on the Hermanus Lagoon, Wortelgat Rd, Stanford, 7210
About Mosaic Lagoon Lodge
The founders of Mosaic Private Sanctuary on the Hermanus Lagoon – Breese and Kathryn Johnson – are very pleased to announce the ownership transfer of the five-star private getaway, Mosaic Lagoon Lodge, to long-time associate, Maryke De Villiers. Maryke will continue their vision for providing an exceptional retreat and ecological experience for guests in this beautiful Conservation Area outside of Stanford, South Africa.
A quote from Kathryn Johnson:
“Maryke De Villiers has been an important part of our Mosaic Team for over six years, and has the skills, energy and vision to maintain the excellent reputation Mosaic Lagoon Lodge has in the eco-tourism arena. Maryke will retain the highly regarded team already in place, while working to enhance guest services and facilities. It has been Maryke’s professional dream to own and run a guest lodge in the country of her birth and we are delighted with this transition, as we (Breese & I) ease into our respective business and professional retirements. She has as much passion for Mosaic and our guests as we do.”
After finishing her Bachelor of Accounting Science Degree and articles with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Maryke spent time in the United Kingdom. It was there that her love for travel, hospitality and different cultures began. After 4 years of extensive travel, she returned to South Africa to complete a curriculum in Guest House Management at the University of Cape Town. The next 10 years of Maryke’s professional career as an accountant was spent with clients mostly within the hospitality industry, including Mosaic. When the ownership opportunity of Mosaic Lagoon Lodge became an option, Maryke was ready to make her dream become a reality.
FROM THE BEGINNING:
The Johnsons, from Tennessee, USA, bought the 1,000-hectare property in 2002, when the botanically and aesthetically unique property was being overrun by ecologically destructive invasive vegetation. Their vision from the beginning was to restore the biodiversity of the fragile ecosystem and develop guest accommodations, so that others from around the world could experience and appreciate this fascinatingand gorgeous part of South Africa.
The Johnson’s mission for almost two decades has been one of renewal and restoration and are thrilled their ethos will be continued with Maryke at the helm:
• renewal for those who stay at Mosaic, restoration of hope and livelihoods in the local community through job creations and education, and the restoration of the eco-system of that corner of the Cape Floral Kingdom…each of which is dependent on the others.
The ownership transition commenced in October 2019 and has been gratifyingly smooth. Breese and Kathryn will continue to spend time at Mosaic but focus more time on their involvement in community upliftment projects in Stanford that Mosaic has supported and initiated. Kathryn will remain a director of Mosaic Lagoon Lodge.
JUST FIVE LUXURY SAFARI-STYLE SUITES SECLUDED AMONG ANCIENT MILKWOOD TREES ON THE EDGE OF THE HERMANUS LAGOON
MILKWOOD SPA AT MOSAIC
Mosaic Lagoon Lodge is proud to offer guests pampering treatments from our onsite Milkwood Spa. Thanks to mother nature, our setting provides a tranquil, and soothing backdrop for your treatments. It’s an experience worth indulging in.
Carina Franck, Founder and Director of Kalahari Lifestyle International grew up on a farm in Africa in tandem with nature, spending her days exploring the mysteries of her desert playground. Her inquisitive nature led to her discovering many of the ancient secrets to natural health and wellbeing that have been hidden in the desert for generations. She developed a deep connection with the local Khoi San families who taught her that ‘if we all share, we will always have enough’. These childhood experiences birthed a deep passion in Carina to share the goodness of nature’s provision with the world. After being at the forefront of the fast-moving, international beauty industry for the last decade, Carina recognised that the expectation of the modern eco-smart client was changing.
This inspired her to create a range of world-class skin and body products that would capture not only the earthy goodness of nature, but the unique, sensory experience of Africa. This signature range is more than a cutting-edge natural treatment. It is an experience of Africa itself –the colours of the earth, the raw textures and the rare fragrances all wrapped in life-giving goodness. The Kalahari Lifestyle experience is an intimate journey, bringing the ancient secrets of Africa to the client through touch, sound, smell and visual interaction. Each treatment has been uniquely customized to satisfy the needs of the individual and create the ultimate treatment experience.
Using only naturally harvested botanical ingredients, Carina and her team of developers have captured the simple goodness of God’s creation in each Kalahari product. Superior plant oils and phyto-effective extracts are compounded into quality skincare solutions that restore and nourish your skin. “The earth and its magnificent nature are a gift from God – I have dedicated my life to discovering how we can use it to our advantage, without harming it in any way.” Kalahari Lifestyle insists on using only reputable Phytotrade organisations and certified sustainable resources.
Our stringent eco-awareness protocols ensure the safety of the vulnerable African ecosystems. Kalahari Lifestyle is an original brand that combines innovative phyto compounding with phyto cosmetology for an authentic African botanical experience“
GET MARRIED AT MOSAIC LAGOON LODGE
Once the sun had sunk into the water everyone moved under a canopy of trees, dripping with fairy lights to celebrate. This wedding celebration really did resemble a midsummer night’s dream… - TONI FAWZY THE PRETTY BLOG
MOSAIC Lagoon Lodge is the perfect place for your perfect celebration! The true essence of the bride and groom is center stage, MOSAIC Lagoon Lodge is the backdrop, with breathtaking sunrises and sunsets over the lagoon, majestic mountain views, the pristine Walker Bay Beach and ancient milkwood groves.
MOSAIC Lagoon Lodge is a destination for you and your guests to spend time creating memories to savor. Whether it is an intimate ceremony for two or an affair with family and friends, you will have a range of beautiful settings from which to exchange your vows and feast on superb cuisine. The MOSAIC Lagoon Lodge Team will serve you, your family, and your guests to create your celebration of a lifetime.
T: +27 76 313 2814