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Dec 20, 2019 | Lifestyle

The stylish new kid on the block, Pineapple House is a charming addition to the hospitality scene

In a city where hotels are plenty and guesthouses are a dime a dozen, it’s not often that you’ll find something that truly stands out. A passion project of the highest order, Pineapple House in Sea Point is the brainchild of Rupert and Lesley Sykes.

After living and working in London, the couple returned to Cape Town to pursue the dream of creating a special destination – that would embody their vision of a layered and personal space where the details matter.

With nine newly renovated suites – each completely unique and individually decorated with respect for the heritage building’s history – Pineapple House has the feeling of a home (small enough to feel personal) but is equipped and fitted out to a luxury standard (think gorgeous bathroom products, coffee stations, mini bar, airconditioning, beautiful linen etc).

It’s really the design details though that sets this boutique hotel apart though. Drawing on a rich creative background (she has her own jewellery range), Lesley put together her flair with Rupert’s experience in residential development to create a beautifully bespoke, lighthearted venue right in the middle of the Atlantic Seaboard buzz. A bright, upbeat colour palette, rich textured fabrics and tiles, and an eclectic selection of artwork (by names such as Victoria Verbaan and Krisjan Rossouw, whose bold styles are a perfect fit for the space) and decorative objects give the hotel a really fun feeling – it’s quirky, but also sophisticated, courtesy of the tropical meets nostalgic thread running through the interior scheme. Preference has been given to local suppliers – Lula Fabrics, Stokperd and the like – which serves to give the space a refreshing local flavour. And most of the pieces are for sale, allowing guests to expand their design collections while on holiday.

Each suite has a special feature – whether that’s a private balcony, perfect vantage point of Lion’s Head, dreamy bathtub, outdoor shower or playful wallpaper – so you can experience a different side to the space each time you stay. Communal areas too are beautifully pulled together – with lovely touches in the form of coffee table books, ceramic art installations, rich rugs and a vibrant jewel-toned palette.

The beauty is not just skin deep though. Social impact initiatives are important to the owners and they support three via the hotel – The Jafuta Foundation (a non-proft that aims to create equilibrium between nature and humans and which you can donate to as part of your stay), Project Playground (an after-school centre for disadvantaged children which you can visit as part of your itinerary) and H18 Foundation (a craft project and upliftment programme providing training and employment for women in Joe Slovo whose handmade bath mats the hotel features – you can also purchase to take home). Intelligent lighting in all suites, as well as solar-powered panels powering the property, helps the venue work towards being as eco-conscious as possible and the staff are warm and on hand to help with anything you could need. All in all, it’s perfect for a traveller who wants a more memorable stay, and a more hands-on touch.

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