Well…where to start with this incredible property?
Prana Lodge is located in the quaint seaside town of Chintsa on South Africa's Wild Coast. It’s called a Beach Estate because it sits right on the edge of one of the longest and most pristine beaches I have ever seen, stretching as far as the eye can see and on the day that we were there a beautiful flat, calm ocean.
The beach though is just one draw card that Prana Lodge has up its sleeve. Even though it is easily accessible and nearby to East London Airport (45 minute drive) it has the feel of being isolated from the rest of the world; this charm is created by the natural forest and flowers surrounding the estate. The Clivia’s were out in full spring bloom with their bright orange bell-shaped flowers, combined with the thick green leaved tree line it created a beautiful spectacle and felt like you were in an untouched bubble.
This protected feeling emerged as soon as we drove through the estates gate along a small, winding driveway. At the end of the road we were greeted on arrival with a huge beaming smile, delicious homemade lemonade and shown into the reception area, after these brief introductions the staff kindly escorted us to our private suite.
These exclusive, individual suites are a real treat! A huge open plan living room leads to an extra-size King bed that overlooks your private plunge pool and courtyard area, equipped with sun loungers to soak up those great Wild Coast rays. Then there’s the bathroom, which is bigger than most hotels rooms, his and hers sinks, with a huge bath at the end for a great evening soak by candlelight, plus a great separate shower for a quick morning wake up.
We’d driven a long way on our road trip, and were keen to stretch our legs so we took a stroll through the beautiful gardens, boasting full spring time colours and smells and came to a boardwalk through the forest and cute sign hanging from a tree guiding us ‘To The Beach’.
After our trip to the shoreline, and dipping a toe into the water it was time for an afternoon snack. Gladly, afternoon tea was still available so a cupcake (or two) and a nice cup of tea were greatly appreciated. We met the chef who introduced himself and explained the menu for that evening, and as Sarah is a vegetarian made a special plan just for her.
To say the food here was incredible is an understatement! The flavour, presentation; we could tell that the food was made with great care and passion. My words could never do the food justice, all I can say is that you’ll have to go and visit, I promise that you won’t be disappointed. I had the best steak I’ve ever eaten.
Dinner had finished us off for the day, and what a wonderful day it had been. Beach, forest, great food and wine plus excellent service and hospitality, what more could we ask for.
Prana Lodge is perfect for a Honeymoon destination (even that special marriage proposal), it is extremely romantic and a beautifully unique location that’s sure to melt the heart. They also host small, intimate weddings, both in their gardens and on the beach, so it’s the best of both worlds.
There’s plenty on offer at Prana Lodge, the beach, walks in the garden, plenty of private spots to read a book or just look at the view. But Chintsa itself also has plenty to offer guests such as: surfing, hiking, horse riding, tennis, golf, fishing, bird watching and more.
Prana Lodge Wellness Spa presents a unique spa experience, drawing on the natural healing energy of the surroundings, featuring holistic treatments for complete physical, mental and spiritual renewal. Sounds good, right?
There’s not one fault that we could find at Prana. It’s in the perfect location, the décor is stunning, the natural beauty that surrounds it is perfection, the staff are delightful, the food more than magnificent, the rooms are amazing, the spa fantastic! So, make the trip to Prana, and as they say enjoy their ‘Patch of Paradise!'
Rates for Prana start at R1,590 per person sharing per night on a Bed & Breakfast Rate.
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