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PERFECT WEEKEND AWAY: Chill out at the Cape St Francis Resort

PERFECT WEEKEND AWAY: Chill out at the Cape St Francis Resort

Cape St Francis village is a perfect weekend getaway for many reasons. Surrounded by nature reserves and without shopping centres, schools or pubs nearby, it is a great place to switch pause on life.

Located in this wonderful village, Cape St Francis Resort is my favourite family holiday destination. It offers plenty of accommodation options - from huge, luxurious beach mansions to neat, well-furnished holiday houses and comfortable apartments.

In every case, the linen is new and crisp, the bathrooms modern and clean and the kitchens well stocked with cutlery and crockery.  In short, each one is a home from home but with that typical holiday sense that the sound of the surf, the smell of thatch and the rustle of palm trees evokes.

My family particularly enjoys relaxing at one of the Resort’s swimming pools located next to a restaurant and pub. Over the weekends, there is usually a DJ or a musician to add to the holiday vibe.

The restaurant’s food is excellent and good value for money. Besides lounging pool-side with a tall, cool cocktail in hand, you can try their calamari, rib and chip basket – it is delicious, easy to eat and satisfies!

The Resort sits astride one of South Africa’s most perfect beaches. It is long and wide, sheltered between two headlands and, best of all, never really busy.

Where the beach meets the rocks is the most popular and safest swimming beach in the area. It is also one of the world’s top surfing destinations and it is not uncommon to hear accents and languages from across the globe.

On the ‘wild side’, there are beautiful rock pools, great fishing locations and plenty of coves littered with beautiful shells. The Cape St Francis lighthouse is worth a visit as is the penguin rescue and rehabilitation centre next door.

Further afield, is St Francis Bay village which has a large shopping centre, plenty of restaurants, pubs, boats and more good restaurants.

If you will be staying at home, there’s DSTV but I find a good book is just perfect. Some of the accommodation offers views across the ocean and I love sitting on the veranda at dusk watching the lights come on in the hamelt below and the flash of the light house sweeping the bay, with the children chattering happily in the background and the smell of charcoal is in the air.

You can also visit their health and beauty studio called Hibiscus for facials, manicures, pedicures, waxing and massages. Ahh, that’s a holiday!

To stay at Cape St Francis Resort, call 042 298 0054 or visit www.capestfrancis.co.za.