With restricted movement now a COVID-19 global reality, more and more of us are making huge changes to our daily routines. The “new normal” of working from home, home-schooling and lack of physical contact with family, friends and colleagues takes time to get used to. We have decided to stay positive and keep firmly focussed on the good times we know lie ahead. We read a study (published by Dr Jeroen Nawijn from the Centre for Sustainability, Tourism and Transport in Breda University in the Netherlands) that showed happy emotions are generated in humans from the anticipation of an upcoming adventure – we think this is a great strategy and use the time nowto start thinking and planning your next trip.
When travel resumes, the race will be on to book exclusive-use properties, as these offer the highest degrees of privacy and exclusivity and you won’t have to mingle with strangers, which means added safety. The nature of Morukuru Ocean House is that you have the luxury property all to yourself, the house and location is unique, the house is packed with facilities and there are loads of activities. Secondly everything is prepared to your individual needs and likes. The magic of this type of holiday is that you can choose your perfect escape. Let us know exactly what you like, want to do and expect, and then relax when you arrive with every detail being perfected for you.
Tamara Lohan MBE (the co-founder and CEO at Mr & Mrs Smith, a global travel club known for curating the world’s most unique and beautiful hotels) recently penned an article for HarpersBazaar magazine entitled: Why we should revisit our favourite destinations once lockdown has lifted ( read the full article here) and Morukuru Ocean House was at the top of her post lockdown wishlist. She wrote: “I think the reason I loved Morukuru Ocean House so much was that it felt so far from anything – a true get-away-from-it-all stay. It’s at least a three-hour drive from any town. This villa and boutique hotel is set in the vast De Hoop Nature Reserve at the edge of a cliff above the Indian Ocean, where whale pods swim close by in season (from June to November). Our kids loved it because near the water’s edge are white powder-soft sand dunes which they spent hours surfing down. We spent our days exploring rock pools; going barefoot in the sand; spotting ostrich, zebra and baboons in the windswept greenery on safari rides; and gazing out over the ocean – I haven’t felt that serene before or since”.
We couldn’t have said it any better ourselves!
Being an exlusive-use villa, Morukuru Ocean House offers our guests complete privacy and space to themselves without the need to social distance from other guests. Our ‘Morukuru Freedom Concept’ provides our guests with gift of doing “whatever you want, whenever you want”. Exclusive-use experiences are in our genes. We are not a house with a family unit; the experience we offer is designed around the specific guest/family/group.
Prior to arrival our guests receive our wish list in which anything from dietaries, housekeeping preferences, extra activities and more can be stated so that the holiday can be as care free as possible. With the extra knowledge that everything our guests wish for will be awaiting on arrival at the house. The house comes with its own close-knit staff, including a personal chef and butler, two housekeepers, host and together they create a holiday experience unlike anything ever experienced before. Having your own team you can deicide how much interaction you will require especially in the time of Covid-19.
…and meanwhile with chilly winter weather in South Africa we are chasing our lockdown blues away with our favourite board games… Sales of boardgames and jigsaw puzzles soared 240% during the first official week of lockdown in the UK (this is a global trend) as people rediscovered traditional pasttimes. Scrabble sales are up – which we can fully understand as we love a friendly word battle. Triple word score anyone?
As the mercury drops you are bound to find us snuggled up in front of a roaring fire with a great book. Mason Cooley (1927 – 2020) an American literary academic wrote Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are– that rings true right now but we can escape anywhere we want to… just add book, blanket and a blaze.
Lockdown is the perfect time to remind ourselves of what we’re grateful for and which things continue to bring us joy. Top of this list is our environment – we are certainly lucky to have hectares and hectares of unspoilt nature reserve as our back garden and we have been getting out to exercise and explore. Our little piece of heaven is always quiet but it seems even quieter at the moment which has made birdwatching and game spotting more rewarding. Today an Eland wandered past … and maybe tomorrow we will spot a Cape Mountain Zebra or a bontebok? We are approaching the official Whale Watching season which starts in July, but spending time on our terrace with our binoculars’s we are keeping our eyes peeled as early arrivals can be seen in June – for now it is pods of dolphins, sharks and seals but soon the Southern Right Whale will be here. We can’t wait!