Find Blue Bay Lodge in the Cape West Coast of South Africa
It’s not often that the adjective ‘luxury’ appears in a description of the West Coast. While not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just that the image that comes to mind is often one of rustic charm instead of high-end refinement. Nowhere else is this more clearly showcased than at the Blue Bay Lodge & Resort in Saldanha Bay. Perched upon the pristine shores of this natural inlet in the Atlantic Ocean, Blue Bay offers the very best in accommodation, dining and relaxation in a serene setting that not only unwinds the body, but also soothes the mind.
Featuring all-new facilities such as their sumptuous bar, spacious conference venues and an opulent wedding space, the lodge caters for all kinds of functions by uniquely amalgamating style with true West Coast hospitality for an unforgettable experience.
Set against the working town of Saldanha, which is home to the ArcelorMittal Steel Works, the juxtaposition of steel and splendour is just one of the reasons that make Blue Bay such a sought-after destination. Right on the pristine white beaches of the bay, the lodge started its life as the historic home of the Wicht family that was gradually renovated to include a selection of on-suite rooms and self-catering beach cottages, a pool, tennis courts, the Blue Bay Café and a function venue. Also on hand is the lodge’s spa, and with its recent conversion into a Turkish hammam offers the same tranquility and chance to escape the stress of everyday life. The Cape Dutch gables of the original buildings rise from the beautifully manicured grounds that run down to the azure waters Saldanha is know for, while myriad species of water birds can be spotted from the deck.
The rooms themselves are decorated in the same muted blue and grey of the sea and inspire total relaxation. Treated concrete surfaces, a spacious shower, enormous egg tub and king-size bed overlook the bay from the panoramic windows of the Executive Suite. Imagine falling asleep to the neverending lap of waves, the haunting cry of a gull mixed with the gentle patter of rain on a corrugated iron roof – that’s the sound of a West Coast winter. The same hues have made their way to the bar and function space below, where hundreds of beams of reclaimed wood, raw stone walls and a tree root chandelier work in harmony with luxe finishings like rosy copper chairs, white marble tabletops and creamy orchids. Lit from within, the bar counter itself generates the atmosphere while the double doors open right out onto a beachfront terrace.
During the launch of these new facilities last week, Blue Bay Lodge held back no expense in making sure their guests were treated to the epitome of luxury in food, drink and enjoyment. Featuring a selection of epicurean options like champagne, cheese and charcuterie, doughnuts, burgers, tacos, steak, seafood and sushi, there was a snack to suit just about any palate. Local produce is something that is celebrated here, with familiar names like Darling Wines, Darling Brew, Rosemead Artisan Bakery and the most breathtaking creations in confectionary from Saldanha local and owner of A Cake Story, Gaynor Portsmouth showcased by the lodge and sampled with great enthusiasm by the guests.
The beauty of the buffet however, had to be the tower of fresh oysters. Cultivated right here in Saldanha, this part of the coast offers some of the most moreish molluscs in South Africa, with a large portion of the oysters grown here sent off to the mistaken oyster capital, Knysna. Unfortunately due to red tide, mussels were off the menu, but in the true West Coast way – when life hands you lemons, squeeze them over a few freshly-shucked oysters, grab a bottle of sauvignon blanc and start a party!
With specials for both accommodation and functions for the winter months of 2016, there is no time like the present to book a stay at the Blue Bay Lodge & Resort. Find them at www.bluebaylodge.co.za or on social media under @BlueBayLodge
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