Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa – Penguin Playground

Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa Review

Did you know that penguins mate for life? Once they have identified The One, they "propose" by giving their potential mate a smooth pebble. Isn’t that sweet?

Boulders Penguin Colony

Boulders Penguin Colony

The iconic Boulders Penguin Colony along the False Bay Coast is one of the best places in South Africa to get up close and personal to these adorable, tuxedoed creatures. Surrounded by huge granite boulders, this sandy cove within the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected area is home to a large colony of endangered African penguins since 1982, and one of Cape Town’s top attractions. Here, you can watch them waddling on the beaches, sunning themselves on the rocks and even get into the water with them. A stone’s throw away, with direct access via boardwalks meandering through the lush greenery, you will find the Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa.

Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa

Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa (Credit: Tintswalo Lodges)

Part of the Tintswalo family, the triple-level villa is tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac and you may be forgiven for thinking that you’ve arrived at a house instead of a hotel. Indeed, it is a fusion of two private homes. Inspired by the vibrant natural colours surrounding the villa, the interiors are luxuriously appointed, yet comfortable and relaxed. You can expect soothing shades, rich textures, fascinating artworks and exquisite furnishings, complemented by friendly service.

Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa

Open-plan lounge area

There are two open-plan lounge areas, and a choice of indoor and outdoor dining areas, from where one can watch the staff at work in the open-plan kitchen.

Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa

Open-plan lounge area

The rooftop plunge pool is great for warm, sunny days, while the sheltered courtyard and firepit is perfect for more chilly days.

Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa pool

Rooftop plunge pool

 

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Courtyard and Firepit

Kids have not been neglected – there is a penguin-themed playroom for young kids, and a games and movie room for teenagers like mine.

Penguin Room

Penguin Room

There are nine expansive suites accommodating 20 people in total. Named after famous ships in history, they have names like Drommedaris, Mayflower, and Cutty Sark. It is possible to book individual suites, or the entire villa if you are a large group. Each suite is uniquely designed to provide luxury, comfort and privacy. The two on the top floor have private balconies with the best views.

Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa

Grosvenor Suite

We stayed in Grosvenor, which was named after an 18th century East Indiaman ship. Spacious enough for a family of four, it consisted of two large beds, a wardrobe area with more than sufficient space and a garden-facing patio. Both air-conditioning and underfloor heating were provided.

Grosvenor Suite

Grosvenor Suite

Sliding doors opened onto a garden area which led to the Boulders boardwalk. Beverage facilities included an Illy coffee machine and a tea chest filled with a selection of gourmet teas.

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Mary Rose Suite Bathroom

The bathrooms have separate bathtubs and showers and feature shell art.

Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa

Breakfast with a view

A leisurely staggered breakfast is usually served on one of the two balconies, which have spectacular 180-degree views over Boulders Beach, the surrounding fynbos, False Bay, and the mountains. We enjoyed yoghurt, homemade granola, eggs and smoked salmon, accompanied by a selection of fresh fruit, cheeses, pastries and juices.

Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa

Open-plan dining area

Delicious canapes are served in the afternoons. We particularly savoured the crumbed mushrooms and smoked salmon and cream cheese rolls. In-house dining options have been recently introduced, or you can visit one of the popular restaurants in and around Simons Town. A private chef is available on request.

Boulders Penguin Colony

Boulders Penguin Colony

We spent a few hours relaxing among the penguins at Boulders Penguin Colony, which was thoroughly entertaining.  Boulders Beach is also one of the best swimming beaches in Cape Town due to the soft white sand and warmer waters. If the beach is too busy, you can visit Waters Edge, a nearby off-the-beaten-track beach between Boulders and Seaforth beaches.

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

After visiting the beaches, do spend some time exploring Simon’s Town. The quaint, historic town is home to the South African navy, The South African Naval Museum and The Warrior Toy Museum, as well as a memorial to Just Nuisance, the only dog ever to be officially admitted to the Royal Navy.

If you’re looking for a luxurious home away from home, in a beautiful, exclusive setting, then this stylish seaside villa makes for a great family-friendly (or romantic) getaway. The hotel’s slogan says it best,  "Just Like Home, Only Better”.

Tintswalo - “The intangible feeling of love, gratitude and peace that you bestow upon someone who has given you a meaningful and worthy gift.”

For more information and current rates, visit Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa or book here.

Boulders Penguin Colony Boardwalk

Penguin Boardwalk

Good to know

  • Children of all ages are welcome.
  • A special SA Residents offer is available throughout the year, from R2015 per room per night (for two people including breakfast).
  • Covid-19 protocols are in place including pre-screening (which can be completed prior to arrival via the Vamoos app), temperature checking on arrival and sanitising.
  • South Africans should take their ID along to qualify for local rates at Boulders.

Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa

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2 comments on “Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa – Penguin Playground”

  1. This hotel looks sooo cute! I've already been to Boulders beach during a road trip I've done on my birthday last year but if I ever go again and plan to stay the night, this looks like an awesome place!

  2. I actually didn't know that this area had so many penguins in it! That villa looks amazing to stay at, and I love the penguin wallpaper!

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