On 4 March 2015, following the devastating Cape fires that saw much of Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak, Kommetjie and Scarborough left barren, Tintswalo Lodges revealed that the much loved luxury lodge, Tintswalo Atlantic, had burnt to the ground.
And in the very next breath, they announced that it would be rebuilt, commencing immediately, and reopen by the end of 2015.Fast-forward eight months, and true to their word, the luxury lodge was alive once again – better than ever before. Leading up to the official launch on 1 November, media were invited to experience the revived lodge before anyone else.
Speaking to those present at the launch event, Gaye Corbett (CFO Tintswalo Lodges) gave an account of the challenges and triumphs of the past several months, saying, “The greatest challenge initially was just getting over the shock of losing the lodge. We had to get to grips with the fact that it was all gone and to somehow see the rebuild as an exciting challenge and not a complete loss, which is what it felt like after the fire. We realised that the only time you can truly and totally lose something is if you feel you can never recreate it again. When we had decided to go ahead, we put a deadline in place: and knew we’d stick to it. Once we had our building team in place, it was easy. Before we knew it, the job was done and the lodge was back in all its glory!”
Gaye was instrumental during the lodge’s rebuild, working on everything from sourcing furniture and creating mosaics, to painstakingly applying the intricate shell detail in all the bathrooms by hand.
Made up of 10 luxury suites and one two-bedroomed presidential villa, Tintswalo Atlantic has been restored to its former glory. It’s situated only 30 minutes from the Cape Town CBD, yet when you’re there it feels like you’re far away on a private island. When the tide is out, the lodge does in fact have its own exquisite and secluded beach, with the softest sand and most pristine water. Be warned though, it’s icy. Rather head to the new pool deck where you can lounge in the sun and dip into the pool as you please. And sip on a cocktail or two.
Tintswalo Atlantic is the ideal location for a romantic night away or some much-needed downtime, away from the city. If you can’t afford a stay-over, visit for breakfast, lunch or dinner – the views alone will have you returning again and again. Booking essential.
By Lynette Botha