Making Memories At Piekenierskloof
Making memories – a family resort that harks back to childhood holidays
As a child I grew up in Kwazulu Natal and we spent many of our family holidays at the myriad of resorts dotted around the Drakensberg Mountains, the South Coast and – a bit further afield – the Wild Coast, or Transkei, as it was known in those days.
I remember running wild in these places with so much to do, swimming till you felt like you were floating, playing “mashie golf”, riding bikes and horses, spending hours in the games room, making friends with the other kids and generally NEVER feeling bored (i.e. keeping out of my parents hair while they did whatever adults did).
Now, as an adult with a family of my own living in the Western Cape, I crave that kind of holiday destination – the one-stop-shop so to speak – where you can park the car and don’t have to get back into it until it is time to go home. With ALL your needs taken care of as you unwind and relax whilst the kids have a ball – and don’t have to hear “There is nothing to do!” (My children can complain of being bored while sitting on the beach – true story.)
The Western Cape doesn’t have many destinations that hark back to the holiday resorts of my youth – but we have been lucky enough to discover one that is on Cape Town’s doorstep and we spent a blissful few days there at the beginning of the school holidays.
Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort is situated on the top of the Piekenierskloof pass near Citrusdal. It enjoys a phenomenal view over the valley looking out above the town of Citrusdal. But views aside: in addition to the family friendly accommodation offered in the main hotel, as well as in beautifully appointed 3 bedroom self-catering chalets (this is where we stayed), Piekenierskloof Resort kept my kids constantly busy with mini-golf, archery, zip-lining, a giant chess set, trampolines, a jungle gym, swings, a games room, and last – but certainly not least – a massive outdoor swimming pool (that lets you soak up the views while you recline with a cocktail – the parents that is, not the kids) and a heated indoor swimming pool as well that was a hit with my brood.
We could have also done some hiking and mountain biking, but these activities seemed a bit too ambitious at the time for my exhausted (read lazy) self.
The Kloof Restaurant in the hotel building at the resort serves great food with a good, varied kiddies menu and the extensive buffet breakfast is a must – we scoffed ourselves silly on the fresh fruit and pastries (one of our families favourites)!
There is a well-stocked bar right alongside the restaurant – complete with slush puppies on tap for the younger family members – and drinks are served by the pool – yay! You can also relax on the terrace by the bar and restaurant, which looks out over the pool area and down the valley. If you need some additional pampering there is a spa at the hotel, although we didn’t have enough time to make use of it during our stay as there is just so much to do that we ran out of time.
We had an incredible break at Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort and much to my delight, didn’t hear the words “I’m bored” – not even once (considering that my children are 13, 11 and 4 years old, and as mentioned above, can get bored in the least boring of places, keeping all three of them entertained as this resort did is a great feat). Packing up to leave was tough, but I am hoping that we will be able to make this fantastic resort, which is less than 2 hours from Cape Town, a frequent holiday destination for our family and that my children will remember this holiday, and ones to come, with the fondness that I remember my childhood holidays.
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Written by West Coast Way
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