Looking across the waterfront at its splendid illuminated beauty reflected in the water, with Table Mountain as the perfect backdrop, it's hard to believe that a tale that ends in sadness can ever have begun in the midst of such loveliness...
For The Grace lives up to its name.
It is a place of exquisite refinement, understated and seemingly effortless in its simple style.
Designer Kathi Weixelbaumer was recently commisioned to oversee a complete refurbishment of The Grace, and she in turn commisioned African Footprint to design and hand paint all the textiles used in the hotel.
The murals, wall-hangings and soft furnishings all tell the elaborate story of the fairest Cape, and of the Dutch East India Company around which the city grew
These elegant silk dupioni curtains handpainted in calligraphy, which tell the story of The Grace as well as the maritime origins of the present day Victoria and Alfred Waterfront are yet another example of their work.
In front sits one of the 500 antiques Weixelbaumer purchased to create a collection of furniture, art and accessories that best reflect the history of the city as a trading route.
This beautiful mural found on the fourth floor Lobby adds to the theme of storytelling about the Cape..
It seems surreal to think that it was in this peaceful and gentile space, that the Dewani's began an evening that was to go so horribly wrong...