Western Cape, Blue Tangerine, Noordhoek

By Fiona McIntosh

ImageOne of the problems with diving in the Cape is that you’re never quite sure whether you’ll be diving on the Atlantic or False Bay coast, and it pays to be canny when choosing where you will be staying.

Noordhoek is a safe bet as you’re equidistant from the launch sites of Hout Bay and Miller’s Point (and, of course, close to the popular shore dive sites between cliffton and Llandudno and around Glencairn and Miller’s Point).

The newly opened Blue Tangerine luxury guesthouse is a real find for divers and holiday makers alike. The setting, at the base of Chapman’s Peak, is strikingly beautiful and hosts Colin and Mark understand the importance of creating a warm, intimate environment that makes guests feel at home. It’s a really cosy spot with a great view, a big pool and outdoor area to soak up the summer sun and wonderful fireplaces to drive away the winter chills.

ImageThe four suites in the main house, plus a pool cottage and a self-contained cottage within the indigenous gardens (both of which offer self-catering facilities) boast all the modern conveniences.

What makes this guesthouse a highly recommended stop is the hospitality.

You’re welcomed as friends from the moment you walk in and the attention to detail something special. Colin loves to cook and conjures up wonderful creations using fresh local ingredients and serves them on Wedgwood china, accompanied by fine wines in crystal glassware. Of course, if you prefer to dine out they’ll be able to advise and book you into the best of the Cape restaurants.

The Blue Tangerine is minutes away from the wonderful expanse of Noordhoek beach and the ambiance is very different from being downtown. It’s a quick 30 minute drive from Cape Town – and a stunning one at that if you take the route over Chapman’s Peak and through Camps Bay. You’ll feel as if you’re deep in the countryside and you can really switch off and relax while not diving. All the Cape attractions close at hand, of course – the penguins of Boulder’s Beach, Cape Point, the vineyards and Robben Island… the list is endless. If you need to stay linked to the rat race, satellite flat screen televisions and Wi-fi internet will keep you dialled in.

Author: Fiona McIntosh