Located among the rolling hills of the Wesley Coastal Conservancy in the Eastern Cape, Sandcastle Luxury Villa is an award-winning, exclusive-use villa set within a stunning 275-hectare ancient coastal forest reserve teeming with wildlife. This secluded haven is just steps away from a vast private beach, offering unobstructed vistas of the Indian Ocean and the rugged bushveld surroundings, and has been designed to mimic a real-life sandcastle – inspired by the Malanese granary.
Sandcastle Luxury Villa features four spacious en-suite bedrooms overlooking the ocean below, while each of the open-plan living areas, dining rooms and fully equipped designer kitchen are surrounded by large glass doors and windows. The interior offers fireplaces for chilly days, while shaded outdoor areas with comfortable sofas provide a tranquil spot to observe the ocean during summer. There's also a Mexican-inspired courtyard with a solar-heated plunge pool, and a small vegetable garden providing fresh ingredients for guest use.
Sandcastle Luxury Villa was designed by David Mealin with the concept of creating a space that goes against conventional housing designs, and that would highlight the organic forms of nature. Every part of the villa, including all of its distinctive features and corners, is coated with pigmented white cement, lime, and sand that is directly obtained from the beach upon which the villa is constructed. This particular finish serves to seamlessly blend the structure with its natural surroundings, creating a harmonious connection between the villa and its location.
*Please note: There is a R15,000 fully refundable breakage deposit. And now until 15 Dec there is a 2-min night stay, high season 15 Dec- 7 Jan there is a minimum 7-night stay and Easter 1-10 April 4-min night stay.
Situated 75 kilometers from East London in the former Ciskei region, Sandcastle Villa is steeped in history and occupies the most rural part of the Eastern Cape in South Africa. Located in a malaria-free region of the country and offering 2 kilometers of privately accessed beachfront, Sandcastle Luxury Villa is the ideal setting for walks along the shore, ocean swims, and bush hikes. This sanctuary covers 275 hectares of private game reserve, promising adventure and exploration.
Perched at the very top of a sweeping valley, Sandcastle Luxury Villa overlooks the endless Indian Ocean, all while being enveloped by the ancient coastal forest. To the west, the majestic Gqtuwa River flows through the reserve, bringing fresh water to the coast. Regardless of where you look, you're surrounded by nature. Thanks to its mild and sunny climate, Sandcastle Luxury Villa is a year-round destination.
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*Minimum two-night stay, not available 15 December 2023 - 15 January 2024.
We stared out at the calm surface of the ocean broken only in places by breaching whales, while closer to the shore a string of dolphins was slowly traversing across the horizon. In this setting, it’s hard to not feel like you’ve found freedom.
It’s a layout that encourages exploration and offers ample opportunity to retreat further into your own private space. Sandcastle lets its secrets unfold slowly.
The space is not only imbued with sculpted turrets, fireplace chimneys and organically shaped freeform recesses, but is also inundated with windows so that around every corner there is a view… out onto the beach, across the Indian Ocean, or into the nature reserve which makes it feel like it’s floating in a sea of green.
Sandcastle Luxury Villa is deeply committed to backing the local Wesley community and safeguarding the natural splendor of the conservancy. A fundamental aspect of their operation revolves around uplifting the local community through job opportunities and skill development. All of their employees are from the Eastern Cape and the local Wesley community.
Moreover, Sandcastle Luxury Villa has actively engaged in wildlife conservation efforts by prohibiting vehicle access to the beach. This conservation measure has led to a remarkable 50% increase in Oyster Catcher breeding. Additionally, they are dedicated to safeguarding the habitat of Cape Clawless Otters, which can occasionally be spotted along the shores.
Furthermore, Sandcastle Luxury Villa has played a pivotal role in an ongoing bee and honey project led by the resident field guide, XXX Wewe. This project, supported by both Sandcastle Luxury Villa and the local municipality, involves the installation of 25 hives on Sandcastle's property. The unique flora on the estate contributes to the distinct flavor of the honey, which varies with the changing seasons of flowering plants on the grounds. Visitors to Sandcastle Luxury Villa will have the opportunity to savor this proudly hyper-endemic, raw honey during their stay at the villa.
Sandcastle Luxury Villa also has a veggie garden which provides guests with tasty fresh meals harvested directly from the property. The villa has also made an effort to collaborate with local artists, decorating the home with several artworks created by talented local artisans. This not only provides an opportunity for international guests to appreciate these artworks, but also offers local artists a platform for exposure in a more informal setting.