Cape Town's new harbourfront venue

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14 Nov 2012

A new multi-million rand development on the south arm of the harbour in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, Shimmy Beach Club, is set to become one of the city’s premier oceanfront dining and lifestyle destinations when it opens in on the 7th of December.

Influenced by some of the world’s most glamorous and fabulous entertainment venues, the 2000m2 Shimmy Beach Club, along with a spectacular location, private beach and expansive outside deck, is approachable by car, helicopter or boat. The club features a containership-inspired bar, illuminated champagne bar, wine cooler room, as well as a glass rim flow infinity swimming pool, lounge and main restaurant.

Influenced by some of the world’s most glamorous and fabulous entertainment venues, the 2000m2 Shimmy Beach Club, along with a spectacular location, private beach and expansive outside deck, is approachable by car, helicopter or boat. The club features a containership-inspired bar, illuminated champagne bar, wine cooler room, as well as a  glass rim flow infinity swimming pool, lounge and main restaurant.

Well known Cape Town businessman and Shimmy co-owner, Shawn Mace, together with one of the city’s most celebrated chefs and fellow co-owner, Seelan Sundoo, are excited about the prospect of creating a world class venue in Cape Town and have had the vision of the Beach Club for the past three years.

 “Besides providing a great venue for a night out, Shimmy will also create a number of job opportunities in the city’s hospitality industry with 120 staff to be employed,” says Shawn Mace.

Seelan Sundoo  says they already have international events booked for the 22nd and 31st of December.

The ambitious project was turned into reality through additional funding sourced from consortiums in Angola and China with the vision of co-owners Mace and Sundoo  to expand the concept into Africa.

The backdrop of the working harbour and the unrelenting surge of nature is the inspiration for the architecture and interior décor for Shimmy Beach Club.

The architectural style of the venue is set to be deliberately unpretentious with clean lines and an open feel, and, appreciating the area’s rich heritage, the venue looks to fully exploit the magnificent outlook.

With Cape Town’s capricious weather conditions taken into careful consideration, Shimmy Beach Club is expected to be popular year-round. In summer, Shimmy Beach Club will expand outwards with the deck, beach loungers and pool, while in winter its design will ensure a warm and inviting retreat from the elements, though still taking in the magnificent location.

Extensive thought has gone into every aspect of the interior and it makes use of natural elements of engineered wood, stone and metal along with contemporary fixtures while visually appealing, playful finishes include a front door reminiscent of the Titanic and a “floating log” that looks as if it fell from a ship as well as light fixtures which create various accents, some resembling sea foam and others the Milky Way.

 The Shimmy Beach Club vision is to create a clean palette with a sophisticated edge, using fewer and more natural materials to produce a space that breaks away from the expected by shifting materials around and using them in an unpredictable way. Locally made, the bespoke furnishings make use of natural materials of stone, wood, leather, stainless steel, glass and raw, textured fabrics.

Set on the edge of the glistening Atlantic Ocean, Shimmy Beach Club is set to add an exhilarating new element to Cape Town’s luxury dining and lifestyle firmament. 

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