Eco-friendly Accommodation Stanford – Western Cape; Overberg | Coastal, Country Stay, Family-friendly, Romantic, Nature Reserve, Self-catering, Wellness/Spa, Weddings & Events, Business & Conferencing.
From R1960 per person sharing *Seasonal
Mosaic Private Sanctuary is a luxurious boutique guest resort situated between ocean, lagoon and glistening mountains in the Stanford area of the Western Cape. This hidden gem is a mere 2 hour drive south-east of Cape Town and is a perfect location for nature and adventure lovers to explore the Overberg Wine Region.
Mosaic’s unique location sets it apart from all others; situated on the edge of the Hermanus Lagoon, it expands to a secluded part of the pristine Walker Bay Beach and Nature Reserve. Mosaic Private Sanctuary offers guests a multifaceted experience in the Cape Whale Coast; you will be immersed in the splendour of the flowers and bird life of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the pristine secluded beaches, fascinating marine life, archaeological caves and the continent’s southernmost wineries.
ECO-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION STANFORD
Mosaic offers a range of exclusive accommodation and gourmet dining. It is also the idyllic place to host the perfect wedding celebration with its many options for ceremony and reception locations and vast natural beauty. Corporate guests will find the conferencing facilities, and all that Mosaic has to offer, the perfect place to get creative, strategize, cultivate a performance spirit and have fun teambuilding and relaxing.
All-inclusive, private 5 Star luxury getaway for its discerning guests. The 5 safari suites are set on the edge of the Hermanus Lagoon, amongst ancient Milkwood trees, capturing the essence of tranquility.
The suites have been beautifully built with stone and thatch harvested from Mosaic. Stone and glass walls open onto private decks that offer magnificent mountain views. Each room has a king size bed (twin beds can be accommodated) surrounded by beautiful soft netting, a sitting area, writing desk, fireplace and ceiling fan blended with earth elements creating a peaceful haven. The bathrooms have a large romantic tub, copper sink and an exhilarating outdoor shower.
A canopy of trees shelters the boardwalks that lead to the lounge where drinks and meals are shared outdoors or indoors by a roaring fireplace. The heated plunge pool overlooking the mountains is a favorite place to unwind and take in the beauty of this place.
All meals, house drinks and all land and water activities located on Mosaic are included when staying at Lagoon Lodge.
- Lagoon Lodge Rates May–Aug:
- Per Person sharing R2000
- Per Single Person R3000
- Per Child Sharing (3-12) R1000
There are 4 uniquely configured luxury self-catering stone Cottages; perfect for families and groups to absorb the natural beauty, relax in luxury and enjoy time together on the Hermanus Lagoon. All the cottages are surrounded by Milkwood groves, fynbos gardens and abundant bird life; and have been built in an environmentally friendly way with stone from Mosaic, and natural finishes.
Duminy Cottage sleeps 9 with 2 en-suite bedrooms (one King and one with twin beds) and a loft (5 beds). This cottage features a double volume living/dining area with glass doors that open onto 2 large verandas and an upper deck with panoramic mountain and lagoon views. Cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils, luxury bedding, towels, bath amenities, under floor heating, wood burning stove, outdoor BBQ facilities and firewood are provided.
There are 3 Milkwood Cottages, each has a fully-equipped kitchen an indoor fireplace, outdoor patio, BBQ, firewood, luxury bedding and towels and is serviced daily.
- Milkwood Cottage 1 sleeps 2 adults and one child and has magnificent mountain views.
- Milkwood Cottage 2 sleeps 4 adults and 2 children and overlooks beautiful fynbos gardens that attract fantastic birdlife.
- Milkwood Cottage 3 sleeps 4 adults and 4 children and features a double volume living room, an additional indoor BBQ and overlooks an ancient Milkwood grove.
THINGS TO DO
A range of memorable experiences are on offer at Mosaic Private Sanctuary including Walker Bay beach excursions, Boat cruises, Kayaking excursions on Hermanus Lagoon, Observing an array of birds & flowers, Guided fynbos quad biking adventure, Mountain bike trails, Whale watching, Pampering treatments at the Mosaic Rain Spa.
Lunch can be enjoyed indoors at Lagoon Café or the perfect picnic basket can be packed for you. Fresh vegetables and herbs comes from the organic garden and everything is home-made, from breads and desserts to jams and chutneys. (Open Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm)
GREEN ACTS FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN SOUTH AFRICA
♡ Responsible Body Products
♡ Local & Organic
♡ Sustainable Energy Acumen
♡ Eco Architecture
♡ Land Rehabilitation
♡ Community upliftment
The Cape Floral Kingdom has the greatest diversity of plant life per geographic area on earth (almost 9,000 species), but 17% are critically rare or endangered. One-third of the fynbos that once existed has already been lost to agriculture, development, and the invasion of several alien plant species. These plants were imported in the mid 1800’s, without knowledge of long-term consequences. Without local biological controls, they have choked out massive areas of indigenous plants, dried up water catchments and streams, and contributed to erosion.
This destruction of natural habitat has also greatly diminished the numbers of mammals, insects and birds in the Cape region; as many as 29% of the mammal species are also endangered. The survival of these animals along with the insects and birds is critical for pollination and ultimately the future of the vast variety of fynbos plants.
Part of the mission at Mosaic Private Sanctuary is to eliminate these invasive plants, restoring habitat for indigenous plants, animals and birds, and to promote the conservation of this land’s extraordinary natural resources. In doing so, opportunities for employment and education for the local people are created through alien vegetation clearance and eco-tourism. Partner with Mosaic in conserving creation and supporting sustainable development for empowerment of the local community. They are active members in the non-profit conservancy in the Western Cape, the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy.
Mosaic actively take steps to reduce their consumption, reuse when we can and recycle as much as we can. The outdoor picnic tables and trash receptacles are made from recycled lumber (natural, no dyes).
They grow their own organic vegetables and herbs; this reduces pollution as there is no need to transport fresh produce to Mosaic, and enables them to create more jobs and provide guests at Mosaic and 1892 Stanford Spookhuis Restaurant, the staff and local soup kitchens with healthy organic produce.
They use local suppliers, fair trade companies and South African companies who are focused on job creation initiatives.
All soaps, shampoo, conditioner and lotions provided for guests in the suites and cottages as well as the spa are by Rain; handmade, natural, cruelty-free, ethical and responsible.
In efforts to conserve energy; they have installed environmentally friendly, high-tech fireplaces that use bio fuels in the rooms at the Lagoon Lodge; the windows in the cottages have small transom windows that keeps air flowing and reduces the need for any air-conditioning. Radiant heating is used in the cottage as a more energy efficient option than central heating. They are also very careful to use energy efficient lighting where needed, but not to over-light as this can disturb natural migratory patterns.
An important emphasis was placed on sustainable architecture at Mosaic. The stone used in the buildings at Mosaic are from Mosaic, this is a natural material so there was no manufacture pollution, nor any created from transporting. This also created jobs as locals were hired to excavate the stone and sustainably harvest the thatching (both of which are good insulators). Dead Milkwood branches were used as supports at the Lagoon Lodge and its countertop and furniture where made from a dead tree that washed up onto Milnerton Beach, as well as Gaboon Trees that were lost at sea by a local furniture maker.
Mosaic was honoured by Helen Zille’s 110% Green Initiative in 2013.
They are passionate about community upliftment and are actively involved, or provide support to a number of projects including:
- Food 4 Thought Pre Primary and Garden is a school for severely disadvantaged children. Financial support for their projects, running costs and teachers support;
- Organise opportunities for American students/postgraduates to volunteer in community projects (Food 4 Thought; 3 soup kitchens, an orphanage and a soccer program);
- Organise and facilitate camps for the disadvantaged youth of Stanford;
- Assisted in the establishment of the Stanford Rotary Club and facilitates visits from US Rotarians to volunteer in the disadvantaged communities in Standford and write grants for financial funding;
- Established a partnership with Serve A Village that is now sending medical and other volunteers to the community.
“We give thanks for the many friends and family who have travelled from the USA to put on the Youth Leadership Camps, Stanford Day Camps, taught art lessons and done labour work. We also thank our guests for supporting ecotourism, which provides jobs and education and helps restore hope and livelihoods in the local communities.”