Arniston Spa Hotel 4* – Western Cape
The luxurious 4-star Arniston Hotel is internationally known as one of the world’s great getaways. Touched by the spray from the Indian Ocean, they welcome you with panoramic views of the unspoilt ocean and endless beaches.
Blessed with an abundance of sea life, the hotel promises delicious oysters from nearby shores and the freshest fish from the local fishing boats. The sophisticated menu blends traditional South African cuisine with modern innovations from renowned chefs. Your culinary treat is complemented by an award-winning list of wines, many of which are from the local wine routes. Their exclusive wine cellar is a cosy venue that can host up to 34 people for a memorable dining experience. They provide 4-star service and a wide choice from their excellent restaurants. The daily breakfast buffet is a delicious spread of traditional and healthy foods.
The large bar area has a big-screen television and two unique large aquariums inhabited by local sea fish. The bar top is also a living fish tank.
The luxurious en-suite rooms are all elegantly decorated with the comforts of a world-class hotel. Most rooms have fireplaces for those cosy winter evenings. The deluxe sea-facing rooms have private balconies with panoramic ocean views. The patio-facing rooms open onto a tranquil garden and swimming pool with sun loungers.
This is an exclusive venue and is operated by the renowned Ginkgo Spa & Wellness Group. Calm your mind in this relaxation spa and let yourself be pampered with the outstanding service and attention to detail.
The treatments are based on traditional hands-on touch therapy principles. The duration of single treatments varies from a 30-minute back, neck and shoulder massage to a 90-minute facial or body treatment. The combination day packages from the Ginkgo Leaf Collection are very popular and ensure that you leave this sanctuary totally relaxed and rejuvenated with the skin nourished, muscles soothed and the mind calmed.
The Spa’s facilities include a Rasul (a Turkish steam chamber), two saunas, three multi-purpose treatment rooms, a twin treatment room and a soothing tranquillity lounge!
Nearby areas to visit
One of the busier towns in the district, with an abundance of shops, restaurants and accommodation. This town boasts the honour of being the first dorp (town) in the Cape. The centre of a thriving farming community, Bredarsdorp has much to offer – from farms that welcome visitors, arts and crafts through to the endangered Blue Crane and Bontebok. The Bredarsdorp Shipwreck Museum is well worth a visit to read up on the rich local maritime history.
This tiny village, situated just a few kilometres outside Bredarsdorp, boasts a very impressive Dutch Reformed Church due to an historical dispute which resulted in two churches being built within 15m of each other! Apart from beautiful farmlands and walks, this town is fast becoming a centre for arts and crafts
Renowned for its glorious ‘never ending’ sandy white beach and warm sea. The quaint harbour was built in 1859 and is today used by both fishing and ski boats. National monuments, fishing, bird life and watersports make this village a worthwhile visit. Fresh fish is available throughout the year.
The Southern-most tip of Africa! A visit to the Overberg is not complete without this destination. With about 250 shipwrecks this dramatically tragic coastline makes for some interesting history. The Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and Lighthouse Museum are both highlights of the visit, it is the second oldest working lighthouse in South Africa.
De Hoop Nature Reserve
This coastal nature reserve boasts 50km of conserved coastline and is one of the few marine reserves in the country. It is also the home of the endangered Bontebok, Cape Mountain Zebra, Cape Vulture and Blue crane. Visitors between June and December will have the privilege of watching the Southern Right Whales frolicking in the protected waters which they use as their annual breeding grounds. De Hoop also boasts a variety of birdlife, game, reptiles and fynbos.
Gate times for the De Hoop main gate are 07h00 to 18h00. This is strictly enforced, so ensure you plan your excursions accordingly. The coast is a marine reserve, and no organism, dead or alive, may be removed. Petrol and a small shop are available at Wydgeleë / Ouplaas (near De Hoop).
De Mond Nature Reserve
Vehicles are allowed only as far as the parking area, to minimise disturbance. Visitors are requested not to disturb nesting birds, and to keep to specified paths to avoid trampling vegetation. The reserve is open daily from 07:00 to 16:00.
The shortest walk is a two minute stroll to the harbour where you can watch the fishing boats come in. Next to the harbour you will find the historical 200 year old restored fishing village of Kassiesbaai, which welcomes strollers and photographers.
A must at low tide is the walk to the Waenhuiskrans caves. The walk is 1,5 kms along the road and cliff tops and a small walk down the dunes. This incredible tidal cave was carved out of the sandstone cliff, by the sea over centuries of time.
Longer walks will take you to Struis Point, Galjoengat and to the De Mond Nature Reserve. This is a most beautiful walk for the moderately fit. During the winter months from May to November, you can view the Southern Right Whales that come to mate and calve in the warm waters off Arniston
From Cape Town, take a leisurely drive along the N2, over Sir Lowry’s Pass, past the apple orchards of Grabouw and Elgin. Then choose one of the following routes -.
1) to Hermanus, maybe stopover for lunch, then travel through the towns of Stanford and Napier onto Bredarsdorp and Arniston.
2) to Caledon and Napier onto Bredarsdorp and Arniston.
From Cape Town along the N1, over Du Toitskloof Pass, through the winelands of Worcester, Robertson and Ashton, maybe stopover for lunch at Swellendam onto Bredarsdorp and Arniston.
Travel Documents, Visas & Health Requirements
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