A phoenix has risen from the ashes.
The short drive down the cliff side is an adventure in itself, a prime lookout position across the Atlantic Ocean and over to Hout Bay harbour opposite the hotel. The driver was an exceptionally friendly man, who told us he’d been at the hotel since its first opening, he pointed out various plants on our path and told us about the unfortunate fire.
Another great meal down, and it was time for us to collect our things and leave. But unlike other hotels were you are waved away by staff, here there is a fantastic family tradition. When the owners of the hotel first saw the site, they went for a walk on the beach, made a wish and threw a stone in the sea. Their wish was to turn the site into what Tintswalo is today, so before you leave, a stone with your name on it, saying ‘May All Your Wishes Come True’ is given to you. On the front deck of the lodge, you make you wish with the stone in your right hand and back to the water. When you’ve thought long and hard about what you may want to come true, you cast the stone over your left shoulder into the ocean.