#ThePreferredLife: Stay in luxury while spying on surfers at Kommetjie in Cape Town

2018-05-02 13:30 - Gabi Zietsman
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balcony with chair and table overlooking Kommetjie

If seawater runs in your veins, you can't think of going through a day without your board in your hand and you happen to have a taste for the fancy, Kommetjie beachfront boutique hotel Long Beach from the Last Word group will have you dreaming to the sound of crashing waves right outside your room.

Long Beach offers an intimate experience where you feel right at home but still get private hotel-level service that's really a couple of steps above what you would get at a big chain - perfect for luxury travellers and couples who want to splurge on something extra.

The best part of it all is the unbroken 180-degree view of Kommetjie's premier surf spot right in front of you, amplified by The Sentinel peak keeping watch over the bay. Away from the beach you might feel the Cape Doctor blowing hard, but the beach is well-protected from the wind and is frequented by dog walkers.

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Sneak-peek into The Last Word's Long Beach boutique hotel. (Photo: Gabi Zietsman)

With a choice between two elegant suites - a junior suite and three superior double rooms - the setup makes you feel like you're staying at the house by yourself, only bumping into the other guests once or twice at the complimentary bar or at the continental breakfast.

The rooms are split between upstairs and downstairs, where the pool is at if you're less keen on the cold Cape Town waters. Besides price, your choice of the suites can also depend on what you want out of your stay.

Viewe of Kommetjie beeach overlooking a pool with

The pool is solar-heated and a bit warmer than the icy sea. (Photo: Gabi Zietsman)

Breakfast from The Last Word Long Beach overlookin

Breakfast is included where you're served with a continental breakfast buffet and your choice of warm breakfast meals.

If you're there for the surf and beach, the downstairs suites will be your best option as you'll be able to go straight from your room to the beach with a private gate, making it easier to leave your wet stuff to dry outside and wash off the sand.

If you're more interested in lounging in the sun with a stunning view across the bay with a cocktail in hand, the upstairs suites are your best bet where you are blessed with your own private balcony. 

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Gate leading out to kommetjie beach and views of t

You get a key for the gate and it'll become your main route if you're in the downstairs' suite. (Photo: Gabi Zietsman)

For the surfers and body boarders, note that it can get crowded in the waters, especially on weekends and holidays, but the waves are excellent, if you manage to swim your way through all the debris from the giant kelp forest just off the coastline. A lot of the kelp is washed up on the beach as well, so if you're looking for pristine beaches to lounge on, you may have to swing over to the other side at Cape Town's other beaches.

When you come back from your day at the beach, there's a big sweet surprise waiting on your bed, which makes for a great afternoon snack or you can leave it for dessert after checking out one of the local restaurants.

Surfer standing with his board on Kommetjie beach

Kommetjie Beach is a big surf spot with sweet waves. (Photo: Gabi Zietsman)

Also, I just need to reiterate how amazing the view is.

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Sunset over Kommetjie beach from the balcony of Th

A cocktail to this view is the ultimate luxury experience. (Gabi Zietsman)


Did you know that the pineapple is the universal symbol for hospitality? This is why it's the iconic logo for Preferred Hotels, a worldwide independent hotel brand which The Last Word is a part of.

An ultimate luxury guide, its collections represent exceptional properties that include South African properties like Boschendal in Stellenbosch, the Cape Royale, Gondwana Game Reserve and The Last Word's other two properties in Constantia and Franschhoek. 

This year Preferred is celebrating its 50th anniversary and they want to share their passion for hospitality with their loyal customers. 

"We believe in the culture of travel. We believe in the joy, the romance and the inspiration of travel," says CEO Lindsay Ueberroth when launching their first South African event at Boschendal. 

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With their loyalty programme iPrefer, and combined with their 50th celebrations, you have a choice of 600 Preferred hotels in almost every destination around the world where you can rack up points that will get you free nights and other on-property expenditures. You'll also have special benefits like space-available upgrades and free internet.

Preferred Hotels is made up of five collections - Legend, LVX, Lifestyle, Connect and Residences - each catering to different needs of guests. The South African properties all fall under Lifestyle, a diverse range that focuses on the authentic experiences of guests. Legend consists of the luxury of luxury accommodations in remarkable destinations, like the Cala de Mar Resort & Spa in Mexico and Banyan Tree in Seychelles.

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*Disclaimer: Gabi Zietsman from Traveller24 was hosted by Preferred Hotels at The Last Word Long Beach.