The ladies at Nicky Arthur PR share their fabulous holiday adventures.
If there is one thing for sure, it’s that the Nicky Arthur PR ladies love to travel and find the adventure, wherever it may be. From the quiet beaches in Plettenberg Bay to Christmas Markets in Austria and Budapest, we have all experienced a magical holiday this past December and would love to share our favourite experiences and tips with you.
Nicky Arthur – Owner and Founder
Plettenberg Bay is my favourite place on earth. I have been going there since I was in my mom’s womb. Our parents used to flirt with each other before they were married on the Look Out Rocks and the ‘soon-to-be’ husbands used to go ‘bird watching’ close to where the beach meets the horizon, all while their brides sun tanned with baby oil.
I’ve travelled to many beaches around the world – from the Med to the Caribbean, to the West coast of America and Australia, and what I can say with all honesty is that Plettenberg Bay is still my favourite place on earth. I love a holiday that has equal parts reading, rest and relaxation and then of course, every water sport imaginable, along with walking, eating and sunbathing. Plett has everything on offer to fulfill the above.
Some of my favourite things to do in Plett are:
With the beach sand and the sea breeze, it was easy to connect with my inner hippie and I took my God children to The Global Village to buy leather friendship bangles. We had to make sure they matched. What would a holiday be without a little adventure? One random morning, we decided yo drive through the Tsitsikamma Forest and all the way to Storm’s River to visit Pebble Beach and walk arcross the ‘scary’ rope bridge. I was very fortunate to visit Plett’s latest hotel, The Old Rectory for a stayover, delicious food, incredible service and a much-needed massage. It was a pretty fantastic holiday if you ask me!
Sara Needham – Johannesburg based Account Director
I was lucky enough to join my beautiful family in St Francis Bay, a beautiful and cosy seaside town made up of thatched roofs and exquisite beaches. As fate would have it, we enjoyed perfect beach day weather almost every day of our holiday. We spent many hours on the Cape St Francis Beach. My son George, is only 9 months old and thoroughly enjoyed splashing about the water and digging his fingers into the sand, as babies tend to do. One of my most memorable days was spent dune boarding at Oyster Bay. Much to my delight, the desolate beach well.
My other top highlight from this memorable December holiday include; each a scrumptious lunch in Jeffery’s Bay on the beach along the Walskipper, driving along the garden route to Plettenberg Bay and visiting Robberg Beach. Walking along Nature’s Valley Beach and visiting local farm stalls and of course, eating calamari at St Francis Port.
Gill Gernetzky, Cape Town based Account Director
Our December holiday was spent with family in Stilbaai, a small coastal town close to Mossel Bay on the Southern Cape coast. My parents in law live there, and my sister and brother in law have a holiday home there, in a beautiful eco estate on a peninsula.
We really wanted to decompress after an insanely stressful 2017, relax and recharge and Stilbaai sounded like the ideal spot to do just that. Our 3.5-year-old twins did keep us busy but they really had a ball bonding and playing with their cousins (6 and 4 years old).
Christmas Day was a huge highlight, with the kids being thoroughly spoiled by their parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, great aunts and great uncles. It was the first Christmas that they were really aware of how exciting Christmas is when you’re a kid and of course we were woken up at the crack of dawn to open gifts.
New Year’s Eve was also a highlight. We did the Moonlight Lantern Walk in the sleepy hamlet of Jongensfontein (another coastal town about ten minutes from Stilbaai), where everyone was given an LED Chinese lantern and about 600 of us strolled through the streets of the little town. The walk ended on the beach where there were roaring bonfires, a Cape Minstrel (Kaapse Klopse) band and beautifully curated picnic baskets for adults and kids. Our kids didn’t join us as they’re still too little but our nephews loved every minute – until they fell asleep on the beach, just as the fireworks started!
Our favourite times were spent on my parents in law’s little blue boat on the 17km river that meanders through the town. The kids loved scratching around on sandbanks and islands that popped up at low tide, racing through the water with the wind in their hair and being lulled to sleep by the lapping waves while their parents enjoyed way too many G&Ts. Really chilled, happy family time – the stuff of lifelong memories.