* Luxury Boutique Property * Self Catering Available *Couples & Family Friendly *Wedding Venue Nestled in the Overberg Mountain range just outside of the beach town of Hermanus, a scenic two-hour drive from Cape Town city centre, is the sanctuary of Mosaic. This expansive property houses two different accommodation types; the Lagoon Lodge consists of 5 luxury safari style suites perched on the edge of the Lagoon, each with its own deck providing the most incredible views. The Mosaic property is a mere 3 kilometers up the road and consists of 4 self catering style cottages that sleep between 2 – 10 people. The Spookhuis Café (which translates to Ghost House) was originally constructed in 1896 and has recently been restored to reflect its former glory. Open for lunch to the general public with a lovely selection of fresh salads, sandwiches and impressive selection of cured meats & cheeses it is a marvelous place to take in the history, hospitality and views that have placed Mosaic Sanctuary on the map. The Lagoon Lodge is a small well designed luxury boutique property with 5 safari style suites, each with it own expansive deck and rock and reed outdoor shower. A centrally located reception and dining room is exquisitely designed to reflect a Grace Kelly meets Out of Africa chic reflected in rugged surfaces and natural fabrics. Co-owner Kathryn Johnson’s keen eye for interior design is reflected in each detail. While owned by an American couple, the property exudes true African culture and customs. From the exceptional service by the butlers to the culinary delights that had us swooning over dinner, our chef (appropriately named Gift) had a knack for preparing interesting and thoughtful dishes. Perfectly cooked Quail stuffed with fresh herbs from the farm garden to Malva pudding with Rooibos tea infused custard. The only foreign component is the crispy Bacon served at breakfast. A host of fun activities are included in your stay and range from the robust Quad biking exploration, relaxing boat excursions on the Lagoon or early morning kayak adventures amongst the resident Flamingos. My personal favorites included a daily massage in the Mosaic Rain Spa and sundowners on the spectacular Walker Bay beach dunes.   A truly memorable vacation where you can kick off your shoes, indulge in world-class cuisine and move to the rhythm of South Africa’s own drum. Acres of pristine wildlife, indigenous fauna and flora sit perched on the edge of the Hermanus Lagoon with the Overberg Mountains serving as water-coloured backdrop. Majestic qualities exist in this sacred space: from weather that changes in an instant to the ever-changing shades of the Limestone Mountains. Sunset The Stanford area has experienced a recent boom from sleepy small town slumber to culinary epicenter with an array of fantastic restaurants that feature fresh produce from neighbouring farms and the surrounding wine country. Visitors flock from the more populated Hermanus and further reaching Cape Town to spend a few quiet moments wandering through antique shops and delighting in the town’s culinary offerings. Being on the whale watching route and a mere 30 minutes from Gansbaai, a town that specializes in Shark Cage Diving, has also made this a hotspot on the tourist route. From early morning walks in the bush, exploring the nearby areas to sipping sherry late night around the fire, the Mosaic property has a vibrancy & frequency that is marching to its own beat. Close your eyes, open your heart and you too will be swept away by its rhythm. Check out Mosaic website or show them some social love at Facebook & Twitter. Interested in staying? Shoot us a note at info@certifiedjetaholic.com for the ultimate experience! Happy Travels! For more travel tales & tips be sure to follow Cecile on Twitter @CecileRaubs and Facebook and Instagram and Google+   IMG_0432