Motherly love at the Southern Sun Waterfront

2013-05-03 15:20
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That unexpected moment: When hotel staff notice you’re coming down with the flu and take the time to send a hot drink of ginger, honey and lemon to your room. It is something you’d expect your mom to do and it is this kind of service that lifts a hotel experience from impersonal and cool to warm and familiar.

In my opinion, Cape Town is the perfect place to treat your mother and I was lucky enough to be able to do just that at the Southern Sun Waterfront - and in the process treat myself to a much needed break too.

The overnight stay came at the right time. My mom had just been released from hospital after a minor health scare so the relaxing surroundings of the hotel were the best way to unwind after a week in hospital.

We stepped into the cool lobby and were greeted with the warmest of welcomes. Upon arrival you're offered cold beverages and snacks by one of the doorman before you've even checked in. The friendly staff manage to make you feel right at home while at the same time catering to all your needs and wants.

While an overnight stay at a hotel is a great way for a mother and daughter to bond, we opted for separate rooms so that we could both enjoy alone time as well. We were shown to our rooms on the top floor and shortly after guest relations brought a beautiful plate of sweet treats (a decadent slice of chocolate cake, fudge and coconut ice) for us to enjoy while we settled in and got acquainted with our rooms.

The first thing you should do after settling into your room is indulge in an in-house spa treatment. Mom opted for a back, neck and shoulder massage which she described as heavenly and I chose to have a lovely manicure.

Otherwise check out the local scene. This is easy and convenient since you're in the heart of Cape Town and close to the V&A Waterfront, making the hotel attractive for both the business traveller and leisure tourist. The hotel has also embarked on a R95 million refurbishment, which according to Jeff Rosenberg, General Manager of the Southern Sun Waterfront, is set to enhance its service offering and prime positioning.

After our time at the spa, we relaxed outside by the pool - it's not the biggest pool, just right for kids to have a swim in without parents worrying about their safety - and drank warm beverages while we chatted about the week that was. One of the barmen even came outside to have a chat with us.

As afternoon turned to evening, we got ready for a buffet dinner at the hotel's restaurant called Yizani (meaning "come in...welcome" in isiXhosa ). The name perfectly captures how at home you feel when you're greeted at the entrance. The restaurant has a cosy atmosphere but at the same time affords you enough privacy as the tables are not too close together.

The food is perfectly prepared and cooked by an experienced team of chefs. The mouth-watering selection of gourmet grub will have you salivating but may also leave you confused about where to start. The buffet menu changes daily and if you're staying for longer than one night, you would be more spoiled for choice than just eating there for one night. Yizani will be hosting a Mother's Day lunch for R220 per person so if you're not planning on staying overnight, at least treat your mom to the feast of food on offer.
The price for a buffet dinner in the Yizani restaurant is R215 per person with children under 12 paying half-price.

After dinner, we spent some time in the lounge of the hotel. Here you can enjoy some coffee before retiring to your room for the night. I have to take my proverbial hat off to the very observant restaurant manager who noticed that I was coming down with the flu and sent up a hot drink of ginger, honey and lemon to my room.

Getting into a freshly-made, soft bed (knowing that you won't have to make it up yourself the next morning) is the best way to end a perfect day spent spoiling mom. But the spoiling doesn't end there. There is also breakfast to look forward to the next morning. Another buffet experience where you're treated to a hot buffet, which includes everything from eggs, sausages and hash browns to pancakes and freshly baked warm croissants, and a cold buffet, where many of your favourite breakfast cereals, fruits and yoghurts can be found.

I think of this overnight stay as the perfect time out of time; a great way to feel at home without being at home. At the end of breakfast, we reluctantly checked out and headed back to reality.

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