It was raining buckets that morning; the type of Cape Town day where you’re soaked after running between your car and the front door. While you wouldn’t consider this ideal beach-day weather, it is my favourite type of day to be close to the sea. Moody skies and stormy oceans outside, warm blankets, a good book and a crackling fire inside. This is what winter breakaways are all about.
We were on our way to One Marine Drive in Hermanus, a boutique hotel right by the seafront, just across the road from the cliff path. We decided to take the scenic route from Cape Town, along Clarence Drive past Pringle Bay and through Kleinmond. We were rewarded with wind-swept waves smashing into the rocks below, and majestic storm clouds broken apart by sunshine to reveal a full rainbow stretched across the sky. It might be slightly longer, but this route is always worth it.
We reached the hotel late afternoon and were welcomed into a cozy atmosphere, with a fire crackling away in the one corner. One Marine Drive is all about creating a home-away-from-home atmosphere. The boutique hotel has a small collection of rooms spread over three stories, each spacious, luxurious and comfortable. You can either escape to your room and enjoy a quiet afternoon on your balcony overlooking the ocean, or you can relax in one of the communal spaces downstairs – have a glass of red wine by the fireplace, catch a game of rugby in the living room, or soak up sunny weather next to their heated pool in the courtyard.
Each floor has two or three rooms with en-suite bathrooms and a sea-facing balcony. There’s also a complementary tea and coffee station outside on the landing where you can make yourself a pot of tea to enjoy with your movie in the evening – they even have some Amarula if you’re feeling like a night cap – or you can prep a tray of coffee to take back bed in the morning.
There were so many things I loved about One Marine Drive. The intimate, laid-back atmosphere, the stunning wallpaper (different in each room), the Just Pure local washes and creams in the bathroom, and the ‘home-cooked’ style dinners and breakfast. Their biggest draw card, of course, is their location. You are right next to the cliff path, a walkway that runs all along the ocean with steep cliffs dropping down into the water next to you, and striking views of the coastline stretched ahead (a prime spot for whale watching).
We decided to head out for a short stroll just as the sun was starting to dip, washing the billowing clouds in shades of purple, peach, pink and blue. On a better day I would have gone for a proper run, but on that afternoon the chilly wind whipped at our collars and quickly chased us back to indoors.
That evening we enjoyed bobotie with all the traditional trimmings, making it feel even more like we’d just come home to visit family for the weekend, and by 9 o’clock I was tucked in bed, listening to the crashing waves and the rain outside.
The next day we woke to the smell of pancakes and freshly brewed coffee wafting through the house, tempting us from our warm beds. After a full breakfast, a second helping of fresh fruit and one last coffee, it was time to head home. I could have happily lingered just a little longer.
One Marine Drive is running a special Resort Week offer from 3 – 10 July
Enjoy an all inclusive two night getaway from R2295 pp sharing. The price includes two nights accommodation, all meals, all drinks, winehoppers from One Marine Drive, and you can add a 3rd night for just R950 per room, including breakfast.
For more information, rates and bookings, visit 1md.co.za
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