Penguins, Privacy and Perfect Views at Tintswalo at Boulders

Words: Crush

The Tintswalo name is synonymous with luxury and refinement and these two things are clearly evident at the group’s latest addition – Tintswalo at Boulders, located in Simon’s Town. Opened in October 2018, this sister Cape Town property to Tintswalo Atlantic in Hout Bay, is every bit as stylish, boasting panoramic views and an idyllic peacefulness.

Tintswalo at Boulders

Setting Sail

True to its location in the quaint seaside village of Simon’s Town, the property is nautically driven and rooms are named after famous ships. Our room, Drommedaris, was elegant and beautifully decorated with rich textures in shades of blue and white.

Thoughtful consideration has gone into each element from plush velvet cushions in the deepest royal blue to structural steel suspension rods that contrast against the white pitched timber roof and add contemporary flair.

Tintswalo at Boulders
Tintswalo at Boulders

Endless Ocean Views

The room’s gorgeous private balcony afforded us views directly onto the penguin walkway, where we could watch these wonderful waddlers as they enjoyed their protected alcove of beach and sea.

The balcony also extends to a central area with a lovely swimming pool, which in warmer summer months is perfectly placed to soak up the sun. Large cushioned day beds outside on the private balcony were ideal for catching up on some much-needed reading time, as the weather was not swim-friendly (except for penguins!).

Tintswalo at Boulders
Tintswalo at Boulders

Luxury Travel for Romance or Families

Tintswalo at Boulders has been cleverly designed in that it can be separated into a luxury villa, ideal for the traveller or family that wants space and privacy. The villa is kitted out with every amenity possible and a butler is on hand to ensure that your stay is as relaxing as possible and that your every need is anticipated.

Tintswalo at Boulders

As the owners of Tintswalo have children themselves, they have specifically catered for families travelling with youngsters that still want to enjoy a luxurious stay.

The lower level of the home has been fitted with rooms that kids will just love. Penguin wallpaper (fuzzy to the touch!) adorns the walls of a play area and separate bedroom that is brimming with books, toys, games and things to keep little ones entertained. Childminders can also be arranged if parents want to have some private time together to unwind.

The Penguin Boardwalk at Boulders

Boulders is a natural world heritage site and the property couldn’t be more perfectly positioned to enhance your African penguin viewing experience.

A private door located at the bottom of the property connects directly onto the penguin boardwalk, so you can pop up and down as frequently as you like to view them in their natural environment. It’s a really up close and personal experience  – another aspect that kids will just love.

Tintswalo at Boulders

Dining at Tintswalo at Boulders

Currently, the hotel is only offering breakfast, but breakfast is such a feast that it will set you up for a day of exploring the area without a thought about lunch.

We enjoyed such a restful night’s sleep in the quiet of  Tintswalo at Boulders and awoke to the most beautifully cool but clear late- Autumn morning. After an indulgently long lie-in, we headed downstairs, where the team on duty had set up a stunning table for two in a cosy alcove of the villa.

Tintswalo at Boulders
Tintswalo at Boulders

They had prepared the most delicious brekkie for us – fresh fruits and granola, followed by a heaped platter of the most beautifully crisp pastries, some of the best we’ve ever had. All this followed by a cooked breakfast, as well as local cheeses and charcuterie. An absolute treat!

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Tintswalo at Boulders has so much to offer its guests and it does so in a really considered way. Nothing is too much for the team and the small touches, like port decanters to take the chill out of a cool day, plenty of current reading material and canapés at sundown are just a few of the small ways that they go the extra mile.

It’s quite clear that the team have a handle on how to attend to their guest’s needs but are also intuitive enough to allow guests to just be. It’s not an easy balance but they seem to have hit the mark squarely in the right spot. A wonderful property that promises a luxurious stay in one of the Cape’s most unique sites.

Tintswalo at Boulders
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