As Spring takes a firm hold over the Western Cape, we recently woke up to one fine Wednesday in Cape Town. The sun was out in force, the mercury was hitting 30ºC for the first time in months, and we were allowed out of the house for the first time in months too, being 2020 and all. The wind was also nowhere to be seen, a rarity for sunny days in Cape Town where our summer days are battered by blustering South Easters.
And so shunning those mid-week blues, we took the opportunity to take a break from it all, and escape down the coast to the beautiful seaside town of Gordon’s Bay. Drive further and further down the coast away from Cape Town, and False Bay seems to stretch into an endless away of blue. Then tucked deep in the corner is where you will find gorgeous Gordon’s Bay.
Upon arriving at our accommodation at Oceana Palms, we immediately felt like we were on holiday, even though we could see our home suburb of Muizenberg clear across the bay. This luxurious bed and breakfast greeted us with a vibe that was a rare combination between welcoming guesthouse and luxury boutique hotel.
Our vast, spacious room provided us with enough room to dance around while the jet spa tub promised a place to relax at the end of a long day. But it wasn’t the lush room that took my breath away, for just outside its doors, a big balcony provided magnificent views out over that blue blue sea.
On the drive to Oceana Palms, we’d stopped in for ice cream at the beach where kids were playing, taken a stroll through the fynbos cliffside, and even driven up to the viewpoint at Steenbras Dam where we were afforded spectacular views over the bay.
But sitting here, a glass of wine in hand and a delicious fresh fish and chips take away before me, I struggled to imagine a place I would rather be. And so while Gordon’s Bay offered a myriad of activities to entertain, from diving and snorkeling adventures to whale watching boat cruises, hiking trails, Wineland tours, golfing, and horse riding trails, I made a rare decision to simply stay put and drink in those views.
A pool at the bottom of the hotel offering up the same views and a homemade breakfast lovingly prepared by the hotel’s vibrant manageress, Irene, adding the cherry on top to my stay. Irene even mentioned two vacation villas nearby that offer the same views and beachside access with enough space for the entire family.
Well, I guess you know where I will be heading off to next…