Situated amongst the fragrant fynbos with the Indian Ocean and powdery white dunes as vistas, Morukuru Beach Lodge is the ideal place to recharge whilst enjoying what this exemplary 5-star lodge has to offer.
Having stayed at Morukuru Ocean House in 2017 and bearing witness to the start of construction at Morukuru Beach Lodge, our anticipatory excitement was palpable on arrival at Morukuru Beach Lodge. Warmly welcomed by Management team Corné and Kayleigh Lamprecht with butler Blessing presenting us with a tray of hot chocolate, we realize come rain or shine, the weather can do little to detract from the friendly demeanor of the staff at Morukuru Beach Lodge.
Echoing the same principles as Morukuru Ocean House, Morukuru Beach Lodge is completely off the grid, with sustainability, eco-design, and environmental sensitivity at the core of each Morukuru property. “We believe sustainability means firstly consideration for the natural surroundings,” owners Anka and Ed Zeeman explain. “Using as much regional product in the creation and maintenance of the buildings, and creating employment opportunities for residents. We chose to work with local construction companies and sourced stone from the Bredasdorp quarry and railway sleepers from Caledon.”
The decision on who to choose for the design of Morukuru Beach Lodge was uncomplicated – the owners loved the result at Ocean House. Having worked together on this project, they couldn’t imagine a better duo to approach for Beach Lodge than architect Nick Plewman and interior designer Janine Feikes-Butter.
With a similar concept, design, and footprint to Ocean House, the aim at Beach Lodge was to create a structure that disappears into the surroundings, which has undoubtedly been achieved. The use of organic materials and sandstone makes the house blend in with the granular hues of the sand while the fynbos on the roof pays homage to the surrounding plant life. The angular and contemporary design of Beach Lodge celebrates the prominence of the location at Koppie Alleen and is strikingly juxtaposed against the changing shapes of the imposing dunes.
We are staying in the incredibly luxurious 970 sq. ft. sea urchin suite, and with floor-to-ceiling windows, unrivaled views of the ocean and sky can be seen from our extra-large King size bed or seating nook by the window. With different interior touches in each of the five suites, ours has turquoise accents and the most heavenly bathroom, complete with double vanities, a soaking tub, and a soothing rain shower.
Our arrival coincides with lunch, and the food is expertly prepared by the chef on duty. For lunch, we enjoy a starter of mushrooms filled with peppers and bacon, swordfish for the main course, and a delectably fruity dessert. Great care is taken in ensuring guests’ dietary requirements are met, with personalized menus at dinner, sporting anecdotal reminiscing from the daily interactions with Corné and Kayleigh. Dinner is a 5-course enjoyment, starting with amuse-bouche, a starter, palate cleanser, a choice of main course (including a vegetarian option), dessert, cheese platter, and after-dinner coffee.
Activities for all ages form part of your stay at Morukuru Beach Lodge, and one that should be essential is sundowners on the dunes, coupled with the thrills of sandboarding. Taking a tumble when you go from sitting on the board to trying to stand is experienced by our daughter when she lands face first in the sand. On our morning game drive through the De Hoop Reserve, we spot blesbok, ostrich, eland, fiscal flycatcher, helmeted guinea fowl, Hadeda Ibis, Southern boubou, red-wing starling, and Cape Weaver.
A big drawcard is the southern right whales that migrate to these waters annually between July and November to mate and calve. They can be seen from each vantage point at Morukuru Beach Lodge, and viewed from the upstairs lounge area where they become playful in the early morning or late afternoon and breach or lobtail out of the water.
Our 2-night stay seems to be over in a flash, and we wish we could stay longer to enjoy some more activities on offer, but truth be told, the pinnacle of our stay was definitely the human factor – stories shared and friendships formed go a long way in creating lasting memories.
Views expressed are the author’s own.
*** Thank you to the Morukuru Beach Lodge team for making our stay unforgettable and to Anka and Ed for letting us experience another one of your incredible properties.