As luck would have it, I arrived in the coastal village of Arniston just as the storm clouds began gathering on the horizon. Unperturbed, the sea and sky still glowed in the shades of aquamarine and turquoise so unique to this area.
I checked in to the Arniston Seaside Cottages, where I took advantage of the view over the sea from my private balcony and over the quaint thatch-roofs of the neighboring cottages, each built in the whitewashed style that Arniston has become so recognized for.
Clean and comfortable, the cottages are centrally placed along the road to Arniston’s main beach and the famed Waenhuiskrans. The cottages are casual and private, and range from larger, family sized apartments complete with built-in braais and cozy fireplaces, a private patio and outdoor shower, and entertainment like books, games, and a CD-player, to the smaller upstairs flats that are better suited to couples on a romantic getaway.
The open plan kitchens feature granite counter tops and are fully-equipped (if you plan to cook just remember to stock up in Bredasdorp, the last town along the road before you travel the 25-kilometers on to Arniston). The bathrooms, which have been recently renovated, have modern fittings, glass showers and small luxuries like towel-warming racks. For chilly evenings, the bedrooms are also fitted with electric blankets.
I spent the afternoon exploring the famous Waenhuiskrans Cave, walking along the nearby beach, and exploring the dunes surrounding the cottages before photographing a stunning sunset that painted the sky in golden yellows and fiery oranges before waning pink into purple night.
When the rain finally came I was cozy in my bed, listening to the soft sound of each drop against the thatch roof. The comforting smell of the reed ceiling came alive, mingling with the sea air with each breath, while the waves played out the softest of lullabies to which I fell fast asleep.