Rooms: 3: The Pool Room, Sea Star Rocks Suite and Private Pool Suite; all with panoramic ocean and/or mountain views, en-suite rain showers, free-standing baths and Nespresso machines.
Prices: R2,250 - R3,700 pp sharing. Children 0-2 years free, 3-6 years R400.
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Meals: Full continental and English breakfast included.
Directions: From Camps Bay Drive turn left into Fiskaal Road. Keep left and follow Fiskaal up the mountain which will take you into Francolin Road. Follow Francolin around the corner until it turns into Theresa Avenue. At 26 Theresa Avenue you have reached Sea Star Rocks.
Our old friend and favourite PI, Ardi, has been itching to show us his new pad and 'jewel of the Sea Star crown' in Camps Bay for well over a year. As I wound higher and higher up the mountain side I began to understand his enthusiasm, and when you finally walk through the doors and see the panoramic views of the bay and the iconic landmarks of Lions Head and the Twelve Apostles for the first time, I guarantee you will too. Jaw-dropping just doesn't quite cover it. Ardi has perfected his unique, modern style and created the sleek, sophisticated older sibling of his two fabulous beach-front, whale-watching palaces in De Kelders. The glass-walled, double-story reception lounge features Roche Bobois chairs and enormous, brightly-coloured floor-to-ceiling prints by artist Vladimir Tretchikoff that are picked up by the matching scatter cushions. I haven't measured the actual square-meterage, but I'm pretty sure that each room is bigger than my entire apartment. Having found his dream location, naturally Ardi has turned the entire upper floor into his own private penthouse suite. And, ever the charming host, it is with great pride and affection that he loves to share his utopian space with his guests over a glass of his own Sea Star wine. I truly felt like a celebrity for the day, soaking up the rays (and that view), and swimming lengths in the impressive 18-metre infinity pool, high above the bustle of Camps Bay beach-front just a few minutes away.