YOU DESERVE A BREAK: Completely unplug from your job at St. Francis Links

BY CHARL BOSCH - JULY 24, 2014

For many executives, taking time away from the office jobs feels like an untenable luxury. However, as harsh as it may sound, studies have found that overworking lowers vocabulary and reasoning skills, increases the risk of severe depression, and, counter intuitively, kills productivity and may eventually lead to heart problems and an early death. Hopefully, taking time off now feels more important than it did just few minutes ago – and if you are looking to switch off for a moment, St. Francis Links Golf Estate, situated in St. Francis Bay, just 70km from Port Elizabeth, is just the ideal vacation destination for exhausted executives.  

There is plenty to do at St Francis Links, which is surrounded by scenic hills that roll down to the warm Indian Ocean. From unwinding at St Francis Bay Golf Course, one of the most prestigious coastal courses in the country, you can also relax at the town’s waterfront where you can explore its historical lighthouse and canals or immerse yourself in sea safaris, yachting, surfing and big game fishing among other activities.

St. Francis Links provides offers luxury accommodation on the estate in in 2, 4, 6 and 10 bedroom homes/units, with self-catering facilities. If you do not want to cater, breakfast is available at the clubhouse 7 days a week.

Head chef, Brad Castle, also specialises in cuisines ranging from Asian and Italian, to Indian and European tastes. Choices include an ‘Easy Monday’, which comprises of a two-course dinner with a different menu for each Monday. The menu features tempting options such as Grilled Citrus Chicken with sesame soy egg noodles and julienne vegetables; Cinnamon Doughnuts with Coffee anglaise, and Crispy Eisbein served with homemade sauerkraut, mustard and mashed potatoes; and a Pineapple Upside Down Cake served with coconut macaroons.

Those preferring something with an extra kick would no doubt appreciate ‘Curry Wednesday’ with options ranging from the low Avial Vegetable and Cape Malay Fish Curry, to the hot Pork Vindaloo and Spicey Yellow Thai Fish Curry.

For corporate retreats, St. Francis offers a state-of-art conference facility that can accommodate up to 120 delegates – depending on seating style. It comes equipped with all the amenities such as air-conditioning, audio-visual equipment, LCD projector and screen, flip chart with markers and a cordless microphone to name but a few.

St Francis Bay and its surrounds also offer an array of outdoor activities that will be organised by the Links team. Certainly, if you need a quick escape from your office routines why not call 042 200 4500 or visit www.stfrancislinks.co.za.