PICS: A local's guide to a luxurious, self-catered weekend in Hout Bay

Walking into The Boardwalk apartment at DK Villas is a sensory treat that immediately tells you - this is going to be great.

Before your eyes are even able to process the stunning decor that will be yours to marvel at for the weekend, your nose is greeted by what I would argue is one of the top five scents on the planet. I still cannot get over just how amazing the space smells so if you’ll indulge my mental imagery.

The smell is like the feeling of having a rough week and then that one thing happens that makes it all okay. The smell is like the feeling of never having been out of Welkom and then winning a first-class trip to Paris.

More accurately, the fragrance reveals a tangerine top note with a slight jasmine heart to finish on a delicious vanilla background for a sensual and pleasant atmosphere that just lingers all day. I could not get enough of it. But enough of that.

The apartment.

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hout bay, cape town, western cape, dk villas, trav(Photo: The entrance to The Boardwalk at DK Villas in Hout Bay, Supplied)

hout bay, cape town, western cape, dk villas, trav(Photo: The comfortable, tastefully decorated lounge area with premium furnishings and a great view, Supplied)

It is very trendy, modern, and fully-furnished. The open-plan space just oozes Instagram-friendliness. The space is used incredibly well with large windows allowing in a generous amount of light and gorgeous views that show Chapman's Peak, mountain views and the alluring blue of the sea in the not-so-distant distance.

Recently renovated, the space lends itself to a feeling of luxury and exclusivity in the heart of Hout Bay. The well-equipped kitchen boasts modern SMEG appliances and everything you’d need to cook up a storm in style for your self-catering stay. Once you’ve made yourself a meal befitting of the space, the dining area (with uniquely comfortable seats) just begs for your attention and I obliged.

Of course, there are the comforts of home with an incredibly comfortable lounge area, curved smart TV and DSTV package as well as high-speed internet and WiFi throughout the apartment. When I’d had enough of watching Netflix and decided to prepare to hit the sheets I was unaware of the experience I was to enjoy.

The shower experience is different at The Boardwalk. The emphasis on everything being modern and aesthetically appealing spills over into every corner of the apartment. The master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with shower, bath and the rest that will have you feeling like a pharaoh post-shower. I felt like a champ because I smelled like one and I was soon to sleep like one.

The main bedroom offers a queen-size bed with Egyptian cotton that smells amazing. I can't get over how nice everything smells. It's one thing for a space to be odourless but a whole other thing for it to smell so good - everywhere. The combination of all these factors, plus the complimentary bottle of sparkling wine made it easy to drift off into a peaceful slumber. This was just the start, however, the location of the apartment, a short 100 metres from the beach, shops and surrounding restaurants, lends itself to serving as a springboard to explore Hout Bay.

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hout bay, cape town, western cape, dk villas, trav(Photo: The living and dining room area is inviting, tastefully decorated and ambient. It also smells incredible, Supplied)

hout bay, cape town, western cape, dk villas, trav(Photo: Rest in ease and absolute comfort before a day spent exploring Hout Bay, Supplied)

hout bay, cape town, western cape, dk villas, trav(Photo: Modern, elegant furnishings and bathware make shower time a pleasure plus some, Supplied)

Here's what you need to know: 

Where: Oxford Street, The Boardwalk, Hout Bay, Cape Town, 7806, Western Cape

Cost: High Season -15 December – 6 January Rate: R2710 p/night, Mid Season - 1 October - 14 December and 7 January - 30 April Rate: R2300 p/night, Low Season - 1 May - 30 September Rate: R2020 p/night

Facilities: Basement parking, DSTV, WiFi, fully-equipped kitchen, tea, coffee, milk and sugar, high-quality towels and toiletries, sparkling wine on arrival   

Contact: Johann de Kock, Cell: +27 (0)82 922 0775, info@dkvillas.co.za

Here are some of the top things to do with your time in Hout Bay:

Picnic at the Hout Bay Vineyards

A boutique winery not in Stellenbosch? Incredible, I know but it’s true. Since 2001 the family-owned Hout Bay Vineyards has been producing a range of delightful reds that visitors can enjoy by booking a private tasting. For more information and booking, check out their website and head on down for a relaxed time picnicking and having some great wines under the blue gums on the property.

Where: 1 High Meadows Estate, Grotto Way, Hout Bay, Cape Town.

When: Open any time by appointment only.

Price: Prices on request.

Website: www.houtbayvineyards.co.za

Get crafty at the Clay Cafe

If you’re feeling like you need some creative outlet while you’re enjoying your break in Hout Bay, head on over to Clay Cafe. Here you can enjoy a meal and do some creative work. Paint your own pottery from a range of bowls, plates, mugs and sculptures and leave your piece to be glazed and fired. You’ll get an SMS from the Cafe once your creation is ready and you’ll have yourself a great souvenir of your time in Hout Bay.

Where: Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town

When: Please enquire

Price: Prices on request.Call: +27 (0)21 790-3318

Website: www.claycafe.co.za

Take a boat cruise and trip to Duiker Island

If the conditions are favourable and the waters permit, a great way to spend your time is to take a boat trip to Duiker Island. Enjoy scenic views of the area from atop the waters and marvel at the marine life you’re likely to encounter along the way like the friendly Cape Fur Seal.  

Where: Hout Bay Harbour, Hout Bay, Cape Town

When: Daily between 12:00 and 17:00 weather permitting

Price: R80 and R45 for children 13 and younger

Call: +27 (0)82 552 2904

Website: www.circelaunches.co.za

Take a walking tour of Imizamo Yethu

Hout Bay is much more than beautiful ocean views and lively markets. There are also the people and their stories. A great way to engage with the community is to take a walking tour with City Sight Seeing and learn about the informal settlement of Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay.

Where: Join the Blue Mini Peninsula tour to connect with this tour at stop 23

When: Daily Price: R95 and R50 for children 13 and younger

Call: +27 21 511 6000

Website: https://www.citysightseeing.co.za/destinations/cape-town/products/imizamo-yethu-township-tour

Peruse the wares at Bay Harbour Market

This is one of the best things to do in Hout Bay, offering visitors live entertainment, great foods and arts and crafts and assorted curios for you to buy and enjoy.   

Where: 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town

When: Every Friday from 17:00 – 21:00 and Saturday/Sunday 09:30 – 16:00 Price: Free entry

Call: +27 72 858 7763

Website: www.bayharbour.co.za

Take a drive and some photographs along Chapman’s Peak Drive

There’s a reason for this iconic drive to be included in almost all the authoritative voices' list of best scenic drives in the world. And Hout Bay is the perfect location from which to take this drive. So hop in that car and take your camera or smartphone with you to capture some amazing images of beautiful views of our country.  

Where: Chapman's Peak Drive, between Hout Bay and Noordhoek.

When: Anytime.

Price: R31 - R47 or grab a Day Pass free of charge

Call: +27 (0)21 791 8220

Website: https://www.chapmanspeakdrive.co.za/

Things to do and places to eat in the immediate area: 

hout bay, cape town, western cape, dk villas, trav(Photo: The Hout Bay Gallery, established in 1984, is a colourful and energetic art gallery right outside of The Boardwalk. Artworks include paintings, furniture and sculptures. Hout Bay Gallery specialises in the work of South African artists, Ethan Van Diemen)

hout bay, cape town, western cape, dk villas, trav(Photo: S Art Gallery is a gallery, right opposite the Hout Bay Gallery dedicated to exhibiting the works of South African and international artists, Ethan Van Diemen)

hout bay, cape town, western cape, dk villas, trav(Photo: RT's Pub & Grill and Taj Mahal, Ethan Van Diemen)

hout bay, cape town, western cape, dk villas, trav(Photo: Bucca Bugattis offers visitors to the area an extensive menu of delicious, authentic Italian cuisine items, with something for every craving made with the freshest, finest ingredients, Ethan Van Diemen)

hout bay, cape town, western cape, dk villas, trav(Photo: Looking for some great coffee or freshly-squeezed juice? Perhaps a crepe? Look no further than Ta-Da Creperie & Coffee Bar, Ethan Van Diemen)

hout bay, cape town, western cape, dk villas, trav(Photo: Cool out on those hot Hout Bay days with some authentic gelato from Dario's Cafe, Ethan Van Diemen)

hout bay, cape town, western cape, dk villas, trav(Photo: Work on your tan, chill out on the beach with family and friends or just take in the sights, Ethan Van Diemen)

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