POD is the only contemporary luxurious boutique hotel in Camps Bay, the strip of palm-lined beach that is Cape Town
's sunshine playground. Quietly discreet, with just 15 guest rooms (3 ground floor rooms with plunge pools), it delivers design with a big D; but it's terribly relaxed too, breezy even, which is probably why it appeals to an international, design-savvy crowd that likes to fly a little below the radar. Architecturally, POD is a mini version of the modern mega-villas cantilevered on the slopes of Lions Head above it. Wraparound glass walls, mirrored sultriness, raw-wood clad walls and low-slung, organic-shaped furniture crack the design code for high-end chill-out, but there is something for everyone here. A full breakfast, sourced from fresh, local ingredients is served daily. (Cape) Wines and cocktails are available the rest of the day.
• 15 rooms
• Hotel opened: December 2010
• Architecture & Interior Design: Greg Wright Architects
• Bathroom amenities: Charlotte Rhys