There really is nothing quite like family time. After a very busy few months and my husband’s travel schedule getting a little out of hand, we were well overdue for some down time and much needed bonding time. I was super excited about this little trip and it was everything I had hoped it would be – the only downside of holidays like these is that they come to an end all too quickly, leaving me with a serious case of the holiday blues. A friend has recommended Oubaai Hotel and Spa to us and when I spotted a great deal on Hyperli (the old Groupon), we booked two nights at the beautiful golf estate. We decided to look for another two nights to add on to our stay, given that it was quite a drive for just two nights, especially with Oliver. After another look through Hyperli, I snatched up another special at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, just 35 minutes from Oubaai (more on that next week).
I was a little anxious about the long drive to George with Oliver as the furthest we had been with him as about 2.5 hours out of Cape Town and that was a good few months ago. We planned our departure to coincide with his morning nap and and after 30 minutes he was out cold and slept for 2.5 hours – a serious win! We stopped off at Oude Post Bistro, a really lovely and unexpected find just past Swellendam where we had delicious coffee and roostekoek while Oliver got to enjoy the sunshine and look at the goats. If you are travelling with kiddies, I’d definitely recommend this as a stop as it has a huge play area, jungle gym, scooters and animals – and they have a gorgeous little boutique, Hartsgoed where I could have spent a small fortune. It’s also the perfect halfway point between Cape Town and George so we were able to do the last stretch in one go (with me in the back entertaining Oliver 😉 )
We took a beautiful scenic drive through Herold’s Bay to stretch out Oliver’s afternoon nap – such a quaint little spot which reminded me of a tiny Dutch village. We arrived at Oubaai Hotel and were greeted by the most spectacular views looking out over the Outeniqua mountains. A golf cart was at the ready to take us and our bags to our beautiful, spacious room (which I now realised I never took photos of). The room had a king-size bed with crisp white linen and huge fluffy pillows and more than enough space for Oliver’s camp cot – which he probably slept in for about 3 hours the whole time we were there (the big bed is just so much more comfortable!) I loved the modern finishes and huge bath in the room which Oliver and I took full advantage of 🙂
We took a late afternoon walk around the hotel and grounds to get our bearings before having an early supper at Herolds Bistro and Bar. Their very limited menu and average food was a bit of a let down but they do have gorgeous views out over the valley which does make it a lovely sundowner spot. The second restaurant on the estate, The Waterside Grill is currently closed (we couldn’t work out if it just seasonal or closed permanently) but their menu and setting right on the water looked far more enticing with some really delicious sounding dishes. Breakfast was served at Cucina Restaurant, the main restaurant at Oubaai and made up for dinner! Floor to ceiling glass doors mean breathtaking views of the golf course (there aren’t many spots on the estate that don’t offer amazing views) and we tucked into delicious coffee, fresh fruits, croissants and omelettes to get our day started. I may also have snuck a chocolate cupcake for a mid-day snack which went down a treat 😉
After breakfast, we decided a walk was in order and headed for the whale viewing deck. We were planning on walking there but lucky asked reception the best route to take as I was definitely not up for the 3 km walk with Oliver in his carrier! We took a golf cart there and enjoyed a lovely walk down to the deck – a very steep one and not easy with a baby carrier but oh so worth it! The deck is built on a rock jutting right out into the sea and you feel like you are in the middle of no-where. It is so incredibly tranquil and we sat enjoying the sounds of the waves crashing in the bay while Oliver happily slept. The walk back meant drinks were most definitely in order so we stopped at the Club House to enjoy the sunshine and rest our legs. There is a shuttle available to guests so we took that back to the hotel where we lazed by the pool while Oliver had his lunch. The beautiful pool and pool area with its palm trees, sparkling blue water and crisp white umbrellas, made me think I was far away on a tropical island and I could happily have stayed there all afternoon (but holidays are a little different now 😉 )
Oliver and I were happy to cuddle up for the afternoon and enjoy a nap while my husband was feeling far more energetic and went for a long run. His feedback – a really fantastic place to run but he got lost a couple of times because it there aren’t any sign posts so he had to find his own route a few times. For our last evening we decided to head back to the Club House for sun-downers and an early pizza. Oliver found his voice on this trip so it probably wasn’t the best evening to take him to the Club House as Wednesdays are member golf days but I like to think he charmed the socks off everyone with his beautiful singing 😉
We had a slow start on our last morning with coffee in bed before heading to breakfast (I might have swiped another cupcake – they were so good!) We then did a lovely long walk around the estate while Oliver napped and we spotted some very mellow Springbokkies grazing next to the green – the perfect send off before heading to our next destination!
My overall opinion? A simply stunning location with breathtaking views, beautiful, comfortable rooms and an excellent destination for the whole family (golf for dad, spa for mom and Kid’s Club for the littles) We were a bit disappointed with the restaurant and if it had just been the two of us, we would definitely have gone into George for dinner and the service could do with a little work (little things make a big difference). We could very happily have stayed another night though and we would go back as we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Stay tuned as next week I’ll be posting part two of our holiday 🙂 Have a lovely weekend friends!