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4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Heidelberg, Western Cape

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StephenXX...
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
338 reviews
78 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“WE FOUND PARADISE”
Reviewed 20 August 2017 for a stay in August 2017

The sad thing about finding Paradise was that we had to leave it. We were a group of nine and it was a Family Reunion and a more perfect place could not have been found. Everything that we needed was there and the odd replenishment that we needed was carried out by our Host Chris, as a host Chris is amazing, nothing too much of a problem and his knowledge of the area in terms of the flora, fauna and history only added to the enjoyment of our stay. Added to which one evening he came down and played his guitar and sang for an hour which we all really enjoyed. I only have positive things to say, everything was fine and as a group we had an amazing time and contributing that was the fact that there is no TV and limited cell phone reception so as a family we interacted. Went on hike to Mermaids Pool and it was an adventure and Chris took us on a short hike to share his knowledge of the area. I simply cannot enthuse enough about Akasha, I have added a couple of photos taken by my son but to you have to visit to get the vibe of this most amazing place. Am sure we will be back one day and we have shared our experiences with many others on FB so am sure more of our friends will follow. A delightful add on was a Massuer and those that experienced her skills all said it was the most amazing massage they had ever had.
Keep the good vibe going Chris, it was a most awesome visit for us.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
22 Aug 2017
Only a pleasure and privilege to host such gracious guests. Thank you Stephen & the entire Medcalf clan!
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Dick v
The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Excellent with a stunning view !!!”
Reviewed 24 April 2017 for a stay in April 2017

If you are looking for a stunning view and for a quiet place; don't hesiate to go here. Okay, there is no Wifi, it is self-catering and you have to go about 10km on a dirt-road (especially not easy with rain and a luxury car), but you will be amazed. Chris will give you a short tour and he will play an hour on his guitar with sunset. But its just great'. The house is very clean, even as the dishes. Rooms are very comfortable and a great shower. We stayed with four people in the main house, but I think a stay untill 8 people (including extra cottage) is possible. Lots of birds around the house. Chris showed us beautifull pictures of the wildlife around this area. So; just go!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
26 Apr 2017
Dick and company were a total pleasure to host! They bravely ventured off the beaten track and we are so glad they found it rewarding... BTW there is WiFi at our house 500m away, in case of digital emergencies and we can add it at the villa (but prefer our guests to disconnect, for 'next level' relaxation : )
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ClemD2014
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
210 reviews
118 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Magical, mystical and marvelous”
Reviewed 6 February 2017 for a stay in February 2017

To say we loved it is an understatement, it's perfect, views to die for, fresh air, quiet, comfortable and we will be back. Great work team!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
6 Feb 2017
A real privilege to host such gracious guests and a great pleasure to share a bit of time and a few thoughts with people who GET the place. See you next Easter!
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KiaN38
Level 2 Contributor
1 review
“Most beautiful and peacefulplace i have ever been to”
Reviewed 15 December 2016 for a stay in October 2016

Before arriving in Akasha, i thought that it would be a beautiful and nice place to spend some time during our SA journey. But it was way more than that! The Akasha Mountain Retreat ist the most beautiful and peaceful place that I have ever been to! It is almost magical with all its nature, animals and quiteness...
The house was build in an maroccan style and had a lot of beautiful details. It was very clean!
Chris is a very nice host who cares about his guests and their needs during the whole stay! He made breakfast together with his staff every morning.
He shared his knowledge about plants and animals with us and took us on a tour to get to know the nature.
I would recommend the Akasha Mountain Retreat. It is the perfect place to get away from your everyday life, to relax and to enjoy the quiteness of nature.
Thank you very much Chris!

Your age range 25-34
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Management Response
16 Dec 2016
It is our privilege to share this corner of Eden and a pleasure to host you - the appreciation is mutual. Danke Schön!
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chixila
Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
“Perfect off_the_grid getaway”
Reviewed 14 December 2016 for a stay in December 2016

if you want to be one with nature, and totally (physically and mentally) relax, this is the place to go. Heavenly views - perfect to wake up to. Its also exclusive - so for our small group we were happy and comfortable. Chris - best host ever - he goes the extra mile to make sure you have all that you need. He also gave us an informative Hike to the Mermaid's pool.
Look, this place is worth every cent!!!!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
14 Dec 2016
Only a pleasure to host such gracious guests!
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Purplewhi...
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“This is THE fantasy house on the hilltop”
Reviewed 21 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016

Akasha Mountain Retreat is truly a unique and special place. A view of mountains, dams and space that is quietly spectacular and gently energising. The house is tangibly built with love and filled with all sorts of collected trinkets, crystals and a style all of its own. Everything is considered and just where it should be.

The owner Chris is more than a host and genuinely wants you to enjoy your time away from the city and is available to assist with anything or leave you alone too if you wish. We had our three old boy with us and Chris invited us to his home to look at the fish pond, feed the horses and play with his 8 week old puppies while he played guitar! Happy three year old and happy parents.

But for the most part you will just want to relax, make fires, read, wander and be still.

Just go. You won't regret it!

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Liked best: The spectacular view, the quietness and the uniqueness of the house
Liked least: On a mountain top so difficult to go for short walks with toddler (but there is a hiking cary backpack for toddlers for the entrepid hikers!)
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Large groups
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Management Response
13 Dec 2016
Thank you for being such gracious guests, only a pleasure to host you!
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michaelcA...
Cape Town, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
163 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Peace on Earth”
Reviewed 21 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

My favourite site for booking accommodation in South Africa is booking.com - what you read is what you get.
My girlfriend and I like to do road trips and tend to do them in circular routes and on the way back to Cape Town we were looking to find somewhere close to Heidelberg. We found the Akasha Mountain Retreat - the pictures look spectacular and when you arrive you will not be disappointed.
I would like to compliment the host, Chris firstly for his advice on the best route to travel to Heidelberg - we loved the 14km drive along the Tradouw Pass. the drive from the R322 up to the house is mainly gravel and is part of the fun! Even the cattle being herded along the road is part of the experience.
If you like back to nature (biodiversity), peace and quiet then this is definetly the place for you. The house is wonderful - large with plenty of space in all the rooms and large bedrooms and showers and a bath. The kitchen is fully equipped and the is also plenty of equipment to barbecue. Its great not to have wifi and no television - plenty of time to relax, read books, talk with your partner. If you are energetic you can walk down to the lake and you could also kayak. there are plenty of places to hike and also to mountain bike. The walk down to the lake is relatively easy but it is much harder coming back up. The views of the Langeberg Mountains and Duivenhoks Lake are stunning.
If I were to stay there again I would stay a little longer make sure that i brought all of my food and needs up to the lodge and the start and shut myself off from the world for a few days! Although if you need anything from the town then Chris is always happy to pick it up for you.
The number of butterflies and birds we saw during our visit was a very pleasant surprise.
Overall a fantastic experience - for me it was truly Peace On Earth!

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Liked best: the peace and tranquility - location
Liked least: Nothing
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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
25 Apr 2016
Michael counts among the handful of most pleasant, low-key and 'low maintenance' guests that we've had the pleasure of hosting (we had no idea that he blogs or that he is such a prodigious traveller). Thank you, sir!
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