Being a travel writer is pretty amazing but it’s not always sunshine and daisies. Sure, I get the opportunity to travel to some incredible places year round and while I hate to complain I must confess that I often return from said ‘working holidays’ more exhausted than when I left. And, it’s not because of the fact that I always have to be ‘switched on’, making mental notes to remember certain details and taking photos of my every move. Nope, the reason I return home tired is all thanks to the damn early mornings! I mean really, what does a girl have to do to enjoy a good lie-in followed by a much-deserved brunch whilst on holiday? I loathe getting up early on a normal day but having to do it whilst on holiday is the absolute worst. Which is why I adored Surf Lodge South Africa so much – there are no schedules and guests are allowed to enjoy their holiday at their own speed. A truly relaxing holiday – imagine that!
So, whether you’re heading to Jefferys Bay to learn to surf, catch some of the best waves in the country, or just get away from it all then you simply cannot visit this sleepy sea-side town without staying at Surf Lodge South Africa. Owned and run by surfers for surfers, the lodge on the beach is one of the most unique holiday experiences you will have in South Africa and staying here feels more like holidaying at a friend’s house than in a formal lodge setting. Loads of foreigners have already cottoned on to the awesomeness of the new spot, which opened earlier this year and now it’s time for us South Africans to get involved. Nestled between the dunes of Jefferys Bay’s Paradise Beach, with nothing but the sounds of birds and the ocean to ‘disturb’ you, the beautiful wooden lodge is the perfect getaway for anyone looking to take a beat and hit refresh.
As I said, while managers Toby and Carel want every guest to have the best possible stay ever, there are no schedules here and guests are considered before any plans are made. Every evening we were asked what time we wanted to have breakfast the next morning and whether or not we wanted to head out for a surf in the morning or afternoon (weather and conditions dependent of course). I woke up feeling refreshed and relaxed every morning and knowing that we had nothing else to do but eat breakfast and surf was the most amazing feeling. Speaking of breakfast – the food available at the lodge was absolutely divine. Lovingly and expertly prepared by lodge manager, Carel we had a delicious fry-up every morning and even enjoyed a group braai with all the guests on our second night.
I also loved the social aspect of staying at the lodge. The crew at the lodge manage to create a community feel for guests during their stay and each day guests can choose to head out on their own adventures or interact and socialise with fellow guests over lunch, a walk on the beach, shopping in town, and even over dinner. We met some amazing fellow travellers from Switzerland, Germany and Austria during our stay at Surf Lodge South Africa and we loved chatting to them over breakfast, dinner and drinks at the lodge – we even paid a visit to the main town with them for a lunch and shopping expedition.
Another thing that makes staying at Surf Lodge South Africa so amazing is the laid-back setup of the space. There are three private rooms available for guests who want a little privacy, as well as a dorm room complete with 6 single beds, a modern bathroom, mini kitchen, dining room table and a space to relax after a day in the sunshine and surf. When you’re not in your room you can take advantage of the homey facilities at the lodge – guests can enjoy the large lounge area, sit outside on the balcony, take a dip in the crystal-clear pool, or unwind in the Jacuzzi all while taking in the amazing sea views from the lodge. The lodge’s open-plan kitchen is also always open to guests who want to grab an ice-cold beer from the honesty bar, brew a cup of tea, or reach for a snack.
We stayed at the surf lodge for two nights but it really wasn’t enough! If you really want to learn to surf and unwind properly then I would recommend at least three nights or a week. Forget, spending an entire year’s savings on a week-long trip overseas, why not spend a week in J-Bay learning to surf? It’s the perfect holiday and just a few short hours from Cape Town – no passport or visas required! The lodge offers a range of 7-night packages that includes 10 hours of surf lessons and breakfast daily starting from €499 (about R7500) per person in a dorm room.
For more information on Surf Lodge South Africa and to book your holiday now visit the Surf Lodge South Africa website. You can also say hi to Surf Lodge South Africa on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with news at the lodge.
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After years of working as an Editor and writer for popular websites like Joburg’s Darling, Cape Town’s Darling and Joburg.co.za, Crystal left her sanity and an established career in lifestyle journalism behind to follow her dream of creating a website for the intellectual and discerning woman. Today she spends her time chasing the thrill of being the first to know about ‘the next big thing’. She’ll try anything once and has been known to put her body, hair and health on the line – all in the name of research.