Mosaic Private Sanctuary is a 1,000 hectare private nature reserve with luxury suites and cottages on the banks of Hermanus Lagoon, just a 2 hour drive from Cape Town. This is a gorgeous setting, perfect for water and land-based activities.
The five suites at Lagoon Lodge are a stylish combination of stone, wood and glass, with beautifully furnished interiors. Each has a bedroom with sitting area and fireplace, and a bathroom with a full size bathtub and burnished copper hand basin. There's also a lovely outdoor shower, fully screened for privacy but open to the sky. Folding doors at the front of the bedroom open out to a private terrace facing the mountains.
Wooden boardwalks lead through trees to the central area with a comfy lounge, large deck and a heated plunge pool. Much of the produce is grown on site or in the immediate vicinity, so food is wonderfully fresh and full of flavour. The Lagoon Cafe by the water's edge offers an additional location for lunches.
While at Mosaic you can go for guided nature and bird watching walks, cruise and kayak on the lagoon, explore by mountain bike, visit local beaches and take boat trips out to see dolphins and whales. This really is a nature lover's paradise.
Open: Mosaic Private Sanctuary is open all year.
Location: The resort is near Hemanus on the Whale Coast, some 2 hoursâ€™ drive south east of Cape Town. It is located by Hermanus Lagoon, a short distance from Walker Bay.
Rooms: There are 5 suites at Lagoon Lodge, each with a mosquito-netted king bed or twin beds, sitting area with a writing desk and open fireplace. They are cooled by ceiling fans. Bathrooms are large with rough-hewn stone walls, a bath and basin, and thereâ€™s a separate outdoor shower. To the front thereâ€™s a private deck.
Activities Many and varied. Spend a lazy day on Walker Bay Beach, or opt for a long walk along the strand and between June and December you may spot whales out to sea. The resort can organise boat cruises on Hermanus Lagoon, or you can explore by kayak. Brave-hearted souls might want to try shark cage diving. On land there are various mountain bike trails you can follow, and guides are on hand to take you on nature and bird watching walks. Water, beach and 4x4 activities are included in your stay and other activities can be paid for locally.
Facilities: You'll have full use of Lagoon Lodge which has a lounge with a fireplace for cooler evening, and a terrace. There's also a heated plunge pool. The Mosaic Rain Spa offers a range of therapeutic and pampering treatments, including massage and body wraps, to be enjoyed indoors or outdoors. The Lagoon CafÃ© has a shop selling local handicrafts and jewellery, and a boule piste.
Dining: Meals are served at Lagoon Lodge, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with the option of taking lunch at the Lagoon Cafe, open daily bewteen 11am and 5pm.
Children: Children aged 3 years and over are welcome. There is one family suite at Lagoon Lodge.
Health: This is not a malarial area.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access.