Tag Archives: Bay Hotel

Camps Bay hosts first African Padel Tournament, an Olympic-recognised sport!


The world’s newest and fastest growing sport Padel, and growing by the minute with 18 million players around the world, is setting the sport world on fire. Hosting the African Padel Tournament on the Camps Bay Sportsfield will create even more interest in the sport.

In Camps Bay the Padel demand is so large that the historic Rotunda at the Bay Hotel has been transformed into a Padel court. The Camps Bay Retreat has transformed its tennis courses into Padel courts.

Padel will be an Olympic sport played at the 2028 Los Angeles Games for the first time. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 169 of Level 1, 18 March 2022


Friday 18 March 2022, Day 169 of Level 1 😷

Corona Lockdown Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a day of working from home, writing and posting for clients; for a beautiful 26C day, with only a breeze; for a sunset walk to Woolies, and to Gibson’s for an ice cream; for the feeling of a long weekend ’holiday’ lying ahead, with excellent weather ❤️; and for being happy, healthy and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 145 of Level 1, 22 February 2022.


Tuesday 22/02/2022, Day 145 of Level 1. 😷

Corona Lockdown Gratitude 🙏

#gratitude for a beautiful day, mild at 26C with no wind; for a terrible start to the day and a brilliant ending; for working on client posts this morning; for a client Status meeting at the Bay Hotel, all the better with a Gin and Dry lemon that each of us had, making it a two hour meeting; for a Gibson’s ice cream spoil at the Beachfront; for being booked for a Tourist Guiding job with a German client for later this week 💙; for two persons coming to the rescue when a homeless person wanted to attack Continue reading →

Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers Summer Pop-up Food Truck opens on Camps Bay Beachfront!


Ten days ago Restaurateur and Camps Bay resident Ian Halfon, co-owner of the Slick Group, opened a Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers Summer pop-up Food Truck inside the parking area of the Bay Hotel in Camps Bay, not only selling their well-known burgers but also delicious ice creams and milkshakes.

The Gibson’s Food Truck is located in the centre of the Camps Bay Beachfront, clients accessing the ordering hatch via steps leading up to a platform on the Victoria Road pavement. Continue reading →

Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen opens in Camps Bay for the summer season, creative cocktails, good food presentation!


World class Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen  has opened in Camps Bay as a summer pop-up, in the space previously known as Sunset Sessions, below the Bay Hotel on Victoria Road. It is the second branch of this Cocktail Kitchen,  its larger Waterfront Branch being the home to many Award-winning mixologists and used for bartending competitions.

Visiting Cause Effect on a busy Camps Bay Sunday, my friend Ian and I experienced a vibrant, fun, and friendly space, and were impressed with the presentation of the food and cocktail offering. It meets its electronic mantra : kinda classy, kinda hood  Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 52 of Level 1, 21 November 2021.


Sunday 21 November 2021, Day 52 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a lovely day, giving myself most of the day off, still responding to my client Restaurant reviews; for a great sunny 24C day, but the wind picked up this afternoon, reducing the number of picnickers, and hence the volume of litter around the Tidal Pool; for our apartment building being so well protected against the wind; for bumping into restaurant designer and Hemelhuijs owner Jacques Erasmus at the Tidal Pool, just having stepped out of the pool; for a lovely outing Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 14 of Level 2, 26 September 2021


Sunday 26 September 2021, Day 14 of Level 2 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a very misty morning turning into a 19C sunny day; for a relaxed but writing day, getting three Blogposts for the week ahead done; for a Woolies walk, becoming a bad habit 😱; for a lovely Bakoven walk with a great sunset, meeting Yuri the Russian on Beta Road, where I pick up litter left by a homeless person in the driveway of the house almost daily on my walks, starting a conversation with the owner from Moscow, but also able to speak German, inviting me for a glass of wine a next time I pass by and telling me that he bought his house at the start of Lockdown last year; and for being happy, healthy, and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Very few recent Restaurant openings and closures in Cape Town and Winelands: September 2021


Despite the dreadful impact on restaurants of Level 4 during July, no restaurants appeared to have closed.  By the end of September Chef Luke Dale Roberts will have closed all his restaurants. He will consult to Ethos in Johannesburg.

Chef Bertus Basson is on a continuous Restaurant opening spree, having opened Geuwels at Vergenoegd Löw in Stellenbosch at the beginning of this month, with Chef Drikus heading up the kitchen. It is open Wednesdays to Sundays, for Breakfast and Lunch. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 89 of Level 1, 18 December 2020.


Friday 18 December 2020, Day 89 of Level 1, Day 268 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a beautiful 26C day; for the fire being brought under control in the early hours of this morning; for the forecast South Easter not having arrived (yet); for a busy working morning; for some excellent news, but not shareable ❤️❤️❤️; for a good beach walk with my Team of Cleaners, the beach not being very busy and there being little litter, my team members still on a high from their praise on Wednesday; for managing to organise refreshment and food donations from Pick n Pay and the Bay Hotel, respectively, in Camps Bay for a Christmas spoil of the 38 Community Stewards (car guards and my cleaners) planned for Monday, made so easy by both saying yes, I not being a good ‘beggar’; for a good walk through Bakoven; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 60 of Level 1, 19 November 2020


Thursday 19 November 2020, Day 60 of Level 1, Day 239 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a fabulous day; for it being warm and sunny, at 22C, and not too windy; for preparing for my client meeting this morning, and writing a Blogpost; for walking to Camps Bay to hear George Sax DJ and present his Thursday 3 hour Radio Show from Beach House, the renamed cocktail bar previously called Sunset Sessions, and back under the control of the Bay Hotel, dancing 💃 to his fabulous music 🎵; for a very good client meeting, happy for what I have achieved so far in the first 19 days of working with them, and grateful to Jenny Stephens for giving me a pep talk yesterday evening; for a very liquid tasting of Musgrave Spirits’ Copper Vanilla and Black Honey brandies, tasting at least 8 cocktails that were prepared for us by Mixologist Owen O’Reilly; for getting home safely despite the volume of tastings 😱; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →