bedroom

Where Velddrif
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Hidden in the wild vegetation of the West Coast, Rocherpan is a tranquil escape where fynbos-covered dunes, abundant birdlife and crashing waves are welcome substitutes for madding crowds and screeching city streets. Named after the birds that frequent this slice of paradise, the location and striking architecture (by Justin Cooke) make these cabins, the ultimate destination for a serene, no-fuss getaway.
The lodgings

  • 8 cabins (Coot, Moorhen, Egret + Shoveler have 2 bedrooms, the others have 1 bedroom)
  • 1 double bed, 2 single beds or double futon for children (plus 2 day beds in new cabins)
  • 1 bathroom
  • living room (indoor fireplace in new cabins)
  • fully equipped kitchen (gas stove)
  • outdoor deck with braai area

Things to do

  • swimming (communal pool or in the sea at own risk; no swimming in the vlei)
  • kids playground + putt-putt course
  • mountain-biking on the reserve (bring your own bike)
  • picnic at the communal braai area or lookout point near the beach
  • 2 short walking/hiking trails (along the beach or vlei)
  • birdwatching (4 bird hides on the reserve)
  • whale-watching (June to November)
  • on-shore angling (permit required

Good to know The pan is seasonal – it usually dries up between March and June or during drought – so contact the reserve beforehand to check on the water levels.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes (access for 30 mins per device per day)
Sleeps 2 to 4 per cabin
Cost From R910 per night (depending on season and cabin); plus conservation fee of R40 (adults) and R20 (children).
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Pearl Bay Beach House

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Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Pearl Bay Beach House Bedroom

Where Yzerfontein
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting Overlooking the ocean in the quiet West Coast town of Yzerfontein, Pearl Bay is one of those quintessential beach villas, with white clapboard exteriors, uninterrupted ocean views, direct beach access, and an undeniable sense of luxurious seclusion. An extremely Insta-worthy infinity pool beckons on warm summer days, while the effortlessly elegant interior and wood-burning fireplace make this seaside escape perfect for any season.

The lodgings

  • 4 king-size bedrooms
  • en-suite bathrooms with a shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • spacious lounge
  • wood-burning fireplace
  • sun-drenched deck
  • outdoor braai
  • flatscreen TV with DStv
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • infinity swimming pool with sun loungers
  • beach walks
  • surrounding eateries
  • swimming in the ocean

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 8
Cost From R7 000 per night for the house (depending on season)
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Dune Rose

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Where Yzerfontein
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting A mere two metres from the beach (that’s a stone’s throw if we’re being specific), this scenic beach house overlooks the crashing waves and fynbos-dotted dunes of this sleepy harbour town, creating a sense of tranquil seclusion, while still being close enough to the town centre where a selection of shops and restaurants await.
The lodgings

  • 4 en-suite bedrooms (3 with double beds + one with 2 single beds)
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan lounge, dining room and wine cupboard
  • built-in wood fireplace
  • private deck with a braai
  • private patio garden
  • outdoor shower
  • double garage + open parking

Things to do

  • beach walks
  • surrounding nature trails
  • swimming in the ocean
  • nearby shops and restaurants

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No
Sleeps 8
Cost From R6 000 per night for the house (depending on season)
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Lekkerwater Beach Lodge

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Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Lekkerwater Beach Lodge Interior
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Lekkerwater Beach Lodge Bedroom

Where De Hoop Nature Reserve
Distance from CT 3.5 hours
Setting Cradled in De Hoop Nature Reserve’s expansive bay of natural beauty, Lekkerwater Beach Lodge is an upscale seaside escape that promises a level of privacy and exclusivity from which to soak up your next-level beach safari. Meaning “good water” in Afrikaans, Lekkerwater’s drawcard is undoubtedly its unrivalled seaside setting. Ensconced in a blanket of fynbos-covered dunes, the lodge blends seamlessly with its environment: a five-kilometre-long private beach offering the kind of beauty you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the world.
The lodgings

  • 6 standalone suites sleeping 2 each; the family room sleeps 2 adults + 2 children
  • open-plan en-suite bathrooms with a shower + vanity
  • indoor fireplace in each room
  • private sea-facing deck in each suite
  • communal open-plan lounge, bar + dining area
  • wraparound deck with outdoor seating
  • complimentary wifi (in the guest rooms, provided by satellite so can be affected by bad weather)

Things to do

  • shared swimming pool + firepit
  • guided fynbos walks
  • guided intertidal zone beach walks
  • snorkelling in the rock pools in low tide
  • self guided walks along the pristine coastline
  • sundowners and/or feet in the sand dining on the beach
  • whale-watching during season (June to November)

Good to know Lekkerwater has set arrival days: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with a minimum of a two-night stay.
Child friendly? Yes, 6 years and older
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2 per suite (family suite sleeps 4)
Cost Residents rates (subject to change): R3 250 per person sharing per night (weekdays)
R3 750 per person sharing per night (weekends)
Rate includes all meals, lodge activities and local drinks.
R50 per person per night (park fees), payable in cash on arrival at the CapeNature gate
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Pringle Bay Villa

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Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Pringle Bay Villa Interior
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Pringle Bay Villa Bedroom

Where Pringle Bay
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Overlooking the sparkling Atlantic Ocean in the small coastal town of Pringle Bay, this breathtaking beach house is every sea-lover’s dream. Modern amenities, open-plan living quarters, and a front-row seat to the crashing waves from every room, are just a few of its highlights. Soak up the sunset from your private deck before taking a scenic stroll down to the sea, or enjoying a braai outside.
The lodgings

  • 4 bedrooms (2 with king-size extra-length beds, one with twin beds + one with a queen-size bed)
  • en-suite bathrooms with shower and/or bath
  • open-plan lounge and dining area
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • indoor fireplace
  • outdoor terrace
  • outdoor seating area
  • braai area
  • complimentary wifi
  • housekeeping (additional cost)
  • firewood (additional cost)

Things to do

  • swimming pool
  • manicured garden with a stream + pond
  • beach walks
  • Cape Hangklip lighthouse
  • surrounding shops + restaurants

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 8
Cost From R9 200 per night for the house (depending on season)
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Twin Cabins

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Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Twin Cabins Interior
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Twin Cabins Bedroom

Where Danger Point, Gansbaai
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting A mere two-hour drive from Cape Town (and five minutes from the small seaside town of Gansbaai), this private community on the Cape’s Whale Coast is home to Twin Cabins, a stylish beach house – with two separate cabins – whose pared-back interiors, sunlit living spaces and private walkway to the beach set the scene for the ultimate seaside stay. The escape sleeps four, with two cabins separated by an enclosed courtyard. The main cabin has a kitchen, dining and lounge area with a separate storeroom and entrance foyer, while the second cabin houses the luxury bedrooms.
The lodgings

  • 2 bedrooms with king-size extra-length beds
  • en-suite bathrooms with a shower
  • guest bathroom
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan lounge + dining area
  • indoor fireplace
  • north-facing enclosed courtyard with built-in seating
  • outdoor firepit + covered pergola
  • sheltered outdoor dining area + braai
  • plunge pool
  • complimentary wifi
  • firewood
  • complimentary bottle of wine
  • coffee beans
  • filtered water

Things to do

  • private beach below
  • sundowners with sea views
  • beach  walks + swimming
  • nearby shops + restaurants
  • wine estates in the area
  • Dangerpoint Lighthouse

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 4
Cost From R3 500 per night for the house (depending on season)
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Morukuru Beach Lodge

Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Morukuru Beach Lodge
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Morukuru Beach Lodge Setting
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Morukuru Beach Lodge Bedroom

Where De Hoop Nature Reserve
Distance from CT 3 hours
Setting Along the scenic Whale Route, De Hoop Nature Reserve is a lesser-known seaside sanctuary characterised by a dreamy vlei and vast, wide-open spaces. Surrounded by rare fynbos, scattered seashells, architectural sand dunes and a diverse selection of game, the reserve is home to Morukuru Beach Lodge, a faultlessly five-star hotel designed to maximise – and pay respect – to its surrounds.
The lodgings

  • 4 en-suite ocean-view suites (narrow balcony)
  • 1 en-suite dune-facing honeymoon suite (partial ocean view,, private deck with outside bathtub)
  • overlooking a 51-kilometre stretch of beach and the ocean beyond
  • comfortable daybed with ocean or dune view
  • bar and lounge area, rooftop terrace and deck with a fireplace
  • large courtyard with a swimming pool and hot tub
  • communal tea- + -coffee nooks
  • outdoor hot-water tub
  • hot-water bottles at turndown
  • dining area
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • unhindered whale-watching during season (from June to November)
  • complimentary use of all outdoor equipment (snorkels, masks, water shoes, wetsuits, mountain bikes, sand boards, ponchos, gumboots, beach umbrella, towels)
  • fynbos hikes
  • marine walks
  • bike rides
  • beach picnics

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2 to 4 per suite
Cost R5 o00 per person per night sharing (valid for local and international guests until 31 March 2022, includes all meals – soft drinks and activities and can only be booked less than 4 weeks before arrival)
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SeaPad

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Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: SeaPad Lounge
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: SeaPad Bedroom

Where Danger Point, Gansbaai
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting A quick five-minute drive from Gansbaai, on the Cape’s beautiful Whale Coast, lies Romansbaai Beach & Fynbos Estate – a wonderfully secluded wilderness area that’s home to a small scattering of beautiful homes. It’s here, perched on the edge of a private beach surrounded by fynbos, that this stunning seaside villa takes centre stage. A mere 150 metres from a private beach path, SeaPad (as its name suggests) offers a front-row seat to breathtaking sunsets, with sounds of the crashing waves creating the soporific soundtrack.
The lodgings

  • 1 master bedroom on the ground floor
  • 1 guest room with a private patio on the top floor
  • en-suite bathrooms
  • open-plan fully equipped kitchen with a gas stove, dishwasher and fridge/freezer
  • sea-facing bedrooms, dining and lounge areas
  • gas braai and charcoal Weber
  • Nespresso coffee machine (pods)
  • wine cooler
  • B&O music system

Things to do

  • outdoor deck with a swimming pool
  • private beach
  • nature walks
  • nearby shops and restaurants
  • wine estates in the area
  • Dangerpoint Lighthouse

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 4
Cost R6 000 per night for the house (depending on season)
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Birkenhead House

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Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Birkenhead House Setting
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Birkenhead House Bedroom

Where Hermanus
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Perched on a peninsula overlooking the entire coast of Walker Bay, this glam beach resort gives some of the swankiest spots on the Amalfi Coast a run for their money. Just a three-minute drive from the bustling town of Hermanus, the lodge is perfectly positioned for those who cherish seclusion but also enjoy dipping in and out of the action. The hotel boasts a particular glam-beach-resort feel, with individually decorated rooms and uninterrupted sea views.
The lodgings

  • 11 rooms (Deluxe Superior, Superior and Luxury)
  • king-size beds
  • en-suite bathroom with a shower and freestanding bath
  • seating area and desk
  • private balcony
  • TV with select DStv channels and Netflix
  • fully stocked minibar
  • tea- + coffee-making facilities
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • 2 swimming pools (one of which is ocean-facing)
  • sun deck and cliff-hugging dining area
  • daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • on-site spa
  • surfing lessons
  • mussel picking
  • ocean-facing relaxation area for sundowners
  • Voëlklip and Nanny’s beaches below
  • direct access to the famous cliff path
  • wine-tasting
  • town centre a three-minute drive away
  • whale-watching during season (June to November)

Child friendly? Yes, 10 years and older
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2 per room
Cost From R4 450 per night per person sharing (depending on season and room type, all-inclusive)
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The Marine

Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: The Marine
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: The Marine Patio
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: The Marine Bedroom

Where Hermanus
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Set along the famed 10-kilometre-long cliff path overlooking Walker Bay, this prized property (dating back to 1902) has had many revamps and renovations along the way, resulting in a charming, understatedly upmarket property that oozes old-world hospitality. Part of Small Luxury Hotels of The World, the hotel’s eclipsing feature is undoubtedly its prime position – a metre or so from the heady fynbos-covered cliff path that winds its way along the coast, offering some of the best whale-watching opportunities in the world.
The lodgings

  • 10 premier suites overlooking the ocean
  • 10 luxury double rooms overlooking the ocean
  • 20 double rooms (not sea-facing) with select private balconies
  • private sea-facing or garden-facing balcony
  • flat-screen TV with select DStv channels
  • drink on arrival
  • select complimentary minibar items
  • fluffy bathrobes and luxury bathroom amenities
  • tea- + coffee-making facilities
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • 2 unique restaurants, + a beautifully appointed sea-facing lounge + bar
  • breakfast buffet each morning
  • Origins, an elegant eatery 40 metres from the cliff path
  • large heated saltwater swimming pool in the courtyard
  • tidal pool, directly in front of the hotel below the cliff path
  • on-site spa
  • whale-watching during season (June to November)
  • scenic walks
  • restaurants, shops, bars, markets + more in the town centre

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2 per room
Cost From R4 200 per room per night (depending on season and room type), includes breakfast
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Black Barn

Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Black Barn
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Black Barn Interior
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Black Barn Bedroom

Where Danger Point, Gansbaai
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Tucked away in a sea of fynbos, with zebras and springboks roaming the area, this wonderfully secluded three-bedroom holiday home in Romansbaai is an ideal place to relax and unwind. Part of the stylish Romansbaai Collection (a secure private estate with its own beach), the luxe pad boasts pared-back interiors, sunlit living spaces and a private walkway to the beach – making for a sumptuous stay along the wild Whale Coast.
The lodgings

  • 3 bedrooms with king-size beds
  • en-suite bathrooms with a shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan lounge + dining area
  • indoor fireplace
  • outdoor deck + dining area
  • outdoor braai
  • complimentary wifi
  • firewood (included)
  • complimentary bottle of wine
  • coffee beans (included)
  • filtered water (included)
  • serviced twice a week (included)

Things to do

  • private hot tub
  • nature + beach walks
  • birdwatching
  • nearby beaches
  • wine estates in the area
  • Dangerpoint Lighthouse

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 6
Cost From R4 500 per night (depending on season, minimum two-night stay)
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La Gratitude

Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: La Gratitude
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: La Gratitude Setting
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: La Gratitude Interior

Where Hermanus
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Owned by the Pickstone family for over 100 years, this historic home – the closest house to Grotto Beach – holds an old-world charm synonymous with the area. Designed by Sir Herbert Baker and built in 1917, the renovated home boasts an outside entertainment area (with a braai, pool and jacuzzi) that has unfathomably gorgeous views across the lagoon and Walker Bay beyond. Add spacious living quarters and comfortable furnishings and you have all you need for a holiday by the sea.
The lodgings

  • 4 downstairs bedrooms (king-size and twin rooms)
  • en-suite bathrooms with a shower
  • 1 upstairs suite with its own entertainment area and 2 interleading bedrooms (twin beds) with a bath and shower
  • living area with a wood-burning fireplace
  • dining area
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • outside entertainment area
  • built-in braai
  • 12-seater outdoor dining table
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • child-friendly swimming pool
  • jacuzzi
  • whale-watching from the terrace during season (June to November)
  • cliff path begins in front of the house
  • scenic walking trails
  • nearby beaches and a lagoon

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? On request
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 10 (up to 14 can be considered)
Cost From R6 000 per night for 10 people (depending on season)
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Troon Beach Cottage

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Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Troon Beach Cottage Interior

Where Hermanus
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Situated 150 metres from Voelklip and Grotto Beaches, this modern beach house is exactly what comes to mind when you imagine a laidback seaside getaway with family and friends. A spacious front lawn (with direct access to the beach) and a laidback indoor-outdoor flow make this beautifully decorated home a holiday dream.
The lodgings

  • 2 bedrooms with king-size beds
  • en-suite bathrooms with a shower
  • flatscreen TV with select DStv channels + Netflix
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • spacious open-plan lounge with an indoor braai
  • outdoor patio with a seating area and fire pit
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • rolling lawn for kids to play
  • cliff path directly in front of the house
  • Grotto + Voelklip beaches are a two-minute walk away
  • whale-watching during season (June to November)
  • restaurants, shops + galleries in the town centre

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 4
Cost From R4 000 per night for the house (depending on season)
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Marlin Manor

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Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Marlin Manor Interior
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Marlin Manor Bedroom

Where ​​Struisbaai
Distance from CT 3 hours
Setting If you’re partial to endless seascapes and the wild sounds of crashing waves, you will feel like you’ve arrived in paradise at this coastal villa. Floor-to-ceiling windows maximise the ocean views, while a series of open-plan living spaces and central dining area are ideally configured for laidback seaside living. Stone stairs lead to a small beach where we spent the mornings collecting shells; the cross currents are strong so swimming here is not recommended. Fear not, though, Struisbaai’s Greek-Island-style beach is a five-minute drive away.
The lodgings

  • 7 bedrooms equipped with either king-size beds, double beds or bunk beds
  • en-suite bathrooms with a shower and/or bath
  • private sea-facing patios
  • smart TVs and lounging space in each bedroom
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan lounge
  • two-way fireplace
  • outdoor gas braai and seating area
  • stocked bar and glasses
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • private jacuzzi on the outside deck
  • nearby Struisbaai Beach
  • beach walks
  • collecting shells
  • surrounding eateries
  • nearby nature walks and hiking trails

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 16
Cost From R15 000 – R30 000 per night for the house (exclusive-use only)
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Mosselberg on Grotto Beach

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Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Mosselberg on Grotto Beach Patio
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Mosselberg on Grotto Beach Bedroom

Where Hermanus
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Above the white sands of the popular Blue Flag-designated Grotto Beach, this five-star boutique lodge is hidden behind indigenous fynbos gardens, creating a secret sojourn that offers sweeping views of the ocean and mountains. Despite its discreet location, this sumptuous slice of paradise is a five-minute walk from some of the town’s main attractions.
The lodgings

  • 5 ocean-facing suites (Southern Right, Sugar Bird, Fynbos, Pinotage and Olive)
  • king-size beds
  • private patios
  • en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower
  • spacious lounge area with a minibar
  • TV with select DStv channels
  • tea- + coffee-making facilities
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • breakfast served each morning
  • table tennis
  • billiard table
  • selection of board games
  • swimming pool and sun loungers
  • mini library
  • nearby cliff path
  • nearby Hermanus Golf Course
  • Grotto Beach, a five-minute walk away
  • Dutchies restaurant

Child friendly? Yes, 12 years and older
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2 to 3 per suite
Cost From R3 231 per night per person sharing (depending on season and suite type, includes breakfast)
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The Bungalow

Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: The Bungalow
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: The Bungalow Patio
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: The Bungalow Bedroom

Where Plettenberg Bay
Distance from CT 6 hours
Setting Overlooking the popular Hobie Beach, where the sound of crashing waves and chirping birds blend seamlessly with the light chatter of holiday goers, this shore-hugging boutique getaway is the perfect place for beach lovers who long to be near the action, and rest their heads in luxe comfort. Host to a buzzy restaurant, bar, and Bali-style relaxation areas among lush greenery, The Bungalow offers a wonderful ambience where both fun and tranquility are par for the course. You’ll never want to leave this picture-perfect Plett hangout!
The lodgings

  • 6 rooms (The Lookout, The Wedge, Hobie, Cliff-Side 1, Cliff-Side 2 + Cliff-Side 3) with either one or two bedrooms each
  • Bungalow 2 features The Bay (2 bedrooms, lounge, kitchen, dining room, bathroom + guest toilet), The Cove (1 bedroom, en-suite bathroom, small lounge area) + The Beach (2 bedrooms, 4 pods for children, bathroom + shared lounge area)
  • The Spot self-catering villa sleeping 6
  • en-suite bathrooms with a shower
  • private patio
  • smart TV with Showmax and DStv
  • tea- + coffee-making facilities
  • desk area
  • communal relaxation areas
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • sea-facing swimming pool
  • fire boma and entertainment lounge
  • on-site restaurant and cocktail bar
  • Hobie Beach
  • birdwatching
  • boating
  • water sports
  • nature walks and hiking trails
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • surrounding shops and restaurants

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2 to 4 per room
6 in the villa
Cost From R2 900 per night (depending on season and room type)
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The Plettenberg Hotel

Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: The Plettenberg Hotel
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: The Plettenberg Hotel Lounge
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: The Plettenberg Hotel Bedroom

Where Plettenberg Bay
Distance from CT 6 hours
Setting The Plettenberg is a grand five-star escape perched on a rocky headland that overlooks a long stretch of unspoilt beach and fynbos-covered mountains. Part of The Liz McGrath Collection (which includes The Cellars-Hohenort and The Marine Hotel, also members of Small Luxury Hotels of The World), this seaside escape offers a classic stay with heavenly views to match. The sophisticated, seaside-inspired decor echoes its location, and no matter which room you choose you’re guaranteed a wonderful stay.
The lodgings

  • double rooms (non-sea view), luxury double rooms (some with sea views), suites + premier suites (with step-out balconies and an open-plan lounge)
  • flat-screen TV with select DStv channels
  • drink on arrival
  • select complimentary minibar items
  • complimentary wifi
  • fluffy bathrobes and luxury bathroom amenities
  • tea- + coffee-making facilities

Things to do

  • daily breakfast at the on-site restaurant
  • cocktails, wines, bubbly and spirits at Sandbar
  • Fresh Wellness Spa
  • high tea in the Blue Room, Garden Room or on the restaurant terrace
  • nearby beaches
  • shops, restaurants + bars in town centre

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2 to 3 per room/ suite
Cost From R3 680 per room per night (depending on season and room type, includes breakfast)
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Under Milkwood

Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Under Milkwood
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Under Milkwood Patio
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Under Milkwood Interior

Where Knysna
Distance from CT 5.5 hours
Setting Tucked away under the shade of ancient milkwood trees, on a slice of near-private beach on the edge of the Knysna Lagoon, this iconic hideaway is one of the longest-standing lodgings in town – celebrating 50 years in 2022. With quiet walkways linking a scattering of wooden chalets and nothing but the sound of birdsong and lapping waves to keep you company, you’d be forgiven for thinking you had landed in paradise. When the tide is low, take a walk along the sandbank towards Leisure Isle. Under Milkwood is the epitome of a relaxing beach holiday, so it’s hardly surprising that the families return year in and year out to relive these ineluctable memories.
The lodgings

  • 15 self-catering wooden chalets with 2 bedrooms each (1 double + 1 twin)
  • en-suite bathroom with a shower
  • 1 self-catering wooden chalet with a double bedroom + downstairs bathroom
  • sleeper couch in the living room
  • fully equipped kitchen with Le Creuset cookware + crockery
  • open-plan living room with a TV with select DStv, USB and a DVD player
  • private sundeck + outdoor braai (wood supplied daily)
  • housekeeping services (included)
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • direct access to the beautiful beach where sun loungers are provided
  • swimming in the lagoon
  • walks to Leisure Isle at low tide
  • complimentary kayaks and paddleboards
  • limited boat moorings (subject to availability + possibility to swing at anchor)
  • board games available at reception
  • library of DVDs available at reception
  • close proximity to the Knysna Heads + surrounding restaurants
  • a short drive from town centre

Good to know Looking for something for the whole family? The property is host to a collection of exclusive villas offering more space and privacy.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2 to 5 per chalet
Cost From R1 300 per night for two people sharing (depending on season, chalet and number of guests)
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Leisure Isle Seaside Cottage

Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Leisure Isle Seaside Cottage
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Leisure Isle Seaside Cottage Patio
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Leisure Isle Seaside Cottage Lounge

Where Knysna
Distance from CT 5.5 hours
Setting If you’re after a classic seaside holiday – quiet roads lined with quaint cottages, lawns strewn with bicycles and towels laying out to dry and the relaxing sound of lapping waves… you’ve come to the right place. Leisure Isle’s overwhelming sense of calm and safety is, after its waterside location, the drawcard, providing holidaymakers and residents peace of mind and freedom to take advantage of the surroundings. Accommodation comes in various sizes and shapes, all within close proximity to one another. Seaside Cottage, right on the water’s edge, is one such spot, with tasteful decor and comfortable furnishings providing the space to kick back and relax after a day spent out on the lagoon.
The lodgings

  • 3 bedrooms (2 with king-size beds, and 1 with a bunk bed + 2 single beds)
  • spacious lounge with a smart TV, Netflix + Spotify
  • fully equipped kitchen + dining area
  • indoor + outdoor fireplaces
  • private patio with a braai + outdoor dining area
  • tea- + coffee-making facilities
  • beautifully manicured garden
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • direct beach access
  • swimming in the lagoon
  • complimentary kayaks and bicycles
  • scenic walks
  • quaint cafés on Leisure Isle
  • birdwatching in nearby Steenbok Nature Reserve
  • walks along the sand to The Heads when the tide is low

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 8
Cost From R2 400 per night for the cottage (depending on season)
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Fountain Shack at Robberg Nature Reserve

Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Fountain Shack
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Fountain Shack Trail
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Fountain Shack Setting

Where Plettenberg Bay
Distance from CT 6 hours
Setting Robberg Nature Reserve is a slice of rugged paradise and a World Heritage Site. Though it’s just 8km from vibey Plett, you’ll feel a million miles from civilisation. It’s a true back-to-basics getaway, and with a two-hour hike to reach it, you’re likely to have this spot all to yourself. Fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing on the shore below, and spend your days exploring the beach and cliffs, birdwatching and looking out for seals, dolphins, whales and the rare blue duiker.
The lodgings

  • rustic wooden cabin
  • 4 bunk beds in an open-plan room
  • bathroom with outside shower
  • well-equipped kitchen (gas cooker)
  • indoor dining table
  • deck with braai area

Things to do

  • whale-watching (June to November)
  • picnic at one of 3 viewing decks in the reserve
  • 3 circular hiking routes (from a 30-minute stroll to a 4-hour hike)
  • birdwatching, including the reserve’s “seagull nursery”)
  • angling (surf and rock-angling only, with a permit)
  • climb the majestic Witsand sand dune (one of only 7 on this coastline)
  • visit the lighthouse

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No
Sleeps 8
Cost From R1 030 per night (depending on season and number of people); plus a conservation fee of R40 (adults) and R20 (children)
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The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 19 January 2022

5 Responses to “The Best Beach Escapes in The Cape”

  1. Previn Pather

    Breathtaking locations & mesmerising ocean settings in a country of absolute sublime beauty-The Great RSA-These magestic windows of opportunity will add to my lifetime of magical experiences

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  2. Mikey Dubya

    Yeah, nah! I can think of much better ways to spend the class of money most of these cost!

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    • lesley east

      Please advise me where they are as it costs me 700 each for a flight from Spain

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      • Harold

        Sunny South Africa . Just stunningly beautiful. Lived in Plettenberg Bay fir many years. Nothing like it on this planet

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      • Harold Neugarten

        Sunny South Africa . Just stunningly beautiful. Lived in Plettenberg Bay fir many years. Nothing like it on this planet

        Reply