February 15

You’ll have heard of Camps Bay, Cape Town’s most famous beach. It’s South Africa’s equivalent of Sydney’s Bondi, the sandy bay that everyone always tells you that you must visit. But unlike Bondi, Camps is not a built up area (though there is surfing, nightlife and incredible picture opportuniutes).

And in the middle of the main strip, facing out towards Camps Bay and the Atlantic Ocean is The Marly, a brand new hotel a few storeys above the restaurants and bars below. The decor is modern/quirky, with chic whites and greys and soft, plush carpets. It’s clean and bright, with the suites lining a corridor, and terraces looking to the sea in the front or the mountains in the back. It is like a cosseted home of good taste, all the more surprising for being in this bustling beach.

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