Understated Waterfront glamour

APRIL 2013 – Dock House is a glamorous yet discreet oasis set above the bustle of the V&A Waterfront. Interiors are irresistibly plush and the private pool sparkles invitingly.

One of Cape Town’s most intimate boutique hotels, included in the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler annual ‘Hot List’, Dock House plays host to only a few discerning guests at a time. Five generous rooms and one glamorous suite – all leading into oh-so-spacious bathrooms – are individually decorated with sensuous fabrics, crystal chandeliers, original art and the softest carpeting underfoot, giving them a serene and gracious charm.

Dock House is contemporary-classic in style but oozes country grandeur in its proportions and decorative detailing – hardly surprising, since it was the harbour engineer’s grand residence in the mid-1800s. The character of the historical house has been restored in a fusion of old and new. Genuine fireplaces roar and crackle with warmth on cooler evenings, and doors and windows open wide, bringing in fresh breezes off the sea. Upper rooms lead onto a wooden balcony with a bird’s-eye view of the harbour and V&A Waterfront complex.

Well-travelled guests appreciate the no-fuss in-room check-in and thoughtful touches provided by the staff. One could happily spend the entire time enjoying butler service and the in-house menu …unless tempted by the Elements at Dock House spa, with its gym, sauna and massage rooms, as well as the new shopping wing at the V&A, just five minutes’ walk away. Dock House is a member of the Newmark Hotels portfolio, which includes the Ambassador Hotel in Bantry Bay and the Victoria & Alfred Hotel at the V&A Waterfront. Of the three, it’s the most intimate – a cocooned haven for anyone who wants to be in the heart of the city yet feel that they’re in a grand country home.

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