Langebaan, and all its West Coast bokkom-buddies from the fertile fruit valleys to fossils far, far away, have wiggled their way into my travel diary for 2016 thanks to the West Coast Way’s self-drive routes. Most of the routes – and sections of the routes – are all in close proximity to Cape Town, perfect for a short weekend getaway, a long break or even just a day trip to escape the city life.
West Coast Way has four self-drive routes, all themed, highlighting some of the best from the West; there is the heritage-inspired Culture Route, the sensational Foodie Route, the contrasting Scenic Route and the mountainous Berg Route.
If there is one thing I like just as much as coffee then it is a road trip. And if a road trip can take me to small towns with unique stories, old architecture, a possibility to spend some time in nature and stop at a farm stall or two, then sign me up and show me the road to Langebaan.
Club Myknonos: A slice of Greece in Langebaan
Langebaan is a small coastal town on the West Coast, about an hour’s drive from Cape Town, where the turquoise waves of the Atlantic Ocean rhythmically caress white sandy shores day in and day out; the sound lulls you into a state of peace, swoosh-swoosh-breathe, swoosh-swoosh-stay.
During my short visit in Langebaan I had the pleasure to stay at Club Mykonos.
Club Mykonos is a Greek-themed family-friendly holiday resort with typical Mediterranean features, from the whitewashed Greek-village type of architecture, to the décor, the iconic 16th-century white windmill, the designs, the names and the restaurants. The resemblance to the real Mykonos, an European utopia in the Aegean Sea thousands of kilometers from South Africa, is uncanny.
The Greek cobblestone alleys, the atmosphere and seascapes shout something along the lines of “Have a break, have a stay at Club Mykonos and απολαμβάνω”…
(I’m pretending to be fancy and understand the weird-looking word I just got from Google which means enjoy).
Have a break, have a stay at Club Mykonos and enjoy…
Here, you are not only lulled into a state of peace but also serenaded by nature’s string quartet into a state of soul-filled rest; a harmonious music ensemble inviting you to kick off your shoes, relax, flip open that book that you never get time for, go for a stroll and dip your toes in the water.
I can go on and on about Club Mykonos and tell you how great the self-catering accommodation was, how beautiful the views were, and I can write about the delicious food, the variety of restaurants, the friendly Langebaan smiles and the atmosphere, or I can show you.
A picture is worth a thousand words, but what about a video? Have a look at my Club Mykonos experience, 30 hours wrapped up in 2 minutes.
Sit back, relax, press play and watch.
Club Mykonos is situated in Langebaan and the perfect spot on the West Coast to unwind and relax.
Things to do in Langebaan at Club Mykonos
If you are wondering what you can do at Club Mykonos then the answer is: everything.
This family-friendly resort with its spacious self-catering units, complete with a kitchen and a braai area, caters for everyone; you can pinch the pennies and relax with a book on the terrace or wine, dine and make use of all of the facilities at Club Mykonos.
There are pools, restaurants, game rooms, a golf course, Segway fun tours, quad bikes, remote control car racing, planned activities for young and old, a spa, a casino, a gift shop, a mini-market, boat cruises and of course, the beach.
Club Mykonos Details
There are three different units at Club Mykonos and guests can choose between the 4-star Club Mykonos Preferred (with one, two or three bedrooms), the more budget-friendly 3-star Athenian Cascades (with one or bedrooms), and of course the compact 3-star Terraces that give you the option between a one bedroom studio or a two-bedroom unit.
All the units have a fully equipped kitchen and DSTV channels if you can keep your eyes away from the beautiful ocean views.
Visit the website, www.clubmykonos.co.za, or give them a call at +27 (0) 22 707 7000.
Life in Langebaan and Beyond
When you visit Club Mykonos and you have enough time, you might as well explore a few more places in close proximity to Langebaan which are all on the West Coast Way’s Foodie Route (and while the food on the West Coast is great, there is much more than just bokkom-delights to get excited about).
And don’t forget to visit Yzerfontein and !Khwa ttu San Culture & Education Centre on the West Coast Culture Route.
If you want to go a bit further, head to Darling for some small town discoveries. Darling is best discovered on foot, and if you really have extra time, consider doing something like the Darling Stagger, a slackpacking trail winding through the wine and olive farms of the area.
Disclaimer: I was invited to stay at and experience Club Mykonos, but as always, all opinions expressed are my own.