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With the bright blue of the early autumn sky in your eyes, there’s no better place to be than on this 1,000ft2 rooftop in a platinum position in Camps Bay.

Should you glance at the mountains above you as the cable car zips back and forth, or look down in front at the holidaymakers and locals sunning themselves on the white sand? Should you take a dip in the turquoise plunge pool, or head to the spa for an indulgent treatment? A stay at boutique hotel The Marly is one treat after another, that’s for sure.

Part of The Kove Collection, the Marly was recently renovated in an ambitious five-month-long project, adding an entirely new level with lots of new rooms. Besides the 38 suites, it now also offers a world-class spa, gym, luxury gift shop, mini-library, and the aforementioned rooftop terrace, with knockout 360-degree views.

The Marly takes its name from Chateau de Marly, built in the 17th century for Louis XIV and his family as their weekend home. Paul Kovensky, managing director, The Kove Collection, conceptualised the hotel’s design aesthetic, which includes modern clean lines and a colour palette of bright whites, subtle silvers, and the odd touch of turquoise. The quirky room numbers, held in mosaic blue and white “hands”, are particularly eye-catching.

The hotel feels very private, very chic, very boutique. This isn’t a place where you mill around in the lobby. Rather enjoy some time on your private balcony and then venture down to the beach or one of the many restaurants and bars to choose from on the strip.

For the ultimate spoil, the spa’s 60-minute Quench Body Massage, using deeply hydrating organic shea butter and Biodynamic flower essences, will make you feel zen indeed.

All in all, a stay at The Marly is all about discreet luxury, whether you’re sleeping, eating or beaching in one of Cape Town’s chicest suburbs.

In your hood: Camps Bay
The Marly Boutique Hotel and Spa | 021 437 1287 |

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