In Cape Town's CBD there's a rooftop bar around almost every corner, haunts that fill up fast in summer for sparkling cocktails under warm rays and views of Table Mountain.
But there's one new rooftop that will rule them all, overlooking the glistening beach and freezing waters of Camps Bay - the newly relaunched Marly.
Right on the busy strip, the hotel has undergone a massive facelift, expanding its sea- and mountain-facing rooms and turning them into heavenly white-washed spaces where it's pretty easy to drift off into cloudy dreams - although you might get a scare late at night by their disembodied hallway hands.
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The Marly's hotel corridor. (Photo: Gabi Zietsman)
It's an indulgence in 5-star luxury, right on the beach where you don't even have to call an Uber to get anywhere exciting. But you'll probably be too enthralled by the upstairs pool to ever leave.
The hotel is also surrounded by big-name restaurants like Paranga, Bilboa and the new Surfshack - where you'll just have to close your eyes to the prices when ordering anything. Their food is made to share, and the best cocktail is their pine daiquiri, the taste of the perfect island mix.
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Shareables from Surfshack. (Photo: Gabi Zietsman)
The Marly has its own deluxe spa, with all the usual massages and treatments - but also something quite unique. They are the only place in South Africa with New York's famous Ling Instant Lift Bar - an intense facial treatment of 30 minutes of your face being ironed out by a hot stone, lulling you into slumbering relaxation. While I didn't see a big change straight afterwards, my face was glowing the next day with quite an evened out skin tone.
This is perfect for tired working professionals looking for a quick boost before either a big date, work function or just want to shock their confidence alive.
Room prices start around R5 083, and the most expensive suite - Deluxe Sea-Facing Suite - at R11 400 per night for two people and comes with its own hot tub. At the moment though they are offering reopening specials with a 15% discount.
The Marly is a signature Cape Town hotel that offers something truly unique above the rest - beyond just its spectacular rooftop.
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Cheers from The Marly's rooftop. (Photo: Gabi Zietsman)
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