Jorge and I share a birthday month, to be exact our birthdays are within 12 days. And to celebrate the occasion we decided to go away for the weekend for some much-needed quality time. We already spent two days on the West Coast with my Dad, Dominik, and Egon last November. I really enjoyed this weekend on the West Coast. We had a fantastic dinner at Leeto Restaurant at the Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel and I immediately knew that I want to come back and stay at this hotel for a weekend.
We arrived in dreamy Paternoster on Friday afternoon after a two-hour drive from Cape Town (approximately 145 km). We checked in and got the warmest welcome with complimentary bubbles on their sun deck. Not the worst start to kick off our stay.
We stayed in one of their Ocean Suits which is not a Room but a little cottage. It comes with its own beautiful front yard, a huge living room, bathroom including a free-standing bathtub, a fireplace, a huge bed with sea view and not one but two private terraces with either a stunning ocean view or overlooking the fields of the West Coast.
Every room also comes with a Nespresso machine which I highly appreciate because I just need my coffee in the morning. Their attention to detail really blew me away. For me, this makes the difference about a place. When we came back from dinner they have re-done our bed and a hot water bottle was placed on both our pillows. Which was a nice gesture as the fall nights can get quite chilly at the coast.
I wish I could start my day like this every day. Breakfast is served at the Leeto Restaurant and you can either sit inside or outside. Of course, we decided to sit on the balcony because is there anything better than breakfast in the sun on the beach overlooking the Atlantic ocean? I am not a big fan of buffets and so I was very pleased to hear that breakfast is served a la carte. You can choose from fresh fruits, granola, eggs, different types of bread, and everything is prepared fresh and to your liking. Big plus: they even had almond milk for my morning coffee.
The last time we came to the Leeto Restaurant as outside guests, we were all stunned by the amazing food and the lovely service. So I was very excited to be back for another dinner there. Whenever Jorge and I eat out we always try to order not the same but different dishes which we then share. So we can try more things from the menu. This time we ordered the Truffle Risotto and Steak Tartare as a starter and Kudu and Beef for the main course. The Risotto was hands down one of the best we ever had. But the rest did not disappoint either.
On Saturday we had a late lunch at Leeto before heading back to the city. I said it before and I will say it again. Oysters will never taste better than at the West Coast. Most of the Oysters which are served in Cape Town Restaurants come from Paternoster and the West Coast. Therefore you can not get them any fresher as directly at the source. And you can not leave Paternoster without having oysters once. So for our last lunch in the sun, we decided to share fresh oysters, a salad and their green pasta a bottle of rose. We couldn’t have ended our trip on a sweeter note.
pool & beach.
The Strandloper is directly located at the endless stretch of deserted white sandy beach. The Paternoster beach is a few kilometers longs and appears endless, which makes it perfect for long beach walks. If you are lucky and are there in the right season you can even spot some whales or dolphins. Unfortunately, the water temperature of the ocean is rather chilly on this side of the Western Cape (it is the Atlantic after all). So if you packed your bathings suits the hotel pool may be a better choice to take a dip.
Getting out of the city and the usual surroundings is so rewarding. Even though we just were away for a night I felt I was relaxed and fully recharged as went away for a week. But maybe that was also the doing of the relaxed and tranquil vibes of the Strandloper. I’d definitely suggest you a stay if you around in the Western Cape. I would go back in a heartbeat.
See you soon, West Coast!
** Press Trip / thank you to Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel for the invitation.