Hughan had his birthday last week Thursday, so to celebrate, we spent the weekend at The Windermere by Mantis. This was the first time we actually stayed a night at the Hotel and on this occasion we had the opportunity to stay for the entire weekend! We also had a wonderful gourmet picnic on the Saturday morning but more on that in another post.
Every time we’ve been to the hotel, the staff have been absolutely amazing and this time was no different. The staff are incredible, always making sure you are taken care of and always a call away if you need anything. What I love most about the Windermere is it’s location and it’s ambiance. The hotel is a stones throw away from the beach, walking distance from a wide variety of restaurants and right in the hustle and bustle of city. However, when you step onto the property there is a warm and relaxing atmosphere that makes you feel like you are far away from it all. Another great advantage is that it’s a small boutique hotel, being only 10 rooms. There aren’t constantly people around you, making it feel like a very exclusive experience, in a way. There’s a definite “Ahhh, this is the life” kind of feeling.
On our first evening, we had a freshly prepared dinner. They asked for our order when we checked in so that we wouldn’t wait too long for our food. We pretty much just sat down and our food was in front of us in 5 minutes, which was fantastic. I had a smoked chicken wrap, with avocado and bacon while Hughan had a rump steak with mushroom sauce, both came with a side of chips and salad with nice portions. The food was delicious and Hughan was raving about how his steak was made to perfection (medium-rare). We retired to our room, full and happy.
Saturday morning, we were feeling lazy, so we opted for breakfast in bed. Hughan had the Full English Breakfast while I chose an omelette with tomato, bacon and cheese. We stuffed our faces and got ready for a beautiful spring picnic in the courtyard. Thankfully the weather played its part, so we could go for a walk along the beach afterwards as well. The rest of the of the day was very quiet and relaxing. We played a game of pool in the bar area, had an afternoon tea at their station in the courtyard, and went to get some supper at a nearby eatery. By the way, I’m convinced Hughan has been taking secret lessons because he beat me at pool! This is a rare occasion, I request a rematch!!
Sunday morning before checkout, we went down to the dining area for breakfast. I was so happy with their fresh fruit selection, I absolutely love fruit. They also had a variety of cheeses, cold meats, cereals, juices, freshly brewed coffee and of course, the hot breakfast menu. I started with some fruit and a croissant with cheese, but still had space to order French toast with fried banana, maple syrup and bacon. Guys! It was soooo good!! Just thinking about it right now makes me want it again. Hughan had a croissant with cheese as well, followed by a perfectly made Eggs Benedict breakfast which was a much bigger portion than we’d seen anywhere else, he loved it. We honestly did not want to leave, we chilled by the pool for a while before checking out, so happy with the experience but so sad for having to go.
Breakfast, dinner and picnics at The Windermere are all open to the public so even if you’re not staying as a guest, pop in for breakfast or a dinner date. I do, however, suggest the full Windermere guest experience including the hospitality of the staff and the spacious rooms. While you’re at it, include a picnic as well!
We’d like to thank The Windermere for a perfect weekend and highly recommend their location. Click here to book the full Windy experience now.
Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Mantis Collection.