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Last updated: 31 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Richard Holmes

Hidden away in a large forested garden, this intimate boutique property offers easy access to the glamorous Camps Bay strip as well as a welcome retreat from the crowds.

Rooms are split between the historic manor house, dating to the 1920s, and newly built wings. Expect contemporary décor and private terraces that make the most of garden and ocean views.

There are three swimming pools, an on-site spa and a private pathway leading to the nearby beaches. The excellent restaurant, Himitsu, dishes up contemporary Asian cuisine, and the whole package is nothing short of a hidden gem.

Surrounding area

Camps Bay is (in)famous for sea-facing properties built cheek by jowl, but Camps Bay Retreat offers acres of private forested garden ensuring a respite from the bustle of the Camps Bay beachfront.

It’s close to the action, yet cloistered in nature – a perfect combination.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: < 5mins walk
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Hike up the Lion’s Head

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa[1.7 miles]

A stunning 5.5km (3.4m) hike up the iconic Lion’s Head, for spectacular views of the Cape’s dramatic Atlantic coastline.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free | 2-4 hours

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Hike up Table Mountain

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa[3.4 miles]

Lace up your boots and tackle one of the myriad hiking trails going up to the summit of the iconic Table Mountain, a challenging but rewarding 2- to 3-hour scenic hike.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free | 2-3 hours

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Abseil down Table Mountain

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa[4.1 miles]

One of the world’s great abseils – a one-hour descent down the iconic Table Mountain. Comes with unforgettable views of the city and Atlantic coastline.

Best for ages: 13+ | £23 | 1 hour

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Table Mountain

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa[4.9 miles]

The iconic flat-topped mountain – sometimes covered with ‘tablecloths’ of clouds – that towers over the beautiful coastal city of Cape Town. Cable car or hike to the top; cable car or abseil down.

Best for ages: 10+ | £18

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Exterior of white, colonial building at dusk

South African Museum

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa[3.8 miles]

Stop by the South African Museum to see the famous Linton Panel, one of the world’s foremost examples of rock art, extracted from a shelter in the Drakensberg Mountains. Open daily.

Best for ages: 13+ | £2

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Mountains, hotels and deep blue water with waves at beach promenade

Walk or cycle the Sea Point Promenade

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa[3.9 miles]

Join locals on ‘The Prom’ for a leisurely 5km seaside ramble, cycle or skate as you enjoy the city’s best sunset views. There are pavement cafes if you need a break, and play parks for kids.

Best for ages: 6+ | Free | 1-2 hours

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Entrance to an aquarium on a sunny day

Two Oceans Aquarium

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa[5.5 miles]

In the V&A Waterfront, this world-class aquarium offers three large tanks for pelagic fish alongside dozens of smaller exhibits. The hands-on ‘Touch Pool’ is always a hit with kids.

Best for ages: 4+ | £10

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Woman Selling Fresh Local Vegetable at Farmers Market

Oranjezicht City Farm Market

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa[5.9 miles]

A bustling food, wine and design market situated overlooking the ocean. Wonderful fresh produce and dozens of food stalls. Open weekends, 9am-2pm.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay

Cape Town

Western Cape, South Africa

Vibrant, multicultural city with dramatic scenery, adrenaline adventure galore, Africa’s best art’s scene and golden beaches and outstanding gastronomy.

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