December 19, 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.
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.
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.
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.
And then…. there’s me in a hammock….
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.
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.
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!