You can’t help but be drawn in by the Mother City’s Camps Bay beachfront. The picture-perfect beach, swaying palm trees, dazzling turquoise waters and bronzed sun worshippers set the scene – and then there’s the buzzing Camps Bay strip, with its stylish cocktail spots and dining destinations filled with visitors and the city’s glossy residents. It’s here that luxury boutique hotel property, The Marly Boutique Hotel and Spa, a member of The Kove Collection, holds court – right in the centre of the action. Like a crown jewel, the new Hollywood-style Baptiste Rooftop Pool, Bar & Lounge is guaranteed to draw attention as the perfect spot to relax after a day on the beach and is a must for sundowner cocktails.

There can be no doubt that The Marly has what is one of the very best positions on the prestigious Camps Bay Golden Mile. Yet despite its prime spot overlooking the beach, it also offers a unique sense of privacy and relaxed exclusivity. The hotel is set back from the road, so once guests are swept upstairs through a private elevator they are cocooned in a secure and inviting environment brimming with five-star design and luxurious spoils – including the newly built Spa and a luxe shopping boutique filled with chic resort wear.

Contemporary luxury travel makes a bespoke spa an integral part of designer downtime, and at The Marly, this is definitely one of the drawcards. The Spa at The Marly has a menu of top-to-toe treatments designed to soothe and spoil – ranging from restorative massages and targeted facials to expert manicures and pedicures as well as a series of bespoke signature treatments, unique to The Marly. And for dusting away the cobwebs those who like to stay fit while away, a new state-of-the-art gym also opened at The Marly in December.

The Marly is named for the countryside folly and ‘leisure palace’ built for the Sun King Louis XIV, where he and his family would escape the rigours of French court life and indulge in pure escapism and fun. Dressed to thrill and offering no end of excitement, frivolity and epicurean spoils, the Chateau de Marly was an oasis of decadence – and it’s 21st century Cape Town counterpart The Marly is a similarly exciting destination, where each and every guest feels like royalty, cocooned in a gorgeous oasis of beachside indulgence.

Breakfast for guests of the hotel is provided at sea-view restaurant Bilboa, which also offers in-room dining. Guests make themselves at home at the eateries situated in and around The Marly, including la Belle for bistro fare and fresh-baked pastries; popular seafood spot Paranga; and Surfshack, a brand new chic beach style diner offering a menu that includes casual sea fare as well as wood-fired pizzas and gourmet burgers.

All of these restaurants form part of The Kove Collection, along with The Marly Boutique Hotel & Spa. The Kove Collection also comprises of The Alphen Boutique Hotel in historic Constantia as well as fourteen other independent contemporary restaurants, bistros cocktail lounges, beach and rooftop bars.

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Photo Cred: Charles Russell and Claire Gunn