Reminiscent of a glamorous Mediterranean yacht moored in the bay under the watchful gaze of the iconic Table Mountain, guests can now relax in an elegant and distinguished outdoor area that overlooks Cape Town’s acclaimed yacht basin.
Complete with a sunken lounge, rim flow pool and stylish bar, the nautical elements enhance the experience of ‘being at sea’ with maritime design features seamlessly carried through from Signal Restaurant to the pool and bar area.
The refashioning includes large sail structures installed for shade, whilst yachting grade stainless steel fixtures such as bollards, winches, jam cleats and pully systems replicate the authentic operation of the foredeck of a yacht, and lend integrity to the design.
Additions include changing rooms, shower facilities, a kid’s pool and a functional service bar with full access for disabled guests. The enlarged Signal restaurant offers an extraordinary events venue in an exclusive and private area.
Overall structural design was conceptualised by local architectural and interior design company Design Three Sixty in conjunction with consultant Project Manager, Bruce Mitton.
Renowned interior designers, Kathi and Klaudia Weixelbaumer, who were responsible for the dramatic 2008 re-refashioning of the hotel, commissioned celebrated Cape based master craftsman, Pierre Cronje, to produce contemporary bespoke nautical-inspired furniture for the interior and exterior elements.
“We used oak for the interior and hard wearing Iroco wood for the exterior furniture. Pierre’s Iroco nautical chair with riempie ribbon seats, which we have selected as part of our furnishings, is a signature piece, and was featured as the leading chair design at the 2014 World Design Capital Expo. We chose to play with greys, blacks, bone and royal and navy blue for the soft installations, and used hand-painted fabrics with sailing flag designs.” says Kathi Weixelbaumer.
Sandy Pollard, Cape Grace GM, added “The newly re-fashioned space is in keeping with international design trends, whilst subtly retaining the Cape Grace’s old world charm and distinct Cape Town flavour, for which the hotel is renowned. “
Framed by Table Mountain, a working harbour, and an international yacht marina, Cape Grace embodies understated elegance, melding modern comforts and luxury with traditional Cape culture and heritage. Hotel features include the award-winning Cape Contemporary Signal restaurant, the stylish Bascule Whisky, Wine and Cocktail bar and a Spa with panoramic Table Mountain views.