Inspiration

The boat ploughs over the gentle chop, leaving the mainland as a speck far behind us. In the distance appears a small island. Not flat, as you expect from a typical tropical island, but with structures that give the impression of boating up to a velvety round cushion. As we
Hout Bay is the best base for Cape Town explorations. Sandwiched between the forested fairgrounds of Kirstenbosch and the rolling Constantia vineyards, with the bonus of Chapmans Peak panoramas on its doorstep, there are many grounds for making this vibrant harbour town your headquarters.
After the confinement of the last couple of years, it comes as no surprise that most people are yearning to fulfil the plan to finally have their dream wedding. However, large gatherings can still evoke feelings of anxiety in many of us.
Imagine a sanctuary where a dazzling array of wildlife wanders freely — and so can you. The Marloth Park Conservancy is where the wilderness meets wellness. This tranquil nature conservancy may be 45 years old, but it remains one of South Africa’s best-kept safari secrets.
If you’ve ever seen photos of these cherished flowers, or indeed, the flowers themselves, you’ll immediately know why I am absolutely in love with them. And it’s not just me who holds them in high esteem.
It’s not every day you are invited to a private island – but on that day saying ‘Yes’ seemed like a pretty good idea. So, when my PhD student, Sasha Dines was invited to Ilha do Fogo in Mozambique in February, and there was space for me to join the
An intoxicating mosaic of indigenous forest and tempting turquoise waters, Machangulo is a secluded peninsula in southern Mozambique. There is a playground of bountiful beaches, choice watersports, plus a delicious dose of culture in one easy-to-access sanctuary.
There are some people who have entered into our Fire Island family, whose stories spark hope and inspiration. One such person is the pilot who flies the Beach 18, bringing our guests to Machangulo, Kruger and Pebane.
Hout Bay is known for many different activities, but one type of experience, that caters for all ages, is hiking. We’re incredibly blessed to have a number of beautiful hiking paths close to Vida Nova Retreat.
When we took over this hotel, to develop it into Vida Nova Retreat, our chief concern was ensuring it aligned with our portfolio of eco-properties. Each of our eco-tourism locations fit in with our ethos of living sustainably and in harmony with nature.
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