Beach and Ocean
Getting tired of the same beach villas in Bali, Samui and Phuket? Spend a week or two in a private villa along Africa's stunning coastline or on one of its idyllic Indian Ocean islands. For snorkellers and divers, the waters off Africa's eastern coastline and the Indian Ocean islands are home to large populations of dolphins, whales, seals, African penguins and giant tortoises.
North Island is arguably the Seychelles' most exclusive island. Located off the eastern coast of Africa in the warm, crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean, the 115 islands of the Seychelles archipelago are scattered across 1,300,000 square kilometers of sparkling ocean. Home to healthy populations of giant tortoises, the Seychelles has been described as the “Galapagos of the Indian Ocean”. At over 8,000 square feet, Villa North Island offers the perfect setting for honeymooners. On land, in or under the water, North Island offers a range of diverse activities. Cool, shady forest trails and mountain biking create an air of tropical exploration and snorkelling, diving or sea-kayaking in the warm seas reveal the biodiversity of reef life.
Cocooned in luxury, adrift in your own oceanfront home within one of Africa’s most beautiful coastal reserves: the 36,000-hectare De Hoop Nature Reserve. Ocean House offers a bird’s eye view of the continent’s greatest whale nursery, as Southern Right whales migrate for the calving and nursing season from mid-July to November. The reserve which is home to more than 260 species of birds, offers 51 kilometres of pristine white beaches and dunes lapped by a warm Indian Ocean, as well as limestone cliffs, rock pools, wetlands and coastal fynbos. A wide range of activities on offer include guided marine walks, mountain biking, nature drives and sandboarding.
From its commanding cliff-top position, Birkenhead Villa enjoys a wonderful view over the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay. With easy access to the beach, this is the perfect destination for families and friends seeking a fun, child-friendly but luxurious seaside experience. A laid back ambience makes for effortless relaxation. Aside from whale watching from May to December, a myriad of activities is possible on both land and sea in Hermanus, making it a popular beach holiday destination in South Africa. Embark on an unforgettable voyage around Dyer Island, lose yourself in the beauty of the lush mountain trails and walks, study indigenous birdlife or experience the adventure of deep-sea fishing.
Set among the Quirimbas Archipelago in the calm, cyclone-free waters off the coast of northern Mozambique, Vamizi offers the definitive experience of barefoot luxury in Africa. Suluwilo (meaning ‘forest weaver’ in Kimwani) is a 5-bedroom private villa. It lies within 3 acres of forest along a pristine white beach. Suluwilo’s real charm is in the ‘dhow sail’ roofs, inspired by the traditional dhow fishing boats in the area. The palm thatched roofs are carefully angled to catch the sea breezes, keeping the villa cool and fresh throughout the year. The villa is staffed with a private chef and hospitality team. An array of sailing boats and kayaks are available for its guests to enjoy, along with fishing, diving, nature walks and picnics.
Set among the Quirimbas Archipelago in the calm, cyclone-free waters off the coast of northern Mozambique, Vamizi offers the definitive experience of barefoot luxury in Africa. Casamina is a 6-bedroom private villa. It lies within 3 acres of forest and has over 125 metres of pristine beachfront offering absolute exclusivity and privacy. The communal area, a split-level living, dining area and bar, is covered by an impressive thatch roof with open sides offering spectacular views of the ocean, and leading to the swimming pool. There are stunning, unobstructed views of the island from the top of the tower, the perfect setting for breakfast. Casamina is staffed with a private chef and hospitality team and has its own 4x4 vehicle with driver.
Set among the Quirimbas Archipelago in the calm, cyclone-free waters off the coast of northern Mozambique, Vamizi offers the definitive experience of barefoot luxury in Africa. Kipila (meaning ‘plover’ in Kimwani) is a 5-bedroom private villa, set within 3 acres of grounds and with over 125 metres of pristine beachfront, it offers the ultimate in exclusivity. The rooms are all sea-facing, with private decking and intimate pathways leading to the beach. Above the dining room is a children’s games room with table-tennis, TV, books and board games. Kipila is staffed with a private chef and hospitality team and has its own 4x4 vehicle with driver. An array of sailing boats and kayaks are available for its guests to enjoy, along with fishing, diving, nature walks, community visits and picnics.
Set among the Quirimbas Archipelago in the calm, cyclone-free waters off the coast of northern Mozambique, Vamizi offers the definitive experience of barefoot luxury in Africa. Casa Marjani, marjani meaning ‘coral’ in Kimwani, is a 5-bedroom private villa. It lies within 4.7 acres of forest and has over 130 metres of pristine beachfront offering absolute exclusivity and privacy. The main living area has a striking palm thatch roof and open sides. Its decking flows into the landscaped gardens offering the perfect setting for outdoor dining with beautiful views of the ocean. A beach gazebo, simply designed with a traditional dhow sail for shade, provides the perfect shelter for relaxing on the beach.
Azura Mozambique is an unspoilt island within a Marine National Park. Miles of deserted beaches with soft white sand. Sparkling turquoise seas, crisscrossed by local dhows plying their trade. The Presidential Villa at Azura has been described as one of the best villas anywhere in the Indian Ocean. It has a very secluded private location and comes with its own butler-host and private chef. There are 3 ensuite bedrooms, indoor and outdoor bathrooms, a media room, sitting/dining area with wine bar and a huge infinity pool spanning the front of the villa. It is located just footsteps from the beach with panoramic views to Bazaruto Island and the Indian Ocean.
Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa is a nine-suite private villa offering luxurious seaside accommodation in Cape Town's charming suburb of Simon’s Town. The villa enjoys the beauty of local fynbos and unobstructed views over Boulders Beach with its internationally famous colony of endangered African penguins. The villa is excellent for fun family getaways, special celebrations or a group of friends travelling together. Known for its pristine swimming beaches, and with the colony of penguins as a star attraction, the villa is located en route to Cape Point, enjoying sublime views of the Indian Ocean.
Once the stately home of Sir John and Lady Ellerman, distinguished shipping magnates and investors, Ellerman House sits perched on the slopes of Lion’s Head in Cape Town's prestigious residential area of Bantry Bay. Ten minutes from the heart of Cape Town, the one-and-a-half-acre property features a panorama of Atlantic coastline that includes the infamous Robben Island. Standing independent of Ellerman House, Ellerman Villa One is a three-storey villa with five spacious bedrooms, an entertainment area with deck and pool, a TV lounge, dining room, study and fully equipped kitchen. A private chef and hospitality team are included, as is full access to the main property’s spa pool, relaxation area and steam room.
Once the stately home of Sir John and Lady Ellerman, distinguished shipping magnates and investors, Ellerman House sits perched on the slopes of Lion’s Head in Cape Town's prestigious residential area of Bantry Bay. Ten minutes from the heart of Cape Town, the one-and-a-half-acre property features a panorama of Atlantic coastline that includes the infamous Robben Island. Separate to Ellerman House yet on the same property, Ellerman Villa Two has 3 bedrooms with open-plan bathrooms and private terraces, spacious entertainment areas, outdoor living and an infinity pool, interactive designer kitchen, cinema and study area. Like Ellerman House Villa One, the newer Villa Two is the quintessential coastal retreat.
Experience the magic of Cape Town from an extraordinary residence located high above the glorious beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay. A mix of serene landscapes, chic decor, private decks, beautiful gardens, granite boulders and a refreshing swimming pool, the residence has five elegant suites designed with style, elegance and comfort in mind. The Presidential Penthouse is in a class of its own. The back of the property opens on to the Table Mountain nature reserve, a World Heritage Site, and allows you to access several hiking trails up Lion’s Head, Signal Hill and Table Mountain itself.
26 Sunset Villa is an ultra-luxurious and exclusive property nestled on the slopes of the Atlantic Seaboard next to the Sandy Bay Nature Reserve in the prestigious residential suburb of Llandudno, in Cape Town. The villa provides a butler service from the moment guests arise until they turn in for the night. Facilities include a heated swimming pool, steam room, home theatre system, gourmet kitchen, spacious living areas and private sun decks. Guests awaken each day to spectacular 180-degree sea and mountain views from each of the six identical suites, followed by a champagne breakfast made to order and expertly prepared by the villa’s resident chef, as the sound of waves can be heard crashing a mere 130 metres away.
An easy two and a half hours’ drive from Cape Town, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a jewel in the crown of the Cape Floral Kingdom, offering guests a complete immersion into the wondrous and magnificent world of fynbos. Set apart and completely surrounded by pristine fynbos, the 1,000-square-metre villa comes with its own private guide, chef and butler, not to mention complete privacy to enjoy all that Grootbos has to offer. The elegant and spacious living spaces open generously to a combination of sheltered decks and courtyards, taking full advantage of the incredible views of the rolling hills of fynbos and white sand dunes, with Walker Bay and the Hermanus mountains in the distance. Activities include whale watching, horse riding, quad biking, hiking, fynbos walks and wine tasting tours.
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