Travel Inspiration: Eastern Cape 


Miarestate Hotel & Spa

The Wild Coast may be renowned for its rocky shoreline, plunging cliffs and wide river mouths, but it’s at Miarestate that the untamed beauty of the Eastern Cape truly shines. An added dose of warm hospitality and attention to detail takes this wild wonderland to a sophisticated new level.

At Miarestate, location is everything. A quick 20 minute helicopter flight from East London airport will ensure that you arrive in style, all while taking in the sweeping sea and bush views that this boutique hotel and spa’s hilltop locale has to offer. But breathtaking views are just one of the many attractions that entice guests to this little corner of paradise - for some it’s private access to a secluded beach that really sets Miarestate apart, while for others it’s the hotel itself. Not only are each of the 9 luxurious double rooms furnished with all the modern conveniences you could possibly need, but butler service is just a phone call away. For families, Miarestate’s rustic log cabins offer the ultimate getaway spot. Experience the peace and privacy of the valley, while still enjoying access to all the hotel’s facilities. 

A meal at Miarestate Restaurant will showcase local produce in a whole new light. From the freshest seafood that the Wild Coast has to offer, to newly harvested veggies from nearby growers - seasonality is king. When paired with South Africa’s top wines, the combination is unforgettable. Once your appetite is sated, let The Spa ease your mind and body with one of their signature treatments - perhaps a full body massage or a luxurious bubble bath - while making sure to top off your pampering experience with a glass of bubbles overlooking the rolling hills of Miarestate Valley. 

Adventure seeking guests don’t need to journey far thanks to the mouth of the Haga Haga river, which offers an assortment of activities, from swimming and fishing, to sailing and canoeing (all while looking out for whales and dolphins in the surf). Miarestate might mark your starting point for the 4 day 60 km Strandloper Hiking Trail, or simply an afternoon of horse riding, mountain biking or quad biking. Game drives are the best way to enjoy the extensive wildlife that inhabits the area, including giraffe, blesbuck, impala, grey duiker, bush buck, blue wildebeest and even Burchell’s Zebra, once thought to be extinct.

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