Break in the new year, and the new decade, with your first feel-good holiday at Fancourt.
There are a range of local destinations that have been on our radar for a while now, and one that we’re really excited about for 2020 is Fancourt Estate in George.
With January in full swing, many of us have already started our healthier routines, and if you’ve also added in a resolution to travel more, this is just the place to book your first feel-good holiday of the new year, and the new decade.
Here’s exactly why we love it, and why you will too:
A focus on wellness
Surrounded by velvet-green fairways and with views across the Outeniqua mountains, Fancourt is one of those leisurely ‘go-slow’ spots along the Garden Route. Travellers looking for a chance to escape, unplug, and start anew will undoubtedly enjoy this spot.
While the estate might be best known for its top-rated golf courses, it also features a secret oasis of sensory bliss. The Fancourt Spa features a design inspired by the four elements – air, water, fire and earth. Here, guests and day visitors can revel in holistic skin and body treatments. There are also complimentary facilities including a jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and tepidarium.
The Roman Bath is another standout feature. Spend your afternoons floating blissfully beneath its Doric-style pillars whilst gazing up at the sky.
Clean air and greenery
Aside from the sheer serenity, what really stands out at this feel-good destination is how pure and clean the air is.
Head out on a morning stroll and you’ll be greeted by all sorts of exotic flowers, indigenous trees, and local fynbos. If you enjoy photographing landscapes, this is the best place to work on your camera skills.
The Links at Fancourt has also achieved global standards of environmental best practice. It is only one of two golf courses in the country to be certified by the world-renowned Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary programme.
An opportunity to get outdoors
Nature provides more than just a pretty view or a breathtaking photo to share. Being connected to nature has incredible healing and restorative benefits, and there are all sorts of activities at this estate that will encourage you to get outside.
Tee off on the fairways, walk the designated nature trails, or spend the day by one of the shimmering pools. If your goal is to get fitter in 2020, swimming is one of the most comprehensive workouts you can get while on holiday. And because it’s gentle on the joints, almost anyone can do it – even if you’re not in the best shape yet.
You could also squeak some takkie on the tennis court or peddle out on a bike from the Leisure Centre. Cycling offers a great way to explore the estate and get in some low-intensity exercise at the same time.
A place to try something new
Fancourt is a great place to dabble in something new, especially with The Garden Route right on your doorstep. Stretching 186 miles from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape, to Storms River in the Eastern Cape, this popular coastal drive is brimming with eclectic experiences.
Spend a day hiking in the Robberg Nature Reserve, meet Oudshoorn’s ostriches or sample Knysna’s oysters. Fancourt runs a range of holiday programmes throughout the year. Activities such as Zumba, boxercise and badminton, as well as movie nights and cupcake decorating will help nourish body, mind, and soul.
During your stay, you can also visit one of the neighbouring farms and stock up on punnets of juicy red strawberries and fill your belly with homemade cheeses, olives and wine.
Fancourt Estate is located on Montagu Street, Blanco, George, South Africa.
By Chelsey Hale