Surviving the Summer Without Breaking the Bank

It happens every year, for 11 long months you work away quietly, taking the odd break here and there to maintain your sanity, in the hope that it’ll all pay off in the end, and it almost always does.

December finally rolls around, and you indulge. You buy gifts, spoil yourself and your friends, take a trip, and generally embrace the spirit of the festive season.  But, in the back of your mind you know it’s coming, marching along slowly with nothing in its way to stop it; January. And along with it the cost of all those good times.

We’ve put together a survival guide of sorts to help see you through to the end of the month without emptying your savings account.

One of the biggest expenses that we all have to carry is transport. From home to work, to the shops, to school, and wherever else it’s unavoidable. But there is a way to cut down; make fewer trips.

The easiest ways to do that is to do all your shopping in one spot. Better yet, do all your shopping, exercise, and self-care in place – The Point Mall! Between the first two floors, you’ll find all your shopping needs satisfied, from groceries to electronics, and everything in between.

Head to the third floor for your wellness kick, where you’ll find fitness classes, yoga, Pilates, physiotherapy and several other options to choose from.

Now that you’re where you need to be, shop smart. The outlets at The Point want to help you as much as we do, you need to look in the right places.

Checkers is running a range of promotions over the season including excellent back to school specials that have kept over 100 products at 2018’s prices, and their weekend savings which give you R20 back for every R200 you spend – they’re putting money back into your pocket! Dischem is running supplement specials and a cosmetics sale until the middle of the month, and Sportsmans Warehouse is running their biggest sale of the year.

On the fitness front, get more for less at select studios. Wild Thing Yoga & Body Conditioning offer a week’s free classes as does Living Life Pilates.

Yemaya Spa & Hair has a range of specials to choose from and let’s not forget about Bootlegger’s coffee loyalty app, get one free coffee for every ten you buy.

Surviving January doesn’t have to be all that hard, you’ve just got to be smart, plan, and keep an eye open for those amazing deals!

Until next time,

The Point Team

Where To Swim In Cape Town this holiday Season

It’s no secret that Cape Town tends to get more than a little overcrowded during the holiday season, most likely even more so following the recent announcement that the city has once again been voted the “Greatest City on Earth” in the Telegraph Travel Awards survey for 2018. More people in the city means more people on the beach, and that means less space for you! So, where do you go when you want to take a dip but can’t face the jam-packed beaches? Read on!

 

Rooftop Pools

With great views just about wherever you look, it makes sense that city establishments with access to rooftops would make the most of them, and what better way to do that than with an inviting swimming pool. We’ve rounded up a few of the best.

 

The Rooftop Pool Deck at The Cape RoyaleLocated in the heart of Green Point, The Cape Royale’s Rooftop Pool Deck boasts amazing views over the city and the Atlantic Ocean and offers sun loungers and couches for guests. The Zenith Sky Bar serves up delicious cocktails throughout the day and night, and there’s sushi, noodles, and tapas for the hungry!

 

Harald’s Bar & Terrace at Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore

 

 

Commanding views over Table Mountain, the inner city, Woodstock and beyond, Harald’s Bar & Terrace on the 11th floor of the Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore is the perfect place to dip your toes and enjoy an ice-cold beverage. If your visit falls over mealtime, you can dig into a variety of tasty treats including burgers, pizzas, and snack baskets. Open from 10:30 – 23:00 daily there’s no need to rush in early to get a seat and no need to leave as soon as the sun sets.

 

RED ROOF Pool + Bar + Grill at Radisson RED

 

 

Located just around the corner from the V&A Waterfront, the RED ROOF at Radisson RED exceeds all expectations of a hotel bar. Set on the 9th floor, it boasts an inviting pool, a full bar and kitchen, and ample shaded seating for all-day lounging.

 

Hotel Pools

You’ll also find plenty of viable options closer to the ground if you know where to look.

The Pool at The Cape Milner

 

 

Drink in gorgeous views of Table Mountain as you dangle your legs in the cool waters of the pool at this Tamboerskloof-based hotel. Loungers and umbrellas are set out around the pool, and the on-site restaurant serves up delicious grub.

 

The Glen Boutique Hotel

 

 

Boasting not one but two pools, The Glen Boutique Hotel is a superb spot for a summer swim. Nestled in the heart of Sea Point, this hip and happening hotel has it all; cocktails, food, pool seating, and boutique shopping, it’s where Cape Tonians go to be seen. It’s the perfect place to catch up with friends and catch a summer tan.

 

Whether you’re looking for your perfect summer spot or want to escape the madness of Cape Town beaches for a day or two, there are plenty of options to choose from – the trick is finding the one that works for you!

 

 

Enjoy the festive season and stay safe in whichever waters you decide to wade in.

 

Until next time,

The Point Team

 

No Gym, No Problem – Hit Your Summer Body Goals Without Hitting the Gym

It happens the same way every year. Seemingly out of nowhere, it starts getting light earlier and dark later, the days start getting hotter, the evenings aren’t quite as cool, and then suddenly it’s summer. You haven’t even signed up at the gym yet, never mind a workout, and now you have to go to the beach. Sound familiar?

Before you rush off to get a new membership, consider the alternative – using the city as your gym! You’ll save money, and chances are you’ll discover a whole new side of the city.

 

 

The easiest way to exercise in the Mother City – and almost any city for that matter – is running. But, it’s not what you’d call the most alluring option until you frame it differently. Don’t think of running as exercise, think of it as discovery. Cape Town is covered in roads and routes that hug the coast, weave around mountains, cross colourful neighbourhoods, and so much more. The Promenade is a great place to start, and you can begin with a distance you’re comfortable with and extend it from there. The best part is that once you’re getting fit and into it, you can run all the to Camps Bay, and even further if you’re up for it, without ever having to cross a single road!

 

 

If running’s not quite your thing, but you still want to work up a decent sweat, look no further than the city’s most famous attraction – Table Mountain. Hiking is an excellent workout, and at the end, you’re rewarded not only with a sense of accomplishment but breath-taking views! Lion’s Head is the perfect place to ease into it; you don’t even have to complete it in the beginning if you don’t want to. It’s got an amazing perimeter route which is relatively flat but will still get your blood pumping. As you get more comfortable with climbing a whole new world will unfold in front of you that extends all along the peninsula!

 

 

So far it’s only really been about cardio, so what if you need to tone those newly uncovered muscles? Sea Point’s open-air gym! Located on the prime real estate on The Promenade, the open-air gym offers a variety of workout equipment that only uses body weight to get you in top shape. But, if you’re not quite ready to flex with the best as passers-by sneak a peek, head to the Green Point Urban Park. It has similar facilities and not nearly as much foot traffic, although you might have to contend with some plucky 6-year olds.

 

 

Whether it’s running, hiking, or good old-fashioned callisthenics, the city’s got you covered, and your only expense is sweat and time – seems like a pretty good deal to us!

 

Till next time,

The Point Team x

 

Our guide to the best beaches in Cape Town!

Calling all sun, sand and sea lovers…

 

If you’re in the market for a new beach to hang out at or visiting for the holidays and not sure where to go, be sure to check out our favourite spots in and around Cape Town.

 

1. DALEBROOK | KALK BAY

 

 

Dalebrook is still somewhat of a hidden gem, even amongst locals. Those that have discovered it are reluctant to share their findings and it isn’t hard to see why. This tidal pool just off Kalk Bay Main Road, opposite Dalebrook Road, isn’t technically a beach but deserves a mention for providing a safe, yet fun swimming experience for the whole family.

 

2. SMITSWINKEL | CAPE POINT

 

 

If you prefer a secluded beach with a touch of magic (usually only found in great pirate novels), this one’s for you!

This secret bay can only be reached by hiking 15-20 minutes down the trail from the surrounding cliffs – or by boat. These calm, clear waters are great for snorkelling as the remains of several ships that were scuttled in the bay, create an artificial coral reef where numerous underwater creatures have made their home.  You can find it next to the Cape Point Nature Reserve with signs marking the trail.

 

3. SUNSET BEACH | MILNERTON

 

 

This romantic beach is perfect for long walks and absorbing Cape Town’s beautiful sunsets.

Melkbos and Blouberg’s lesser-known cousin, Sunset beach, is a quiet beach rated as the third-best windsurfing spot in the world, after Hawaii and New Zealand. Be sure to find it on the Blouberg strip.

 

4. BIKINI BEACH | GORDON’S BAY

 

 

This is a hangout for the young at heart and is popular amongst the students for its laid-back beach lifestyle. Great for surfers who enjoy the fact that the slope on this section of Gordon’s Bay drops down suddenly and sharp.

If you are looking for a thrill and a good tan, this is your best bet!

 

6. CLIFTON BEACH | CLIFTON

 

 

Being amongst the most beautiful four mini beaches in the world it’s no wonder these little gems, nestled under the mountain are a popular set of beaches amongst locals. The white sands and blue waters have been the subject of countless travel photos over the years.

So, if you are looking for a day out, a great beach and an ‘insta-worthy” location, you can consider your boxes ticked!

 

7. BOULDERS BEACH | SIMON’S TOWN

 

 

The perfect location for the little ones this summer, Boulders Beach boasts with a penguin colony, quiet beaches and secluded coves. Pack a picnic and plan to stay a while as this is sure to be one of their holiday highlights.

Check out the great walking trail with your busybodies and cool off in the slightly warmer waters.

 

8. MUIZENBERG BEACH | MUIZENBERG

 

 

Its colourful Victorian bathing boxes have been a hotspot for adverts over the decades but what about the beach?

It’s also a Blue Flag Beach; which means it gets top marks for safety, recreational facilities and eco-consciousness. That ticks every parent’s box and makes it a mecca for the little ones.

With surfing lessons, and food readily available this is the perfect all-day beach. If the beach is too busy or the waves are too strong pop over to the putt-putt course and water slides and let the fun continue!

 

9. BAKHOVEN BEACH | BAKHOVEN

 

 

As the name suggests it’s an intimate sun baking oven perfect for those looking to tan in peace.

The sheltered beach has kelp forests and rock pools to keep little fishermen busy! The large boulders are ideal for tanning and blue waters idyllic to cool off in. Bring your own cool-bag and sunscreen and share the Cape sun and skies with a view of her mountains from this bayside gem.

 

10. MELKBOS | MELKBOSSTRAND

 

 

Popular with locals for water sports, Melkbos is perfect for wind and kite surfing when wearing a wetsuit.

If you are less of a thrill seeker take a long leisurely stroll along the stretch of beach. This special spot is also home to the NSRI’s Station 18.

We are so spoilt for choice with all our beautiful beaches. Please remember to respect them and keep them clean!

 

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https://insideguide.co.za/cape-town/secret-beaches-cape-town/

http://www.capetownmagazine.com/top-beaches-in-cape-town-and-surrounds

https://www.go2africa.com/african-travel-blog/cape-towns-best-beaches

https://www.sa-venues.com/attractionswc/beaches.htm