district: Camps Bay
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.
✅ free Wi-Fi • 15 rooms • hotel opened: December 2010 • architecture & interior design: Greg Wright Architects • bathroom amenities: Charlotte Rhys (Cape Town) ✅ free private parking on-site
• beach: 1-minute walk
• Lion’s Head: 1.8 km
• Table Mountain: 2.3 km
• Long Street: 4.1 km
• V&A Waterfront: 6.4 km