Areas and Places

Cape Town’s Old Ambassador Hotel under R900m redevelopment

An artist's impression of the luxurious Aurum development on Cape Town's Atlantic Seaboard.
An artist's impression of the luxurious Aurum development on Cape Town's Atlantic Seaboard.

One of the Atlantic Seaboards’ landmark buildings, The Old Ambassador Hotel is currently being redeveloped into ultra-luxurious apartments by property developers, Da’Realty. Completion has been scheduled for mid-2018. 

The redevelopment cost totals R900 million with the end product of eight luxurious presidential penthouses overlooking the ocean.

The complex has been named AURUM which means ‘Shining Dawn’ in Latin and the sea-facing presidential apartments in Victoria Road range in size from 270m squared to 800m squared. On the mountain side of Victoria Road, the luxury residential units start at 125m squared, increasing to 600m squared and priced from R15 million for the mountainside apartments, going up to R130 million for sea facing apartments.

The eight presidential residences each occupy their own floor with private lift access and when completed, AURUM will feature details such as a cascading waterfall with hold hand-stitched mosaics for the logo, a reception area adorned with fine glass and crystal chandeliers, a luxurious spa, a restaurant, 24-hour valet and concierge services with beautifully landscaped grounds around a feature pool.

The Ambassador Hotel presented prime positioning, where all elements of nature presented themselves to be woven into the artistry of the building – a focus that is integral to Da’Realty’s ethos” says founding President of Da’Realty, Ahsan Darvesh.

AURUM, when completed, will be an extremely exclusive, super-luxury work of art with exquisite finishes that are rarely seen in South Africa. The few privileged AURUM owners will be part of a private collection of art properties where every aspect has been carefully considered and each element is crafted by top artisans from around the world,” says Ahsan.

From brass sanitary ware to hinge-less handmade doors with beautiful picture frame architraves, 2.5m vein matched marble tile flooring, Bang Olufsen TV and music systems that look like art on the walls, every detail has been carefully selected by Ahsan Darvesh himself.

True beauty lies in the details and to achieve perfection one has to strive for more. As most artists around the world start from a vision or an inspiration so is the case with Da’Realty and AURUM,” concludes Ahsan.