A little bit of Greece up the West Coast
I was lucky enough to do some extensive travelling in my twenties and to this day I still claim Greece was the place I felt the strongest connection with.
So when I was invited to visit Club Mykonos, I jumped at the chance.
The moment I stepped into the resort, I was transported to my favourite country. A place where time slows down.
It was a beautiful day when we arrived. As the air brushed my face, I felt a shiver of anticipation and the sensation of a slowing down in time.
It seemed the seconds passed by as slowly as my mind made possible. With each slow movement of the ticking clock I allowed myself to feel the moment instead of wasting and wishing it away.
Club Mykonos is on the serene shores of the scenic Langebaan Lagoon, not a long drive at all from Cape Town’s city centre.
The resort offers guests many accommodation choices, from the three-star Athenian Cascades and Terraces units to the elegant comfort of the four-star Preferred units.
It’s the sort of place that would suit couples, friends and families alike, no matter their ages.
The exclusive Marina Village has two units available for rental, with a private balcony, braai area, fully equipped kitchen, dining and living area, two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and beautiful views over the marina.
Guests have access to all the resort facilities, including an indoor heated pool, tennis courts, mini golf, quad biking, gym, hydrotherapy facilities, squash courts, children’s club and yacht cruises.
We were fortunate to stay in a sea-facing room. This meant that, even when the wind howled around us, we could still sit outside and enjoy the view from our protected porch.
The communal braai area, the pool and play area were on our doorstep and, of course, the wide open sea. I repeatedly sighed, “I could live here.”
If you’re looking for a long-term holiday, Club Mykonos is perfect. We were there for two nights and it definitely wasn’t enough.
The best part for me was the fact that there was something to suit whatever mood I was in. If I felt like keeping busy, there were plenty of activities. If I felt like keeping fit, there was a gym or a squash court. If I wanted to relax, I could chill out on the beach or by the pool with a book.
While you have the option of bringing your own food (all the units are self-catering), you also have nine restaurants.
We decided to have the best of both worlds, making some of the meals ourselves and going out the other times. The two restaurants we ended up at were Dockside Cafe and Lounge and Marc’s Beach Bar.
The stand-out meal for me was the Cape Malay curry I had at Dockside Cafe - most definitely one of the tastiest curries I’ve had.
Food is an important part of a holiday for me and I’m looking forward to visiting the resort again just to get the opportunity to try out all the other restaurants.
What make Club Mykonos different to many other resorts is how family-friendly it is.
The kid’s club a favourite among guests, who can leave their children to play while they sit and enjoy a meal or lounge by the pool.
Kiddies events are organised throughout the day and a scheduled list of activities will be handed to you upon arrival. The resort caters for absolutely everyone. It’s one of the few resorts that I have been to where I’ve seen so many different age groups having a good time.
I would go back to Club Mykonos in a heartbeat. But I’d stay longer.
Ideally I’d love to go back and stay for a few weeks. We spent a lot of time involved in two things: relaxation and exploration.
But there’s always more relaxing and exploring to do. I’ll have to go back to the place where time moves slowly.
Visit www.clubmykonos.co.za or phone 022 707 7000 for more information. Find the 101 things to see and do in the West Coast at www.westcoastway.co.za.