Do As The Locals Do...in South Africa - St James
St James, Cape Town
SCENIC ST JAMES by Sharon Preston
As the road from Cape Town winds along the Cape Peninsula towards Cape Point, there are a number of quaint little fishing villages that are another of the Cape’s well-kept secrets. Locals visit St James, Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek for weekends and holidays, and these spots have recently become very popular as an alternative to the more well-known beach spots of Clifton, Camps Bay and Muizenberg. St James is a favourite; it offers warm sea bathing, a sheltered Mediterranean climate, excellent whale watching and a lively local café lifestyle. Tiny shops and restaurants hug the coast, giving the little town a very special flavor.
A great place to visit when you’re in St James, or to stay if you’re spending more than a day there, is Rodwell House, a small, boutique hotel with just 8 suites. Designed as a manor house, Rodwell House is decorated with lavish furnishings, offering guests a luxury, intimate getaway in an idyllic setting. Its recently opened Titanium Bistro offers an exciting menu, lovingly created by executive chef Ivan Cameron using fresh ingredients. Diners savour exceptional Cape flavours on the a la carte menu and in a selection of daily specials, al fresco at lunchtime, or inside at dinnertime.
Throughout the World Cup, the hotel is also running a soccer-themed art exhibition in its Cedar Tree Gallery, which features works by local South African contemporary artists. For more information, visitwww.rodwellhouse.co.za.
To book at Rodwell House or the Bistro, call 27 21 787 9880