Down a few stairs & you're on Clifton, the world's most beautiful beach. Nature's playground where yachts BBQ at anchor on a crisp clean ocean. At the end of each long lazy day, a dream apartment welcomes you home to 'forever' views.
IMPORTANT: Main bedroom spectacular & overlooking patio/view, but open plan. If you book, please be aware of this - it is a magnificent feature, but not right for everyone.
PARKING: Lockup, dedicated parking -- a HUGE feature in Clifton.
A chef's kitchen for preparing gourmet meals and commanding views of ocean, beaches and mountain range sets your getaway apartment in perfect proximity to everything you'll want in a vacation... it's a flight of stairs from the best beach in the world... You're far enough from the hubbub and congestion - yet right in the action when you're looking for it.
The views are spectacular and the sounds of the ocean are the only disturbance at night.
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Zugang für Gäste
Much of South Africa needs high walls and electric fences, but our suburb and this street are a little oasis of 'yesteryear'... few walls or fences divide us. This is the jewel of tourist heaven where we simply don't need them.
That said, your apartment has intercom access off the road.
And, yes, you can take evening strolls down to the beach or up the mountain too.
Your home is closer to the beach than anyone can find parking. The only intruder into your world will be the surge and wash of the ocean at night as it reminds you that you're on vacation in a very special place.
There's a huge patio and Weber BBQ.
Interaktion mit Gästen
We are there to settle you in, to ensure you have everything you need; and are ready at your beck and call to assist you with whatever you need.
Where possible, we'll arrange your airport transits, tours and even eating tours (doing it ourselves if possible)... or... we'll stay right out of your hair.
Hey - it's your vacation, you're the boss.
Weitere wichtige Infos
Clifton is the most expensive chunk of real estate in all of Africa - and for good reason; it is spectacular and unique.
There is nothing quite like it in all the world - a pristine stretch of beach with sand like white sugar on our doorstep and a mountain providing every home with privacy and view. Our ocean is crisp and cleaned by the vastness of the South Atlantic - ours is the first and only human settlement it touches as it circulates from a pollution free zone.
Our fabulous city is just 5 minutes away. The drive takes you along an excellent double carriageway road over a breathtaking mountain pass. Every time you come or go from the suburb, you will be astounded all over again that such beauty can exist on commute.
The apartment itself is extremely secure and the entire suburb is very safe.
An exclusive 7 star hotel is adjacent and has half a dozen security personnel on constant patrol.
1km in either direction are supermarkets, restaurants, libraries.... and every other infrastructure you could wish for.
Clifton is like a chunk of unspoiled Southern California has been dropped into a paradise; but at a fraction of the cost and crowds.
In summer, this place is unsurpassed in the world.
Come winter, it takes on another perspective.
You may know that the Cape was feared by the sailors of old. The name it earned was "Cape of Storms" - because our oceans are among the most densely packed ship graveyards on this watery planet, and there is no better place to ride out a storm if it comes than overhanging the ocean in this location.
10m / 30 foot Plus waves are a common sight. It is mesmerizing to just sit and watch.
SERIOUSLY EXCITING ADDRESS: Indeed, in 2015 the Smithsonian announced that, just behind the wave line directly in front of this apartment, the first and only slave ship wreck (sank 1794) in history was discovered.
Extract from article:
"The Portuguese ship, the São José-Paquete de Africa , was sailing from Mozambique to Brazil when it sank in turbulent waters near Cape Town in December 1794. Researchers say it is the first time that the remains of a slave ship that went down with (400) slaves aboard has been identified."
I'll let you in on a little secret... a friend of mine discovered the wreck back in the mid 80's and had it registered to him... nobody knew what ship it was though. We kept it very secret and I helped him take out several cannon and cannon balls. I'll point the wreck site out to you - it is directly, and I mean absolutely directly in front of the apartment.
To see video footage and news of it, do a quick (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) search for: "São José-Paquete de Africa"
Thinking about our winter that way, you'd welcome a storm to watch - a big one :-)
Prepare to fall in love and never want to leave.
VERY IMPORTANT - ARRIVAL INSTRUCTIONS:
For your maximum enjoyment and peace of mind:
It is necessary her to briefly paint a picture of frustration for you… so that you take the rest of this message very seriously and act on it immediately:
Imagine that you have traveled hours on a plane - all you want is to put those bags down, take a shower and rest or eat.... but you do so without having first communicated with us and/or you follow a map to the one we will send to you.
You wind up on the wrong side of the city, in a less than desirable suburb or arrive at the right address... but we're not there to let you in because we don't know when you're arriving.
I warn you about this because it happens to about 10% of folks who visit: They rely on taxis or GPS to navigate... but this is a big city and often street names apply to several suburbs... so they're at the wrong address.
This instruction procedure will ensure that this never happens and both you and we avoid frustration - we avoid sitting for hours and you don't turn up, and you avoid getting lost or standing on the sidewalk getting angry:
We live some distance away from the property you're staying in so that if you only call us to say that you're already standing at the front door; even with best traffic conditions, it will still take us some time to get to you to let you in.
Fortunately - we can overcome this frustration with clear communication.
Please follow this procedure:
If you are not on W_H_A_T_S_A_P_P (shorthand: Whasapp) - please do consider using it... with it we can very easily share interactive maps, home manual, weather links, etc.
For that purpose:
Please capture these above numbers in your mobile phone *now*.
Many travelers seem to use different numbers to the number listed with Airbnb - this effectively means we will try to reach you through the listed number and you'll think we didn't bother because it doesn't reach you.
**Please let us know ASAP what number is best to reach you**
We manage several properties besides this one, so that we sometimes have quite a few checks-ins on a given day.
It's our pleasure to be there to welcome you when you arrive - but it is impossible to guess what time you're going to arrive unless you share that information with us.
The last thing we want is to leave you standing and frustrated outside of a house when you can't reach us last minute.... we ride motorbikes to beat the traffic, and so often have helmets on and could easily miss your frustrated calls...
...let's rather plan your arrival and be in full agreement on when it is we must be there - and have a method to communicate if plans change:
As soon as you have a FLIGHT NUMBER, please share it with us... we can then track your flight and see any delays.
From this we can estimate ETA: You may be half an hour or more collecting luggage, clearing customs and arranging transport.
Depending on traffic, the drive from airport to your destination is 30 to 60 minutes.
5) If you are not coming from the airport/flight - please give us an estimated time of arrival.
6) This Airbnb messaging system is good - but it isn't good enough for last minute refinement of arrival arrangements - hence... or at least messaging (SMS).
7) IMPORTANT: When you *LEAVE* the airport (or estimate you're 30 minutes from arriving)... that is the time to please contact us and tell us that you're now very close to arriving.
Please be sure that we respond to that message so that you know that we are in direct contact.
8) We always send to you (on Whasapp) an interactive Map link.... *please use it*
I cannot tell you how many guests rely on taxis or GPS to find their way and they wind up getting lost or at the right street and number... in the wrong suburb!
The solution is the map we send to you.
9) Our checkin time is 2pm - this is not to be difficult, but very often we have a same day checkout (at 10am) and we need to get in and turn the place around completely to make it as close to 5 star as we can…
… We understand - after you’ve travelled, you want to just put your bags down (maybe shower) and get on with your day. Where we can, we will accommodate you on this - if only to hold your bags.
... We really want to give you a fantastic experience - and it starts with your arrival.... and your smooth welcome begins with us communicating.
Absolutely No indoor smoking
Not suitable for pets
Absolutely No parties or events
Check-in is after 2PM
We're extremely proud of this spectacular space, it is decorated with all the things we know you'll like - please respect them.
Let’s begin our relationship in the spirit of you having a great time while respecting our neighbours: It’s a simple message, we're certain you'll treat our home and neighbourhoods as well as you treat your own home; and we thank you for this.
We of course want you to have the time of your life... and all around you are folks who also deserve the time of their lives too. This means consideration shown to you by them, and to them by you. This is not rocket science, it's stock-standard close-proximity living :-)
Although this is a playground for your vacation, there are of course ordinary families on all sides by who need and deserve their rest too. So, the house rules flow from this; be kind, be gentle, be considerate - to all around you. Thanks so much.
We are in the grip of an extremely bad drought - please be sparing with water (and sorry about the garden, but watering is banned).
All the best, and see you soon.
As well traveled entrepreneurs with extensive experience in hospitality, we're extremely excited to share our native Cape Town with you.
We're cheerful, relaxed and committed to making your vacation memorable.
We live by the motto that a stranger is just a friend you haven't met yet.
If you have never tried South African cuisine - prepare to be delighted: Founded as it was on the spice trade, frequented by every sailing nation and with the unique flavours of a new continent; It was the first truly fusion food in the world. We love it - and we want to share it with you if you're game.
We have chosen to live on a narrow Peninsula - a spine of mountain range that divides two great oceans with entirely different characters; and this says much about who we are:
We love change, we embrace new ideas, we're not afraid of a bit of a climb and a shift in climate.
We fit in with any environment and are grateful for every day that dawns over our paradise and our fellow travelers here.
We bring slightly different outlooks an skills:
> Kirstin* has a love of mystery and the spiritual journey
> Michael** is a science junkie with a skeptical squint that wants the hard logic and evidence.
It lends us the unique characteristic of handling every unfolding aspect of hospitality and life with lots of perspective and goal orientated outcome.
"Airbnb feels like a destiny come true. My family were and remain real estate agents and property developers, so that I was pickled in a brine of learning what people really want, and serving it up. My very first job began in a hotel, and then my career path took me all over the world, staying in every kind and level of hotel, motel and guest house or lodge. People are my interest and business. It is my pleasure to make your visit a very special one."
"I was born to host... My parents were extremely sociable and I cannot tell you the number of times they would strike up a conversation with complete strangers - and if those strangers were from out of town and staying at a hotel, my folks would say (especially if they were foreign)... 'Ridiculous! You can't stay in an impersonal hotel you have to experience South African hospitality'... and home they would be brought.
They were right, we had such a beautiful big home hanging over the ocean that it would be a pity not to share it. The consequence was that we'd always have strangers in the home that very quickly became lifelong friends... as it should be in this human experience."