December 19, 2018♥♥♥
Getaway in Hermanus Mosaic Private Sanctuary

View from the main lounge. I mean- look at it! – Visited on August 10, 2018 –

Our third and final stop (and might I add our FAVORITE stop) on my birthday road trip was a getaway in Hermanus at Mosaic Private Sanctuary.

Mosaic is located slightly south of Hermanus in Stanford on the Cape Whale Coast and is known for some of the best whale watching in the world. The main town is also has quite an offering with plenty of sea views, art galleries, bookstores and that old sea town charm.

Getaway in Hermanus Mosaic Private Sanctuary

Afternoon tea with a view.

One of Dave and my favorite special places in the world is Tidy Island, Florida at his grandmothers home. There is this feeling of pure escapism as soon as you enter the gates of Tidy Island and see the stillness of the blue bay as the road wraps around it with giant willow trees and the smell of freshly cut grass. It just makes you smile.

As soon as we entered the long dirt road path along the lagoon towards Mosaic, I immediately turned to Dave with a big grin on my face and said this reminds me of Tidy. I knew it was going to special.

Getaway in Hermanus Mosaic Private Sanctuary

This is what we arrived to! It’s like Norway meets South Africa.

Getaway in Hermanus Mosaic Private Sanctuary

The sitting area of the small yet perfectly cozily decorated space. At night, the fire is roaring, and the lighting is soft.

I found this place through the usual obsessive hunting and seeking that I love to do. It sounded interesting: a lagoon lodge with your own stand alone cottage, all inclusive, and includes activities like kayaking and ATV-ing. Either it could’ve been cheesy (as most all inclusive’s are) or it could have been perfect. Really happy the latter worked out.

Getaway in Hermanus Mosaic Private Sanctuary

Our stunning view from our room. Classic Cabin-cottage vibe.

Getaway in Hermanus Mosaic Private Sanctuary

The bathroom also had rock walls and a thatch roof- my favorite theme of all African designs.

After checking in and admiring the view, we met our guide who took us on a tour of the property. Turns out, the owners are American! The husband is a radiologist in Tennessee and the wife is of course…an interior designer. As if I had any doubt based on her excellent choices for the main lounge.

Getaway in Hermanus Mosaic Private Sanctuary

Touring the large property.

Getaway in Hermanus Mosaic Private Sanctuary

An afternoon G&T while basking in the winter sun.

Getaway in Hermanus Mosaic Private Sanctuary

This is where we had lunch. It’s right on the property but open to the public as well. Doesn’t it have a bit of an English cottage vibe to it?    

Getaway in Hermanus Mosaic Private Sanctuary

The kayaks are there for any lodge guest to use.

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Getaway in Hermanus Mosaic Private Sanctuary

After lunch we got back in the open air jeep and headed to grab some ATV’s to continue exploring the grounds.

Getaway in Hermanus Mosaic Private Sanctuary
Getaway in Hermanus Mosaic Private Sanctuary

First time riding solo on an ATV!

Getaway in Hermanus Mosaic Private Sanctuary

Annnnd I’m obssessed! So fun!!

Getaway in Hermanus Mosaic Private Sanctuary

Made it to the top. Views were incredible. It’s almost spring and the flowers were blooming.

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Back at the lodge, Dave very elegantly laid down on this beautiful hammock.

And then…. there’s me in a hammock….

Getaway weekend in Hermanus

The struggle is real.

Getaway in Hermanus Mosaic Private Sanctuary

Back to our lodge to warm up near the hot stove. 

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Evening pic from our cottage deck.

Getaway in Hermanus Mosaic Private Sanctuary

Toasting to coming back here a million more times.

After ATV’ing, we freshened up and eagerly dashed back to the main lounge so I could fanatically observe the decor while Dave peacefully read his book. It was such a relaxing ambiance. Fire was keeping us cozy, the lights were dimmed, and they even placed a blanket on me while we sipped our wine and stared out the window. Blankies, good wine, and a fantastic view…this place was paradise.

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Dinner was perfect. A 4 course meal with the chef coming personally to visit you. We also chatted with the manager who lives in on the property with his wife and two kids.  We asked him if his kids understood how lucky they were to be raised amongst all of this. He said they absolutely did. The service here was so incredible. Everyone is really friendly and caring.

Getaway in Hermanus Mosaic Private Sanctuary

The next morning. Soaking in that last view.

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On our way out, we headed to Hemel an Arde (Means Heaven and Earth in Afrikaans), the wine country which is 20 minutes from Hermanus. We stopped for a quick lunch at Creation, which is now one of our top wine-tasting experiences in South Africa. I’ll write more about it on a future post, but visiting Hemel en Arde while you are in Hermanus is an absolute must.

Last words: Mosaic is paradise. It’s only a gorgeous 2 hour drive from Cape Town. 30 minutes from the best wineries in South Africa. 20 minutes from the town of Hermanus. And 0 seconds away from pure joy. I am so thankful we got to experience this little piece of Gods country. Hope you get to also!

Getaway in Hermanus Mosaic Private Sanctuary
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