I really love weekends away. I think it is the best solution to stretching out the hours in Saturday and Sunday. I get so angry when Sunday evening comes around and I feel like I have wasted a weekend. Don’t get me wrong – I would not consider a full weekend in bed with a book a wasted weekend! A wasted weekend is one which flew by without making the best of it.
And I think adventures are the very best in terms of getting bang for your buck on the weekends! We like to head out to Stellenbosch, Elgin and recently Botriver. But quite honestly sometimes you have things to do! And an escape to the winelands for a whole weekend may prove a little tricky.
We recently spent the night at The Alphen in Constantia which is only about ten minutes from where we are based most weekends. I spent the Saturday morning at work, we grabbed lunch at Cheyne’s in Houtbay, headed to the hotel via the nursery in Constantia. We were able to have a night away whilst still being able to do all our favourite Cape Town things. (No, my work morning was not a favourite Cape Town thing…)
I may be jumping the gun a little early considering how many exciting adventures are left in the year – but I think The Alphen may be our favourite hotel of the year. There you go! I said it! The Alphen is pure class, old school charm and luxury. Much later in the night we climbed into our giant bed and whispered to one another: “Can we stay here forever” whenever one of us rolled over or woke up.
I loved having a giant couch and TV set aside from the bed. We sat on the couch eating all the baked goods from the La Belle bakery on site, laughing and drinking a lot of wine til well into the early morning. Often with a hotel space – the only sitting options are that stiff chair or the bed. And once you have climbed into bed – you’re drifting off! By having a separate living room space we actually ended up spending more time together and enjoying the room so much more.
But the actual best part of the room was our double bathroom and giant bath set up! I am now completely sold on his and her bathrooms and no just sinks. To the right was a fully kitted out bathroom with a shower, and to the left was another bathroom but with a bath tub instead of a shower. Who says you have to chose! After a drink at the bar I promptly headed back to the room, ran the biggest bubble bath and climbed in with a glass of wine and a book.
I was so happily hidden away with my book and bubbles that Jono actually came searching for me out of fear I had fallen asleep in the tub! (He is not use to periods of silence longer than thirty minutes – and this may be the reason The Alphen is his favorite hotel too!)
We really did not want to leave the next morning and the amazing black out blinds did an amazing job of keeping the sunshine out and allowing us a lie in. Eventually we did climb out of the perfect bed and got ready for breakfast. The Alphen is home to La Belle which serves breakfast to the hotel guests but is also open to the public. We arrived to a table in the sunshine and every other table full with a long table celebrating with a birthday brunch. La Belle was so fantastic and festive that we will definitely be making an effort to head back for breakfast soon!
I went for the tower of flapjacks topped with blueberries, maple syrup and extra bacon. I made sure to order their fresh fruit platter for a little healthy balance. I loved the fresh fruit served with the minted creamy yoghurt and am going to try create this at home.
The pancakes were delicious and the blueberries and bacon were delicious together. However, Jono had the better dish and I was terribly envious! Luckily he ended up sharing more of his breakfast with me than he had planned. He had the eggs benedict with a toasted English muffin, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce with salmon. (This make is an Eggs Royale if you would like a fun food fact of the day!). This was a perfect eggs benedict. Seriously seriously perfect – and if you consider yourself an eggs benedict fan you should definitely give them a visit!
And with that we had to say goodbye to The Alphen and hope to return again soon. I have promised myself a breakfast return to tide me over in the meantime!