Hout Bay Manor

6 Jan

A generous gift from my in-laws gave me a real taste of “the good life” recently.  My (brand new) husband and I were lucky enough to spend a night in the exquisite Hout Bay Manor boutique hotel and enjoy some serious indulgence and rejuvenation.

The first thing that struck me about Hout Bay Manor is the phenomenal decor – there’s nothing minimalistic about the colourful explosion of African, Victorian and contemporary art and objects placed with purpose on every wall and surface.  My favourite piece in our room was a glorious free standing Victorian bath (with feet) under a dazzling modern metal chandelier, surrounded by colourful African baskets, hats and watercolours.  The second thing was the thoughtful attention to detail everywhere, from the sunhats on the loungers by the pool to beautiful stationary (including watercolours and a sketchpad) in the rooms, to the canisters of cookies and sweets in the passages.  After one night there I’m sure I didn’t discover half the secrets of the manor.

We had dinner in their fine dining restaurant called Pure which, unlike the rest of the hotel is limited to grey, white and silver but is no less opulent between the heavy textured drapes and sparkly glass. The atmosphere was a little stiff and formal (perhaps because there were only a few guests) but the food and service was five stars.  The menu was small but completely adequate (sometimes less choice is far less stressful!) and I had the pan-fried line fish on herbed tagliatelle with roasted cherry tomatoes.  It was a perfect “me-size” portion – enough to satisfy but still leave space for the un-refusable dessert.  Hagen had the rump steak which came with a little construction of fat chips and perfectly steamed asparagus.  Dessert was a decedent chocolate terrine with hints of orange and almond that defeated me in the end but was absolutely delicious.  Even tea afterwards was an experience – no ordinary rooibos here, how about some “creamy vanilla & orange” rooibos? Aaah yes please.

We ended our stay with the most blissful massages  in their Wellness room, just two doors from our room meaning we could scamper back down the passage still in our fluffy white robes to sip our water at leisure on our private balcony overlooking the pools and windswept mountain.  I could get used to this…

Hout Bay Manor Room

Hout Bay Manor Room

Hout Bay Manor View

Hout Bay Manor View

Pure Restaurant

Pure Restaurant

 

One Response to “Hout Bay Manor”

  1. me January 9, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    WHAT bliss!

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