MAGNIFICENT PANORAMIC VIEWS: La Vista Lodge offers beautiful scenery and access to Garden Route wonders

BY CANDRA NEILSON - AUGUST 8, 2014

I recently celebrated my birthday and was spoilt by my fiancé. Although I had learnt beforehand that we were to stay at La Vista Lodge in Plettenberg Bay and had Googled the place, nothing prepared me for the sheer comfort and beauty of this 4-Star establishment.

La Vista stands high on a privileged site commanding unsurpassed views over the Keurbooms Lagoon, Lookout Beach, the Bahia Formosa and the Tsitsikamma Mountains. With a combination of magnificent scenery and convenient access to the wonders and tourist attractions of the Garden Route, La Vista’s location just can’t be matched.

Upon our arrival, we were warmly received by the Manager, Cornelle, who later took us on a brief tour of the lodge. Accommodation is offered in seven uniquely decorated and spacious suites - all with unmatched ocean or lagoon views and amenities such as free Wi-Fi, large en-suite bathrooms, DSTV, hot beverage facilities, mini-bars and either a king-size or twin beds. What’s more, the lodge offers three different price options to suit any budget.

Having freshened up, we made our way to the lodge’s dining room which features large glass windows. A full moon shone over the ocean horizon beyond and made it a purely magical evening.

Our starter consisted of roasted, sun-dried tomato soup with a hint of basil pesto and parmesan cheese, accompanied by a home-made bread roll. It certainly was the perfect appetiser to our mains - lamb rack served with couscous and Mediterranean vegetables. The lamb was well-prepared and absolutely divine. Dessert, a short while later, was a heavenly tiramisu. Our tummies full, we retired to our rooms for the night.

Winter rain, the next morning, meant we could happily stay in bed a bit longer. Eventually, we visited the dining room and tucked into a buffet-style breakfast which consisted of four types of cereals, an assortment of muffins, fresh fruits, cold meats, cheeses, yoghurts, fresh orange juice and a variety of home-made breads.

Cornelle had also prepared for us omelettes with eggs benedict; poached eggs served on crispy bacon and accompanied by grilled mushrooms and spinach as well as freshly-baked croissants smothered in hollandaise sauce and coffee. After breakfast, we were ready to explore the Garden Route.

Contact La Vista Lodge on 072 976 5450 or email [email protected] or visit www.lavista.co.za today.