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The exclusive Perivoli Lagoon House outside Stanford on the Whale Coast is not only a new luxury getaway, it also has a heart for conservation and the community. A two-hour drive from Cape Town, close to Hermanus, the villa is owned by the philanthropic Perivoli Trust, which channels all profits to conserving and restoring the land, with all surplus donated to the charitable Perivoli Schools Trust.

Seasoned hoteliers Marcelino and Simoné Henckert manage the secluded villa and bookings are on an exclusive-use basis for up to eight people. Booking options are flexible and include a housekeeping service, and a choice of an all-inclusive or self-catering stay. The ultra-modern villa was designed by architect Gregg Goddard and the interiors done by Simoné Henckert. The building’s distinctive curved roof makes for a striking feature in the natural landscape. The villa offers four double suites with private bathrooms and terraces, and generous living areas that open onto wooden decks and a heated infinity pool.

The house has shaded views of the lagoon and is also equipped with a wood-burning fireplace and efficient eco-friendly pellet stoves, as well as ceiling fans and insect screens. The kitchen is state of the art, leading to spacious indoor and outdoor dining areas with a braai station under cover, and well-known Stanford chef Madré is available to cater by prior arrangement. Situated on 140ha that’s in the process of being proclaimed a nature reserve, Perivoli offers activities such as guided fynbos walks and beach excursions to nearby Walker Bay Nature Reserve, birdwatching, mountain biking and canoeing. More relaxing pursuits include yoga and in-room massages. Special launch rates are available until 15 December 2020.

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