Unmatched beauty & tranquillity at Spirit of The Ocean in Ballots Bay

Spirit of The Ocean

If anyone can pick one defining characteristic of Spirit of The Ocean: Moyalwandle, it would certainly be its location, which allows their guests to enjoy secluded family or romantic holidays with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean.

 Spirit of the Ocean is an upmarket, timber holiday home at Ballots Heights, a fynbos nature reserve located high above the Indian Ocean, just outside George, between Mossel Bay and Wilderness. The house is perched on a cliff in a beautiful part of this nature reserve.

Ballots Bay and Ballots Heights are part of the old Sandkraal Farm and has a coastline that remains pristine and unspoilt to this day. The lush vegetation is home to rich birdlife and offers wonderful walking trails.

Generally, the region has a Mediterranean Maritime climate, with moderately hot summers, and mild to chilly winters. One can breathe here and feel rejuvenated in a very short space of time!

Arriving at Spirit of The Ocean, you will notice that the house has white-washed wooden walls, which give it a light and airy feeling. Inside, the ceilings are high with modern light fittings giving it a sense of comfort.

Previous guests always point out the hospitality that they got from the owners, Christina and Raymond Auerbach.

Accommodation at Spirit of the Ocean Ballots Heights

Spirit of The Ocean: Moyalwandle is a highly-recommended choice for self-catering stays in Ballots Heights for up to six people. There are three large bedrooms – one upstairs and two on the ground floor. These two bedrooms have stained-glass arched windows and also come with en-suite bathrooms.

Inside the bedrooms are comfortable Queen-size beds that come with pure cotton sheets and duvets. Four bunk beds for children can be added if required. Bath towels are also provided.

This holiday home features an open plan kitchen fully-equipped with modern appliances including a microwave, crockery, cutlery, a dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer, a Weber Braai, oven, gas hob, etc.

See their accommodation rates HERE.

Facilities at Spirit of the Ocean

The spacious lounge/dining area has comfy leather couches, a CD and DVD player, as well as a TV. The lounge leads onto a wooden deck with beautiful sea and cliff views while the dining area opens onto a private, sunny and secluded swimming pool.

On chilly evenings, you can warm yourselves by the wood-burning fireplace.

The area has poor cellphone coverage, but the house has a telephone.

There is also a security alarm system as well as off-street parking for your vehicles.

Things to do in the Garden Route

Enjoy close access to beautiful beaches, the nature reserve and everything else that the Garden Route has to offer from your base at Spirit of the Ocean.

From the wide-opening windows and deck, you can enjoy the area’s unique beauty or watch the whales pass by below in season. The area’s remoteness also makes it a stargazer’s paradise.

The Garden Route area also offers plenty of things to do. There are golf courses, horse-riding, paragliding, water sports, farmers markets, bungee jumping, abseiling, canoes, mountain biking, sea cruises, deep-sea fishing, arts and crafts, wonderful bakeries and fresh local food produce.

If you need help with exploring the area, your hosts will be happy to make some recommendations.

Reviews from previous Spirit of the Ocean guests

“Spirit of the Ocean is a beautifully designed house in a remote and amazing location – it would be easy to use too many superlatives! The raw nature of the ocean, fynbos, coast & forests offer a tranquil and different experience to many holiday homes. Christina is a wonderful and thoughtful host who emanates the same calm that her house provides!” wrote Mark on their guest page.

Holly, from the UK, added; “This place really is a piece of paradise. What a place for a wedding! Beautiful people, beautiful place and beautiful wedding. I am going to miss the spectacular views, sunrises, sunsets and storms so much. Thank you Chris. This has been such a treat. I don’t want to leave.”

“What a spectacular find- a little piece of heaven is what this place is. Thank you for allowing us into your wonderful home. It was absolutely just what the soul needed and I can guarantee we’ll be back again,” said Nokhanyiso.

Spirit of The Ocean: Moyalwandle is located at 5 Southern Right Circle, Ballots Heights, George. Call +27 (0) 44 873 4108 / 084 584 5689 or email csauerbach@gmail.com. Alternatively, you can do your bookings online HERE. Visit them online at spiritoftheocean.mystrikingly.com. Here is their location on Google Maps.


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