We explore Cape St Francis Resort
Cape St Francis has a unique down-to-earth charm and rustic, seaside allure. It stands apart from St Francis Bay and Port St Francis, making it a one-of-a-kind village with its own flavour. With only one night in St Francis Bay, we were eager to find lodging that was comfortable, effortless and classy. Cape St Francis Resort completely exceeded our expectations.
We arrived to friendly, efficient service staff that tended to us immediately. We were shown to the Club Break apartment, tired and hot after a two-hour horse ride on Papiesfontein Beach.
We walked into a cool, elegant apartment that was spacious, light and airy. As soon as we had brought our bags in, we enjoyed a refreshing shower – outside! The bathroom has a gorgeous outdoor shower that is huge and private, despite being in the open air. In addition, there was a large rounded bath inside.
There were two double-beds, as well as a dining table and a lounge, all within the main area of the spacious apartment. An open-plan kitchen meant that we could enjoy all of our creature comforts in classy surrounds.
A short walk later, we were on the beach, enjoying the warm, white sand and inviting waters. However, our apartment was a literal five steps away from the swimming pool, which was made fairly private by its being surrounded by lush foliage. That evening, after another shower (we REALLY loved showering outdoors), we were off to dinner at the lodge’s restaurant (despite having our own braai facilities and outdoor porch), where we enjoyed really good steaks and burgers.
In addition to the Cape-style Club Break apartments, there is a range of other accommodation options at the Cape St Francis Resort. This ranges from 5-star accommodation to camping and caravan facilities. The resort is surprisingly large, offering the full spectrum for visitors that choose Cape St Francis as their base from which to explore the beauty of the Eastern Cape.
The resort is fewer than 10 kilometres from the famous St Francis Links Golf Course, designed by world-renowned Jack Nicklaus. This is an aesthetically beautiful course with stunning views and a challenging course. Many players come to this area specifically for the golf course, and Cape St Francis Resort is the ideal place to stay for these ones.
We also loved that surfers coming to the area to catch a good wave are especially catered to at this resort. There are larger units available for groups of surfers, or well-equipped camping spots, just metres from the beach and, more importantly, from the popular surf spot called Seal Point (featured in the surf cult classic, The Endless Summer).
Nearby activities include whale watching, surfing, water skiing, horse riding, tennis, golf, kite boarding, sand boarding and hiking. There are also a number of nature reserves in the area, which showcase the fauna and flora of the Eastern Cape.