Self-catering apartment on the beachfront in Britannia Bay
Budget Getaways Review
You’ll find this sparkling two-bedroomed apartment along a palm-lined avenue called Golden Mile Boulevard, in Britannia Bay. Although technically on the beach, the whale’s share of sea-view is taken up by your host’s house. This is not a train smash as the sound of crashing ocean is immediate and a mere 30m or so separates you from the soft sands of the real thing.
Britannia Beach is light and airy and meets exacting standards of order and cleanliness, broken here and there by gentle touches. The pitched ceiling is criss-crossed by a series of white beams that create an appealing beach house ambience, and the apartment is neatly decked out in grey floor tiles, delicate blue walls and uncluttered modern fittings. Colour co-ordinated chair-covers, the occasional out-of-Africa adornment and matching panels of duck-egg blue all add up to a relaxed karma befitting a weekend at the sea.
Luxury takes the form of selected DSTV channels (bring your own Smartcard and/or decoder if you want more options), free WiFi on request, good linen and towels and a spacious sundeck yielding a wedge of ocean view and the opportunity to braai and suntan sheltered from the wind.
Factoring in the setting and uncomplicated interior, Britannia Beach is not only a good base to the surrounding region but is also a useful summer escape for frazzled urbanites. It is conducive to doing blissfully little. Surround yourself with a pile of trashy novels and just chill. Get up from time to time and stroll the picturesque beach, looking out for whales, dolphins and a cormorant or two along the way.
Finally, end your day off with a fine bottle of wine and an evening braai on the deck, followed by a nightcap before drifting off...
Getaway Facts: Britannia Beach Self-catering Accommodation
|Where||6km from St Helena Bay|
|GPS co-ords||S 32°43'14'' E 17°57'42''|
|Meals available||no |
|Activities||birdwatching, fishing, spring flowers, swimming, walking, whale watching|