Rooms: 5: 4 superior rooms, with extra-length king or twin beds with en-suite shower & bath; 1 x s/c unit.
Prices: R450 - R1,100 pp sharing.
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Meals: Full and healthy breakfasts included.
Directions: Follow signs from the city centre to the Cableway. From Kloofnek Rd turn R into St. Michael’s Rd and then third L into Varsity St. At the T-junction turn R into De Hoop Avenue and Bayview is the third on the right.
Swiss-born Christine is passionate about her wine and, well, passionate about just about everything. When not buzzing around the house, she is usually out cranking up Cape Town kilometres on her racing bike or working on her annoyingly low golf handicap. She arrived in South Africa a wide-eyed whippersnapper some twenty years ago, and has never quite got around to leaving. This is a constantly evolving place with new works of modern art from large abstract copper sculptures to paintings of women splashed in colour. And only this year the whole place has received an inspired, contemporary transformation. Every room and just about every space in the building has a wonderful view of Table Mountain; and none is more hypnotic than the outlook from the marvellous rooftop saltwater pool. The new incarnation of Bayview Guesthouse is an elegant and relaxing oasis from the city's summer heat. But despite all the changes the fundamental theme of the guest house as an airy haven of healthy living thankfully remains constant. White-washed walls, floor-to-ceiling tinted windows and tiled floors make this a perfect mountain-side retreat. Breakfasts are an Alpine feast of German breads, selected cheeses and cold meats and guests are encouraged to help themselves to a bottomless bowl of fresh fruit. Take a dip in the pool, head off for a massage at any number of nearby wellness centres, read a book on your terrace, and - once you’ve done all that - simply lie back and gaze at the perfectly-framed silhouette of Table Mountain. My only disappointment? I didn’t have time to stay the night.