1 Denholm Road, Vredehoek, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, 8001
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Honeymooners, Design and architecture, Romance, Trendiness
Expert review of Manna Bay
In an otherwise fairly ordinary City Bowl suburb, Manna Bay stands out. In part for its duck egg blue exterior but mostly for its impressive façade that hints at a superior experience inside. And it's exactly that - dressed to thrill with gleaming oversized furniture and featuring splashes of turquoise and cerise, impressive wallpaper patterns and local contemporary artworks, stylemongers will love the glam touches at every turn. The six-roomed, one suite property was once a sprawling home and has lovely city and - on a clear day - sea views. Management here is loathe to subscribe to a star system saying "we're unrated, we're just fabulous". I love the opulent and contemporary interiors and after a day exploring the city, a G&T on the outdoor balcony with its city view is a treat.
The address on their website says they're in the considerably smarter Oranjezicht, but they're in neighbouring Vredehoek, a vibrant ever so slightly gritty place on the slopes of Table Mountain.
The rooms are gorgeous - they're big with Sultan-sized beds and jaw-dropping interiors. Each is decorated according to a theme, drawn from its wallpaper (think Persian, Poppies or the striking Black and White room) and each has a sizeable all-marble bathroom. A downstairs room reached via the underground parking area makes up for its lack of view with a delightful private garden (a popular choice for honeymooners).
The upstairs lounge and terrace are both comfortable areas in which to while away an afternoon or catch up on emails.
Breakfasts are a big deal at this intimate, service-driven establishment and High Tea is served every day. Dinners can be easily arranged at any local city eatery and, should you feel like ordering in, they'll make an occasion of your Chinese or burger takeaway.
The pool deck is compact with lovely mountain views.
Manna Bay prides itself on its excellent service - with nine staff to a maximum of 14 guests, nothing is too much trouble. A butler who speaks four languages and a complimentary airport shuffle is evidence of their commitment to your comfort. They say: "you want it, we get it".
In the few months since opening it has become a haven for couples while business travellers also enjoy the comfort and central location.
Out of season specials are a feature, airport transfer (one way) is included.
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- 1 Denholm Road, Vredehoek, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, 8001
- Free tags / Keywords:
- city, luxe, intimate