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New Experiences With Benguela Cove
From wine tastings and food pairings to pirate-themed adventure mini-golf, there’s so much to discover at Benguela Cove, Nom Nom and Lakeside Lodge & Spa
Explore Benguela Cove's fine offerings from delicious food and wine pairing experiences at their popular tasting room to an afternoon tea at the Tea Terrace or a carefully crafted South African brunch, lunch or dinner service menu at the famous Moody lagoon Restaurant, which offers panaromic views of the lagoon and mountains. Be sure to bring the kids along for a round of 18-hole pirate adventure golf and some fun in the kids' splash park, full of squirting and dunking amusements. You just let them play while you relax and enjoy the wine and views.
How about a long lazy lunch in Somerset West? Indulge in half-priced sushi, amazing cocktails, daily specials, excellent service and a wonderful atmosphere, or if you're headed up the Garden route, secure a memorable stay at Lakeside Lodge and Spa in Sedgefield, where you can drink in the scenic view over the Swartvlei Lagoon and do some canoeing, SUP, waterskiing or go on an exciting fishing charter before finally winding down with a relaxing couple's massage at the modern day spa.
There are many awesome experiences for families, groups, friends and couples at Benguela Cove.
BE THEIR GUEST ON A SCENIC PONTOON LAGOON CRUISE
Famous for its high-quality wines and cellar door tastings and food pairings, Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate is situated near Hermanus’ Botriver Lagoon. Savour a tasty lunch at the Moody Lagoon restaurant, or enjoy other experiences on offer at the estate. Be their guest on a 45-minute pontoon cruise. Board the pontoon boat, then relax and enjoy Benguela Cove’s award-winning wines and majestic lagoon and mountain views, pure heaven on earth, and more affordable than you think.
Cost: Spend R300 or more
VINEYARD AND CELLAR TOURS
Benguela Cove’s vineyard safari takes you through the 200-hectare wine estate in real safari-style vehicles. You get to taste various cultivars along the way and get first-hand knowledge about Benguela’s wines. Then you can also explore the winemaking process with an hour guided cellar tour that combines tasting wine from the barrel with an informative journey of flavours and winemaking techniques.
Cost: From R200pp for vineyard safari, R80pp for the cellar tour
AFTERNOON TEA ON THE VINEYARD TERRACE
A selection of finger sandwiches, cream scones with strawberry preserve and lemon curd, sweet cakes and your choice of tea blends at Benguela Cove’s new Tea Terrace in Hermanus. Little Princess’ teas for under-10s offer the same, but with an option of hot chocolate or milk.
Cost: R320pp or R200 per child. Add R60 per glass for MCC.
TASTES OF SA AT MOODY LAGOON
This Hermanus restaurant boasts a wondrous South African-style menu, with seafood and food and wine options, offering guests a choice of delicious dishes, paired with sensational wine from Benguela Cove’s Winery. You can expect outstanding views, spacious indoor and outdoor seating options with a casual and relaxed daytime eatery menu, and an a la carte evening and Sunday a la carte lunch menu in harmonious Hermanus. It's the perfect place for a date night or a night out with friends and family. A casual lunch menu is served Tuesday–Saturday and casual sharing platters are available 11am–4pm, Monday–Saturday.
Opening hours: Brunch from 10am–11:30am, Saturday and Sunday, lunch from 12pm–3pm Tuesday to Sunday, and dinner from 6pm–9pm on Saturday. Public holidays: Brunch 10am–11:30am, lunch 12pm–3pm (Monday to Wednesday). Thursday–Saturday brunch is served from 10am–11:30am, lunch 12pm–3pm and dinner from 6pm to 9pm. Sunday brunch and lunch are served at 10am–11:30am and 12pm–3pm respectively
PRIVATE VINOTEQUE DINING IN HERMANUS
You and eleven of your closest friends or family. In a private vinoteque or barrel room at one of the country’s most awarded wine estates. The private dinner at Benguela Cove in Hermanus is one of those exceptional experiences where your every whim is catered to.
PIRATE-THEMED ADVENTURE GOLF AND SPLASH PARK
What started as a way of keeping the kids occupied while mom does a wine tasting has turned into a bit of an attraction in itself. Benguela Splash offers a range of cool water play and spray amusements for the whole family. And now you get free access to this cool water-play section if you do the other coolest activity in Hermanus, pirate mini-golf at Benguela Cove.
Cost: From R35 per child, or R280 for the whole family (18 holes of putt-putt, plus Splash entry)
DISCOVER BENGUELA COVE
R43 Walker Bay, Hermanus
+27 (0) 21 944 1041
AN ALL-NEW CHEF AND MENU AT NOM NOM IN SOMERSET WEST
Sample the all-new "traditional" menu: Sushi, poke bowls, seafood platters, fish, lamb shank, eisbein, prawns, ribs and much more. Now available at Nom Nom on Main Road from 10am to 10pm.
EVERY DAY SPECIALS
From Taco Tuesdays to Oyster Saturdays, there’s an exciting special at Nom Nom from Tuesdays to Saturdays. Buy the tacos off the tapas menu and get a free Savanna Loco cocktail every Tuesday. Or pay half-price for all inside-out rolls on Sushi Wednesdays. It’s happy hour after 6pm during Cocktail Thursdays. And you get a free Stellenbrau Craven Lager with every burger on Burger Fridays. On Saturdays, order six or more oysters and get a free double Cruxland Gin and Tonic. All at Nom Nom in Somerset West.
GREAT STEAK, AMAZING SEAFOOD
Fancy a long, lazy lunch or dinner in Somerset West? Steak is more than a dish at the new Nom Nom, it’s a South African institution. And you’re invited to come and taste what’s on offer. There’s also fresh local seafood and sushi, expertly prepared and made to order. And there’s a relaxed vibe in Nom Nom – and good cocktails to boot.
Opening times: Tuesday–Saturday, 10am–10pm.
DIY GIN BAR IN SOMERSET WEST
Ideal for a chilled couples’ afternoon or with a group of friends. Nom Nom’s new gin bar in Somerset West provides you with a range of gins, fruits and botanicals, and invites you to come and create your own signature cocktail. There are some suggested recipes, but you can get as creative as you like. And there’s a special tapas section on the menu available with bites starting at R48. Check out the DIY gin bar at Nom Nom.
Cost: R85pp per DIY gin
DISCOVER NOM NOM
Main Rd, Somerset West
+27 (0)21 851 6197
PRIVATE LAGOON FISHING CHARTER IN SEDGEFIELD
Your own skipper and private pontoon boat for two hours of early-morning fishing on the Sedgefield Lagoon. With the option of upgrading to a sailing boat, spider dingy or speedboat at Lakeside Lodge & Spa. In fact, there’s loads of watersports options at Lakeside. From family adventures such as canoes, wakeboarding and introduction-to-sailing trips for the kids to windsurfing, SUP and a range of boat hire options ideal for groups or couples. You can even learn to ski safely on the lagoon at Lakeside Lodge & Spa in Sedgefield.
Cost: various, canoes R150 per hour, two-hour fishing charter R650.
STAY IN A LUXURY LAKEHOUSE VILLA
Four large bedrooms (for up to 8 people) with every amenity, including fireplace, braai area, verandah and your own private jetty onto the lake. Or, for couples or families, there are more compact B&B rooms and suite options at the Lakeside Lodge & Spa in Sedgefield.
Cost: Suites start from R1800 per night, Lakehouse from R7000 for two nights.
COUPLES SPA TREATMENT AT SEDGEFIELD LAGOON
A 2016 World Luxury Spa Awards finalist, the five-star Lakeside Lodge & Spa is open to the public daily from 8:30am to 5pm. And, apart from the normal range of treatment rooms, there’s a double room for couples with beautiful Venetian mirrors, soft music and a cocooning atmosphere. You can get anything from massages to more intensive anti-ageing treatments.
Cost: Massages start from R250pp per hour
DISCOVER LAKESIDE LODGE & SPA
3 Lakeside Drive, Swartvlei, Sedgefield
+27 (0)44 343 1844
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