The Clarendon Bantry Bay

Cape Town, South Africa

At a Glance

  • A very exclusive and private option for a stay close to all the city attractions

  • Spend some time relaxing by the pool, in the garden on the ground floor, but still with great sea views

  • Wind-free! 10 minutes to Camps Bay, 10 minutes to the V&A Waterfront, 10 minutes to Table Mountain

  • Spacious, comfortable and contemporary rooms with great views

  • Delicious breakfast, best enjoyed on the terrace at the top of the building

  • Walk in the front door and you'll be stunned by the beautiful sea view that greets you.

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Year-round destination. The summers are generally warm and dry, while winters tend to be wet and cool, the rains brought on by fierce north westerly gales. Neither season experiences extremes of temperature, thanks to prevailing winds. Summer (Nov-Mar) is the hottest with temperatures 20-40°C. Mid season (Apr, May, Sep, Oct) temps between 10-30°C. Winter (from June- Aug) is the low season with temps 0-25°C.

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Insider's View

The hotel has orchids in every single room – simple but stunning!

Enormous suites with high ceilings give the hotel an almost tardis like feel

Try the hotel’s home made chocolate cake – utterly delicious!

Walk down the jasmine covered walkway towards the pool

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The Clarendon Bantry Bay is a spectacular and luxurious guest house, set on the slopes above this exclusive Cape Town bay, and with great ocean views out to Robben Island. A beautiful setting from which to enjoy a stay in the city.

The Clarendon Bantry Bay is a beautifully designed boutique in a fantastic setting on the slopes above Bantry Bay. The interiors are spacious, light and contemporary, and the views are unbeatable.

For those after an experience with a real sense of privacy and exclusivity, whilst at the same time being centrally located, then this is a great option. There is nothing at all ostentatious or flashy about the property. Instead, The Clarendon exudes style and quality, focus is on calm, cool and un-cluttered interiors where the eye is drawn to the views sweeping out in front of the property, over the Atlantic to Robben Island and beyond.

The staff at The Clarendon are excellent, nothing is too much bother or any trouble. All are up to speed with the latest goings on in the city, whether that be hot restaurants or the latest attractions.

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The 11 rooms offer a range of accommodation, from the dramatic Penthouse Suite at the top of the building, to the Standard Room category, which, although do not have the views enjoyed from the Superior Room balconies, do lead out on to a patio with a view of the Ocean below.

All rooms come with the following services and facilities: Free Wi-Fi connectivity, Direct dial telephone, Digital safe, Air-conditioning, fully stocked mini bar, flat screen television, satellite TV channels, king size or twin beds (optional), hair dryers, magnifying mirrors, shaver outlet, robes and guest toiletries, morning newspaper, crib upon request, coffee and tea making facilities, DVD's on request, complimentary afternoon teas and coffees, laundry service, security off street parking, day trips and transfers.


This expansive suite is light and airy, with its own lounge, dining area and cascading windows leading onto a 220 sq. metre terrace. The Penthouse can be taken as a family room with an additional twin or king room attached.

Superior Room

Spacious double rooms which either have a full or partial ocean view.

Superior Suite

Spacious one or two bedroom suites with balconies and striking views. Some of the superior suites have a sitting area, other do not.

Standard Room

Comfortable rooms leading out onto a patio with views of the ocean.


Breakfast is served on the deck, on the high entrance level of the building, but can also be served in the indoor dining room. Lunch can be organised on request. The chef is only too happy to prepare some lunch for you to enjoy in the dining room, on your private balcony or downstairs by the pool in the garden.



Sian Frost (Staff)

Clarendon Bantry Bay is really a hidden gem, quite hard to find and astonishing views. The suites are very large and airy with big remote awnings to protect you from the hot sun if you decide to spend a day relaxing at the hotel (which is very tempting). You are very close to Camps Bay so if you are feeling energetic then you can stroll down the hill to relax on the beach, but I would recommend getting a taxi back as you don't get those kind of views from low down!


Eliza Walker (Staff)

You could not find a better setting than The Clarendon, Bantry Bay. As soon as you walk through the door you will find yourself faced with stunning views of an endless stretch of blue ocean with the 12 Apostles towering to your left. Walking distance from the incredibly fashionable Camps Bay and all that it has to offer, this boutique hotel really is in a brilliant location. Huge amounts of care and attention have clearly been put into the decor and furnishings but I did feel on my visit that the less noticeable areas such as stairways could do with an uplift. The standard is so high around the rest of the hotel it seems a pity to drop it here. That said the bedrooms and main areas cannot be faulted, and when you are sipping on a cocktail staring out at the sea or lounging by the pool you will certainly feel that everything is quite perfect.


Anna Hearn (Staff)

Set on a dizzyingly high cliff with incredible views over the ocean, the Clarendon is the perfect place for honeymooners. When we visited we met a young honeymoon couple who had married just the previous day they were singing the praises of the hotel and when we sneaked a peek into their suite we could see why! Situated on the top floor, the hotel's two presidential suites are simply breathtaking...light, bright colours, subtle gold and silver and incredibly luxurious. The hotel's other rooms are also stunning although we'd avoid the room which didn't have a view... almost a crime when in such a beautiful situation. The main areas are almost unused as the balcony which stretches almost the full length of the hotel is the place to be. Or descend a few floors and enjoy the hotel's pool and sunloungers.


Sarah Clegg (Staff)

The Clarendon Bantry Bay is a spectacular place to stay in Cape Town. I was blown away by the views out over Bantry Bay to Robben Island. The property is discreetly located off the upper end of Kloof Road. No signposts or waiting valets, just a street number and a series of parking spaces. You take a few steps down to the entrance and then the views do the talking for themselves.

The rooms are spread down the property on each level. A mindblowing penthouse stretches the top floor, this can be booked as a family room and would be an incredible place to stay on a visit to the Cape.

Down at garden level, even the pool rooms have ocean views and open directly on to the garden and pool.

Be sure to request a room with a balcony, not a bad place to enjoy breakfast or an evening drink whilst taking in the views.

If you feel more like a restful day by the pool, the chef can provide a simple lunch menu, meaning you don't have to stray far if you've overdone it exploring the city the day before!


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    What better way to experience the varied landscapes of the Cape Peninsula than by bike? Bike and Saddle has six routes ranging from a three hour tour around Cape Town, to a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, there is something to suit everyone.

  • Cable car trip to the peak of Table Mountain

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  • Cape Peninsula - Family

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  • Classic Car Hire in Cape Town

    Hire a classic car for the day and cruise the beautiful winding coastal roads of the cape.

  • Dinner at La Colombe

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  • Dinner at The Greenhouse

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  • Explore Long Street and Kloof Street

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  • Family Private Cape Adventure

    Explore the Cape with a professional guide and private custom-built Adventure Utility Vehicle fully equipped with surfboards, stand up paddle boards, hiking packs and more for a day that combines adventure and sightseeing!

  • First Thursdays - Cape Town

    On the first Thursday of every month explore the art galleries of Cape Town until late. Museums and cultural attractions open their doors and allow visitors to spend the evening discovering the rich culture of the city.

  • Footsteps and township private tour

    Discover the tumultuous history of South Africa with a guided walking tour around Cape Town, and meet some of the residents, with a chance to learn about how they come together to create a strong community in the city's townships.

  • Full Day Cape Point Tour

    Your driver will collect you and drive you down the west coast of the Cape Peninsula. He will introduce you to the geography and cultural history, culminating at the Cape itself. You will drive back via Boulders Beach to see the penguins.

  • Great White Shark Cage Diving

    Great white shark cage diving is an experience like no other. To get up close to the ocean's number one predator in its natural environment is a humbling experience you will never forget.

  • Great White Shark Diving

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  • Harley Davidson in Cape Town

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  • High Tea at The Mount Nelson

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  • Hike or Climb Table Mountain

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  • Horseriding on Noordhoek Beach

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  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

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  • Paragliding over Cape Town

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  • Robben Island Trip

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  • Seal Island

    Seal Island, is a small island, around 200 meters in length and a 15-minute boat ride from Hout Bay. The island has become a breeding colony for around 6000 Cape Fur Seals and several operators offer daily trips to the island.

  • Shopping on the V&A Waterfront

    The V&A waterfront in Cape Town houses over 226 shops and is an excellent place to visit for evening entertainment, shopping, cafés, and al-fresco dining.

  • The Garden at Babylonstoren

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  • Uthando

    Uthando South Africa is an award winning, international and innovative Non Profit and Fair Trade certified organisation which raises funds for community development projects in Cape Town and South Africa.

  • Visit the dramatic Capes

    The stunning cliff scenery surrounding Cape Town is part of the dramatic South African coastline. Visit the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Agulhas for the beautiful views across the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, that meet at the most southern tip of Africa.

  • Walk in the Company's Garden

    Set in the City Bowl area of Cape Town, a walk around the Company's Garden is an introduction to the very origins of the city itself. Originally established in 1647, the Dutch East India Company used this garden to re-supply its ships passing the Cape.

  • Whale watching on the Western Cape

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  • Wine Tasting along the Constantia Wine Route

    South Africa is well known for its exquisite Winelands and Constantia was one of the first wine-producing areas in the western cape, dating back to the 1600s, spend a day visiting the areas famous vineyards as you take in the beautiful scenery.

  • Woodstock, Bo-Kaap & Bree for the Foodie

    From artisan coffee and craft beer to traditional food, chocolate and cheese, taste your way around the city as you explore the backstreets and secrets alleys where the locals like to go.

Location & directions

Cape Town, South Africa

The Clarendon Bantry Bay boasts spectacular views over the Atlantic ocean, in Cape Town's elite suburb of Bantry Bay, just 10 minutes from the centre and Clifton beaches. Most of Cape Town's prime sightseeing attractions are in close proximity to The Clarendon. Robben Island can be seen from the terraces; the Cape's winelands are approximately thirty minutes away; and South Africa's finest beaches (Clifton and Camps Bay ) are around the corner.

How to get there

11-hour 50-minute international flight direct from London to Cape Town, followed by a 45-minute taxi to The Clarendon.

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