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Handpicked for you…

As one of the oldest traditional fishing villages on the West Coast, Paternoster lives gently according to the natural rhythms of ocean tides. The environment here is delicate, with frilly fynbos and spring daisies meeting white beaches and sea. Gonana is set amidst this – just 50 metres from the ocean’s edge – with its understated yet auspicious and unique offering. Serene and deeply comfortable, Gonana is an environmentally-conscious hideaway. It treads feather lightly, promoting simplicity and authenticity. Arriving there, you actually feel like you are being welcomed home with a hug from a good friend. No surprise it’s what Gonana means; derived from the Zulu word ‘gona’ meaning ‘to embrace’.

Owned by Swedish entrepreneur and interior designer, Jonas Sandström, Gonana borders an undisturbed greenbelt and looks directly over the enchanting little beach of Bekbaai. It’s also virtually off the grid and completely environmentally ethical. All water is recycled, all power is solar generated, plastic usage is minimal and chemicals are taboo, gardens are indigenous and water wise, and décor is all-natural and sourced locally.

We recommend a stay here with family or friends and your personal chef conjuring delectable meals from fresh local ingredients. Imagine waking up and stepping directly onto the deserted beach, steaming coffee in hand, to watch the sun rise. Imagine summer cool-off dips in the deep, salt-water pool. This unfettered lifestyle is the daily norm at Gonana. Call it bliss.

The seven en-suite rooms are all a study in calm, with polished cement floors and extra-length reclaimed wooden beds dressed in white percale linen and strewn with handwoven throws. Nightstands are finely-sanded logs. The neutral palette, white walls and uncluttered floors encourage you to exhale, relax and reconnect with the surrounding natural world. Bathrooms have uniquely hand-crafted appointments, such as the metal pipe towel rails and shelf supports as well as polished wooden whale-tail hooks. 

Five of Gonana’s rooms have private verandas, four of which lead directly to the beach, while upstairs the family suite with private terrace can comfortably sleep three. Upstairs also, the dining and lounge area has a subtle Swedish flair. Meals at the solid wooden table with bench seating are made super comfy with soft Swedish sheepskins strewn over the benches. Enticing books and games await in the leather couched lounge which encourages community and connection. Outside on the seaside deck are piles of cushions and wrap-around seating to curl up with a book or sea gaze as the waves roll in from the Atlantic – or be captivated by surfing dolphins and whales blowing vapour fountains from the sea surface. This is the ultimate breathe-easy, follow the sun and savour the sea spot with all-day natural theatre right outside. 

The heated salt-water pool, in the downstairs courtyard, is another gathering place to chill and nap in the sun on thick pool mattresses. You can even request a professional massage right there if you wish. Actually, life doesn’t get much better for nature lovers who appreciate comfort and respect the environment. Call it holiday nirvana on a simplistic yet authentically decadent scale. A retreat that feels far away but is still close by to everything evocative about Paternoster.

 What we love!

  • The combination of absolute comfort and sustainable, authentic living
  • Lazing on thick pool mattresses alongside the deep, salt water, heated swimming pool
  • The indigenous, waterwise gardens that effortlessly blend Gonana into its coastal surroundings
  • That all electricity used at Gonana is solar generated, and all water used is recycled
  • That local crafters and weavers were supported; they built the extra length beds from reclaimed wood and created the woven cotton towels and throws. Amenities are also locally produced as were the unique bathroom fixtures
  • The view of statuesque Cape Columbine lighthouse in the distance
  • Waking up to the sound of the ocean right outside and having the greenbelt as your neighbour
  • Long walks on a pristine, virtually private beach
  • Wolfgat, rated the World’s Best Restaurant, is within walking distance

Need to know

  • Gonana was originally created as a guest house… and consequently its kitchen has a standard size oven and four ring gas stove. We recommend groups of max 8 guests if you plan to self-cater for every meal. Fortunately Paternoster has a great selection of decent restaurants If required when self catering in the evenings – staff can be on site to clean up the kitchen after your meal.  You can also speak to management regarding arranging meals at an extra cost.
  • The house is securely protected with surveillance cameras and security beams.
  • Bedrooms have internal shutters too
  • There is Wi-Fi throughout
  • The swimming pool is open, so children must be able to swim
  • No TV in the house
  • Bekbaai is the quieter, non-commercial side of Paternoster      

 

Reviewed by Keri Harvey  

Facilities

  • 1 x Bedroom (queen and single bed) en-suite with shower
  • 1 x guest loo
  • 2 x Bedrooms (queen), en-suite (shower)
  • 4 x Bedroom (2 singles) en-suite with shower
  • Alarm system
  • Dishwasher
  • Fireplace (wood)
  • Fridge (large)
  • laundry-services-can-be-arranged
  • No DSTV
  • No TV
  • Oven (Electric)
  • Pool (no net)
  • Servicing (daily)
  • Smoking outside only
  • Stove (Gas)
  • Wifi

Guests

Sleeps 15

Pets

No Pets Allowed

Check-in time

2 PM

Check-out time

10 AM

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