South Africa

Moondance Villa, Fresnaye, Cape Town, South Africa

Why we love it:
Moondance Villa speaks of abundance. Not just because it is abundantly luxurious and gorgeous in every way, but because there is a culture of abundance in the way the staff add value to their guests stay at every turn.Instead of being charged for every service and extra, they are actively looking to add value, spoil you and charge you nothing for it. Set up high against the granite copse of Fresnaye, you are sheltered from the wind and have glorious wrap-around views of the city.

Ocean House. De Hoop Nature Reserve. Western Cape.

Why we love it:

Ocean House offers a bird’s eye view of the continent’s greatest whale nursery and is situated in total isolation in De Hoop Nature Reserve with it's 51 km of wild beaches and fynbos treasures. It is a coastal wilderness of white dunes, rich birdlife and endemic antelope. Built almost into the hillside and hidden with its roof top garden, the villa boasts an eco friendly, fully solar operation. Everything is possible – the staff will plan your excursions around your desires and interpret the natural world around you.

Melton and Uplands @Kwandwe. Eastern Cape. South Africa

Why we love it:

Kwandwe Reserve is as wild as you will get in the Eastern Cape, boasting 22,000 hectares and the big five. With only 22 rooms across the whole concession it has one of the lowest guest per hectare ratio in South Africa. It also has 30km of the Great Fish River frontage and is malaria free. There are no signs of farm infrastructure, and the river and dams make for stunning landscapes. The two villas are set far apart in remote locations with all the special touches of a lodge, but total privacy for your group or family.

Forest Hall Estate. Garden Route. South Africa

Why we love it:

Spending our family holidays in nearby Natures Valley meant Forest Hall was a regular day visit for us, climbing steeply up from Salt River to the gracious homestead where tea and scones would be served on the vast lawns under Oak Trees. Now beautifully restored by new owners maintaining its original charm, and available as a villa, it still holds the magic and mystery that it did for me as a child. Surrounded by wide lawns, thick forest and fynbos, and a short walk down to the rocky beaches - its like having your own nature reserve.