Need to know
Five suites in total, including four Ocean View Suites and one Dune View Suite.
11am. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Note that the lodge is in a remote reserve, so you’ll want to arrive well in advance of sunset if you’re driving.
Double rooms from $803.30 (ZAR11,304), excluding tax at 15 per cent.
Rates include all meals and two guided activities a day (shared with the other guests), as well as soft drinks, tea and coffee.
We’re reluctant to use the word ‘hotel’ to describe Morukuru Beach Lodge, since it comes with housekeepers, guides and a team of staff who are masters at whipping up a meal, whisking you out for picnic and beating you at board games, if so required. It really is more of a lodge, espousing the ‘whatever you want, whenever you want’ ethos.
The lodge closes annually from mid-May to late-June.
At the hotel
Fire-warmed lounges; a library; board games; free tea and coffee station, plus a fridge stocked with soft drinks; gear cupboard; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: log-burning fireplace; underfloor heating; whale-ready picture window; balcony and chairs; free bottled water; flatscreen televisions; box filled with sunscreen, torchlights and useful items; free sweets and snacks; woven beach bag and hat for use in the reserve; Morukuru bath products.
Our favourite rooms
The four Ocean View Suites gaze across the swirling sea and sloping sand dunes. Plus, did we mention the whales? Sit in your suite’s cushioned window, or on the full-length balcony, with a fully stocked glass of wine and the crackling fire to watch your marine neighbours at play during the season (early-July to mid-October).
There’s a heated pool in a sheltered courtyard that’s surrounded by sunloungers, parasols and a hot tub. Why should the whales have all the fun?
Trainers to explore the cycling trails and fynbos hikes around the reserve.
The lodge (and the surrounding uneven landscape) aren’t wheelchair accessible.
All welcome. There’s room for one under-16 a suite (ZAR1,500 per night). Best of all, they get to sleep in the picture window – aka whale-watching HQ – which doubles as a single bed. Cots can be added for no extra charge. Free babysitting can be arranged.
Extremely: the property is completely off grid. Solar power supplies the electricity, and pellet burners heat the water and underfloor heating. Food and wine are sourced locally, with a commitment to organic, seasonal produce.