Wild Coast family fun: Escape to Ocean View Hotel for unforgettable family holidays

BY GRAEME LUND - MAY 21, 2015

South Africa has some truly amazing tourist attractions, many of them ranked as the best on the planet, but, for me, the Wild Coast will always remain a favourite. This unspoilt, beautiful, refreshing and simply wonderful stretch of coastline is a magical place for a family holiday.

Ocean View Hotel, which is situated in the hamlet of Coffee Bay, is one of my favourite places on this magnificent coastline. The hotel itself is an oasis of civilisation in the midst of wild splendour. Its tropical garden with neat lawns, a crystal-clear swimming pool and sparkling white hotel buildings are in stark contrast to the rugged bush, rolling hills and turbulent waves that surround the hotel grounds.

I found the staff very helpful and polite – which is evident from the moment one walks into hotel’s reception.

The bedrooms are always spotless and neat, and true to a beach holiday resort, were designed to accommodate sandy feet, wet towels and afternoon naps with doors opening onto the sea breeze and the melody of the surf. All rooms are comfortably-furnished with en-suite bathrooms. The Sea View rooms have private patios from which you can relax and watch the ocean beating at the cliffs. Room and laundry service is also available.

My kids love their swimming pool, jungle gym and trampoline and I appreciate the fact that a child minder can be on hand to give me a break too.

The hotel’s garden gate opens straight onto a magnificent beach set between two prominent headlands while a lagoon, easily wadeable at most times, enters the ocean below one headland. The rocky feet of the headlands offer good snorkelling, excellent fishing and beachcombers will enjoy the shells and drift wood.

Ocean View Hotel’s restaurant is one of the best places to eat in the area. Meals may be enjoyed on the veranda with its view over of waving palm fronds, white beaches and the deep blue Indian Ocean. The hotel bar, situated next to the pool and a few steps from the beach, is also a great place to meet other guests and relax after an activity filled day.

Activities in the area abound - you can take long hikes and short walks, horse riding, canoeing, swimming and, as already mentioned, fishing, snorkelling and beachcombing.

Ocean View Hotel is a great place for a holiday and one I personally recommend. See you there!

For more information, call 047 575 2005/6, email [email protected]  or visit www.oceanview.co.za.