A lavish beach retreat perched on the cliffs of Bantry Bay
Cape Town's original beach hideaway with one of the most exclusive post codes in the city and a view to match, Ellerman House boggles the mind. Stroll down to Clifton's pristine beaches and cool off in the ever fresh Atlantic Ocean, head up to Lion's Head for a view over the city or simply ease into your sun lounger and gaze at the staggering vista. With elegantly furnished rooms, impeccable service catering to your every whim and an impressive private art collection, Ellerman House has always been one of our top picks.
At the lodge
Ellerman House is unlike any other hotel in the city – it may be super-luxurious, but it makes you feel right at home the minute you check in. And that's a gift. The dining room has a French ambience, the food is superb (don't miss afternoon tea) and there are comfortable seating areas from which to enjoy the view. Despite the building's mountainside location, the terraced gardens are expansive and lovely. There is a large pool, a private art collection and a spa.
There are just 13 rooms (all but two with sea views) and two villas in the grounds, so you can expect a peaceful stay. Each room is completely different in character, but all are huge, furnished in subtle earthy tones, combine contemporary finishes with antique pieces and have bedding of the best quality. The villas have lounges and dining areas.
Pick up an iPad at reception and take a self-guided tour through the extensive collection of South African art. Stroll down to Clifton's pristine beaches and cool off in the ever-brisk Atlantic Ocean, head up to Lion's Head for a view over the city or simply ease into your sun lounger and gaze at the staggering vista.