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The newest addition to the Morukuru family of properties, Ocean House is a private family villa complete with its own chef, guide and housekeeper. This aspect, combined with the villa's location in one of the most beautiful coastal reserves in South Africa only 3 hours' drive from Cape Town, makes Ocean House the perfect exclusive and unique seaside holiday. De Hoop Nature Reserve offers unbeatable activities - land-based whale watching, guided walks and hikes, sand boarding, bike rides, cave tours, quad biking and 4x4 fynbos safaris.
Delaire Graff is perched on the magnificent Helshoogte Mountain Pass, between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. This exceptional estate has ten boutique hotel cottages with spectacular views and is famous for its superb wines, spa, exquisite art and imaginative cuisine in two fabulous restaurants. For the rest of June and the whole of July, Delaire Graff is offering a special on last minute bookings - one night in a Deluxe Lodge at only R 6,874.00 which includes: personalized wine tasting sessions, chilled glasses of wine and canapés in the evenings, and access to the exclusive spa, which offers a range of treatments and therapies.
Morukuru Ocean House
Morukuru Ocean House is a four-bedroomed private house situated in the De Hoop Nature Reserve, which is often cited to be one of the most beautiful coastal reserves in South Africa. Each of the four bedrooms have en suite bathrooms and spectacular ocean views. The interiors of the property are modern and tasteful and the color scheme has been inspired by the surrounding fynbos dunes.
Sleeping up to eight adults and four children in total luxury, every inch of this sprawling family villa has been designed to be as eco-friendly as possible, from the stove in the kitchen that burns wood from alien species cleared in the reserve, to the fynbos planted on the roof to assist with retaining internal heat.
Beautifully decorated in a soothing palette that picks up the blues and greens of De Hoop, the house is filled with peaceful nooks and crannies all offering tranquil views for reading or daydreaming.
Ocean House's sun deck - complete with funky 'blow-up' sofas - also offers a unique view over one of Africa's largest whale nurseries and from mid-July to November you can enjoy watching the Southern Right Wales as they migrate towards the coastal basins off the Overberg Coast for the calving and nursing season.
At Ocean House, you are on your own schedule and can do whatever you want, whenever you want. Take advantage of the beautiful surroundings with guided walks and hikes, bike rides, cave tours, sand boarding, quad biking and 4x4 fynbos safaris. Alternatively, spend the day relaxing by the pool and enjoy a barbecue on the veranda or explore the mile long beaches with its many rock pools and caves. For younger children, kite-making and fun, educational tours can all be arranged.
There is a large pool at the front of the house overlooking the ocean where you can relax and enjoy the views in an outdoor area that has been designed to be wind-free. The lounge area is extremely comfortable and there is a fireplace for the cooler evenings. Alternatively, for the warmer days, the lounge area can be opened up so the sea breezes cool the house.
De Hoop's climate is considered to be 'Mediterranean' - dry, hot summers (October to April) and cool, wet winters (May to September), with August generally being the rainiest month. So during the whale season when the Southern Right Whales return to these shores, one can expect frequent rains and a couple of chilly evenings - but this is where the fireplaces in every room make the house wonderfully cozy.
Only 3 hours' drive from Cape Town, Ocean House is the perfect beach villa with a difference where you can relax with family and friends in complete privacy in a superbly unique location.
|* Stunning private villa situated within one of South Africa's most beautiful coastal reserves|
|* Ideal for families and multi-generational travel|
|* Four well-appointed en-suite bedrooms with stunning ocean views & a children's bedroom|
|* Green design and solar power throughout, wood-fired hot tub with ocean views|
|* From mid-July to November, incredible land-based whale watching from the comfort of the villa|
Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa
Delaire Graff Lodges and Spa is situated on the highest crest along the magnificent Helshoogte Mountain Pass, linking the Cape's two leading wine districts, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. The lodge has just 10 cottages, eight with one bedroom each and two with two bedrooms. Each lodge has a private heated infinity pool. All afford fabulous views over the local hills, vineyards, and some views extend all the way to Cape Point and Table Mountain.
Exquisite contemporary art from Laurence Graff's private art collection is displayed throughout the lodge. There is also a private cinema, fully-equipped spa, gym and two dining options: the Delaire Graff Restaurant and Indochine, both of which are beautifully designed and laid out, offering unique and special places for fine dining.
The signature Delaire Graff Restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere and fine meals created using ingredients from local farmers. Dine on the terrace or indoors with views of the Stellenbosch Valley. Situated near the Spa, Indochine offers Asian-fusion cuisine with a contemporary twist created from fresh local produce. Enjoy lively, aromatic flavors and world-class service in an elegant ambiance with stunning views of the surrounding valley.
Explore the quaint town of Stellenbosch, go wine tasting at one of the nearby estates, or dine in style at one of the town's cafes or restaurants. Enjoy a complete holistic experience at The Spa with the option of a body or hair treatment, and a workout at the gym.
Guided walks in the vineyard, wine tastings and cellar tours with the winemaker ensure for an unforgettable experience. Other activities in the local area include golf, walking and hiking in the surrounding mountains and Franschhoek's Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, fly fishing, horse riding, hot air ballooning (summer only) and visits to Drakenstein Lion Park and the Bonheur Crocodile Farm.
Children are very welcome at Delaire - activities kids will love in the winelands area include Bugz Play Park, the Franschhoek Motor Museum, Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens, the Stellenbosch Toy and Miniature Museum and for a chance to see some of South Africa's abundant wildlife, the Giraffe House, the Cheetah Outreach Facility and Eagle Encounters.
Included in the lodge accommodation rates are daily transfers to and from Stellenbosch, complimentary private Delaire wine cellar tour and tasting, guided vineyard walks and use of the spa facilities, gym and cinema room. (Spa treatments are charged additionally.)
The wine country is a wonderful year-round destination and enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate, somewhat like the South of France, which is what makes the area perfect for grape-growing.
|* Glorious suites with private decks and plunge pools overlooking the Stellenbosch Valley|
|* World class wine tasting|
|* Fantastic dining option with two restaurants on the estate|
|* Exceptional spa|
|* Exquisite art collection and gardens