Intrigue around intimate experiences is emerging
This has been observed by The Last Word Intimate Hotels team that is steered by the successful father-and-daughter balance of Peter Fleck and Nicky Coenen.
Peter spearheads The Last Word portfolio and his analytical mind has led to extensive research of, and a fine insight into, hospitality.
“Many upmarket travellers want to move away from the noise and claustrophobic crowds,” he says. “They are seeking remote locations where silence is golden, and peace, privacy and safety are paramount. We believe that added to this, intimacy delivers a fulfilling, memorable stay.”
At 40-something Nicky has been through the ranks in the hospitality industry and her role as general manager has helped take the group to a new level.
“Here paradise is inside,” she explains. “With inordinately large spaces and tasteful décor, we focus internally on the pleasures of unsurpassed elegance and superior room comfort. The name, Intimate Hotels, defines our operational space – intimate in character, generosity and kindness.”
These three old-fashioned values have placed The Last Word Intimate Hotels apart from its competitors; and the small, creative team, that fits comfortably with the family ethos, believes warm-heartedness is as impressive as outdoor splendour, and has adopted the relevant purpose of making guests happy. Flipping through the guest book reveals the visitors’ ‘last word’ – and that tells all…
“It sounds rather simple, but we know if the ‘what’ in our business had been to sell as many beds as possible, at competitive rates, then we would never have come this far,” Peter adds.
Small and exclusive
Now in its 14th year, the vision of The Last Word is matchless intimacy, subtle and soft on the emotional mind. It’s a difficult concept to portray because visualising intimacy and exclusivity is challenging. The philosophy is about a dedicated, professional team — rather than panorama — making a difference.
The three five-star, intimate hotels, each with no more than ten rooms, are in and around Cape Town – one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
“And here on the African Riviera, The Last Word Intimate Hotels may enchant and fascinate but the real intention is to touch the soul,” says Nicky.
Sculpted to perfection by past eras, Constantia Valley is the country’s oldest wine-growing region, and The Last Word Constantia provides a five-star, intimate sanctuary in the heart of this rural setting. Here there is magic in charm; comfort in understated sophistication; and a garden, with solar-heated pool, that whispers abundance. Easy access to Cape Town central, close to renowned natural attractions, including Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, glistening beaches, golf courses – and other activities to suit all preferences – makes this an ideal destination for business and leisure travellers.
Azure treasures of the Atlantic, majestic mountain slopes, 8km of unspoiled white sand – and a five-star, intimate hotel. All this is in the picturesque lobster-fishing village of Kommetjie where guests are captivated by the warmth of local hospitality. It is a mere ripple from the water’s edge and only about an hour’s drive from Cape Town. Leisurely walks, horse riding along the stretch of fine-white beach sand and other interesting excursions are among the outdoor activities the area offers.
At internationally-renowned vineyards, there’s a place where an enchanting wisteria rose and bougainvillea-lined path offers an openhearted welcome and unpretentious, personalised service.
Expect French Provençal living at The Last Word Franschhoek, a five-star, intimate hotel that reflects nuances of Cape Huguenot heritage — remember Franschhoek, an easy hour-and-twenty minutes from the Mother City, is the country’s food-and-wine heartland. Wine tasting on horseback offers an unusual activity, and the wine tram tour is, arguably, the best way to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley.
To make a reservation
The Last Word Intimate Hotels is a member of Mantis.
- Visit: www.thelastword.co.za
- Phone: 021 794 6561