I’d just like to say a HUGE THANK YOU!
Having been in hospitality for 10 years myself, both locally and Internationally, everything from Hotels to Game Reserves for Ferrari Resorts, I often find it hard to take a “holiday” a “break” from noticing every fine detail.
I had recently started a job in The Midlands, quite the chilling place this time of year, dropping down -5/-7 on a nightly basis only, and reaching a maximum of 23c.
After much debating, and way too much working, I needed to come down to sort out a few things and decided there was no better place to be then the beach. Having grown up on the bluff in my teen years, I had pre-set my vocabulary and expected to have to run at any moment if someone happened to be following me. I was surprised to find that The Bluff also known as “The Ruff and Tuff” has become a really respectable, beautifully clean, lovely chilled, area. The people are still as ever “chilled” and the main choice of dining is still “slap chips and sarmies” which suites me just fine.
Check in was a breeze, Michelle had called me the same morning to confirm my booking and I assured her, even though I could not EFT I would be there within the hour, and she held our room for us. What an angel. Upon check in, I couldn’t find reception, but a rather tasty looking “surfer dude” helped us find our way (I almost walked into the door during this).
At check in, we discovered that there was a private pool area on property, for those not keen on sand in everything regime, there is a small café on property as well as a bar.
I checked in along with a female friend of mine, I had not seen in months, and we were escorted to our room. We decided on the Double Cabin in the end, and were shown through a lovely green garden setting, that had a permanent beach breeze and smell of sea looming in it. Our cabin had nice handy shelving, and a rather large bed. My only dismay was where the mirror was located in terms of light; I would have found it much easier to have the mirror closer to the door area where one could put on make-up or do hair etc. Also the bed base is quite long which makes for difficult manoeuvre.
Once we had settled in, we decided to waste no more time, and head to the beach. We spent HOURS on the beach, taking photos and playing in the sand like kids. We “stalked” surfers and ate really fatty foods and laughed so hard that I still have partly no voice.
Upon returning, we decided to meet with another friend, who later in the evening let us down. So we decided to meet with another friend, who briefly stopped in at the back packers and had a laugh with us. When we came down through we must admit, we were quite shocked. The pool area, the communal kitchen, the lounge area’s the bar area and the outside seating were packed. Everyone was carrying on one like one big family.
So after our friend left we decided to swoop on one receptionist who seemed like a friendly person. And that’s where our night begun. I have not laughed, loved, and relaxed so much in the last 1year and 6 months as I did with good old Shadryn and he’s accomplice Justin.
In the end between me and my friend, Shadryn and Justin and a blonde lady who kept assuring us, although she hadn’t showered that day and was not groomed, she was over 15 A mistakes Shadryn had earlier made upon check in, and was to this day never to live down. And then we started meeting everyone else staying with us, including that insanely hot foreign surfer we initially met at check in, who we proceeded to nickname “Hey Africa” after Trevor Noah’s joke.
I must just say a HUGE thank you to all the people who made my day and especially night so amazing. They were not aware but the night before I had had my card skimmed at an ATM and so, literally had just had my entire salary, savings and all cash stolen from me. I was actually in such a depressed mood and so upset that I was in a sense “floating on disbelief for most of the day” and these guys made it such a memorable day for the right reasons.
Thank you so much, Anstey’s! You guys are NO.1 in my book, and I will definitely be sending more folks your way (and stopping in myself just to visit Shadryn & Justine of course).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Anstey Beach Self Catering Apartments and Backpackers, owned and run by Rudy and Tash Palmboom and managed by Michelle, is situated on the beautiful unspoilt beaches of the Bluff. Come and enjoy some friendly, laid back coastal hospitality while you soak up the sights and sun. Fall under the Ansteys spell and embrace the warm, happy family atmosphere - whether you spend your day at the beach, or relax by the poolside in our tropical garden - you are sure to enjoy yourself! We offer different types of accommodation to suit all budgets - from backpacker type dorms, to more upmarket self catering apartments. Ansteys is not your conventional backpacker hostel or holiday apartment resort, but it has it's own kind of magic, which is why so many guests return time and time again. Heidi's Cafe is situated on the premises and is a cosy and popular little cafe/coffee shop which serves good filter coffee, cappuccinos, delicious, hearty or healthy breakfasts, as well as home baked treats. The beaches on the Bluff are beautiful and great to explore, especially at low tide when you can explore all the rock pools along the way. Ansteys has consistent good surf and is a quick stroll away from the world famous surf break Cave Rock. It is also one of the most popular kitesurfing beaches. For those wanting to learn how to surf, book our very popular "get-up-and-go" surf lessons. The Bluff boasts beautiful protected and unspoilt beaches (lovely warm seawater!) with excellent lifeguards and shopping centres all within walking distance. We are a quick 15 kilometre drive from Durban City Centre, the ICC, the sport stadiums and Ushaka Marine World. We offer many facilities - among them a swimming pool area set in a tropical garden, pool table, internet and wi-fi and a small beach and surf shop. We pride ourselves on ensuring there is a real happy and relaxed village atmosphere here, so come on over & share in our unique lifestyle...we look forward to welcoming you! ... more less