What an eyeful, and it’s got heart too! That’s the newly opened Perivoli Lagoon House, an exclusive-use luxury pad that plows its profits back into restoring the land, has opened outside Stanford on the Whale Coast close to Hermanus.

The villa is available on an exclusive-use basis for up to eight people with flexible booking options that include a housekeeping service, as well as a choice of all-inclusive or self-catering. Special launch rates are available until 15 December.

Perivoli Lagoon House is owned by the philanthropically focussed Perivoli Trust, which channels all profits to conserving and restoring the land, while any surplus is donated to the charitable Perivoli Schools Trust.


The secluded villa is managed by seasoned hoteliers Marcelino and Simoné Henckert.

Designed by architect Gregg Goddard with interior design by Simoné Henckert, the ultra-contemporary open-plan design with its elegantly curved roof is a new landmark on the banks of the Klein River lagoon.

There are four double suites with private bathrooms and terraces, and generous living areas that spill out onto sprawling wooden decks and a heated infinity pool. Situated on 140 hectares that is in the process of being proclaimed a nature reserve, there are incredible views all over.

The house invites complete relaxation with deep sofas and shaded views of the lagoon to immerse oneself in nature, watch the birds and breathe the scented fynbos. Geared to all-year round comfort, Perivoli is equipped with a wood-burning fireplace and efficient eco-friendly pellet stoves, as well as ceiling fans and insect screens. The kitchen is state-of-the-art, leading to spacious indoor and outdoor dining areas with a BBQ station under cover, and well-known Stanford chef Madré is available to cater by prior arrangement.

A myriad of adventures await, from guided fynbos walks and beach excursions to nearby Walker Bay Nature Reserve, to birdwatching, mountain biking and canoeing. Guests at Perivoli have access to a speedboat to make full use of the unique lakeside location which lends itself to water activities such as water skiing and tubing, as well as fishing. More relaxing pursuits include yoga baskets, in-room massages and lounging around the magnificent swimming pool.

On the doorstep waiting to be explored, is the surrounding area of Stanford and Hermanus. The region has received global acclaim for local culinary gems that include award-winning restaurants, craft breweries and cheeseries, as well as wine estates.

Contact Perivoli here.