Surrounding Area

dscf1222Emerald Bay & Greenways Estate

Emerald Bay, with its lush surroundings, offers an atmosphere of relaxation and plenty of opportunity for recreation. There are spectacular mountain views of the Hottentots and the Cape, and captivating sea views. Emerald Bay is set within the Greenways Golf Estate, which itself is situated around a 9-hole mashie golf course. The Greenways Estate has a Club House with cafe/bistro, a larger swimming pool and two tennis courts, all of which you can enjoy.

The golf course lends a park-like atmosphere with tarred pathways meandering throughout the common area whilst birdlife is abundant. The Soet River lazily runs its course through the Estate to the sea whilst several dams encourage water birds to make this area their home.

Tamarind Beach House is situated right next to the sandy beach and sea. There is no road or other buildings in front of the house, giving direct access, through the gardens, to the lovely, 5 kilometre-long beach, which is superb for walks, kite-surfing or fishing. The shoreline offers wonderful beach-combing possibilities and there are great rock-pools when the tide is out.

The beach location invites welcome, cooler temperatures in summer and gentle breezes, without the sharp ‘Cape Doctor’ of the west coast.

The town of Strand

dscf1215It is a short walk to the centre of Strand, which offers fishing, boating, surfing and other water-oriented sports and past times. To the east is Gordons Bay, which has a small harbour and yachts.

Strand originated some 200 years ago as a holiday and fishing resort. Today Strand is a popular tourist resort and so has many facilities.  Numerous shops, restaurants and banks are along the beachfront or just off it. The main attraction is the ‘strand’ – 5km of beautiful white sandy beach, which is known to be one of the best and safest bathing areas in the country. Nearby Dune Park, at the other end of Strand, has a supertube and mini golf.

Strand offers supermarkets, banks and a variety of shops. At the junction of the N2/R44 highways is the superb Somerset Mall, which has a huge array of shops, supermarkets, places to eat, and a cinema.

The Western Cape has a typical Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and relatively cooler winters. During October to March, the summer month temperature range is between 25-35C. However, evenings can still sometimes be a little chilly.

Food Shopping

Our favourites are:
Food Lovers Market at Somerset Mall – a superb array of fresh foods, bakery, meat counter, deli area, great cheeses, sushi bar and pretty much everything you’ll need during your stay.
Pick n’ Pay Supermarket, Strand centre (corner of Main & Boulevard) or at Somerset Mall: a large supermarket with a good selection of fresh foods, frozen foods, clothing and non-food departments.
OK Foods: the closest shop to the house (just 400m away) on the R44