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Shark Bay Hotel

Snug excitement takes hold when you first set eyes on Shark Bay Hotel & Spa in Langebaan. How lavishly it’s laid on: the lagoon’s blue is so blue and the reserve’s green is so green – serenaded by the plangent sound of seagulls.

With five options from deluxe to superior in the 15 rooms, there’s bound to be the perfect fit for romantic escapes, family getaways, group celebrations or meditative breaks. You’ll find all the expected extras in the rooms.

Mixologists bring life to every cocktail they pour in the bar, nimble hands soothe away stress in the spa and sparks fly from the chefs in The Shack restaurant where floor to ceiling windows open up to a blanket of lagoon views. There’s an impressive selection of local and international wines in the cellar too.

A manicured garden is just the place for a good read, while conviviality reigns on the expansive terrace. There’s also the option of shaking off the crowds at the hotel’s private beach.

Don’t even ask about other Langebaan activities! Too many to mention. But what springs to mind are kitesurfing, beach walking, swimming, kayaking, cycling through the West Coast National Park, restaurant hopping and beer tasting.

Rates: from R2 008 – R5780 for 2 pax B&B pn; 8 Grysbok Close, Shark Bay;; 0800 008710; WAP 082 2346540.