Sunday, 5 February 2012

A weekend in Hout Bay (part 1)


Last weekend I decided to spoil The Boyf by taking him on  a mini getaway to the Hout Bay Manor a couple of days before his 30th birthday.

Not only is the Hout Bay Manor a  5-star rated boutique hotel, it is also a architectural and historical landmark that was built in 1871 (cool, huh)


Since this was also a "secret" getaway , the Boyf had no idea where we going until we pulled up in front of the hotel. Thankfully he liked the surprise and was impressed by my  sneaky planning skills.

On arrival, we were welcomed by the friendly staff and promptly shown to our room.


We were booked into a one of the hotel's "Xhosa" rooms on the first floor. The room was beautifully decorated and had almost everything that you could possibly need in it (though it would have been nice if the mini bar fridge had been stocked with more than water and fruit juice).

One of my favourite things in the room was definitely the grand, four poster canopy bed with it's beaded detail.


The bathroom was also another highlight in the room. It was a wonderful mix of old and new style decor. Plus, I loved that they had taken the time to add playful touches like a yellow rubber ducky.


After settling into our room we decided to have a look around the hotel before we headed out to explore Hout Bay.

The decor in the hotel is colourful and modern with loads of African touches . I really liked the interesting mix of art and the cool lighting through the hotel (there are some really amazing chandeliers). Apparently the interior was designed by acclaimed C├ęcile & Boyds.

  
The inside and the outside of the hotel are equally lovely to look at (It was hard to decide which photos to share). The  sparkly pool and seated outside area are especially inviting at this time of the year.

Next time we stay I hope we can have a bit more time to chill outside and have a couple of swims.


After exlporing a little of Hout Bay (which I will tell you more about in Part 2) we came back to enjoy a dinner at the hotel's restaurant 'Pure'.

While the decor at this restaurant is stunning during the day time,  it is positively enchanting at night. The glistening glass bead chandeliers and high, mirrored ceilings give it a almost magical look.
  

The dinner was nice and was presented beautifully, but we were hoping for a bit more food after the day's adventures. Thankfully, if you are craving a little snack, there are glass jars dotted around the hotel that are stocked with complimentary biscuits and other sweet treats (such a brilliant idea!).


After a good night's sleep we headed down for breakfast and were greeted with a nice assortment of breakfast foods.

We started off with some champagne orange juice, pastries and fruit. Then we ordered yummy, cooked breakfasts and cappucino's.

The food was great and the atmosphere was so relaxing that ended up sitting there for about 2 hours. 


Overall we really enjoyed our stay and had a relaxing weekend. We would definitely consider staying at this hotel again, but would want to stay a bit longer next time.

For more information or to make a booking, you can contact the Hout Bay Manor on
021 790  0116 or e-mail them at: reservations@houtbaymanor.co.za    

Notes: I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a luxury weekend away. There is also a spa at the hotel, but unfortunately we didn't get to try it. This blog post was not sponsored by the hotel. All the above photos were taken by us. 

8 comments:

  1. My husband and I got married at Hout Bay Manor 10 years ago :-) It was quite different then but still lovely! Glad you enjoyed your getaway.

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  2. You have awesome sneaky planning skills! What a beautiful hotel. Love your photography :)

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  3. Think I saw you and the BF in Hout Bay last week Saturday. At Ice Dream. You were wearing a floral dress and your hair colour is different. Slightly redder.

    The hotel looks amazing.

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  4. Hi, was there last year... same room... fantastic staff , fantastic locale... just can`t get enough of HBM... very nicely captured in d pics

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