Akasha Mountain Retreat is nestled on the Langeberg mountain slopes, off the beaten track with an unbelievably breathtaking view of the secluded Duiwenhoks Dam. Situated about 2.5 to 3 hours from Cape Town, this weekend getaway is a must for those wanting to leave the electronics behind, escape reality and connect with nature, even if it is just for a short while!
After a scenic drive through the country, we had arrived and were met by our friendly hosts Chris and Elana, who escorted us to our private Cape-Maroc inspired villa. Standing at the top of the slope looking down onto the villa, we were taken aback by the untouched beauty that was in front of us. Nothing quite compares to what we felt after setting our sights onto our private little piece of heaven for the weekend.
The villa can sleep up to 8 guests with 3 bedrooms at the main villa and a separate suite at the back of the villa. It is solar powered and has an gas powered fridge, gas HOB & oven and a woodburning stove. There is plenty of outdoor space for guests to truely unwind – whether it be lazing in the hammock reading a gripping book, cosying up by the fire basket, enjoying a game of Rummikub together with a beautiful backdrop or having a nap with a cool breeze on the wrought-iron day bed. Take a hike through the retreat and you might spot horses grazing in the distance.
Guests staying at Akasha have the added bonus of being able to explore the Duiwenhoks Dam. Chris & Elana have a private cosy jetty where you will find some goodies including a ‘triyak’, K1 Canoe and fishing equipment (even the worms). We took the triyak out for a slow afternoon trip along the dam, soaking up the sun. At one point we reached a dead end where we stopped for a rest and a quick picnic lunch – it couldn’t have been more peaceful!
The private retreat offers endless activities to ensure a fun filled stay. Make sure you chat to your hosts before arriving so they can prepare a tailor-made itinerary for you – we booked the highly recommended Thai massage. On our last night at Akasha, Chris treated us to one of his ‘jam sessions’ by the fire. Trying to guess songs, artists and albums over a couple glasses of wine is one of the things that make Akasha special.
We were extremely sad to leave but having the chance to experience this magical place is a memory we will cherish. I look forward to the day that I can return to Akasha and partake in another jam session, learn more about the stars above us and just escape from reality.
Have a look at our Akasha Mountain Retreat listing to book your next holiday…you won’t be disappointed!