LIFE ON LONG BEACH
OCCUPYING a massive 23.8ha site, Long Beach operates as something of a self-sustaining community, complete with five themed restaurants, three bars, its own disco, two pools (three, if you include the lap pool), a gym and assorted other sports facilities including a tennis court, a jogging track and climbing wall on land, as well as water sports for the more adventurous, varied daily entertainment throughout the resort, both a kids and a teens’ club, its very own stretch of private beach and, of course, plush accommodation facilities, all of which are sea-facing.
Adding to the community feel is the fact Long Beach is the only resort on the island to boast a central piazza, where all can gather for a coffee, a drink, a dance or just a good ol’ natter.
The eco-conscious can revel in the luxury guilt-free: solar panels produce hot water; sun protection frames largely reduce the need for air-conditioning and ecolighting is used throughout.
A sanctuary of serenity, the Sea Spa, featuring its very own hammam (Turkish bath), is an absolute must (the therapists may look petite, but their nimble hands work magic on your stressed-out muscles).
For added extravagance of the culinary kind, the open-air poolside eatery, Tides, serves up some of the freshest, most succulent fish dishes you’re likely to savour, topped off with dangerously delectable cocktails (try the curry leaf mojito)!
And if you’re travelling with a group and looking to impress, why not enlist the talents of general manager-cum-Michelinstarred chef, Vladimir Scanu?
His ingeniously innovative set menu for our final night dinner had even MasterChef SA judges, Benny, Pete and Reuben scrunching in their seats out of sheer intimidation!