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“A great starting point”
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Camps Bay Retreat
Ranked #9 of 12 Hotels in Camps Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Oxted, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A great starting point”
Reviewed April 7, 2014

This was the first accomodation on a 11 day trip to South Africa - our first trip there - and what a great place to start at. Beautifully positioned, great staff, great room in the Deck House with its own great view and wonderful meals on the terrace too!

We arrived just in time for dinner and were immediately accommodated in the open restaurant which was quite busy. We had a great meal and though at the time that this was a good portent of things to come - and we were right!

After doing the tourist thing on the Red Bus and the Table Mountain cable car we were able to take advantage of their link with the Camps Bay Hotel and be driven back up in one of their Porsche courtesy cars!

Then when we left - grudgingly but we had to move on! - the same Porsche whisked us off the Cape Town International!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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CampsBayRetreat, Manager at Camps Bay Retreat, responded to this review, April 10, 2014
Dear Brianahop,

Thank you so much for the excellent review, we really appreciate the fact that you had som much positivety in the words you decribe our hotel. We hope that we have not set the standards to high for the rest of the trip.

Looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future to your home away from home.

Kind Regards
Marco Fourie
Operations Manager
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Dronfield, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

This was the beginning of our trip along the Garden Route and we were very pleased we were offered this hotel. The rooms were clean, with complimentary tea, coffee, water and wifi. We had turn down every evening, when they also turned on the underfloor heating (being from the uk, really not needed!) and bedside lights. Loved the jacuzzi bath! Yes, the sink is not located in the lavatory, but only a few steps to the bathroom area :)

The buffet breakfast offered cereals, fruit, muffins, cheese, colds meats and yoghurt, and various cooked breakfasts on request. Service was always prompt and polite.

Wouldn't hesitate on staying or recommending this place again.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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CampsBayRetreat, Manager at Camps Bay Retreat, responded to this review, April 2, 2014
Dear DevonBexter,

Thank you so much for our nice review, we trust that we will see you in the near future.

I hope that the year ahead will be filled with joy and happiness.

Kind Regards

The Camps Bay Retreat Team
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Stroud
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed March 27, 2014

This was recommended to us by friends and how wonderful it was to enjoy perfect solicitous service with stunning view of the sea. The public rooms are old colonial style, classy and comfortable. Food was up to the high standard we have come to expect and love in South Africa.
We will be back next year. Couldn't remember the name of the nice wine we had there so sent an email from UK and got an immediate helpful email reply....UK needs to learn some lessons from SA!!

Room Tip: We came for lunch only but it looked a fab place to stay!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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CampsBayRetreat, Manager at Camps Bay Retreat, responded to this review, April 2, 2014
Dear CoachhouseGL,

We are overwhelmed with the great response and amazing comments that you have written about our lovely establishment.

We as a Hotel strive to give all our guests the best service we can provide.

Kind Regards

The Camps Bay Retreat Team
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

Loved staying here . The views are stunning. Really friendly and my 2 year old loved the dogs especially Ben . The reading room is a great touch and the dining is excellent . We will stay here whenever we are in capetown regardless of the season .

Can't wait to return

Stayed March 2014
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CampsBayRetreat, Manager at Camps Bay Retreat, responded to this review, April 2, 2014
Dear Paultoptooth,

Thank you so much for the great response, the staff misses you and your family as they have grown to know exeptionally well.

We can not wait to welcome you back to your home away from home.

Kind Regards

The Campsbay Retreat Management Team
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Redditch, Worcestershire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed March 7, 2014

We stayed here for 6 nights in January 14 at the end of our first visit to South Africa. We had a room in the deck house which was lovely, with a distant view of the sea. The weather was disappointing for the first few days with periods of torrential rain, storms and high winds which limited our sunbathing activities and we awoke one morning to find part of the floor soaked - obviously the heavy rain in the night had got through the plastic roofing over the bath area.

We found the servicing of the room to be a bit haphazard - we had no turn down service one night, on another 2 occasions the maid appeared whilst we were still sunbathing (the rain eventually stopped) - and asked if she could turn the room down - which meant that the towels we used to shower with before heading out for dinner weren't changed. We also had intermittent refilling of the lemonade and biscuits - some days they were replenished and some days they weren't - the same with the toiletries. Little things that seem petty to complain about - but when you reflect back on them, affect how you remember the hotel.

Overall, the staff were very pleasant and allowed us a late check out at no extra cost which was good as our plane didn't leave until early evening.

The only thing I didn't like was the breakfasts. We had an inclusive rate or we wouldn't have eaten there after the first time. The cooked breakfast was the problem - I asked for an omelette with peppers and onions - when it arrived the peppers and onions were raw and barely warm. On another occasion I had fried eggs which which were overcooked - the yolks were solid. In retrospect I should have complained at the time - but I didn't want to make a fuss and just didn't eat it - I'm trying to overcome my Britishness about complaining and have resolved the next time that I have a disappointing meal I will say so then and there - otherwise how can they have the opportunity to put it right.

Lets finish on some positives. The views from the terrace are great - and sharing a Pimms as the sun sinks into the sea is a very special memory. The steaks at the BBQ were great - cooked to perfection. The room was big, the bed comfy and our private sunbeds on the decking were great to relax on. There were also plenty of brollies to borrow during the first few rainy days.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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CampsBayRetreat, Manager at Camps Bay Retreat, responded to this review, April 2, 2014
Dear Bevandmark2,

We trust that you are well and that you have settled nicely back home. The weather by us is slowly moving towards winter.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank you for the constructive criticism, If we have known that this was the situation and that you were unsatisfied with some aspects of the Hotel we could have changed it around. These comments will really help with future training sessions that we are working on.

We hope and trust that you will have a great season back home and that we will one day come back and visit us again on our lovely terrace.

Kind Regards

The Camps Bay Management Team
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new york, ny
Level 6 Contributor
123 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed March 1, 2014

This property is in a gated location just a couple of minutes from Camps' Bay and Table Mountain. The rooms are spacious and really nicely done. We had our own private deck and sliver of a view of the ocean. The main house has a library with a computer and printer for guests to use. The hotel restaurant overlooks a beautiful view of the ocean. Our room was in the other house which you have to walk over a suspension bridge that has a view of the ocean which was fun for us, but may not be for older guests.

The owners let their 3 dogs roam around, so if you are a dog person, this may not be a good property for you. The staff at the property was very helpful with recommendations and made sure to warn us about an upcoming storm. This is a lovely hotel in the prime location of Camps Bay and was a deal compared to other options. We booked via Go2Africa and had checked rates on Expedia. Both were better than booking directly with the hotel significantly.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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CampsBayRetreat, Manager at Camps Bay Retreat, responded to this review, March 4, 2014
Dear Trip Advisor Alias,

Thank you for the magnificent review, we really enjoyed your company.
We trust that you will have a great year filled with laughter and fun.

Kind Regards

Camps Bay Retreat Management
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

Beautiful little gem of peace and tranquility within an easy walk of all the action on the sea front strip and a short taxi ride to the many and various restaurants around Kloof St. The polite and charming staff just make for a very relaxed stay. There are magnificent views out over the ocean, leave your window open at night and let the sound of the waves lull you to sleep.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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CampsBayRetreat, Manager at Camps Bay Retreat, responded to this review, March 4, 2014
Dear Trip Advisor Alias,

Thank you so much for the Great review, we Value or your comments.
We hope that you will visit us in the near future for yet another memorable stay.

Kind Regards
Camps Bay Retreat Managers
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Property: Camps Bay Retreat
Address: 7 Chilworth Road | The Glen, Camps Bay 8040, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Camps Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Camps Bay
#5 Romantic Hotel in Camps Bay
#5 Family Hotel in Camps Bay
#8 Luxury Hotel in Camps Bay
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Camps Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Camps Bay Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Camps Bay Retreat Luxury Boutique Hotel is a sanctuary for the soul, set on four acres of lush green nature reserve. With a mountain meditation pool, thickest of trees, waterfalls and streams, it is a peaceful paradise, where meditative moments are waiting to be had. Views stretch across the ever-changing Atlantic Ocean and along the peaks of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, from the Deck House and The Villa. The estate has features such as four pools, a tennis court, a spa and a fine dining restaurant. Dine in the old world splendour of the original manor house, where Von Kamptz Restaurant's executive chef creates a daily menu of gourmet fare, combining a symphony of fresh ingredients from local markets. Food is paired exquisitely with celebrated wines from the region, best experienced as part of a candlelit three course affair! Spoil yourself with a choice of massages, treatments and facials at the spa. Spend the day luxuriating in the spa, relaxing in the sauna and being revitalized with a deep tissue massage. A refuge for the body and a haven for the mind, you'll unravel and surrender to the tranquility ... more   less 
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