The drive to Tintswalo Atlantic never loses its magic. It’s like a beloved song that tugs at your heartstrings every time you hear it. The views of the ocean are nothing short of astounding – as are the beauty and seclusion of this five-star establishment.

When I enter it, I instantly understand why it’s called Tintswalo (Shangaan for “gratitude” or “contentment”).

My home for the night is the Presidential Suite (named Elba – each suite is named after an island).

Featuring two bedrooms, joined by a spacious lounge area with a fireplace, the suite is decadent. The large, pristine white bathroom is a haven in itself and the finishes scream “Opulence!”, from the touches of silver and glass on the side- tables to the Victorian bathtub. The sheer drapings around the king-sized bed and the sitting area with burnt orange couches overlooking the ocean are designed for maximum relaxation and luxury.

No trip is complete without great food – and that’s guaranteed at Tintswalo. I aimed to try the full English breakfast, but was diverted by the hearty cheese platter, thinly sliced salmon, cold meats, cream cheese and fresh fruit.

While I found it hard to tear myself away from the views and the heated pools, there are plenty of activities in this area that can be arranged from the hotel.

As owner Ernest Corbett says: “This is where you come to plan the rest of your life.”

by Zaza Motha