They call Camps Bay ‘the windy city’, and upon arrival, my first impressions of the place lived up to every one of my expectations… including this one. Whilst it’s nothing like the bitter gales we experience in the UK, it did mean my beach sunbathing sessions sometimes came to a premature end, when squinting into the oncoming sand traveling at 35mph took it’s toll. So it was a welcome surprise when we checked in to the beautiful boutique hotel Sea Star Rocks to find it nestled in the cliff in such a way that is was somehow amazingly sheltered from the wind. Even Steve our inflatable swan managed to stay upright in the pool.
On turning up we were offered a drink and then welcomed into our suite which was a gorgeous open-plan studio with a beautiful bathroom, complimentary wine and panoramic floor to ceiling windows on to the astroturfed terrace, something we found was quite common in SA due to the drought. The whole
place felt modern, sleek, arty and the room had a funky, minimalist theme to it. Art adorns the walls and each piece of furniture is bespoke and individual. Due to the open-plan layout the shower was one of those ones in the room with not even a frosted pane of glass. So Phil could shower and I could peek at him while doing my makeup 👀
Due to my sun-guilt (anxiety associated with being insider/in the shade when the sun is out, a condition most Brits suffer with I’m sure), the interior was only ever going to keep me happy for so long, but fortunately our room was also graced with a beautiful terrace and an unbelievable 180 degree view. Looking out from our balcony the infinity pool was below us, the ocean stretching out to the left and Lions Head to the right. All the suites in the hotel share this amazing view, and I believe the penthouse comes with it’s own private gym looking out over it – so really no excuses to skip your morning workout.
Due to the boutique nature of the hotel, there’s a very personal homely feel, with nice touches such as a bookcase of DVDs and books to help yourself to, and an honesty bar in the restaurant. For breakfast, there’s a buffet offering everything you could want or you can order off the menu for them to prepare you something different.
From the moment we first spoke to our contact there, Thelka, it was clear that this hotel goes to extra effort to ensure each of it’s guests has a special time at Sea Star Rocks. Her and her team provided excellent service throughout our stay. It was with heavy hearts, great memories and a deflated swan that we left; the coolness of the room, serenity of the hotel, and the awesomeness of the view really makes Sea Star Rocks stand apart from the rest. We’ll be back.