Arniston Spa Hotel
Christine Klerck, the manager of our Cape Town office, is exploring properties around the country. Here is the account of her stay at the Arniston Spa Hotel.
I recently visited the Arniston Spa Hotel situated in the coastal village of Arniston in the Overberg.
My family (husband and my two sons aged 13 and 18 years old) and I left Cape Town Saturday morning at about 11.00 am and we arrived in Arniston at 14.30 with a stop en route for lunch. It would normally take two hours to reach Arniston from Cape Town, non stop. We travelled on the N2 highway until Caledon, and then continued onto Napier where we stopped for lunch at a quaint little coffee shop called Napier Farm Stall and Coffee Shop. Being winter in the Cape, it was a welcoming stop to savour home made soup and farm bread, they also serve lovely home made burgers – perfect for hungry teenagers!
Napier, founded in 1838, is actually ranked as the fourth most attractive village in the Western Cape, after Montagu, Greyton and McGregor. The road from Caledon is in perfect condition, travelling over endless hills. No traffic – what a pleasure. The next town on the way is Bredasdorp. From there, it is only 24 km to the seaside village of Arniston. From Bredasdorp, you can easily access the Cape Agulhas – the southern most tip of Africa, and also the geographical area where the Atlantic and Indian Ocean meet.
On arrival at the Arniston Spa Hotel, we received a very warm welcome and checking in was fast and efficient. We were advised about our lunch and dinner options as well as the spa facilities. The hotel has bicycles available to the guests and the use of them is complimentary. We were booked in a Pool Facing room, which was spacious and sunny with a nautical theme in the white and blue colour scheme. A nice touch was a tea/coffee station complete with tea pot, coffee plunger and lovely rusks and even hot chocolate. The bar fridge can be stocked in advance but it came with bottled water, which is complimentary too.
Our room opened onto a small balcony with views of the pool below and surrounding village. There were no ocean views unfortunately but this is an entry level room. I would highly recommend staying in a room at the front of the hotel with views of the ocean. Some of the Luxury Sea Facing rooms also have a fire place, perfect for these chilly winter nights. The TV's aren't that modern, however with such pretty surroundings to explore there isn't much time for TV anyway.
While I enjoyed a lovely walk nearby, the kids grabbed the bicycles to explore the quaint sea side village. Days are short now in winter so we unfortunately had to get back to the hotel before the night set in, which cut our exploring a bit short.
Dinner was served in the main restaurant and both the à la carte menu and the Ladies Bar menu were available to choose from. We sat in the conservatory area of the restaurant and that proved to be a bit chilly in winter but I can imagine it's lovely in summer. The food was traditional with good sized portions. The lamb shank was amazing and popular with my family. The service in the restaurant was fast and efficient and always very friendly.
After a comfortable night, we had a buffet style breakfast. There was a nice choice of hot and cold food and lovely fresh fruit. We checked out of the hotel, thinking two nights would have been perfect, giving us a full day to explore the charming surrounding areas.