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Blue Views Villas and Apartments
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

My family and I stayed at 'The House' at Blue Views Luxury Villas and had a really great weekend. The facilities were really top class, and the beach was only 2 minutes walk from the house. The support staff we really helpful. The house is really spacious and luxurious. A big thank you to Blue Views for making our stay memorable. Reinhardt and Jackie

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Reinhardt Z
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CapeTownBlueViews, General Manager at Blue Views Villas and Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded November 16, 2013

Thank you so much for posting your review.
We hope you stay with us again soon!

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Reviewed October 31, 2013

We really never take the time to give a review but we have just returned from the most amazing 3 night stay in Cape Town at this truly fantastic Penthouse apartment. It's beautifully contemporary and spaciously designed. The views are nothing short of breathtaking and the location was absolutely perfect. The sleek fully equipped kitchen was stocked with a fabulous selection of treats that made us feel so welcomed. Thank you so much to the BV team especially the lovely Lynn for making my very special and memorable 40th weekend. We cannot wait for our next stay with you!
Kind regards
Charles and Melani

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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CapeTownBlueViews, General Manager at Blue Views Villas and Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded November 16, 2013

Hi Charles and Melani,
It was such a pleasure having you as our guests.
Hopefully we will see you in Cape Town again soon.

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Reviewed October 24, 2013

I read a review of the terrace - 1a Victoria Rd, Camps Bay and was a little concerned, but having stayed at The Terrace with our family I can only conclude that the person writing the review must have been the most difficult person on the planet to please as the house was absolutely phenomenal! The management staff were so helpful and the house and view were breathtaking. We really had the most amazing 3 days and can't wait to go back for a longer stay! thank you!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Jacshort
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CapeTownBlueViews, General Manager at Blue Views Villas and Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2013

Dear Jacshort,
Thank you very much for your review.
We look forward to having you back in in Cape Town.

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Reviewed October 23, 2013

We have stayed here a couple of times and I must say that it is always a treat..
it has such a wonderful location in Bakoven, a stones throw away from Camps Bay - walking distance from the hots spots, and yet across the road from private beaches, and definitely one of the best places to watch the sunset.. The place itself has a wonderful feeling of luxury presented in a clean uncluttered way.. the rooms are large and everyone in the house has their own space. The staff are always so helpful and kind, it is a breathe of fresh air..
Blue Views - I always miss it when I leave and can't wait to go back.. A must do..

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Nathalie T
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CapeTownBlueViews, General Manager at Blue Views Villas and Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2013

Dear Nathalie,
It was a pleasure having you back as always.
Thank you for your review.

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Reviewed September 5, 2013

We cannot say enough good about this property and our stay! The decor was fantastic, the beds, linens and robes were incredibly comfortable and the location and views were perfection.

The property is incredibly spacious with a tranquil, relaxing atmosphere. The clean, uncluttered decor and expansive pool and veranda spaces overlooking the ocean provide a relaxing retreat atmosphere, while all the activity of Camps Bay is only a short, pleasant walk away.

The staff was incredibly helpful with all our needs including help organizing emergency dental treatment when a family member had an issue.

The cleaning staff was discreet and responsive, caring for the property but never disturbing our privacy.

The only issue we had is that we wished we could have stayed longer!

I have noted another review which was less positive. It is unfortunate and so completely opposite to our experience. I was very surprised-it was as though they were at a different property entirely.

We have already recommended the property to our friends and we look forward to booking our next stay soon.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Thank DTJer
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CapeTownBlueViews, General Manager at Blue Views Villas and Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2013

Dear DTJer
Thank you for taking the time to write about your Blue Views experience.
We are pleased you enjoyed your stay.

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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Who doesn't dream about The beautiful Med when winter hits a crescendo in SA! All the talk about the boat show in Cannes, news of heatwaves in the Lowveld and a recent gruelling work season is enough to make anybody yearn for a "real" break somewhere blue and beautiful. With real I mean uber-comfy accommodation, great amenities, uninterrupted view(s), service on-tap and, of course, fantastic bathrooms

So as not to blow time and budget on international flights we set about finding a local venue that would offer all of the above. Not an easy task, considering we were a group of entrepreneurs (eight to be exact) that required privacy and space in which to re-energise and brainstorm a new venture. We were burnt out. The last thing we wanted was to be cooped up in small hotel rooms and an environment in which we had to get out of our robes and PJ's before noon. When travelling together, it is preferrable (and a lot more fun) to be housed in a single dwelling with communal pool and entertainment area(s)

Finding the Blue Views Portfolio was a real koo as we were presented with no less than six options to accommodate our little group of high-maintenance, aesthetically minded people. We selected the Blue Views House, due to it's super-close proximity to the ocean and oversized kitchen and dining room table. Yes, we needed a rest, but with facilities such as these it was inevitable that we'd end up entertaining and invite close friends to join us. Dinners, a rugby braai and a few game evenings ensued despite chilly winter conditions. Nothing like weathering a storm from within the confines of luxury. By the same token, simply staring at the Bakoven waves from our bedrooms meant we were actually doing something. A very relaxed activity, I might add

Blue Views require five-day-minimum bookings. Their current winter special is such a steal that we checked out of Cape Town society for eight glorious days of R&R! Our seven bedroom contemporary Villa, including daily servicing, evening security patrol, entertaining facilities and self-catering amenities cost us less than the price of a good dinner (under R 700p/p per night). Where in Europe or the Americas can one achieve this for truly 5-star accomodation... Still, the best part remains the spaciousness (huge bedrooms), fresh interiors and boutique hotel-style bathrooms. We all dream of actually living in Villas such as these

Despite the "Miami-style" strip of restaurants on our doorstep in nearby Camps Bay, we elected to walk to the little Bakery on the edge of the Bakoven Cliffs in the mornings for Espressos and fresh Croissants, pretending again to be in La Croisette. Our host and go-to-girl (the lovely Lynn) arranged power-bikes for us for our morning cycles as well as in-house spa treatments. We conducted a stock-and-shop at the start of our stay and quite frankly only left the Villa to dine at the nearby Twelve Apostels Hotel and go for runs along the adjacent Promenade before sunset. Weather permitting of course...

A real break is incomplete when one is faced with domestic duties. The Cleaning Staff were invisible fairies and thanks to Lynn's impeccable schedules we woke up to a cleared kitchen every morning and our rooms were fluffed whilst we lounged around brunch activity.

Finally, a plus-point with regards the layout of the Villa: The TV nook, family lounge, dining area and poolside sections allowed for ample privacy and diverse individual activities (eg. reading vsTV viewing). No cabin fever here, thanks to considerate (and timeless) design. In fact, on the last day of our stay we were shown various of the other penthouses, apartments, Villas and Cottage in the BV Portfolio. It is evident that view, spacious design, comfort, prompt service and understated luxury remain key elements within the offering. Not unlike "Big Five Spotting" at our top game reserves.

On a final note - it is not often that product supercedes expectation. Interestingly, the "Blue Views" image on the Group Letterhead truly exists from each and every one of the units. One owns a little bit of that Azure Blue for the duration of one's stay (the colour and mood of the ocean changes every day, though) and with such brilliant rates it is difficult not to plan a next pseudo-European breakaway to beautiful Bakoven. Thank you, BV team

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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CapeTownBlueViews, General Manager at Blue Views Villas and Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded September 2, 2013

Dear Louise V
Thank you for staying at Blue Views. We are pleased that you and your group enjoyed your stay and hope to have you back soon!
Kind Regards,
Lynne

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Reviewed August 16, 2013

We used an outfit called Cape Town Holiday Villas which, given the name, is difficult to identify separately on this site, for a 1 week stay in March/April this year. We originally booked another Blue Views property through them as it suited our needs - away from the crowds, with a garden and swimming pool etc. We were advised a few days before we set off that this (original) villa had now become unavailable as it required maintenance and that we had been "upgraded" to 1A Victoria Road (which goes under various names in the marketing by the different agents).

Given the booking was over Easter, we had little choice but to accept the "upgrade" and trust the enthusiasm with which this news was delivered.

It was not an upgrade. The text below is a letter sent to the agents on 9 April 2013 and, despite numerous follow-ups and endless promises from them that it was receiving attention, we have heard nothing.

"We remain unhappy that we were moved from the original house. The attraction of the house was that it looked (from the website anyway) "lived-in" and had character. It was also away from the traffic, had a small garden and was self-contained - ie it was not part of a complex. It had fewer rooms, but that was not an issue for us.

The replacement villa was noisy, was essentially an apartment with no usable or private outside space - looking straight onto the road and the road onto us. The only "upgrade" was the fact that it had 7 bedrooms which, as I said, was of no importance to us.

The furnishings were sparse, it had absolutely no character - just loads of white space - white tiles, white walls, white furnishings, even the attempted artwork was light. It had minimal furnishings - it positively echoed such that it was impossible to play any music without it reverberating everywhere and rendering it incomprehensible.

But, the worst part was that it was filthy - yes, grimy. There was mould in the showers, the floors had not been properly cleaned (there was wax on the floor under the dining table that appeared to have been there for ages), the grout was grubby, there was chewing gum stuck to the underside of the dining table (I kid you not!), there was litter on the staircase outside the apartment - it was just totally unacceptable. We were out quite a bit so did not see much of the cleaning team. They seemed to be in a hurry - left (cleaned) dishes in the dishwasher, had not swept the floors properly and we had that bizarre situation where half the linen disappeared.

You are aware of the issue with the dishwasher and the blocked drain - at the pricing level (their rack or what we paid), this is not what you expect. Having spent a week in top notch private game lodges, this was a big disappointment for us, but more importantly, for our fellow travellers for whom this was a first time trip.

I understand that you are an agent and do not own or operate the villas - but you do have a duty of care to your customer and should ensure that the accommodation is fit for purpose. This was no upgrade - it really was, for us, a serious downgrade.

I await your (or your owner/manager's) thoughts on this."

It really was a dismal place and I strongly discourage any but the largest of groups who plan on spending as little time as possible in the residence. There must be more proactive and service oriented agents in Cape Town too.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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CapeTownBlueViews, General Manager at Blue Views Villas and Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2013

Dear SCSUk
Blue Views is a privately owned and managed group of properties and we have been in business for 15 years. We take great pride in our reputation and the outstanding reviews we have received from previous guests, as can be seen below.
I feel it is important that the sequence of events on how you ended up staying at Blue Views be explained.
You had originally booked a smaller house via a local agent for the Easter weekend, which was not a Blue Views property.
Shortly before Easter, the property you had booked became unavailable and at the last minute the agent contacted us to see if we had any availability.
Blue Views had a last minute cancellation on a 7 bedroom property (one of our most popular properties) and we were able to offer this to the agent as a replacement at short notice, but it is important to note that we were completely unaware of your requirements.
It is correct that the property is situated on Victoria Road and does not have a garden, but we do not market this property as anything other than a 7 bedroom apartment with outstanding views within walking distance to Camps Bay and the local beach.
Unfortunately our more suitable properties were not available over Easter and therefore Blue Views cannot be held responsible for the fact that you did not receive the original property which you were anticipating staying in.
We do have properties that are smaller and with gardens, in a quite area, but understandably these properties were unavailable over Easter.
I appreciate the furnishings were not to your taste, but this property is intentionally decorated in the minimalistic style in neutral colours.
I am aware that the dishwasher broke during your stay, and was replaced within 36 hours, which would have been sooner, had it not been for Easter weekend.
We were made aware of your unhappiness some time after your stay, and did discuss and offer the agent some financial compensation due to the inconvenience of the dishwasher and a blocked drain, but it appears that this compensation was not actioned.
In conclusion it is indeed most unfortunate that you did not enjoy your stay in Cape Town over Easter, and should you one day return, perhaps we can offer you a property that is more to your liking.
General Manager,
Blue Views

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Additional Information about Blue Views Villas and Apartments

Address: 6 Link Road | Bakoven, Camps Bay 8005, South Africa (Formerly Blue Views Holiday Accommodation)
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Camps Bay
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Camps Bay
Price Range: $110 - $1,021 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Blue Views Villas and Apartments 5*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Blue Views is ideally suited to those looking for an alternative to a 5 star hotel, but requiring the comfort, convenience and privacy of a luxury, fully equipped home or apartment in Cape Town's most fashionable and desirable area. All of our properties have access to a swimming pool (with the exception of Studio 1 and 2) and are located no further than 100 metres from either the secluded Bakoven beaches or the vibrant Camps Bay beachfront, with its world famous beach, restaurants and night life. Properties on offer cater for all tastes and requirements, and range from convenient one-bedroom apartments to spacious seven-bedroom villas, all equally luxurious yet distinctly different in terms of style. ... more   less 
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