The Marly Hotel Camps Bay, A Luxurious Beach Stay

Words: Julie Velosa

The Camps Bay strip is known the world over for its enviable beauty. Almost year round the late night bars are abuzz with sandy-footed holidaymakers drinking cocktails and toasting breathtaking coastal sunsets. Tucked away in amongst this hubbub is The Marly, a sophisticated and uber slick 12-roomed boutique hotel.

The Location

Part of the hotel overlooks that busy party strip and if you’re looking to be in the thick of it, this is the place to stay. Literally a few steps up from the beach you’ll find the plush grey carpeting and cool passageway of the hotel. If you want to be near the action but prefer a little more respite, then book into one of their mountain facing rooms, just as elegant and with panoramic views of the back of Table Mountain.

The Look

The Marly is part of The Kove Collection (includes The Alphen Hotel, Blanko and Lily’s to name just a few) and a theme of crisp, stylish elegance is evident across all the properties.

Checking into The Marley is almost like stepping into someone’s private boudoir. A monochromatic palette of black and white is enriched with plush Louis XIV-style touches such as baroque gilded mirrors and velvet-backed chairs. These, in turn, are contrasted by contemporary pieces such as white leather Barcelona-style chairs and floor-standing studio lighting. Altogether it gives a rich, cool vibe without feeling stuffy, which this kind of ornateness can often do.

The Rooms

Rooms at The Marly are a good size, with tea and coffee making facilities and a complimentary drinks bar. Both sea and mountain facing rooms have balconies, so you can order snacks to enjoy with a glass of wine. If you don’t feel like heading out (and trust us, the rooms are so comfy you may not), you can order room service and dine in.

The bathrooms are beautifully decorated in grey and white marble, complete with a rain shower and free standing Victorian-style bath. We were happy to see that they’ve taken water restrictions in the Cape seriously and have removed bath plugs to discourage usage. A cute rubber duck sits in its place instead.

The pool deck and bar are currently being refurbished and will be ready in time for summer. If you’re not in the mood for the bustle of the beach, you soak up the sun from there and not have to compromise on the stunning view. If you book a sea-facing room you can do one better and enjoy the ultimate privacy of sunning on your own private deck.

Where to Dine

The hotel is right above Umi, a Japanese-fusion restaurant that also belongs to The Kove Collection. With stunning views and food, you can wander down at your own leisure and simply wander back afterwards. No driving involved, what bliss. We can highly recommend the Chilli Salt Squid and the Pork Belly den Miso; both are so incredibly delicious that you’ll be tempted to lick the plates.

In the morning La Belle Bistro and Bakery (neighbour to Umi and also part of the group) provides breakfast for hotel guests. Their Grilled Cheese with Asparagus – pain de mie toast with asparagus and truffle oil is divine. With a raw juice, it’s the perfect, light way to start your day.

Why You Should Book

In stark contrast to the bustle of Camps Bay, The Marly is a cool and luxe retreat. The super organised team will have you checked in and settled in no time and will go out of their way to assist you with restaurant bookings, tourist activities and advice on how best to explore the Mother City.

If you’re looking for an intimate, luxury stay in one of the world’s most beautiful places, then you’ve found it at The Marly.

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