There comes a time when every parent needs a cheeky little child-free retreat. We’ve just enjoyed a blissful parents getaway minus our 3 rascals in Kleinmond along the Cape Whale Coast.
I love my kids to bits but I also quite fancy a bubble of space sometimes and the novelty of being able to hear myself think or complete a sentence without interruptions.
In 2012 we went from 1 child to 3 overnight because we overachieved with twins! Queue massive overwhelm. At that stage, I wondered if I’d ever have a date night with the hubster let alone a night away. It somehow seems easier to palm off 1 or 2 kids versus 3 little critters!
Well, we got there and I want to encourage other weary parents to take a night off to recharge and reconnect with their partner for a romantic escape or anniversary celebration. You need an opportunity to have real conversation that doesn’t involve barking reminders at each other whilst passing in the hallway passage.
Why a Kleinmond Getaway?
A romantic parent’s getaway to Kleinmond is ideal because it’s an easy 100km from Cape Town. Far enough to feel like a retreat but close enough for a night. The journey along the R44 Clarence Drive is spectacular in itself. Feel the stress melt away as you wind along the coastal road soaking in the sweeping beauty.
Where to stay?
We wanted something cosy and luxurious for our parent’s getaway and Whaler’s Point ticked those boxes. It’s also fairly obvious why Whaler’s Point has a top-rated location.
Situated on a quiet corner, Whaler’s Point offers guests spectacular sea views. It’s a stone’s throw from a boardwalk that winds through fragrant fynbos, leading you to Palmiet Beach. The mountainous backdrop adds to the breathtaking scenery. It would be difficult to not feel a sense of tranquillity wash over.
About Whaler’s Point
Whaler’s Point is owner run and managed by Sharon and Johan. Sharon takes the lead hosting along with her right-hand lady, Alva. Their genuine passion for people and warm hospitality radiates. They excel at attention to detail and thoughtful touches.
From a generous cheese platter with sherry on arrival to the option of being able to freshly grind coffee beans in your kitchenette to a delightful bedtime story and romantic rose petals left at turndown. Whether it’s the hot water bottles stashed in the cupboard for winter warmth or the telescopes available to dabble in stargazing, it’s evident that Whaler’s Point isn’t your run of the mill guesthouse.
What Else Does Whaler’s Point Offer?
Whaler’s Point offers 3 spacious units to choose from for your parent’s getaway weekend in Kleinmond. Units vary in size and price so it’s easy to tailor according to budget, making affordable luxury achievable.
All units offer a fully equipped kitchenette. Two units offer braai facilities and spa baths. A delicious breakfast is served at your own dining room table so you can eat in PJs. A candlelit dinner can be booked to enjoy at your table too. We opted for this as the units are so beautiful we wanted to languish in the laidback vibe.
Sharon treated us to her legendary mussel pot dish. Sublime is an understatement. I’d rate it a must if you stay there but pre-book this. Breakfast the next morning was equally divine. If you dine out, try Kabel Joe’s in the harbour or The Tides in Betty’s Bay.
As we sat on our balcony in the evening watching the sun dipping out of view almost magically at the precise point where land meets sea, we realised we’d managed not to talk about the kids who were having a ball with grandparents.
Apart from the gorgeous boardwalk meander across the road from Whaler’s Point, you can walk to the small harbour with cute coffee spots, restaurants plus a nearby bird hide. For me, Kleinmond’s allure lies in the natural beauty. Sandy beaches, lagoon and mountains offering ample opportunities for hiking, paddling or birdwatching.
Kleinmond is also a fantastic hub offering easy access to the Harold Porter Botanical Garden or Stony Point Penguin Colony in Betty’s Bay. The Kogelberg Nature Reserve, Kleinmond Golf Course, nearby sandboarding or a visit to Hermanus are also options. Consider the boutique wine estates in Bot River and Hemel en Aarde Valley for something different.
If a parent’s getaway sounds like something you need, check out the Whaler’s Point website and give Sharon a ring. Once you’ve stayed there, it’s easy to understand why she has so many repeat guests lining up to visit again. We all deserve a little break and a weekend in Kleinmond at Whaler’s point is just the answer.
Disclosure: thank you Whaler’s Point for hosting us
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