Last week I was fortunate enough to spend a fabulous night at the gorgeous Pepper Club Hotel in Cape Town – one of “South Africa’s most luxurious hotels” as reported by CNN Traveller magazine. I’ve always wanted to stay at the Pepper Club and was over the moon when given the opportunity to experience this R400 million luxury hotel.
It was a night filled with pure luxury, surprises and an unforgettable experience…
My husband and I arrived at the hotel where we were greeted by name. Something that from the very first moment, makes you feel like someone special. To add to that the hotel’s CEO, Nick Seewer, General Manager David Hughes and the lovely Jeanne Cupido, who is the Public Relations Officer and the tweetie behind @PepperClub were all there to meet us and welcome us to the hotel. The question, “when can we move in” popped into my head, but I decided to keep it in my mind.
We were escorted to our luxury one bedroom superior deluxe suite by the very friendly porter, Dean. The views (bottom left) were absolutely magnificent. The Pepper Club is located right in the buzzing heart of Cape Town’s hottest area, bounded by Pepper, Bloem, Loop and my favourite street in CT, the infamous Long Street! As we began unpacking our things from my Tumi bag, (that fitted both our clothes), two delicious strawberry daquiri’s were sent up to our room (bottom right). I could get used to this I thought! Well, it gets even better.
The rooms at the Pepper Club Hotel are all beautifully decorated, and decked out with everything you need. I really enjoyed the REAL coffee machine (middle left), it immediately made me happy. Yes, I’m one of “those” coffee snobs that refuses to drink instant, so having a machine that makes delicious, quality coffee from a pod just made my day.
I had a nice long bath in the massive bath tub and got into the robe provided (top right) and fluffy hotel slippers. Whilst browsing around on my iPad, more goodies were sent our way. This time a delicious platter of Sushi and a bottle of red wine (top left) to whet our appetites. As yummy as they were, we only had one bite each, as we had a special dinner plans and we didn’t want to spoil our appetites, although spoiling is all part of the Pepper Club experience.
Our room itself was gorgeous, lavish, comfortable and oozed luxury. From the super-size bed (bottom left), with a decent size flat screen to the bathroom fit for a king and queen (top right). Our room had it’s own little lounge, dining table and mini kitchenette that one could easily prepare quick meals if you don’t feel like going out to eat.
The on-suite bathroom was almost as big as the room itself, with a huge bath tub and double shower. The bathroom toiletries were all Charlotte Rhys – hello luxury (bottom right). The thing that I loved the most was having a “real hairdryer”. When I say “real” I mean it wasn’t one of those half-a-dryer types that sucks up your hair in the back instead of drying it, I mean a proper, salon type hairdryer. I was so chuffed, I even tweeted it.
That night, we were whisked off the the lavish and luxury Pepper Club on The Beach restaurant in Camps Bay. Our driver, Preston (bottom right) took us to the venue, “celebrity style” chauffeured in a Hyndai Sonata. We arrived at the restaurant on a magnificent night with the most beautiful backdrop of the Camps Bay beach front.
The Pepper Club Hotel offers all their guests complimentary transfers to and from Pepper Club on The Beach, with access to exclusive changing room facilities at the beach club (so you can chill out in Camps Bay for the day), as well as transfers to the V&A Waterfront. Guests staying at the hotel are also given the full celebrity treatment and offered VIP entrance into Cape Town’s hottest night spot, St Yves.
Before checking out the menu, we ordered our drinks. Being a sucker for pink drinks, I decided to try the Pepper Express Cocktail (top right). It was dee-licious! Hot and spicy! It consisted of Wyborowa Vodka, strawberry puree, strawberry syrup and a dash of lemon juice. It’s shaken and served with muddled mint and a fresh chili. If you’re ever in Camps Bay, I highly recommend this drink at the Pepper Club On The Beach!
The food… Oh my gosh the food was amazing. For starters we each had the Crumbed Camembert sprinkled with Black Pepper and set on a Red Berry Coulis, topped with a crisp slice of fresh bread (top right). For mains, I had the Beef Fillet served with a Potato Rosti, Creamed Spinach and Peppercorn Sauce (bottom left). Hubby went for the Ostrich Medallions served with Black Pepper and Coarse Salt and set with Wasabi Mash and a Balsamic Glaze (middle right).
We were so stuffed after dinner, but there is always, and I do mean, always room for a little dessert. I ordered the “guilt free” Sorbet Selection (bottom right) that consisted of three sugar free Sorbets with Tuile Biscuit and Grilled Pineapple. It was so good, my husband who didn’t want dessert, ate half of mine. I blame the waiter who very cleverly brought us two spoons.
The food was, as I said earlier, amazing! It tasted fantastic, looked fantastic and I loved how the mains were accented with a red, hot, chillie pepper; the logo and namesake of the Pepper Club Hotel and Pepper Club On The Beach Restaurant.
Our tummies full and a smile on our faces, Preston picked us up and returned us to the hotel.
After a restful, and very comfortable sleep, we had a buffet style breakfast in the Sinatra’s Restaurant (bottom right) and for me, this was followed by a 75 Minute Shea Aromatherapeutics Massage (R520) at the Hotel’s Cayenne Spa. The lovely Lynette made me feel like a new person. It was pure bliss and my skin looked and felt fantastic the whole day.
Before checking out we admired some of the lavish and grand decor of the hotel. I loved the over-sized red arm chairs and black lacquered piano in the entrance (top left). I just wish I had taken a pic sitting in “the hot seat“, but will definitely do so next time. The Pepper Club Hotel has a beautiful swimming pool (bottom left) and it even has it’s own cinema, called The Odeon where guests are able to enjoy movies in a retro-styled sixties cinema that seats 29. You simply let the hotel know which movie from their comprehensive collection you’d like to watch, 24 hours a day and you don’t even have to leave the hotel to enjoy some popcorn! They have a popcorn machine too! How cool?
Thanks so much to the Pepper Club Hotel for having us and a special thanks to Jeanne Cupido from the hotel and Janine Noble from Epic Communications for ensuring we had such a blissful stay.
Hope to see you soon!
Telephone:+27 (21) 812 8888
Address:Cnr Loop and Pepper Street, Cape Town, 8001 South Africa
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