What an honour it was to be treated to a soul-enriching breakaway in a magical place in one of South Africa’s most gorgeous regions, the Garden Route. This hidden gem, Peace of Eden, is exactly as the name says, Peace of Eden! Hidden away along the windy road that leads to Rheenendal you are greeted with greenery, peace and tranquility.
From the moment we arrived we were greeted with big warm smiles welcoming us to a piece of heaven. Jim helped us carry our bags to our forest tent, our home for the next 3 days, tucked away in the dense forest along a meandering path. On the bed was home-made delicious treats decorated with one of my favourite flowers, bougainvillea. It took my nearly 6 year old daughter just a couple of minutes to scout our dwelling, investigate everything and make herself right at home.
After settling in I enjoyed a well deserved cold glass of bubbly on the deck by the forest kitchen. What a space to unwind! Surrounded by forest and birdsong. Life was great and could not be better!
But boy were we surprised when we arrived for our gourmet secret vegan 4-course dinner. Our table was set on the veranda of the main homestead overlooking the lush garden with Jasmine flowers filling the air with the sweetest aroma. Tofu the cat was Elizabeth’s companion for the dinner, she adores animals and he enjoyed her undivided attention. We were treated to the most colourful and tasty vegan dishes which encouraged me to step up my game. We are a pescatarian family but Jenny’s cooking really inspired me to readjust my attitude and adopt a cleaner diet.
The days that followed were filled with beautiful nature drives, soulful forest walks, meditation by the stream, moonlight walks and restful sleep. Our little family is happy when we are together in nature and we got exactly this.
My absolute favourite was the eco forest toilet with it’s beautiful view of the forest, the best place to hang out when nature calls. Elizabeth loved the rustic forest kitchen and was so eager to wash dishes. With a setting like this who would not want to wash dishes.
If you feel the need to go for a drive the majestic Homtini pass is a treat for the senses. You feel you are in fairyland and that at any given moment you will spot a winged being or mystical creature.
As a nature-loving, eco-conscious family it was wonderful to be in such a magical space with awesome people that truly live by example.
Our visit to Peace-of-Eden ignited a desire to up my game and be more committed to my responsibility to protect this beautiful country and planet.
There is no excuse to not play our part.
If your soul is craving tranquility, connection and restoration, Peace of Eden will give you that and so much more.
Thank you Howard, Jenny and Jess and the rest of the team. You will definitely see us again.