Last week I spent a few nights in God Window in Port Edward - a small town in the Kzn province of South Africa that boarders the Eastern Cape. This one should not be confused with the much loved Gods Window look out point in the Mpumalanga province.
Here the owner, Marcel Lottering has turned his once residential property into a nature retreat, and provided the perfect getaway for the everyday individual that would like to leave all their stress of their busy city lifestyles behind.
The establishment has been around for the past 3 years, and Marcel has created four secluded accommodation types that will ensure a peaceful escape that is best offered by nature.
Gods Window is his primary abode, that will offer you a spectacular view of the Umtumvuna River, the Indian Ocean and the bridge that connects the KZN province to the Eastern Cape Province. It can sleep 6 with it's three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It is a self catering unit, with a fully equipped kitchen.
The Gods Window flat is completely secluded and perfect for the couple. It has a deck that peers into the dense KZN jungle.
I stayed in the Cottage which is higher in the valley and shares an entrance to Marcel's private property. It is also a self catering unit, a bit on the rustic side with its antique looking decor and furniture.
The view from its private balcony is spectacular, especially at sunrise when I snapped these pics.
The Forest tent is my favourite. If I had not be in town for a wedding, and having to enter in in the middle of the night, I would have given this first preference. The tent is rested on a deck between a really dense part of the Jungle, and is the perfect place to rekindle your love. It even has a "love couch" in the front part of the deck.
Most of the accommodation types have a gas braai (barbecue for our American fans) on the premises and private outdoor braai facilities. The communal swimming pool will ensure that you are kept cool, during the humidity of the summer, and the fire place will keep you warm in the winter.
Marcel is constantly doing improvements to the property. As we speak he is busy completing his Mediation Yoga studio set in the middle of a dense forest. It's an amazing place to unwind in the depths of nature. The studio should be complete in a few months time, but in the meantime, he is offering some reiki and yoga classes. Weekend retreats are on the cards to. It also has a fully functional sauna which you can unwind in.
Here are a few images of the studio in the making. I can't wait to visit it again once it is complete.
There is also an in house gym for those looking to still stay in shape while on holiday.
If you would like to plan your retreat into nature get in touch with Marcel via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephonically: +27 78 976 2311. Accomadation prices range from R200 - R400 per person per night. (Rates are current at the time of publication)
Once booked, read my top 10 favourite things to do in the area to really enhance your experience in the South Coast. These include a visit to the petrified forest, the worlds smallest desert, mountain biking at Clear Water Trails, and much more.
All images on this site, are the property of 51 countries and counting & Kzara Visual Concepts, and have been taken by Chantelle Flores.