With a name as beautiful as the Villa itself, Tintswalo Boulders took mercy on this weary Joburg traveller in the most comforting way. My winter journey in the Cape began with an early morning flight and scenic drive along the coast to my sanctuary in Simon’s Town. Just one of the five uniquely picturesque Tintswalo locations.

From the moment I stepped into the exquisite property, I was met with the kindest welcome as my bags were whisked to my room and I sat back in the plush lounge enjoying some delicately prepared canapés. Once my last few morsels were savoured, I became acquainted with my surroundings and took in the incredible sea views from the deck. It was then time to settle into my room before some more exploring.

Each of the nine private suites is steeped in story. All named after the stately ships which sailed round The Cape of Good Hope. I would be spending the night in the gorgeous Mayflower Superior Suite. A beautiful large corner suite on the villa’s bottom floor with unobstructed views of the Indian Ocean from its own private terrace.

With Boulders Beach the proverbial hop, skip and jump away, I was joined by the lovely Jeantel for an early afternoon stroll. We chatted about the rich history of the area and spotted a few black and white friends along the path to the beach. Boulders Beach is home to the world-famous colony of endangered African penguins. As you stare off into the horizon, the mix of their distinct chatter and the lull of the waves make this pristine location even more special.Once I’d wound my way back, it was time for a drink on the terrace while taking in more of the incredible scenery. The sea air and beautiful views are something this Joburger can definitely get used to. Soon it was time to head back to The Mayflower for a soothing bath and then to drift off in the luxury of the king-size bed with the ocean and the penguins in the distance.Feeling rested and ready for the day, I awoke to a delicious breakfast as the sun poured over the ocean. Pastries and salmon topped eggs benedict were just the start my morning needed. After breakfast it was sadly time to say farewell to this special space. Thank you Tintswalo for making me part of your family. It was a stay I hope to enjoy many more times.