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MOSAIC Lagoon Lodge
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Loved our stay, pity we couldn't stay longer but will definitely be back! The views and scenery are even better than the photos suggest; also loved the remoteness of the location despite being just outside the now very busy hermanus.

We stayed in the duminy cottage which was perfect for 2 couples but has plenty of space for a few more in the loft. Very elegantly furnished and the layout is spacious with many areas, inside and outside, to enjoy the environment. Outdoor shower is always a winner!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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MosaicSouthAfrica, Owner at MOSAIC Lagoon Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 30, 2013

Hello and thank you for your great review of Mosaic Private Sanctuary! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay in the Duminy Cottage and the surroundings. We also appreciate your comment about being better than the photos. It is had to photograph the immensity and expansiveness of the mountains in just a photo.
We hope you can come back and stay longer and perhaps experience our fully catered Lagoon Lodge.
Kindest regards,
Kathryn

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Reviewed March 26, 2013

Excellent lodge! Outstanding service, accommodation, food.

When you are at the Mosaic you must go to Walker Bay for sunset, if possible on a quad, a place you will not forget.

This retreat is place to relax and indulge yourself.

Ps: you will like the outside shower!!

Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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MosaicSouthAfrica, Owner at MOSAIC Lagoon Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2013

Thank you, thank you for your wonderful review of Mosaic Private Sanctuary! We are thrilled you enjoyed every part of your stay. And that you saw a great sunset. There truly is something so magical about witnessing the sunset on the secluded Walker Bay Beach.
We hope to see you again at Mosaic.
Kindest regards,
Kathryn

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Reviewed March 25, 2013

This is one of the best holiday experiences we have ever had. A fantastic set-up of five luxury huts on the side of a lagoon, facing mountains. Never been so relaxed as when sitting on our terrace with no noise but the many birds.The shared area houses a small outdoor pool and bar and restaurant/lounge. The attention to detail has been meticulous with decor and comfort.
Apart from the setting and the wonderful staff, what helps elevate this is the all-inclusive trips laid on. We had our own guided nature walk, trip to an amazing beach, river trip, quad biking. The staff use every opportunity to provide info, wine and snacks. A four-course evening meal is also provided and the food is five star. I could not recommend this enough, we will definitely return. Thanks to Amber and her wonderful staff for a fabulous, memorable stay.

Room Tip: Room 1 (Kingfisher) has the best view, I think. Number 2 is the family room.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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MosaicSouthAfrica, Owner at MOSAIC Lagoon Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2013

Wow, what a comparison for Mosaic! We are all so happy you loved your stay at Mosaic, all the activities and were able to relax. We think this is what vacations are for! The songs of the birds truly are beautiful. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future!!
Kindest regards,
Kathryn, Amba and the staff at Mosaic Private Sanctuary

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Reviewed March 16, 2013

Words can not describe the experience that I had with 6 friends at Mosaic... The setting is magnificent. Both the natural beauty of the area, as well as the lodge itself. I have never seen anything like it... The staff was the icing on the cake... Friendly, knowledgable, encouraging, accommodating, caring and interested in what would make our stay perfect. We loved every minute at Mosaic. Every time we thought it couldn't get any better, the staff raised the bar. Thank you for everything!!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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MosaicSouthAfrica, Owner at MOSAIC Lagoon Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2013

Dear Paula M,
Thank YOU for letting us know you loved your stay at Mosaic! It is our desire to find out what makes our guests' stay perfect and we are all thrilled that we delivered for you! We hope we were able to create wonderful birthday memories and that we will see you all again at Mosaic.
Kindest regards,
Kathryn

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Reviewed March 4, 2013

We stayed their the end of January 2013. Wonderful accomodations. 5 individual, private cabins with outdoor but private showers!! We had our own personal chef and 2 helper/friends Octavia and Nkosana. We asked "What time is dinner?" "We are on your time." Very beautiful rural setting with access to Walker beach reserve. It was so beautiful to walk on and 4 wheel riding on the beach! Then there is the peaceful sundowners watching the sun set over that Atlantic Ocean. It is also just minutes away from cage shark diving and exploring the De Kelders caves. The food was wonderful, the staff tremendous, helping us surprise our host as well as over the top surprising us! Kathrine, the owner, was also so gracious giving us a tour and being in on the surprise for us. Unbelievable. We are still smiling.

Room Tip: There are only 5 - All are individual private "cabins". All are beautiful. The staff is...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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MosaicSouthAfrica, Owner at MOSAIC Lagoon Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2013

We love to plan surprises for our guests at Mosaic!! And I was so fortunate to be able to tag along - thank you for letting me join in the fun!! I have to say the weather could not have been better for the beach breakfast.
Thank you for staying at Mosaic and taking the time to write to let us know you enjoyed your time with us. We hope you will return again to Mosaic soon.
Kindest regards,
Kathryn

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Reviewed February 23, 2013

Mosaic Farm is ideal for those who seek luxury in a beautiful, peaceful, rural setting with the bonus of having multiple things to do and see on your doorstep (ish).
We stayed during the Spring and to say the setting is spectacular would be doing it an injustice: The flowers stretched out in front of the milkwood covered lodges all the way to the flamingo filled lagoon (with the odd blue crane), which was in turn was backed by steep rising mountains that ran all the way to the horizon and sea. It really made us feel like we were staying in true wilderness, yet in reality we were 10 minutes away from the pretty village of Stanford and then another 15 minutes onto Hermanus – this means this really is perfectly situated accommodation.
We stayed in a Lagoon Lodge Suite that was made to the highest standards out of purely natural elements and has a genuine African feel. The suites are large with high airy ceilings and a cushioned chill out area that are nice aesthetic touches combined with a huge bed looking straight over the beautiful decking area, out to the lagoon and mountains. It is worth noting that because of the size and style of the accommodation it isn’t the warmest in the colder months, however don’t let this put you off as it just means you have to wear an extra layer.
Behind the bedding area is a dressing table (for the ladies) with hair dryer, plenty of hanging and storage space and the enormous bathroom with all the necessaries to get you ready for your evening in the restaurant. In particular, the bathroom is extremely luxurious with a huge bath set into stone and wood with taps made of copper piping – again nice quirky décor. The shower is outside and although a bit cold when initially getting out (in spring) is actually a really nice experience when under the nice hot water.
Cleanliness wise the chalets and indeed all communal areas are immaculate. Bedding is changed daily; your room will be tidied and cleaned every morning and then again in the evening.
The suites are linked to the reception area, restaurant and bar by a series of wooden walkways that weave their way through the milkwood grove and make for a real romantic air, particularly in the evening when everything is lit by a mixture of lanterns and cleverly placed spotlights. Similarly impressive was the restaurant which continued with the natural build of the rooms and is decorated to extremely high standards.
Aesthetically Mosaic Farm is 5 star all the way but this you can find in many places. What sets this place apart the food and service.
Every night we would go to the bar area for a drink before our meal and after having a banter with the guys working on the bar, Chef would come over, talk us through our menu choices and usually recommend the perfect wine to accompany it. Generally making us feel like we were the most important guests they’d ever had. It was incredible and never done in a smarmy, suck up fashion. We had a genuinely great experience through fantastic food and easy conversation every evening and when the food came we were left for the rest of the night to enjoy each other’s (me & my wife) company. I have never experienced service like it, nothing was too much would be under selling Mosaic Farm.
Recommendations for things to do:
• In summer, I imagine just chilling out around the lodge or beach will satisfy most for at least a week. Just in case you’ll like me and need to do………
• Whale Watching (August – November) – This can be done from the beach nearby; even better from the Hermanus cliffs (Gearings Point etc) or the quieter De Kelders; and even better yet is with African Wings – a 30 minute flight over Walker bay will give you unforgettable views of countless whales (& their calves) and sharks. Evan is based in Stanford and his flights are a must for Wildlife lovers.
• Cage Diving with Great Whites. Best done in Gansbaai and is about 30 minutes drive down the coast. Is a bit of controversial activity In South Africa, however we found that the guys at White Shark Diving Company treated the animals with real respect and for such an adrenaline fueled sport we always felt safe. Get it done and remember this business ensures these Sharks are worth more alive than dead. Shame this isn’t the case for the Rhinos further north!!!
• Wine tasting. Loads of vineyards situated left and right on the beautiful R320 just out of Hermanus. For us the best were Ashbourne, Creation & Bouchard Finlayson (Pinot Noir) and for some lunch make sure you don’t miss out Heaven which is appropriately named (make sure you book) at the Newton Johnson estate.
• Quad Biking. It’s free so use it!!!! Great fun piling through the dunes and onto the beach with a chance to see the whales.
• Eating. Heaven as mentioned above is amazing as are the very popular Bs Steakhouse near Hermanus and Marianas in Stanford.
• Hermanus. Nice looking place in its own right and a lot of fun especially around the whale festival in September.
• Knitting!!!!! My wife enjoyed the knitting set in the room. If memory serves it was helping knit something for a good cause.
Hermaus and the outlying areas are a must see with all its beauty and fun things to do. So if you come here and stay somewhere else other than Mosaic Farm, quite simply you will ….. miss out !!!

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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MosaicSouthAfrica, Owner at MOSAIC Lagoon Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2013

I am at a loss for words after reading your amazing review of Mosaic! We really cannot thank you enough for writing such a detailed account of your stay and how happy we are you enjoyed your time with us! I have to say, it is so awesome for all our team to know they succeeded in making you feel like our most important guests! We are also so glad you were able to spend long enough to do all the Mosaic activities plus what our surrounding area offers. There is so much to experience!
THE GOOD NEWS...we have just purchased the coolest fireplaces for our Lagoon Lodge rooms, so when your return you will be so warm and toasty! They are pellet fireplaces; safe, environmentally friendly, use biomass pellets as fuel.
We hope you can return soon to Mosaic.
Kindest regards,
Kathryn

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Reviewed February 22, 2013

We stayed at Mosaic last week with our 2 children ages 10 and 16. We loved our accommodation and the staff could not have been more helpful. The food was unbelievable at the lodge as well as at the Spook House. (and we are not an easy family as we have 1 vegetarian, 1 gluten free Vegan and 1 picky child.) They accommodated us all with delicious food. While we were on a boat cruise they prepared a table outside for us under the milkwood trees for lunch that was memorable. Our sunset trip to the beach was fabulous and we had the beach to ourselves. Nature walk was really interesting in the morning as well. The General Managers were outstanding, taking the time to tell us the history of the place and helping us with the rest of our trip. I cannot say enough about this great resort. We will definitely return...

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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MosaicSouthAfrica, Owner at MOSAIC Lagoon Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2013

Dear Penny,
We are so happy you and your family enjoyed your stay at Mosaic Private Sanctuary and we hope you can return soon! Please do not ever think of yourselves as "not an easy family to have." Our mission at Mosaic is to serve you as YOU like. We are thrilled when families (couples or extended) can have time to enjoy the beautiful nature at Mosaic, enjoy good nourishment and relax.
We look forward to welcoming you again at Mosaic!
Kindest regards,
Kathryn

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Address: Wortelgat Provincial Road, Stanford 7210, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Stanford
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Stanford
Price Range: $398 - $541 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — MOSAIC Lagoon Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
MOSAIC LAGOON LODGE is one of South Africa's finest hidden gems on the famous Whale Coast, 2 hrs SE of Cape Town. On the Hermanus Lagoon with 4x4 beach access, Mosaic is a nature lover's paradise. Here you will be immersed in flowers and bird-life of the Cape Floral Kingdom with activities including: boat cruises, kayaking, beach excursions, quad biking and mountain bikes. Mosaic is centrally located for whale watching, marine tours, cage shark diving and exploring the Overberg Wine Region. LAGOON LODGE is private and secluded with just five safari-style suites. It is built within ancient milkwood trees on the edge of the Hermanus Lagoon with magnificent mountain views. A pampered stay here is fully inclusive of all meals, house beverages/wine/beer and activities. The Mosaic Rain Spa offers massage and skin therapies using only Rain Africa professional products. New in December: the Spa will offer Elemis facial treatments. ... more   less 
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