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!


GM Luca hails from Durban in KwaZulu Natal and brings along a hospitality background through and through: 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.


Future calls Zimbabwe home, but now happily transplanted to Cape Town--he abandoned academia to pursue his natural bent for hospitality and joined us following stints in similar properties in 2019. How lucky are we!


Young Sanele, originally from Charlize Theron’s native Benoni, joined us as an intern while still studying Tourism in 2018—his passion, dedication and talent led us to keep him on in a permanent capacity and he steps in when/wherever needed.


Fellow Zimbabwean Kwanele, Bongisiwe from the Eastern Cape, Yvonne of Port Elizabeth origin and half of our lovely Congolese duo, Sophie, make up your housekeeping team--while sister Dorcas looks after the house in the evening and overnight . . . Last-but-not least: fabulous Florence, responsible for our legendary breakfasts, afternoon soups and other culinary treats hails from Gauteng but has made Cape Town home for most of her life.


We’re all here together to make your stay with us the very best it can be!

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


Our team is a diverse blend of backgrounds and nationalities – just like South Africa itself!


Capetonian by choice, Anahid and Armin are 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 . . .


Luca hails from Durban in KwaZulu Natal and a hospitality background through and through, while Vuyo is a Cape girl who found her vocation in hotels after starting out in accounting. Willem is from ostrich capital Oudtshoorn and fled the law for hospitality .


Thando, Siposh, Florence and Asanda are Eastern Cape ladies, while the rest of the crew come together at Derwent House from as far away as Congo (our lovely sisters, Sophie and Dorcas) and as close as neighbouring Zimbabwe (Kwanele) . . . all working together to make your stay unforgettable.

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