Villa Belmonte, the luxury boutique hotel established in a historic Cape Town mansion by hoteliers Cliff and Tabea Jacobs, has been sold and has closed.
The price has not been disclosed, but it is understood that the new owner of the landmark property, who is British, plans to use the building, which has views over the city from the slopes of Table Mountain, as a personal residence.
Both Cliff and Tabea Jacobs have now started new careers – he as a property consultant focusing on hotels, guest houses, wine farms and game lodges and reserves. Tabea is studying to add a legal qualification to the business degrees she already has.
A former hotel manager with Southern Sun, Sun International and the Protea group and former franchisee of two Mike’s Kitchen restaurants in Cape Town, Cliff Jacobs established Villa Belmonte in Oranjezicht with his wife in 1992.
Luxuriously equipped and lavishly furnished, it soon earned five stars from South African Tourism and was popular with business travellers and leisure tourists. Among the famous guests who stayed at the hotel over the years were novelist Maeve Binchy, who was a regular visitor and spent hours in her room writing, and global TV wildlife documentary superstar David Attenborough.
Over its 22 years of trading from February 1992 till closing in March this year, Villa Belmonte averaged about 65% occupancy.
As food, wine and good-living enthusiasts, Cliff and Tabea Jacobs hosted regular food and wine pairing dinners at Villa Belmonte down the years.
Jacobs says there is keen interest from potential investors in the hospitality property market. “My job is to match the buyers with the sellers to ensure that both are getting a good deal.
“Hotels and guesthouses have enjoyed a good few months in the Western Cape. It appears that good times are here again since the imbalance of supply and demand for accommodation that resulted from excessive expectations of the World Cup in 2010.
“In my 40-year career I have seen good and bad times for the hotel industry and have acquired knowledge and insight that I am ready to pass on,” Jacobs said. “In some ways I feel like a cowboy without a horse now while I adapt to a new way of life and business.”
He studied hard and long (more than 430 hours) to ensure he acquired the NQF 4 and 5 qualifications in real estate needed for his new career. He now operates the hotel management consultancy, Exquisite Hotel Consultants, which offers a full range of services to owners of hotels who need management advice and services and operational expertise.
Jacobs can be contacted at +27 84 413 1071 or +27 61 716 6951 or +27 21 554 0283.
Cliff Jacobs (Nat Dpl Hotel Man (UJ). MPRE. GA Level 5 TEFL) Managing Principal / CEO Exquisite Hotel Consultants (Pty) Ltd Mobile: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951 Landline: +27 (0) 21 554 0283 Web: https://www.exquisitehotelconsultants.com C/o Sybelstrasse 69 10629 Berlin GERMANY Terms and Conditions apply Scroll down to view our Hospitality Properties and Businesses for sale or lease or lease-to-buy or partnership arrangement or management agreement arrangement
Cliff Jacobs (Nat Dpl Hotel Man (UJ). MPRE. GA Level 5 TEFL)
Managing Principal / CEO
Exquisite Hotel Consultants (Pty) Ltd
Mobile: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951
Landline: +27 (0) 21 554 0283
C/o Sybelstrasse 69
Terms and Conditions apply
Scroll down to view our Hospitality Properties and Businesses for sale or lease or lease-to-buy or partnership arrangement or management agreement arrangement
We interface with all of the major banks in South Africa to ensure that you get the right home loan solution at the best possible rate.
Looking forward to assist you with your home loan application!
Hospitality Consulting, Accounting, Bookkeeping and Payroll Services
Corporate Finance, Tax & Accounting and Treasury Services.
Attorneys, Notaries and Conveyancers
Property Valuation Services
International property, law and immigration
Real Estate Specialist - Our Associate in Namibia
We offer an international platform of specialist hospitality property and/or business brokering services by listing and marketing for sale or lease or by investment partner arrangement or management agreement arrangement of a variety of hospitality products (i.e. hotels, resorts, boutique hotels, guest houses, guest lodges, B&Bs, game resorts, wine farms, yachts, cruise liners, etc) through our association with EC Mobility (in Portugal and Spain), BON Hotels (Africa), Giovanni Conti (Italy, North and East Africa, Sri Lanka), Nuno Boquinhas (Portugal, Azores, Madeira, Mozambique), Property 24, Seeff Property Services, Harcourts, Realnet, RE/MAX, Dogon Property Group, Rawson Estates, among many other prominent commercial estate agencies throughout Southern Africa - and now we are entering other African Countries on the East and West Coasts of Africa and moving further abroad! To date, Exquisite Hotel Consultants has a presence in over 80 countries - and counting...
Working with the above-mentioned agencies and others provides the largest possible reach nationally and internationally for all prospective buyers and sellers wishing to enter or exit the Hospitality Industry.
Sister websites have been opened in the following countries: United Kingdom: see www.exquisitehotelconsultants.co.uk, and in Germany: see www.exquisitehotelconsultants.de, and in the United States of America: see www.exquisitehotelconsultants.us.
Please note that several of our hospitality properties and/or businesses for sale or lease or through business partnership arrangements or management contracts are officially "Off-Market" - mainly for privacy reasons. Therefore, they are not listed as part of our hospitality properties/businesses for sale or lease stock. Please contact me for further details.
Should you be considering to sell or buy or lease or obtain a partnership arrangement or management agreement arrangement for your hotel, boutique hotel, resort, guest house, B&B, game lodge, game resort, guest farm, yacht or cruise liner etc, I would be most pleased to provide you with further details of our way of working to effectively market and sell your property(ies) and/or business(es).
Food Service, Beverage and Laundry Solutions
Electrolux Professional is a leading global provider of foodservice, beverage and laundry solutions, serving a wide range of customers globally, from restaurants and hotels to healthcare, educational and other service facilities.
Learn to speak Hotel English (one-to-one online course)
Our TEFL trained tutors teach the following functions
The course consists of 21 lessons (4 to 5 one-hour lessons per month).
Hotel Amenities - inspired by Africa
Hospitality Consultancy and Procurement
Revenue (yield) Management
Online room inventory Distribution & Rates optimisation
Implementation of Best Available Rate (BAR), in conjunction with point 1 & 2
Real Estate Agency - Our Associate in Mozambique
Business Management and Procurement
Tourism Grading Assessment
ooba offers you:
Interior Design and Decoration
Johannesburg based Tours & Transfers Operator
We look forward to being of service to you.
Hotel Management and Marketing
Hotel Linen Suppliers
LUX Award Winners 2021 for The Best Hospitality Suppliers. We are a proudly South African brand established in 2006.
Appreciating Property Value
We focus on servicing:
Smart Interior Design