Experience true Wild Coast hospitality at Mazeppa Bay

BY GRAEME LUND - DECEMBER 3, 2015

I love the Wild Coast and off the N2 highway; past green, rolling hills, dozing cattle and courteous villagers, is Mazeppa Bay, with its unmistakable palm fringed beaches, warm water, white sands and lots of sun. The hamlet – consisting of just one country shop, one hotel and a few beach houses, faces onto a small bay with a headland on the right and another, which becomes an island at high tide, on the left. 

We checked in at the 3-Star Mazeppa Bay Hotel and it was immediately clear that the entire atmosphere is one of leisure; guests dozed off at the pool while the staff moved about their business with unhurried efficiency. 

The hotel’s focus is the picturesque bay and the bedrooms offer magnificent sea and garden views. The dining room, lounges and bars all overlook the warm blue ocean too. The hotel itself is nestled in lush indigenous gardens and there is a constant melody of birds chirping. 

As soon as we had unpacked, we picked up a couple of G&T’s from the bar and relaxed at the pool. The rest of our stay was characterised by resting, light strolls on the beach as well as fishing and snorkeling.

Mazeppa Bay Hotel provides catering for different diets and their food is great. The breakfasts are buffet-style with plenty of cereals, yogurts, fresh fruit, coffee and tea on display. Eggs may be ordered, to your taste, from the waitresses, while lunches and dinners come in courses. Dinner starts with a soup, moves on to fish, then a main and finally a dessert.  Oh, there’s also cheese and biscuits if you can find the space...

I found the rooms just perfect for a beach holiday, with big airy windows and basic furnishings that won’t suffer from wet towels, sandy feet or fishing tackle. The upstairs lounge is spacious, comfortably furnished and a great place to sit and contemplate the events of the day before being summoned to another sumptuous meal by the dinner bell.

Although we spent most of our time doing very little, there is plenty to do from fishing to swimming, tennis, hiking, sand boarding, pool and the beach. Children can keep themselves busy on the jungle gym or in the games room.

We loved our stay and are keen to return, this time with the rest of the family. Escape the city this festive season! Call 047 498 0033 or visit mazeppabay.co.za.