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There’s great news for Cape Town lovers as Tintswalo Atlantic has risen like a phoenix from the ashes after the devastation caused to the hotel by the Cape Fire at the start of 2015.

Evacuating from Tintswalo Atlantic as the fires ravaged the side of the mountain ©Tintswalo Atlantic
Evacuating from Tintswalo Atlantic as the fires ravaged the side of the mountain ©Charles Mercer

For five days the fire raged through 5,500 hectares of the Cape Peninsula with strong winds and extreme temperatures making it difficult to control. The destruction was widespread and Tintswalo Atlantic bore the brunt of the flames. However, not only was the iconic hotel in Hout Bay left charred, but the surrounding landscape was also burnt to cinders, which was one of the worst parts for the team.

©Tintswalo Atlantic
One week after the Cape Fire ©Irina Mink

But thanks to the rain that followed and the donation of a few hundred trees, the team has managed to restore their magnificent mountain to its former glory over the past few months. One hundred trees were planted in one weekend alone, and it’s safe to say that all of their hard work has been worth it.

The swimming pool and deck area before and after the Cape Fire
The swimming pool and deck area before and after the Cape Fire ©Tinstwalo Atlantic
The lounge and fireplace before and after the Cape Fire ©Tintswalo Atlantic
The lounge and fireplace before and after the fires ©Tintswalo Atlantic

The rain, although needed, may have hampered their progress slightly but nothing stood in the way of the building’s completion and its reopening at the start of November. The first five suites had roofs on them by June, and once the windows had been installed, things were a lot easier as it meant that the construction crew could work no matter what the weather threw their way.

Anyone who has ever stayed at Tintswalo Atlantic will be pleased to see that solid wood, antique front doors, which have always been one of the hotel’s main features, are in place, and the interior decorating is complete with all the personal touches that make this hotel so special.

It’s hard to replace the 300-year old trees that were lost in the fire, but some large Milkwoods on the water’s edge have been planted in front of the buildings in the main area, which still offer the wonderful feeling of nature as well as some shade from the afternoon sun.

And here’s a sneak peek of how beautiful the hotel looks again:

Restored to its former glory ©Tinstwalo Atlantic
Restored to its former glory ©Tinstwalo Atlantic
A new interior and a new start ©Tintswalo Atlantic
A new interior and a new start ©Tintswalo Atlantic
Even more stunning than before ©Tintswalo Atlantic
Even more stunning than before ©Tintswalo Atlantic

A massive congratulations are in order for their new opening and here’s wishing them every success for their fresh start. And if you’re planning a visit to the Cape, consider visiting the newly rebuilt Tintswalo Atlantic to experience exclusive accommodation in a breathtaking setting.


To find out more about the Cape Fire, read: Life in the Ashes

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