Hotel review · Travel

Down South to Margate

So, if you have been following me on social media, you’ll know that the hubby and I had a mini getaway to Margate, down the south coast of KwaZulu Natal this weekend.

We love a good road trip – there’s something about us jumping in the car for a weekend (or even just a day trip), with some snacks, a big bottle of sparkling water and some relaxed music.  We chat, we laugh, we tease and just generally reconnect.  We also had an extra to bring along for this trip – my lovely new sister-in-law and her boyfriend had gifted us with a beautiful wooden box filled with ‘firsts’ bottles of red wine, and we took along our ‘First Road Trip’ bottle, this beautiful bottle of Simonsvlei Ja-Mocha Pinotage.  Boy was it divine!

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Anyway – we were super lucky in that we stayed in one of the newly refurbished luxury self-catering apartments at the Margate Sands.  The Margate Sands is part of the First Group Management team, who have a large number of beautiful resorts throughout the country.  We stayed in a three bedroom, two bathroom apartment with a fully equipped kitchen with all new appliances (including a dishwasher and a washing machine), a bar with a full compliment of glasses and a bar fridge, a dining room, a lounge and a beautiful balcony overlooking the beach.  Plus, if the weather was crappy (and it got quite chilly on Saturday night), there was a really decent DSTV package on offer, so you could watch movies and relax.

 

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One of the lovely other two bedrooms other than the main bedroom.
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The bar
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The lounge area
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The dining area
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In case of a power outage or load-shedding, the hotel even includes an oil lamp and matches!

Unfortunately we arrived on Friday evening, after the sun had set, but the view was still really pretty.  We were also greeted with a lovely snack basket and bottle of bubbly.

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Our night time view from our balcony
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What a treat!

We spent some time relaxing in the apartment, and then we went across the road to have some dinner and a few cocktails, which was lovely.  The local Mugg and Bean is great, and we had some cocktails at The Cock and Tail, which were absolutely lethal.

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The following morning was spent relaxing.  On Saturday morning we began with a cup of coffee on the balcony, and a couples massage at the hotel spa, La Vita.  It was absolutely blissful, just the right amount of relaxing and really getting out that tension.  The ladies who treated us there were friendly and very polite.  I sadly didn’t get any photos of the spa as we didn’t think to take a phone or camera into the treatment room, which is such a sad thing, as they sprinkled rose petals on the beds and had Lindt chocolates waiting for us.  They truly made us feel spoilt.

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Right opposite the beach!
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I love the early morning sun in this – so beautiful!

We popped in to a friend’s braai later that day, and had breakfast with the hubby’s aunt, uncle and gran on the Sunday (we have friends and family who live on the south coast), and so rest of the weekend was spent either snuggling up in the super soft linens at the hotel and watching movies, or exploring the area.  There is just so much to see, whether it be the beautiful beaches, the local restaurants, and if you’re happy to go for a bit of a drive, my favourite places – MacBanana, Beaver Creek Coffee Estate and The Waffle House.  There are also dozens of other little farmstalls and touristy places to see.  You can see below some of the lovely things we saw and/or bought along the way.

At MacBanana

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Big regrets that I didn’t buy this – it would be amazing with gorgonzola or camembert cheese!
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I’m addicted to candles and wax melts and these smell exactly like strawberry ice cream!
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Milk tart toffee – HELL YES!
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I’ve actually had the Darling Red Wine and Chocolate toffees and they are sublime.  I’d totally give the Bird’s Eye Chili toffees a try too!

At Beaver Creek

We sat here and had a cup of coffee, but sadly the service was lacking – we took ages to get served when it wasn’t very busy, and our cappuccinos arrived luke warm and the froth had deflated almost all the way.  However, the actual coffee itself is lovely, so we grabbed some pods for our Nespresso machine as well as a body sponge that I love but can never find – it has to be this brand, as others seem to just be poor imitations that don’t last as long or do as good a job.

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The absolute best exfoliating sponge!

At The Waffle House

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A cheese sauce, ham and mushroom waffle that really was amazing!

Overall, it was a weekend filled with eating, drinking and copious cups of delicious coffee.  Laughing and enjoying each other’s company in a beautiful setting.  The staff at Margate Sands were out of this world great too, and we’d particularly like to mention Yandi at the front desk, who was so thorough in checking us in, so well put together and well spoken, and so eager to make sure we had the best stay.

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Even on checking out, we were handed a brown paper bag sealed with a First Group sticker, and inside were two bottles of First Group branded water and some biscotti, a farewell gift for the road.  Such a small touch, yet so thoughtful and it made such an impression.

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Congratulations First Group and Margate Sands – we already know we’ll be back!