Met by our own butler-for-the-weekend, the hotel-school graduate Tapiwe, we were ushered into an airy reception room with uninterrupted views of the gloomy ocean and welcome snacks next laid out artfully next to the paperwork. Tapiwe quietly left us to fetch some home-made ice tea, and slowly, the realization dawned on me that this was not the hotel’s reception. This was our suite for the weekend.
Having booked a weekend away some time before, upon reaching the doors of the Strandloper after a stressful week and twenty-four hours travel, we really, really needed it. Thankfully, they seemed to know this and were happy to provide, having upgraded us to their presidential suite hours after receiving our booking. But this… was more of a house!
We luxuriated in the space, feeling that it was just what we needed, but at the same time, a little wasted on just the two of us. Complete with upstairs study (and day bed), fully stocked kitchen and dining room, large lounge and master bedroom suite, it was tempting to run around in the fluffy bathrobe and complimentary slippers, jumping on the soft-furnishings and using as much of the stylishly decorated space as humanly possible for two medium-sized people.
The Strandloper has been markedly and unmistakably Designed with a capital letter, right down to the last carefully placed mint throw. Contemporary and sparse, in hues of naturally pale wood, lots of white accentuated with a few pale sea-side shades with deliberately placed natural accessories, the style is unarguably restful and very beautiful, especially in the context of its stunning grass-sand-sea backdrop, even if it isn’t a style you might take home.
As currently the last building on the beach in Paternoster, kilometers of unbroken bush and beach stretching before it and only meters from the beach, its situation is idyllic and the hotel rooms are designed to make the most of it. Surely there is nothing quite as luxurious as watching and listening to the crash of the surf from the comfort of a king-sized, white-linen dressed bed.
The bedrooms are very minimalist with the bathroom neatly tucked behind the headboard, and dressed in white, as the seascape provides entertainment in its ever-changing kaleidoscope of a view.
One of the best things about this hotel (among very many fantastic things) is the breakfast. Included in the tariff, breakfast (served in the main reception area – yes, there is an actual one, or on one’s veranda by arrangement) consists of a veritable continental buffet of fruit, yoghurt, meats, fresh bread and irresistibly gooey cheeses. Following this (if you have space – we made sure to) is your choice of hot breakfast from the menu provided. If you’re a little too relaxed to make yourself a specialty coffee or cuppacino from the Nespresso machine in your kitchen (resident in each room), you’re at liberty to order one with your food and sip away as you enjoy the high life with your own, personal view of the waves.
*This hotel stay was paid in full by the author (OK, OK, I made my husband pay) and cost R1230.00 / per person sharing / night (approximately $123.00US at the time of writing).
For more information, see The Strandloper’s website here.