Beachfront elegance and luxury at 17 Geneva Drive

The luxury house and apartments at 17 Geneva Drive are in the heart of Cape Town’s most beautiful beachfront suburb, Camps Bay, a mere 15-minute drive from the city centre.

17 Geneva is open-plan living at its finest. The rooms are so light and airy that you might as well have been transported into a fairytale.

Furnishings are tasteful and reserved, pairing shades of white with personal touches of warm wood and stone. The endless sea and mountain views are eye-catching from almost every room. This must be paradise – lying on an ultra-comfy, queen-sized bed and looking out to sea, listening to waves crashing on the shore.

The view is just as breathtaking from the sizeable lounge, with its custom-made couches and sleek furniture. The lounge flows onto a private balcony, where you can relax at the poolside in the sunshine. The balcony also has a private sauna, perfect for a little pampering at any time of day.

And for budding chefs, prepare your meals in style in the apartment’s gourmet-styled kitchen. Meals can be eaten al fresco at the outdoor wooden table. There is nothing quite like dining with the fresh scent of the sea and the late sun bathing the land in a pink and orange glow. Enjoy with a couple of friends and good bottle of wine.

After dinner, why not nip down to the beachfront and grab a cocktail or two at one of the many fine boutique bars, lounges and world-class restaurants on offer? Remember home is only a few minutes’ walk away, so when the mood takes you, you can wind your way back to your beautiful apartment by the sea.

Boutique @ 10 is a breath of fresh Cape Town air

This unique guesthouse, a blend of Swiss chalet and luxury beach villa, boasts magnificent views of Camps Bay Beach and is located a few minutes from the Table Mountain Cable Car and vibrant Cape Town city centre.

Stepping inside this old-fashioned villa in Camps Bay it feels as if you’ve been transported back in time to the golden age of travel. A change from the clean white-and-marble look of many contemporary villas, Boutique @ 10 is a breath of fresh air.

Built in 1955, the years have not dented this seaside villa’s unique sense of style. The layout is open-plan and the décor is classic, focussing on rich woods and earthy tones.

Vintage brass lamps adorn the walls and there is an antique wrought-iron balustrade heading upstairs. A roomy lounge looks out over the balcony and the ocean, and the light streaming in through the old-style arched window makes the antique woods of Boutique @ 10 glow.

From the lounge to the bedrooms – Boutique @ 10 has four luxury guest suites – there are panoramic views of the ocean, Camps Bay Beach, Lion’s Head and Table Mountain’s spectacular Twelve Apostles range. Each bedroom exudes old-world charm and there are personal touches all around. But resist the urge to nap on the goose-down, king-size bed listening to the waves and stroll out instead onto the balcony, with its glorious views and sunshine. Basking in the ambience of the place, it is hard to believe that this charming villa is only 7 km from central Cape Town.

From beach to bar: Camps Bay’s coastal clubbing experience

After a day languishing in the sun and sea Camps Bay beach, head over to one of these venues for a sundowner and relaxed entertainment before changing gears into full party mode.

The Grand Café & Room boasts a breath-taking view mere metres from the beach, featuring ambient electronic music from a variety of guest DJs. You’re guaranteed a mood-appropriate playlist as you sip on fancy cocktails and enjoy a delicious dinner. The party winds up the further the sun sets below the horizon and the venue features a private penthouse suite if you’re keen for an overnight stay. There is an air of sophistication to the space without losing the relaxed nature of the beach aesthetic.

Café Caprice is the trendy, popular, not-to-be-missed venue in Camps Bay. The clientele are accustomed to a wealthy lifestyle and this venue reflects that. Signature cocktails and premium liquor are the drinks of choice, with VIP tables and bottle service upon request. The venue is open from Monday to Sunday with DJs spinning house, lounge and commercial music on weekend nights.

If you want to party like a local without any pretence or dress code, Dizzy’s Café is the answer. Dizzy’s is well-known for their pizzas and they  have a fully licensed restaurant, pub and non-smoking lounge, making it the perfect place to eat, drink and play. You can live out your pop star dreams on karaoke nights or attend one of their themed parties (minimal cover charge).

La Belle: a good bakery with a great view of Camps Bay beach

Seafood and champagne are what you’d expect to enjoy at a terrace table with a gorgeous sea view, but at La Belle in the Atlantic seaside suburb of Camps Bay you’ll find a Cape Town bakery with a difference.

It’s a rare visitor that doesn’t fall in love with the Camps Bay strip, where white sands and palm trees evoke the glamour of Miami. But no, you’re in Cape Town, and one of the finest places to watch the world go by on this glitzy strip of tar and sand is from one of the terrace tables at La Belle, a stylish bakery and bistro.

Come evening the menu here offers bistro-style cuisine, but it’s during the day you’ll most want to visit. You’ll have a clear view of the sea, and this is one of the best places to grab a good coffee and freshly baked pastry on this side of the mountain.

The breakfast menu won’t set the world on fire – the ricotta hotcakes are about as adventurous as it gets here – but crowd-pleasers include a full English breakfast, and the ever-popular Eggs Benedict. No mind though, the fine views and fresh breads, cakes and pastries make up for the staple menu.

If you’d rather not indulge in tea or coffee, you could choose from a range of raw juices if you’re that way inclined. I’m not. I’ll have another flat white, thank you very much.

Sea views for days at this Cape Town penthouse

Pack your swimsuit and sunscreen for a romantic weekend away in one of Camps Bay’s most exclusive penthouse suites.

Romance is in the air and it’s only 8 km from the centre of Cape Town. The first thing you’ll notice when you step into this fabulous apartment is that natural vistas greet you wherever you look.

From the palm-lined Camps Bay Beach to the Atlantic Ocean to the awe-inspiring 12 Apostles mountains, 15 Views is a visual feast. The interior is just as beautiful, blending bold designs with marble, glass and steel elements to capitalise on sun and space.

From the entrance hall, be swept through the open-plan layout to the bedroom, resplendent with its glass walls and unique free-standing bathtub. Take a soak before bedtime and let the sights and sounds of the seaside wash away all your troubles.

The gourmet eat-in kitchen has everything you could need for a culinary masterpiece, although with all the fine restaurants, cocktail bars and eateries right on your doorstep, you could just go out too. After a meal, you could always bring the party home to your own personal jacuzzi, built right into the balcony.

The balcony also comes complete with a chaise lounge, and is perfect for sunbathing and reading on sunny afternoons. 15 Views also offers a separate three-bedroom house for families.

Where to eat on the Camps Bay ‘Strip’

The Camps Bay “Strip” is perhaps the most glamorous corner of Cape Town: palm-lined boulevards straight out of Miami fringed by drop-dead gorgeous beaches. No wonder tourists and locals love to watch the sunset here. But once the light is gone, where to eat? There’s no shortage of restaurants, but it pays to choose carefully. Here are some of my favourites…

You could do worse than booking ahead for a table at Umi. This Japanese “small plates” restaurant is, unlike many other eateries, raised above street level, allowing for an unobstructed view of the beach and Atlantic Ocean. And the food is delicious, with a range of sushi plates and innovative Japanese options.

Next door, Del Mar does the same for modern Mexican cuisine. The décor is as contemporary as the cooking, with a decidedly upmarket take on traditional antojitos (street food). These small plates include everything from tacos to ceviche, while main courses focus on grilled meats and seafood. The grilled tuna in adobo marinade is particularly good. The prices aren’t shy, but then Camps Bay has never been a budget destination… those views don’t come for free!

Vicky Cristina’s is another good choice: inspired broadly by Spanish cuisine, the menu here combines flavours from Latin America and the Basque country into a fusion of fine fare. The highlight is the wide selection of tapas dishes, ranging from mussels in a saffron-infused cream sauce to pork riblets rubbed with coffee, chocolate and citrus. Don’t miss the traditional Catalan coca (flatbread) or the Brazilian-style beef picanha.

Of course, with that entire ocean glinting back at you, chances are you’ll be in the mood for seafood. Here your best bet is The Codfather, a restaurant set a short way back from the beach. A stalwart of the Camps Bay scene, this local favourite does top-notch seafood with a wide range of fresh fish available daily. The day’s catch is displayed up at the seafood counter, with all seafood charged per weight. Your fish or shellfish is then simply grilled, plated and served in rustic skillets. If you fancy an appetizer, there’s an excellent sushi counter.