I am a Cape Townian born and bred but I actually spend very little time in Camps Bay or even any of the beaches at all. My night over in Camps Bay actually felt like a proper holiday because I got to explore a suburb I almost never visit! We arrived early and watched the clouds climb over the mountain, had sun downers across from Camps Bay beach and spent our morning having pancakes and gourmet hot chocolate! The other thing Camps Bay certainly has sorted is absolute luxury! One thing to remember is that luxury is a pretty pricey experience but if you are looking for the ultimate indulgent spoil checking into The Marly might be exactly what you need!
All the rooms are clean and fresh with a white decor theme and beautiful art. I felt like a celebrity as soon as we arrived. Reception is across a red carpet and you receive perfect service from the first moment with them.
I loved our trendy room with the big bed, hanging candelier and gorgeous claw foot bath tub. I could definitely check into The Marly for a week and never need to leave! We had a beautiful view of the 12 Apostle mountains but you can opt for an ocean view too. The benefit of having a mountain facing room as that as you’re at the back of the hotel you skip the noise of the party Camps Bay strip.
We headed down to Umi for a quick drink and a couple of snacks. Umi has an amazing seafront view and makes a great sundowner spot. We really enjoyed the starters at Umi but we did find them very expensive. The price point does alienate the locals but if you’re looking for a date night treat maybe snacks at Umi and a romantic walk on the beach would be a great idea.
My favourite of the three dishes we tried was the Kushiyaki Chicken skewers with Japanese BBQ sauce. These chicken skewers were so tender and topped with the most delicious sweet, sticky, umami sauce! I actually ended up dipping the edamame beans in the BBQ sauce to get more of it! The Flamed Edamame with sake, lemon butter and maldon salt were delicious and make for a fantastic snack with drinks! And the last delicious dish was the tuna tataki with onion ponzu and garlic chips – this dish is fresh and packed with Asian flavours.
After dinner we headed back to the room. Jono crashed on the bed and I climbed into the beautiful bathtub! They have a beyond fancy bathtub menu which they call The Marly’s Bathroom Butler. The menu includes bath salts, bath milks, exfoliating scrubs, scented candles, body butters and even a glass of bubbles! This is pure indulgence and really adds to the luxury experience with The Marly!
Breakfast at The Marly is served at La Belle just downstairs from the hotel on the promenade with the most beautiful Camps Bay beach view. As the days warm up those stools outside La Belle are going to be hot spots for taking in the view. The morning we were there was a little chilly so we headed for a cozy corner inside La Belle.
We started with coffee and this amazing luxury hot chocolate! A tall glass of hot milk arrived, you then stir in the giant chocolate block and pour in the rich chocolate sauce – some vigorous stirring and you have just created a seriously gourmet hot chocolate!
For breakfast we went with an Eggs Benedict with Parma ham and ricotta hotcakes with honey comb butter. The Eggs Benedict with Parma ham was good – but we have had it with smoked salmon before and enjoyed that better.
The ricotta hotcakes were sensational and triggered my current obsession with ricotta hotcakes. I actually use a Nigella Lawson recipe and I cover them with fresh berries, a little honey and creme fraiche! If you’re interested you can find the recipe here!
The ricotta hotcakes from La Belle are amazing and I love the honey comb butter. This is a seriously decadent breakfast and comes with my full recommendation!
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