Unwind at the gorgeous Blue Bay Lodge

Weekends were totally made for travel! I recently took a drive up the West Coast with my mom and dad for a late Saturday lunch, and we came across the hidden gem that is Blue Bay Lodge.

Only 130 km out of Cape Town, this veritable oasis of tropical greens, azure blues and swaying palm trees exudes nothing but relaxation and luxury – it’s simply the perfect place for a lunch right on the oceanfront or a tranquil weekend away!






Built above the wide-stretched beaches of Saldanha Bay, the elegant lodge offers a haven of unassuming style, warm West Coast hospitality, and all that one could look for in a relaxing retreat. From the moment I arrived, I could feel both my mind and body start to relax. Before sitting down for lunch, I asked to have a look at the accommodation, and I was just delighted!

All of the three-star suites are very private and comfortable. Each of is furnished and fully equipped, making them ideal for when you just want to put your feet up and relax. The views from the rooms are untouchable – think lush green plants and warm, inviting hues and spaces. It’s simply divine! Just one glance out the window is sure to have you feeling like the outside world is quite literally a million miles away.






I then took a seat in the lodge’s charming a la carte restaurant, Blue Bay Café. The interior of the restaurant is chic and sophisticated with a comfortable feel. My family and I opted for a table right in front of the dining room so we could relax and enjoy the views of the sparkling bay and the long, sandy beaches as well as listen to the soft murmur of the waves while indulging in some fine wine and seafood.

Our warm and welcoming waiter quickly brought a basket of fresh seeded rolls over to our table and took our drinks order. My dad and myself both went for a glass of white wine, and my mom ordered a pina colada. Then, to start, we all ordered the soup of the day, which was a creamy mussel soup with finely-chopped zucchini. It was glorious! Ever-so-fresh and wonderfully tasty.






For mains, I ordered the pan of butter-friend prawn tails, while my parents ordered both the pan-fried hake fillet and grilled rump steak to share. Our food arrived promptly, and everything was cooked to perfection! Yes, I had a little taste of everything. My prawn tails in particular very enjoyable. There’s nothing quite like fresh West Coast prawns, right? I’m in fact craving a plate of them right now.

Although we were all completely stuffed by the time our waiter had cleared our table, we agreed that we just had to try something off the dessert menu, and so we ordered the frosted strawberry cheesecake to share. Served nice and chilled, the cheesecake was the perfect sweet ending to our outstanding meal.






Overall, I just loved my short time at Blue Bay Lodge, and so did my mom and dad. We were all equally impressed! We even got to see a few whales and porpoises glide by during our meal. I can’t wait to return! However, next time it will definitely be for a weekend away in their stunning little lodge.

Whether your idea of relaxation is having a glass of wine while overlooking the ocean, reading your book while listening to the sound of the crashing waves, or taking a long walk on the beach, you can be sure that Blue Bay Lodge offers some kind of relaxation for everyone. Go and experience it for yourselves!



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Address: Henry Wicht Avenue, Blouwaterbaai, Saldanha Bay

Phone number: 022 714 1177

Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/bluebaylodge

Website: www.bluebaylodge.co.za


Top ten to-dos in Kalk Bay

Kalk Bay is one of my favourite places in Cape Town. It’s such a unique and charming little town, don’t you think? I just love the eclectic mix of artsy people, cobbled streets, historic buildings, excellent restaurants, bohemian bric-a-brac shops, vintage bookstores, art and antique galleries and colourful fishing vessels! The next time you take a drive out to the South Peninsula, stop by this quaint little suburb – it has so much to offer! These are my top ten favourite things to do in Kalk Bay.


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#1: Have coffee and a croissant at C’est La Vie

C’est la Vie is a gorgeous little French-inspired café right opposite the Dalebrook tidal pool – one of the four tidal pools in Kalk Bay that are safe for swimming. Go here to enjoy excellent coffee, raw juices, fresh croissants and artisanal bakes. It’s the perfect place to pop into after a brisk walk along the seaboard or simply for a long, lazy breakfast!

#2: Enjoy classic fish and chips at Kalky’s

Edwin and Liz Rosslind’s large, casual cabin-like restaurant right on the harbour quay offers the best fish and chips on this coastline! The battered hake and chips is a dish to-die-for – but then again, the calamari, kingklip, yellowtail and prawns are divine, too. A waitress shouts out your order number when your grub is ready and you then tuck in at your plastic-covered table, or head over to the harbour’s edge to enjoy.

#3: Indulge in fine wine and seafood at Live Bait, Harbour House and Polana

These three sea-facing restaurants, all in the same building and owned by the same group, offer top-notch wine and seafood for a stylish and sophisticated dining experience. The building towers over the bustling fishing pier and boasts the most incredible panoramic views of the mountain and sea. Be sure to take a walk along the pier after your meal – the sea spray and salty air is a simply wonderful tonic!

#4: Go shopping at ANPA Jewellery

ANPA Jewellery is the most divine little contemporary jewelry design shop that offers bespoke pieces. Whether it’s a statement necklace or a delicate ring you’re looking for, you’re sure to find something that wows you! The jewellers combine rare, high-quality gems with gold and silver the make the most exceptional pieces. Other materials they use include leather, silk, African Blackwood and even peacock feather.

#5: Get artsy at The Potter’s Workshop

The Potter’s Workshop has the most stunning ceramics, pottery and glazes from famous local ceramicists on offer. It’s something quite awe-inspiring! Pick up something for to decorate your home, or take home materials to make your own. This place is certainly any artsy girl’s haven!

#6: Unleash your inner booklover at Kalk Bay Books

This little bookshop offers the most spectacular sea views in the country… If not the world! It’s a gathering place for booklovers to browse and buy books. The store also regularly hosts book launches and discussions, in which case locals scramble for a place on the plush leather sofa with a glass of red wine in hand. If this sounds like your thing, pay them a visit!

#7: Sip cocktails at Brass Bell and La Parada

Sea views and great cocktails are a match made in heaven… And these two local hotspots offer just that! What’s more, is you can also expect delicious tapas as well as the most spectacular mountain backdrop at both of these laidback establishments. I’d recommend either one for a late boozy lunch or a relaxed romantic dinner.

#8: Tuck into a breakfast, lunch or dinner special at Olympia Café & Deli

Olympia Café & Deli has got to be the most popular eatery in Kalk Bay! The rustic café is well-known for its home-baked breads and pastries, as well as a blackboard of breakfast, lunch and dinner specials that change daily for when you’re on a budget. Don’t leave without visiting their bakery shop, which is behind the red door around the corner, to buy a flaky pain au chocolat or a freshly-baked ciabatta!

#9: Treat yourself to the best ice-cream at Ice Café

Right opposite the train station is one of the most amazing little ice-cream parlours in Cape Town – yup, it’s Ice Café! They have the most delectable ice-creams and sorbets on offer. I’m still dreaming about the raspberry-rosewater with toasted almond ice-cream I had the last time I popped in there!

#10: Watch a play at Kalk Bay Theatre

Kalk Bay Theatre is a unique and intimate little 72-seater theatre, which was once a historic church. They stage excellent plays with a special supper club experience, giving a real sense of community to the area. On Tuesdays, they offer a two-shows-for-the-price-of-one deal. Score!

Five of the best restaurants on the Camps Bay strip

When it comes to wining and dining, there’s no place more stylish to do it than on the Camps Bay strip. Am I right, darlings? Think about it… The ocean’s right in front of you, the mountain’s behind you, and you’re spoiled for choice with tons of different cocktail bars and seafood spots. That’s the problem though, isn’t it? There are just so many fabulous restaurants to choose from in Camps Bay! So where do you go? Let me point you to the trendiest, tastiest places!




#1: Paranga

On an eye level with the beach, Paranga boasts gorgeous seaside views whether you sit outside in the range of the ocean spray, or in the cosy and intimate interior. They offer an enormous variety of food, all with a distinctly Capetonian feel, which is pretty special! You can choose from salads, sushi, seafood and selected meats. One of my favourite dishes on their menu is the grilled Kingklip with warm tartare and tomato sauce, fresh peas, diced potato, gem lettuce, boiled egg, fresh herbs and capers in lemon cream for R170. It’s simply divine! This stunning spot is also well-known for their extensive cocktail menu. Their grapefruit and mint G&T is a winner, I might add!


#2: Café Caprice

Café Caprice pretty much defines the word “stylish”. The place, the people, the food and the drinks are all exceptionally stunning! Recommended for the “World Class” mixology award in 2014, the bartenders here create their cocktails with much precision, passion and pride. Sip on one of these perfectly-crafted concoctions and snack on a cheeseboard while you watch the sun set over the ocean between the pillars of palm trees. You can even head across the road with your drink in hand and relax in the sand with others members of the Caprice crowd. Can’t decide which cocktail to go for? I recommend the Botanical Gardener – a mix of rosemary and lemon infused Tanqueray No. 10 with fresh fruit zest topped with Hibiscus tea soda. It’s oh-so-refreshing!


#3: Blues Restaurant & Bar

Blues is certainly a landmark on the Camps Bay beachfront. They serve up excellent contemporary Mediterranean cuisine in equally impressive décor. The unique interior allows diners to feel as if they’re stretched out on the beach as opposed to seated in a bar right next to it. The service is friendly and the ambiance lively, which makes it just the place to spend an evening with friends! If you’ve got the cash to splash, I highly recommend trying their Shellfish Extravaganza for two, which consists of premium West Coast crayfish, Mozambican langoustines, assorted prawns and West Coast mussels. It’ll be R1400 well spent, I promise! Oh, and make sure you order their delectable tiramisu or sticky toffee pudding for dessert.


#4: Mezepoli Meze and Wine Bar

Mezepoli is probably my favourite place to dine in Camps Bay. This place is an exciting fusion of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines. No matter what you order, your dish is sure to be a generous portion and to wow your taste buds! Each meze dish on the menu is perfectly paired with one of Mezepoli’s carefully selected wines. The restaurant also serves sushi, which is fresh and delicious, not to mention half price during the day in the summer. For the perfect urban dining experience, go here! It’s a fabulous place to sit back and relax with a revitalising cocktail in one hand and a table full of promptly prepared meze in front of you.


#5: The Hussar Grill

The Hussar Grill is well-known for serving up great meat dishes and smooth drinks. In actual fact, this chain of restaurants is now regarded as one of South Africa’s premier grill rooms, so you can expect only the best, class A, grass-fed beef and game! To ensure you choose the meat perfect for you, they offer a “viewing session” of your meat before you eat (how cool?). Their meat board displays the raw meat cuts while your knowledgeable waiter explains how the process of preparation differs for each cut. A house speciality is the Hussar Carpetbagger, which is a dish combining stuffed fillet mignon with a combination of smoked oysters and cheddar cheese, topped off with a brandy and wholegrain mustard sauce for R169. Also, be sure to check out their award-winning wine list – perfect for sundowner sessions in “the bay”!