October 02, 2012
Tourist by night: An evening at the Tsogo Sun’s Southern Sun Waterfront
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
It isn’t often that I get to be an honest-to-goodness tourist in my own city, much less spend the night at a four-star hotel, but the Food & Dreams Gourmet Evening at the Tsogo Sun’s Southern Sun Waterfront on Friday September 14, 2012 gave me the opportunity to do just that.
I don’t know which feature of this luxury establishment impressed my partner and I the most – the opulent suite with its king-size bed, the über spacious shower and magnificent view of the V&A Waterfront and Cape Town Stadium, the culinary delights at the Yizani restaurant or the décor.
The hotel was consolidated under the Tsogo group branding along with the group's other properties, One of its new additions is the Food & Dreams Gourmet Evening and it is gaining quite a following from locals and visitors.
The menu for the evening included salmon trout pastrami, lamb done in three ways and an organic duck crème brûlée, created by the executive chef and paired with Distell Wines. I couldn’t get enough of the dessert and an impromptu chat with Southern Sun Montecasino Executive Chef and Master Chef SA judge Benny Masekwameng provided much amusement.
As many a weary traveller will attest to, hotel suites often become interchangeable but I assure you, the tastefully decorated suites at Tsogo Sun’s Southern Sun Waterfront will not. In addition to a surprisingly comfortable king-size bed, it also has a full DStv (South African satellite television) package, air conditioning and an expresso maker. Chocolate-covered nougat and a welcome letter from the general manager on the oak sideboard add a nice personal touch to your stay.
A bar-fridge, filled to the brim with soft drinks, and an accompanying liquor and snack cupboard are sure to fulfil any midnight cravings but the prices are steep. A safer and more satisfying option would be to order from room service, which is available 24 hours.
The continental breakfast at a hotel is always a bit of a concern for me as some establishments differ on their definition of this all-time classic meal but fear not, the Tsogo Sun team are well-versed in its correct delivery. Early morning delicacies include variations of bacon, pork sausages, crumpets with honey and cream, yoghurt, eggs, mushrooms, hash browns, and an assortment of cold and hot beverages.
Next stop on my one-night stay was the Utopia Salon. Situated in a cosy nook on the first floor of the hotel, Utopia Salon gives new meaning to the word boutique. My choice of muscular relief pleasure was the full body massage (R665 for an hour session) and it certainly helped to relieve any tension in my body.
Conveniently situated at the corner of Buitenkant Street, the Tsogo Sun’s Southern Sun Waterfront is within walking distance from the vibrant nightlife of Long Street and a five-minute stroll from the Cape Town International Convention Centre. It is also a free shuttle ride away from an all-day shopping spree at the V&A Waterfront. With its exceptionally helpful and friendly staff, it’s the perfect place to spend the night.
For more information about the Tsogo Sun’s Southern Sun Waterfront, visit www.tsogosunhotels.com.