Waking up at Lagoon Lodge – with a three-kilometre-long lagoon stretching in front of us, flanked by the Kleinrivier Mountains just beyond – we kind of expected to see a masked Lone Ranger and Tonto galloping by on horseback. (So surreal is the setting, it feels like a film set.) But, actually, comparing this exquisite slice of The Overberg to the Wild West would be to rob it of its due glory.
Situated on a 1 000-hectare reserve, Mosaic Private Sanctuary, as its name implies, is where city-weary travellers go for a secluded, restorative stay, surrounded by nature, knowing they’ll leave feeling content and energised.
Ancient milkwood trees, a dreamy lagoon, abundant birdlife, a fynbos reserve and a towering mountain provide the backdrop for the guest lodge, four self-catering cottages, a spa, restaurant, boutique and a string of exhilarating activities.
Guests can choose to stay at the five-roomed Lagoon Lodge, where all meals and activities are included in the room rate, or on the other side of the lagoon in one of four self-catering Mosaic Cottages.
We stayed in an African-safari-style bungalow at the lodge, which was decidedly more Parys than Paris. (“Local is lekker” is a recurrent theme here: from the Kalahari toiletries in the bathrooms to the ingredients chefs Adrian Boshoff and Gift Madzirvire use in their delicious dishes to the bespoke, locally designed items in the boutique). Our room was utterly comfortable and the decor more than adequate, with Skinny Laminx accents adding a dash of edge.
Floor-to-ceiling sliding doors reveal breathtaking views of the lagoon and mountains, with all the requisite creature comforts (fireplace, electric blankets, a decanter of port, and a turn-down with home-made date balls and a hand-written note on the pillow) making us feel very well-cared for.
Breakfast and dinner are served daily in a beautiful dining area, where two couches beside the fireplace beckon for post-prandial sessions. Chef Gift’s food is generous, delicious and made with passion. Guests can opt to have lunch at Mosaic Lagoon Café on the other side of the reserve, or at the lodge.
Five Lagoon Lodge Suites
- king-sized bed (can be made into twins)
- private deck with mountain views
- en-suite bathroom with a free-standing bath
- private outdoor shower
- indoor sitting area
- communal heated plunge pool
Cost From R5 460 per room per night (depending on season)
Four Mosaic Cottages (Duminy, Milkwood Trail, Garden Trail, Fynbos Trail)
- king-size beds and twin beds
- private deck
- en-suite bathrooms with a bath and shower
- private outdoor shower
- fully-equipped kitchen
Cost From R1 650 per cottage per night (depending on season)
Above and beyond: The wonderful service
The spellbinding setting aside, what made our stay truly memorable was the service: warm, genuine and professional. From the moment we arrived, when Richard Chabarwa greeted us with heated lemongrass-scented hand towels and homemade iced tea, to Maria Murawa’s gently attentive service in the dining room, and chef Gift’s patience with our son during their pizza-making session, to the moment we said good-bye, we felt very special and well-cared-for throughout.
An abundance of activities awaits at this private paradise. Whether you feel like chilling at the lagoon-facing pool with a book, having a rejuvenating spa treatment, or would prefer to explore the natural surrounds, there’s something for everyone.
- boutique with bespoke clothing and accessories
- beach excursions
- boat cruises
- guided nature walks and birding
And, with all that’s on offer, the point of Mosaic Private Sanctuary is to slow down, do less and savour more. I mean, where on earth can you fling open the doors of your rondavel, walk 20 steps, and be face to face with a flock of flamingo tip-toeing around the sunset-tinged lagoon? At Mosaic Private Sanctuary, that’s where.
Distance from CT 2 hours
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Where to find it Mosaic Private Sanctuary, Wortelgat Road, Stanford, Western Cape
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