Places of interest and things to do in Bantry Bay
1 Eat and drink
Making the most of its wind-free location, the President Hotel offers accommodation, of course, and a selection of wining and dining experiences for day visitors as well as its guests. The Islands Restaurant serves a buffet breakfast as well as dinner a la carte. At the Botany Cafe the focus is on all things fresh from the garden and farm: organic, artisanal, seasonal and bursting with flavour. Soak up the sun with a cocktail or gin and tonic in hand at the poolside Deck Bar & Terrace, or head indoors to the Senate Bar on cooler evenings. 021 434 8111.
At the end of Regent Road in Sea Point, The Point shopping mall is the closest shopping hub. Anchored by Checkers, it has a Knead Bakery, Bootlegger coffee shop, Dis-Chem, Pick n Pay Clothing, Kitchen Boutique, BUC Fitness Club, and Yemaya Spa & Hair Salon. 021 439 9030.
The mountain behind Bantry Bay offers several walking and hiking trails, while climbing Lion’s Head is a popular pastime, especially at full moon. The Atlantic Ocean is cold but attractive to surfers, and although many homes have their own pools, the glittering sea water-filled Sea Point swimming pool attracts many visitors in the summer months. The Olympic size main pool and 5m deep diving pool are often used by athletes for training, and two childrens’ splash pools surrounded by spacious lawns make it the perfect place for a family outing. 021 434 3341.
You’ve probably seen or even walked over them at some point, but did you know those streaky-coloured rocks at Queens Beach were visited by Charles Darwin in 1836 during his epic voyage around the world on HMS Beagle? The rocks were proclaimed a historical monument in 1953 and a bronze plaque was put in the parking lot to commemorate Darwin’s observation that this intrusion of basaltic volcanic rock into granitic rock was a unique geological feature. The English naturalist, geologist and biologist spent eight years after the visit writing his account, and then still erroneously called the area Green Point.