Your journey will take place in one of Africa’s most beautiful yet lesser-known coastal reserves, the De Hoop Nature Reserve , on the world-renowned Garden and Whale Routes, just over 3 hours’ drive from Cape Town, South Africa.

A World Heritage Site, the reserve is home to one of the largest marine-protected areas on the continent and the largest conserved area of lowland fynbos (the name given to the unique floral kingdom found only on the southern tip of Africa). It is a whale-watching haven, with Southern Right whales migrating to the reserve’s shallow coastal basins for the calving and nursing season from mid-July to November.

The choice of location for the retreat provides the perfect base for guests to extend their trip to explore more of South Africa’s staggering beauty, wilderness and diverse cultures, with a trip to the breathtaking Cape winelands, a visit to see the Namaqualand daisies, or travelling north for a game safari.


Your home for the duration of the retreat is a boutique oceanfront eco-villa, where you will be cocooned in 5-star understated luxury. The villa, perched on top of limestone cliffs overlooking the sea, is completely off the grid and has been booked for our own private use. We will be looked after by the villa’s discreet staff, including our own hosts, private guide, butler, chef and housekeepers.

The Villa

The villa accommodates 8 adults in 4 luxurious king-size private suites (which can be made into twin beds), each with their own ocean views and ensuite bathroom.

Facilities include:

  • A sparkling, heated pool
  • Open plan lounge and dining areas
  • Romantic fireplaces in the communal areas and in each suite
  • Library
  • Study
  • Wine cellar
  • Outdoor wood-fired bath/jacuzzi
  • Garden and patios with phenomenal views

Meals and drinks

Delicious and nourishing meals, snacks and drinks will be prepared by the villa’s private chef, using locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients.  Meals can be tailored to suit an individual’s dietary requirements.


Each meal is treated as an occasion and will be eaten ‘al fresco’ as much as our beautiful South African weather allows. Our guests can personally select wines from the wine cellar to accompany and complement their meals. All drinks are included, with the exception of the villa’s ‘Reserve List’.