Last Friday night I was invited to enjoy a night at the Protea hotel in Mowbray. Truth is I was invited about two months ago, but like most things when you have kids, finding the time proved to be a tad impossible. Especially since my husband, with his night-time events could never make the nights available!
During another discussion about our conflicting schedules, he sopped me in my tracks and said Babe, why don’t you ask Jules to go with you? You girls can do your blogging thing and have a mom’s night off! Yes these were the words that my darling husband spoke. So you can bet your bottom dollar I took him up on the offer! I messaged my friend Jules from Heart Mama Blog and told her the plan. I think being a mom of three she needed a night away more than I did!
What made it even better is that our friend Leigh from Red lips and darling adventures and my sister-in-law joined us for dinner too. These mama’s were desperate for some grown up talk.
We all got there at the same time to enjoy some bubbly in the room first (I mean it’s really standard practice for occasions such as this right?) before heading to dinner at the Wild Fig. Walking into the hotel I took in the beautiful colonial feel of the place and immediately felt at home. The quirky old suitcases at the entrance, the vintage picture frames and old chairs and beautiful windows were enough to take me back in time. I love it how decor and timeless pieces have the power to do that, transport you to another world. Looking back now I wish I had had more time to sit in their beautiful lounge and read a book. It would have to be Jane Austen just to suit the mood!
What we didn’t expect was that we were upgraded to have two separate suits which we didn’t mind one bit seeing as we are so used to kids in our beds. The thought of having a bed to ourselves was luxurious. The rooms were gorgeous with a much more modern feel compared to the rest of the hotel. It was a beautiful mix of old and new, just up my alley! Once we polished off our champers we headed to The wild Fig (situated on their doorstep) where we ate and drank way too much (well some more than others) and laughed till we couldn’t breath. It was so good for our tired mommy souls to just sit and enjoy a meal. To not have someone clawing to be picked up or running off after a brood of kids. I also quite enjoyed not having to share my delicious duck.
The next morning I woke up to an alarm for the first time in years. Who needs an alarm when you have kids right? I knew I had to put an alarm on because the last thing I remembered from the night before was doing hand stands in our hotel room. (yes things got a little interesting) and I didn’t want to be late for breakfast!!
Walking to the breakfast hall i noticed just how gorgeous and green the grounds were. There is a beautiful open piece of grass in the middle of the hotel with a few tables and chairs which is perfect for those with small children.
Breakfast was delish with a full range of things to choose from. I forgot to ask them about their delicious muesli, which I could get enough of! Their cooked breakfast went down a real treat too.
There are so many things that make this hotel a great choice for your next night away. Whether planning a night out with your partner or a few days passing through as a family it will cater for everyone! Situated just off Liesbeek parkway it is in the perfect location for parents who are visiting their kids who attend UCT or other colleges/schools in the area when travelling from out-of-town. They are central to so much that Cape Town has to offer and with Rates as good as theirs its a real deal clincher.
Go check out their website to find out more about their rates and services and book a room for your next weekend away!