‘We’ve vis­ited the same hol­i­day spot for 34 years’

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LAU­REN MEN­DOZA, 37, is a com­mu­ni­ca­tions con­sul­tant. She lives with her hus­band Wayne, 42, and their nine-month-old son Dar­ryl.

“When I was three, my folks in­vested in time­share at Plett’s Bea­con Is­land Re­sort. We lived in Port El­iz­a­beth at the time, and they wanted to find a spe­cial fam­ily hol­i­day nook. From the mo­ment we spent our first sum­mer at this gor­geous ho­tel on the edge of the beach­front, we never looked back.

It’s been our hol­i­day ‘home’ for the last 34 years, both for De­cem­ber and mid-year breaks. When we were lit­tle, my three si­b­lings and I were happy to dou­ble up in a four-sleeper room with our par­ents – it was part of the ad­ven­ture! But when we hit our teens, my folks started book­ing a sec­ond room. We al­ways en­joyed proper old-fash­ioned hol­i­days as kids, hik­ing Rob­berg Na­ture Re­serve and col­lect­ing pansy shells on the beach. The disco-danc­ing con­tests and bingo quizzes kept us en­ter­tained in our later years, and we have all made life­long friend­ships with other fam­i­lies who reg­u­larly vis­ited Bea­con Is­land like we did. I don’t think there was ever a dull mo­ment.

It’s be­come more sen­ti­men­tal to us, be­cause my brother pro­posed to his now wife in the Sea Lounge in 1998, and this year we’ll be cel­e­brat­ing his 50th there, too! The hol­i­days clearly left their mark. Last year, my mom and I took my son there while I was on ma­ter­nity leave, and he got to have his first swim in the in­door pool where I played as a child. It was a mo­ment I’ll cher­ish, and I’m ex­cited to give him the chance to make his own mem­o­ries at Bea­con Is­land.” >>

‘The mem­o­ries made there have stayed with us all. They were proper old­fash­ioned hol­i­days’

Plett is the ideal set­ting for fam­ily hol­i­days, says Lau­ren

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