If you’ve strolled down the boardwalk at Boulders Beach recently, you would have noticed some donkey sounds, and a lot of chattering. The resident endangered African penguins have recently had chicks, and to see this dwindling species multiply is a wonder in itself.
Thousands of visitors travel across the world to encounter the penguins right here on our doorstep in Simon’s Town. We take for granted that such a rare occurrence is just a short drive away. The adorable attraction of the fluffy and awkward chicks can warm the coldest of hearts, and spark the smile of any four-year-old.
The idea of staying just a few metres away from the cuddly (but off-limits) fur babies can bring out the inner child in most of us, and for that reason Tintswalo Boulders Boutique Villa by the beach is the ideal family getaway.
It’s a homely establishment made warm and inviting by the kind staff, exceptional views and stellar service. Situated at the very edge of the Boulders Penguin Colony, the boutique villa is steps away from the world-famous attraction. It’s a special retreat in anyone’s book. Spend the night with the penguins? Yes we will.
If you’re in the mood for an extended family gathering, the 9-suite villa can be hired out for making memories on long weekends or the school holidays. The bed-and-breakfast service is worthy of the stunning location.
Breakfast comes in three courses with main options of an omelette, English breakfast or eggs Benedict – all prepared perfectly. In truth, you could probably have just about anything for breakfast and the kitchen will work some magic, even if there are picky eaters among you. If you don’t feel like adulting in the evenings, you can request a private chef for an additional fee who will prepare anything from kids’ meals to dinner – or canapés for sundowners.
Large beds, plenty of living and ample bathroom space brought all the comforts of a getaway to light. The décor is trendy and warm, with a palette inspired by the ocean. The luxurious rooms are named after famous ships like the Dromedaris, Bounty and Grosvenor that would have sailed these waters hundreds of years ago.
Tintswalo has gone the extra mile to accommodate busy children in this space. The games room will keep them occupied for hours with movies, electronic and non-electronic games, and activities. You may end up dragging them out of there for bedtime though, so be warned. A few hours on the pool deck could be the best way to soak up the sun on a warm day or toast the sunset as the sunlight dances on the water.
There are few better places to spend quality time with the people closest to you than near a Natural World Heritage Site.
This is Simon’s Town, after all: a place rich in history and beauty. Beyond Boulders Beach you could explore the Navy Base or the Heritage Museum, or if you’re really looking to stretch your legs a bit, then head out to Fish Hoek and Kalk Bay. The Cape’s wineries are within touching distance, and so is more adventure if you’re keen to hike or go kayaking.
For some, the lovable penguins might be enough of a treat for a weekend break, while for others staying in the lap of luxury with Tintswalo at Boulders takes a family getaway to a whole new level.
Contact: 021 612 0113
Address: 7 Gay Rd, Simon’s Town, Cape Town
Website: Tintswalo at Boulders
Pictures: Nidha Narrandes and supplied