Living the Yachting Lifestyle in Port Owen
It’s a Thursday afternoon and I find myself heading up the West Coast road, in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. I am on my way to a small town about ninety minutes out of Cape Town, called Velddrif. Port Owen is the marina in the town, comprising 100 hectares with 3,5km of waterways.
I have visited Velddrif before, it formed part of my West Coast Calling series last year on the blog. At that time I was exploring all the town had to offer, especially the quaint little fishing businesses and small restaurants located along the Velddrif lagoon. Today, however, I’m here to experience the true yachting lifestyle, as I spend a few nights directly on the marina at Russells On The Port. Find Russells On The Port on the West Coast Way Foodie and Berg Routes.
Russells On The Port is a boutique guesthouse with just six luxury suites. Service is front of mind with all staff in this marvellous establishment, which ensures your stay is bespoke while your every need is catered for. The patio overlooking the marina is the ideal location to contemplate life as you partake of the rather interesting cocktail list or, better yet, enjoy an ice cold draught from the selection which the folks at Russells change with the seasons.
The patio also served as a great post-breakfast coffee spot; in fact, I could have spent all day on this patio just watching life go by. There is something very hypnotic about the yachts bobbing up and down just meters away.
The restaurant at Russells On The Port is somewhat of an experience, on all levels, not just gastronomic. It is decorated with interesting pieces of art and collectables to give the space a warm, homely feeling. While waiting for my meal on my first evening, I spent time ambling amongst the artworks. The seating in the restaurant is large and inviting, the perfect accompaniment to my roast pork belly with sweet potato mash, sage gravy and baby onions. A meal most certainly fit for the more discerning lifestyle enthusiast.
Head chef Charl Coetzee keeps the restaurants offering interesting and tantalising, updating it seasonally. West Coast dishes abound on the menu, which also offers other dishes should you prefer lamb or game. Charl prides himself on producing contemporary, seasonal dishes with global influence.
Each of the six rooms is tastefully decorated in line with a maritime theme, without being excessive. Luxury is key to each space and ensures your stay on the marina is in line with a luxurious yacht inspired lifestyle.
A lifestyle experience such as this is made that much more complete in the finer details. Like the Salvatore Ferragamo wallet and Gancini keyring, with engraved logo plaque I picked up before my trip. The Italian luxury goods retailer is renowned for their articulate eye for stylish accessories as well as unique, handcrafted footwear. Just in keeping with a luxury, yacht-inspired lifestyle.
My Versace Dylan Blue eau de toilette continued this sense of personal indulgence with its top notes of bergamot, grapefruit and fig leaves. It is an aromatic woody fougere fragrance with fresh acquatic notes, although it is slightly sweet for an acquatic. But this just adds to its mystery and allure. The bottle, with its clean lines, comes in dark Mediterranean blue, complete with golden cap and, wait for it, golden Medusa seal. Rather in keeping with the yacht inspired stay I was enjoying.
Of course, all the ogling at life going by would not have been possible without my WeWood Dexter sunglasses made from eco-friendly cotton fibres. For each WeWood watch purchased, a tree is planted, as they help restore Mother Nature one watch at a time. The cotton fibre sunglasses are a new addition to this contemporary, responsible range.
Join me in my video below and experience Port Owen and its most luxurious place to stay, Russells On The Port, for a first-hand experience of the yachting lifestyle.
Who wants to win?
In order for you to experience this luxury lifestyle, the folks at Versace have given me a second 50ml Dylan Blue EDT fragrance to giveaway to one lucky My Lime Boots reader. Will it be you? Here’s what you have to do:
- Find my Twitter post about this blog post.
- Retweet it and tag someone who you think would love Versace Dylan Blue as much as you.
As easy as that! The giveaway is open to anyone living in South Africa and closes on Sunday 1 October 2017 at 16h00. The decision as to the winner is final and no correspondence will be entered into thereafter.
And The Winner Is…
Well done to Thabiie Thabs (Tomato Sizzler on Twitter) who wins the 50ml Versace Dylan Blue. Thanks to all who entered!
A big thank you to the staff at Russells On The Port for hosting me during my stay, could have stayed the entire week!