Oh we do like to be beside the seaside…
As we ardently march towards the warmer months, eagerly anticipating a hot signal from the sun, it’s clear that winter was here this year, in full force, and is being rather stubborn about leaving the party. Whilst it’s been lovely to witness next year’s bathwater dripping from the windows day after day, gushing down the streets and into the flowerbeds, I’m ready for some dry-hair days again. I’m ready for my flip-flops, my sunhat and my Ray-Bans. Cue the braais, the bathing suits and the beach action. I’m ready for summer to sweep herself in and escort winter to the door. But we’ve still got a bit of a catch-up with spring to get through. Even though it’s been a year since we’ve seen each other, it’ll be a brief and beautiful interlude for what’s to come.
So whilst we’re still entertaining winter, all cooped up inside with our warm woolly socks on, it’s cathartic to spring clean our thoughts and preempt the arrival of summer. She’s not here yet, but she will be soon. It’s time to forecast those family holidays and long weekends away with our tribe beside the sea. Where days will begin and end with the sound of the surf curling and crashing onto the beach. Mornings will be spent on beach blankets, soaking up the sunshine, intermittently catching some waves and flipping through the pages of a juicy novel. As the kids master the build of monumental sandcastles, collecting seashells and playing naughts and crosses in the sand. Afternoons are for eating the day’s catch with our hands and rinsing the remnants of greasy garlic butter with a crisp Chenin Blanc. Evenings entice the most extravagant hour of the day when the suncream has been rinsed from our bronzed bodies and the sting of the sun slightly settles on our shoulders. If you’re not barefoot, you’re overdressed. The stars are out and the music is sung by the sea. It’s time for one last stroll alongside the tide before the lights go out.
As I throw another log onto the fire and witness the thickness of the white morning mist hovering above the city, I address my invite to summer. We are not there yet, but that shan’t stop me from planning. Why wait until peak beach time to claim my stretch of sand? Whilst the rain’s still falling and the clouds are heavy, I’m going to take my future self to the beach, where she’s looking incredibly good and happy.
Here are our favourite beach hideaways for some summer loving…
You couldn’t get closer to the beach if you tried, than at this beautiful, blue bungalow in Bakoven. Start your day with a morning coffee on the front step, with your feet in the sand and waves lapping immediately in front, as the seals frolic in the surf.
Perched on the Klein Slangkop dunes, alongside the notoriously dreamy Long Beach in Kommetjie, this hideaway is a slice of beach heaven. Style, simplicity and sincerity seduces your soul. Breathtaking views of the ocean, shoreline and mountain ranges can be enjoyed from the front verandah and upper balcony.
In the sleepy village of Simon’s Town, just a stone’s throw away from the calm waters of Boulders Beach, this colourful and charming beach hideaway is an idyllic home for a family getaway this summer. An easy wander down to the water with an ice-cream in hand and a boogie board under arm.
This Sheffield Beach hideaway on the warm waters of the KwaZulu-Natal Dolphin Coast is an enchanting, tropical paradise cocooned by banana palm trees, ferns and strelitzias. A magical destination for the whole family, that caters to both the meditative and high action-packed itineraries.
Noordhoek Beach House
It doesn’t get more romantic than this classical, white and wooden beach house, with an outdoor shower overlooking the 4km stretch of Long Beach in Noordhoek, and up to the Silvermine mountains. Laze about in the large, peaceful indigenous garden that leads directly onto the long, white sandy beach.
A palatial Plettenberg Bay beach house, on the shores of a tidal lagoon, this hideaway is fit for the whole family and friends list. Canoeing, SUP-ing, swimming, cinema watching, long lazy lunches, pergola couch snoozing, stargazing around the many outdoor fire-pits… whatever tickles your fancy, it’s available here.
On the quiet, secluded river-side stretch of the notorious lookout in Plettenberg Bay this blissful beach house is built with purpose – a family home to resort to for long periods of lounging, cooking, feasting, surfing, swimming, SUP-ing, canoeing, hiking, boating and all things beach related.
Teetering on the edge of Zinkwazi’s luscious lagoon, this contemporary hideaway is a haven for an outdoor-living beach holiday adjacent the warm North Coast waters of KwaZulu-Natal. Days are spent hanging out on the deck beside the pool or paddle-boarding across the lagoon for a swim in the ocean.
This beach hideaway sits above the rock pools, hidden amongst the fynbos along the breathtakingly beautiful stretch of the Whale Route in the tiny village of Betty’s Bay. With its refined contemporary design and stylish fittings, the seduction begins with the build and continues with the ocean right in front.
Regarded as one of the best holiday destinations in East Africa, with one of the best snorkelling, scuba diving and big game fishing destinations in the world, beach holidays rarely get better than in Vilanculos in Mozambique. Spend your days exploring the neighbouring islands from a dhow and swimming the warm waters.
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