Enchanting eco-conscious guest house launches on paternoster beachfront

outh Africa, Paternoster, 28 August 2020; LAUNCHING on September 1st, Gonana Guest House is Paternoster’s first sustainable and environmentally conscious guest house. Owned by Swedish entrepreneur and interior designer Jonas Sandström, Gonana is located right on the Bekbaai beach alongside a greenbelt. It’s also virtually off the grid and completely environmentally ethical. All water is recycled, all power is solar generated, plastic usage is minimal and chemicals are taboo, gardens are indigenous and water wise, and décor is all-natural and sourced locally. The establishment is also Fair Trade accredited with the ethos: ‘Buy local, think global’. Gonana Guest House officially opening on the first day of Spring is in keeping with its refreshing, unfettered approach to guest accommodation offerings.

Gonana’s seven (7) en-suite rooms are all a study in calm. The neutral palette encourages you to exhale, relax and reconnect with the natural world. Polished cement floors keep suites cool in the hot summers; extra-length, raw wooden beds and headboards lend an earthy feel, as do finely sanded log nightstands. White walls and uncluttered floors give a sense of space, while white percale linen and hand-woven cotton towels add finesse. Bathrooms have unique appointments such as hand-crafted metal pipe towel rails and shelf supports, as well as polished wooden whale tail hooks. White subway tiles in the showers give a contemporary touch.

Five(5) of the guest suits have private verandas, four of which lead directly to the beach, while upstairs the family suite with private terrace can accommodate a small family wanting to stay together. The dining and lounge area is also upstairs and furnished with a solid wooden table and bench seating – strewn with soft Swedish sheepskins – for guests to comfortably enjoy breakfast with a full sea view. Adjacent, the lounge area with skylights is furnished with a collection of classic leather couches complemented by woven leather chairs. Here, you are encouraged to curl up with a book or a cup of Fair Trade coffee and simply exhale. The wide balcony, edged with ample seating and plenty of soft comfy cushions, offers all-day outdoor theatre and sunset views over the Atlantic Ocean. It’s just breathtaking.

In the downstairs courtyard, a deep, saltwater, heated pool is another relaxation hub where you can nap in the sun on a thick pool mattress – or choose shade surrounded by indigenous gardens. Professional massages are offered in-house, with prior arrangement. Children are welcome at Gonana too and there is Wi-Fi throughout as well as great coffee table books and board games for entertainment. With prior arrangement, dogs are welcome in certain rooms at Gonana.

Since the name Gonana is derived from the Zulu word ‘embrace’, it’s fitting that all who enjoy and appreciate nature and are environmentally conscious are welcomed with open arms at Gonana Guest House. For them, it will absolutely be home from home.


  •  7 – en suite guest rooms
  •  5 – rooms in total have private outdoor areas
  • 4 – double rooms have full sea views and private verandas leading onto the Bekbaai beach
  • 1 – family room, which is also en-suite and can sleep three (3) guests
  • 1 – deep, salt water, heated swimming pool set in indigenous gardens
  • 100% – of electricity used is solar generated
  • 100% – of water used is recycled for gardens and toilet use
  • 100% – of the garden is indigenous and water wise

Rooms are priced from R950.00 per night for two (2) persons sharing and inclusive of breakfast. For bookings enquires and more information, call (27) 074 555 3063, email to stay@gonanaguesthouse.com, or visit www.gonanaguesthouse.com

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