The People

“It’s the people that make the place . . .” — Pittacus Lore


Our award-winning team is a diverse blend of backgrounds and nationalities – just like our guests!

Capetonian by choice, Anahid and Armin are respectively Canadian and Austrian by birth. Coming together in Cairo, Anahid spent most of her life in the Middle East and Africa while Armin left his village in the Alps near Salzburg, Austria at a young age to travel the world in hospitality . . . After living in more than 15 countries across the globe, we’ve chosen to settle down forever in beautiful Cape Town!

Luca hails from Durban in KwaZulu Natal and brings along a hospitality background on land and sea: after experience on cruise ships and holiday properties closer to home, Luca relocated to Cape Town in 2015 and is by now as Capetonian as the Gatsby. When not steering the Derwent ship, he’s mostly to be found on a mountain with his faithful companion, Chad.

Patience calls Zimbabwe home, but her hospitality calling drew her to the Mother City. . . Fellow Zimbabwean Kwanele, Yvonne, originally from Port Elizabeth, and Vovo from the Eastern Cape take care of housekeeping and your breakfast service, while Gladys from Lesotho and Oliver from ostrich capital, Oudtshoorn, look after the house in the evening and overnight . . . Chef Alpha is in charge of the kitchen: the author of our legendary breakfast, afternoon soups in winter and those fabulous tea-time cakes and pastries.

We’re all here at your service to make your stay with us in beautiful Cape Town the very best it can be!

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