||ast January (2007) Denise and I decided to exchange our cold Scottish winter for two glorious weeks in the Cape Town sun. Through a friend we heard about renting your holiday rental apartment in Clifton. We didn’t know where Clifton was in relation to the other areas of Cape Town and it was a wonderful surprise to learn that it is located just above First Beach and enjoys wind protection from the South Easter. Just think, all those other beaches with the wind blowing all over the place and here, below your apartment there’s an idyllic calm. What beautiful soft sand too! We were brave enough to try the sea one time, but truthfully it was too cold for us.
One of our great pleasures on this holiday was enjoying the apartment’s large patio. It really does give a magnificent view of the Clifton beaches and the Cape Town Atlantic coast suburbs beyond. We had some friends who also came on holiday to South Africa at that time, staying at a rental apartment close to us, so that was a great excuse to have a ‘braai’ (an outdoor barbeque) or two on the patio while enjoying an amazing Cape Town sunset.
So what was it like staying at your place? We’ve been to several self-catering holiday apartments over the years but can say with confidence that your rental apartment was one of the best. Everything we needed was available and we lacked for nothing. All the accommodation - the beds, the armchairs in the lounge, even the outdoor furniture
- everything was perfect. Even the kitchen didn’t bother us because at home ours is not much bigger
- and anyway you don’t come to Clifton and Cape Town to stay in and cook, do you?
The real story, beyond how comfortable the accommodation was, concerned all the things you can do in the immediate vicinity. On many evenings we took a relaxing evening stroll from the apartment over to Camp’s Bay (just 2 kms) for some entertainment. I can particularly recommend the Blues Restaurant, which has a fine view of Camps Bay beach and the Atlantic Ocean. I understand that many Cape Town-ers also regard it as a favourite.
As far as Cape Town itself goes, we were spoilt for choice. There are so many things to do in Downtown Cape Town as well the V&A Waterfront. Here are a couple of recommendations.
The Hemisphere, on the 31st floor of the Absa Building in downtown Cape Town, has marble floors, mirror balls, plush fabrics, strobe lights, comfy couches and all the swanky things you would expect of a hot night club. Another good choice is Opium, which is in the heart of the De Waterkant clubbing area. Complete with big dance floors and funky house music, it’s a great place to sip cocktails, watch the beautiful people and boogie the night away.
After a heavy evening like that, it was a relief that the drive back to our holiday apartment only took 15 minutes or so. Even more of a relief was knowing that it has its own rooftop space, because otherwise finding parking can be quite a headache.
And so to another morning of enjoying the wonderful view of the Clifton shoreline and Atlantic sea from the apartment’s large picture windows!
Truly this was one of our best holiday experiences. We’ll certainly write in our diaries “Talia holiday rental apartment, Clifton, Cape Town
- book again in two years!”
John and Denise Ballard
Many of the rental visitors to our holiday apartment in Cape Town’s Clifton Beach area have interesting stories to tell about their stay. Here they share their experiences, as well as give you extra tips about your own visit.