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We recommend staying at The Clarendon which is a boutique hotel perched up on Lion's Head looking over Bantry Bay - as you walk into the lobby of the hotel & see the breathtaking view, you will realise you've made the right decision! Spend time relaxing around the pool, which has an ocean view. A lot of people stay at the Clarendon during their honeymoons. NB: It's crucial that you get a room with a view - don't compromise on this, preferably stay in the penthouse. Remember to share your photos with us!

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Bantry Bay Hotels & Photos

Bantry Bay is an upmarket area on Cape Town's Atlantic Seaboard wedged between Clifton and Sea Point, and near the nightlife and restaurants of Camps Bay (but many of the establishments in Bantry Bay have better views than Camps Bay, simply because it's on a steeper part of Lion's Head). When your flight lands, be sure to hire a car from Cape Town airport, and you'll have easy access to the city.

Consider whether you would like to stay closer to the sea, or are looking for a view, or both! Here's the view from the rooftop of the Ambassador Hotel, which is set on the rocks next to the ocean. Be sure to be at the hotel when the sun sets, with your camera at the ready - sheer beauty.

View from the rooftop parking at the Ambassador Hotel in Bantry Bay, Cape Town

List of Bantry hotels

A directory/list of the official contact details of hotels & guest houses in Bantry Bay (email address, website, phone number and fax number). If you would like your establishment listed below, email cheapflights@southafrica.to.

Ambassador Hotel

34 Victoria Road,
Bantry Bay
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

reservations@ambassador.co.za

Ambassador Hotel

Enjoy watching the sunset over Bantry Bay whilst swimming in the infinity pool.

The Clarendon Bantry Bay

158 Kloof Road
Bantry Bay
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

Ph: 021 439 3224

Email: info@clarendon.co.za

Compass House

154 Kloof Road
Bantry Bay
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

info@compasshouse.co.za

Ph: 021 430 3330
Cell: 072 904 4078

Ellerman Villa

180 Kloof Road,
Bantry Bay
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

info@ellerman.co.za

www.ellerman.co.za

Tel: 021 430 3200
Fax: 021 430 3215

Enchanted Guest House

12 Craigrownie Rd
Bantry Bay
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

info@enchanted.co.za

 

Tel: 021 439 5566?
Fax: 021 439 1880

O on Kloof

92 Kloof Road
Bantry Bay
Cape Town
Western Cape
8002
South Africa

info@oonkloof.co.za

www.oonkloof.co.za

Tel: 021 439 2081
Fax: 021 439 8832

President Hotel Protea

4 Alexander Road
Bantry Bay
Cape Town
Western Cape
8001
South Africa

sales@presidenthotel.co.za

Tel: 021 434 8111
Fax: 021 434 9991

Villa Sunshine Guest House

34 Victoria Road,
Bantry Bay
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

contact@villasunshine.co.za

www.villasunshine.co.za

Tel: 021 439 8224
Fax: 021 439 8219

Lions Head with Saunders Rocks tidals pool in the foreground

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Botany Bay

In 1803 a botantical garden was established by Dr Friedrich Ludwig Liesching ? the first president of the South African Medical Society - mostly to cultivate medicinal herbs but also rare botanical specimens. Latrobe, Secretary of the Moravian Church in England sent to organise the mission stations at Mamre and Genadendal reports a visit to Liesching (and his friend Ziegler) in his "Journal of a visit to South Africa in 1815 and 1816" as follows: "...by a continuation of the road, dug deep into the declivity of the mountain, we reached the villa of Dr Liesching and Mr Ziegler for dinner. This is a romantic spot, with a great variety of garden ground, laid in terraces down a very rugged kloof and containing a large collection of scarce plants and flowering shrubs. At the bottom of the grounds the rocks form a grotto in which is a cold bath."

Even though the botanical garden was later abandoned, the name Botany Bay was used for the estate until it was purchased in 1882 by a man of Irish descent, named O?Callaghan. O'Callaghan renamed it "Bantry Bay" after an inlet on the southwest coast of Ireland. Perhaps, what helped O'Callaghan make up his mind were the connotations with Botany Bay in Australia ? a penal colony where from 1788 thousands of convicts were sent from Britain.

Traces of the original garden terraces can still be seen between Kloof and Victoria Roads.

Lions Head with the Bantry Bay promenade in the foreground

Nearby attractions

See the plaque on the seashore commemorating the observation by Charles Darwin of the intrusion of Basaltic volcanic rock into granitic rock.

The small beach at Saunders Rocks and its tidal pool.

Bantry Bay in Cape Town from Saunders Rocks

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