Taking an environmentally friendly position is very much part of global consciousness and intriguingly there is an exclusive, 5 star Villa at the bottom of Africa playing its part in supporting this essential philosophy. Selecting a holiday destination “off-the-grid” usually means trekking to a geographically remote area with your insect spray, anti-malaria medication and other emergency essentials carefully packed in your luggage. In traditional eco-tourism destinations, going green is a necessity as there is simply no power supply to plug into.
When you arrive at Morukuru Ocean House you will discover that being in direct contact with the natural surroundings of the De Hoop Nature Reserve does not require sacrificing any comfort or connectivity. Here electricity is generated entirely by solar panels (there is a backup generator on hand for emergencies) and heating with fireplaces, which uses the local non-indigenous Rooikrans wood so to protect the delicate fynbos. Hot water is created through a pellet boiler system. The Villa harvests the earth’s natural resources to create a 5-star luxury experience with limited pressure on the environment. On arrival you can embrace a digital detox by unplugging and giving your brain a chance to slow down, reconnect with nature and enjoy each and every moment for what it is. Or you can tap into the the grid of sustainable energy and stay on your phone, laptop and other electronic gadgets – guilt free in the knowledge that green technology is in play.
We advocate disconnecting from the chaos of the modern world as the ideal antidote to the stress of day-to-day life, and suggest reading a book, spending some fabulous alone time with the one’s you’re with, or getting outdoors for some walking, biking, sandboarding, snorkeling, kiting, bird-watching or plain lazing on the beach.
Eco- warrior Al Gore is quoted as saying “Our atmosphere is like the story of Goldilocks. It’s not too thick, it’s not too thin, it’s just right. And we need to keep it like that.” And we agree! The eco-design of the lodge has been carefully thought through, resulting in a destination offering the greatest sensitivity to the environment and the rejection of traditional power sources which contribute to global warming and other environmental catastrophes.
No trip to Ocean House would be complete without the enjoyment of the wood-fired hot tub bath – outdoors in the natural fynbos, while whale spotting, a treat not to be missed in season. In fact, it is encouraged and can be enhanced with a glass of champagne in hand as you watch the sun set over the horizon. We say “cheers” to that!