When planning a trip to the coast, a hotel with an ocean view is a must as is a pair of binoculars to make the most of an often distant view.
This was not the case with Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront Cape Town, which is located in all its majesty within walking distance of the well-known V&A Waterfront mall and at just a mere arm’s length from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, gives credence to the ‘Waterfront’ in its name.
Radisson Blu Waterfront Cape Town hotel is no home away from home. Upon arrival you will be welcomed by friendly staff before being escorted to your suite – in my case, a business class suite that left me speechless. The spacious suite comes with a lounge in one corner and a work station against the wall for business travellers, before the therapeutic lapping of waves invites you out onto the panoramic balcony. The massive bathtub and his and hers basins belie the water crisis the Mother City currently faces, but guests are reminded through carefully placed, but unimposing notifications on how to best conserve this precious resource.
After freshening up in my little spot of heaven, I headed to Tobago’s Restaurant in anticipation of an evening of fine shoreline dining and was not disappointed when I was led out to my seat on the terrace. Settling into a corner close to the bar, I embarked on my cuisine cruise: three delicious dishes were brought to my table each accompanied by exotic cocktails. As the night drew to a close, I made my way back to my suite in a haze of satisfaction, grateful for the elegant turndown service that eased me into bed.
Unfamiliar sounds of water and birdsong woke me from my sleep, until I remembered where I was and moved to watch the sunrise from one of the lounge chairs. It is these little moments that add character to life’s bigger moments and I was thankful to have been welcomed by the warm staff at the Radisson Blu Waterfront Cape Town. But my night’s stay didn’t end there; I took a seat on the terrace and ate breakfast against the iconic backdrop of Table Mountain, keeping a careful eye on the sneaky sea gull thieves around me. Yes, there are many great hotels and many great views, but it is only when you pair the hotel with the view that you find perfection.