Xairu: luxury seaside villa, whales & shark diving
|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
|Living space||2700 square feet|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyNo
|Theme||Adventure, Luxury, Away from it all, Ocean, Waterfront|
Description from the owner
Xairu offers luxury, self-catering accommodation for six, with stunning views from every room. Soak in spectacular sunsets and vistas all the way to Cape Point from one of the many decks and balconies.
Located a 1 hour and 45 minute drive from Cape Town, Xairu is well situated for whale watching and as a base for Great White Shark cage diving.
This recently completed architectural gem rests on the limestone cliffs of Walker Bay. Glass doors fronting the open-plan dining room and kitchen on the ground floor open to seamlessly extend the living space onto the wide, front deck and garden.
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Xairu: luxury seaside villa, whales & shark diving
Overberg, Western Cape, South Africa
Additional Location Information
How will you enjoy a stay in this slice of paradise?
> Whale watch and sip sun downers from one of the decks or balconies. Walker Bay is well known as one of the best, land-based sites for whale watching in the world. From June through December, Southern Right Whales calve in the Walker bay Whale Sanctuary, the marine reserve on which the villa is located. You can watch them from the decks and balconies, stroll down to a vantage point along the cliffs, or take a cruise to get really close. Humpback whales can also often be spotted.
> If a little more adrenaline is your style, Xairu is an ideal base for a Great White Shark cage diving experience. Drive out from Cape Town and grab a good night's sleep -- the shark dive boats leave early in the morning a short drive away in Kleinbaai.
> Chill out with your children. Xairu's natural fynbos garden is fully walled providing a safe place for children to play. A safe, spring-fed kiddie pool and larger, tidal pool are a short walk away to the west, and the protected, sandy beach and rock pools of Stanford's Cove a stroll to the east. Our Guest Guide suggests many nearby excursions, including to the lighthouse, a petting farm and other fun destinations.
> If you love unique flora and fauna, you'll be happy here. Xairu's garden is a natural fynbos one and the property connects to the fynbos preserve that edges the bay. Bird lovers will enjoy the feathered visitors to the garden, as well as the many different environments for watching -- from wetlands, estuaries and shore, to inland veld.
> If you like to eat and cook, you'll appreciate visiting the harbour for the day's fresh line fish, as well as the farmer's markets in the local villages. The well-equipped kitchen and braai/BBQ facilities make entertaining a pleasure. Our Guest Guide shares out local recommendations for places to eat and picnic, and there are many local vineyards for wine tasting excursions.
> Of course, Xairu is perfect for doing absolutely nothing. Whether you choose to do this lounging on the western deck, in a window seat, on the large front deck, cosied up in front of the fireplace, or in front of the TV is up to you.
Location Type Away from it all, Ocean, Waterfront
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in ZAR) (change)
|Rate Summary||$106 - $170||$106 - $170||$0||$0||2 nights|
|Jan. 12 2013 - Mar. 30 2013
|Apr. 1 2013 - Jun. 30 2013
|Jul. 1 2013 - Nov. 30 2013
|Dec. 1 2013 - Dec. 13 2013
|Dec. 14 2013 - Jan. 3 2014
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
|Jan. 4 2014 - Apr. 22 2014
|All Other Dates||$106||$106||-||-||2 nights|
|View all 7 Rate Periods|
Additional notes from owner
There is a R230 management fee per stay. A fully-refundable breakage fee of 20% of total cost of your accommodation will be refunded upon completion of an inventory check.
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What Past Guests Are Saying
On the Rocks !
We stayed at Xairu for 3 days during april. The house is well designed and beautifully furnished. Everything you expect from a luxury beach cottage. The views are splendid and the ocean is crashing on the rocks below. Easy distance to many interesting shops and restaurants. You will not regret it. (Please note that the coast is very rocky. Not any real swimming beaches within walking distance)
Durbanville, South Africa
We stayed in Xairu with overseas family and it was a unforgettable experience! The house is proof that modern architecture can be beautiful, functional and cosy at the same time. The house features 3 good sized bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a very well equipped kitchen and breath-taking sea views from every possible room! We will return in whale season so we can see them from the balconies!
The owners have created a very useful file with activities, information, restaurant idea etc which was very helpful. The town is only a short drive away and has a good supermarket and all other amenities required. There are several wine farms, restaurants and even a fantastic petting zoo/play park for the kids in the area and you can go shark cage diving if you feel adventurous. We went for a more child friendly sea excursion and saw a whale (out of season!) a school of dolphins (at least 20 of them really close!) penguins etc.
After all the excursions the house was a great safe haven of tranquillity to return to, with the soothing sea sounds and the spectacular sunsets making it an unforgettable experience!.
We had a whale of a time (yes pun intended!) and will definitely be back!
Oef, dat deed echt deugd!
Wanneer je zoals wij het geluk hebt om na een inspannend bezoek aan Kaapstad nog enkele dagen te kunnen uitblazen in Zuid afrika, dan is een verblijf in Xairu zeker het overwegen waard. Deze villa met 3 slaapkamers ligt in Gansbaai, een kleine 200 Km van Kaapstad verwijderd en dus nog vlot met een (huur)auto te bereiken.
De villa is erg modern, de speelse architectuur geeft er een bijzonder, vaak verrassend karakter aan. De binneninrichting is overeenkomstig: tegelijkertijd modern en praktisch.
Xairu is bijzonder rustig gelegen, ver van alle drukte. Alleen het ruisen van de oceaan is alomtegenwoordig. Een oninneembaar zicht op de kust garandeert elke avond opnieuw een onvergetelijke zonsondergang.
Tegelijk ligt Xairu toch op slechts enkele minuten rijden van het winkelcentrum van Gansbaai met excellente en betaalbare restaurantjes, leuke winkeltjes en een grote SuperSpar.
De villa ligt op minder dan 100 meter van de oceaan, maar op die hoogte is het wel een rots-strand. Wil je zoals wij toch naar een zandstrand met de kleindochter, dan moet je daar wel een (prachtige) wandeling van 25 minuutjes voor over hebben (of 5 minuten met de auto natuurlijk).
Als we de kans krijgen gaan we zeker nog terug. Een aanrader!
Sharon and Jackie
We had a lovely time at Xairu!
Xairu is beautiful! We stayed there in December.
After our drive from Capetown, we settled in to the gorgeous surroundings of the home, relaxed and enjoyed the views.
The rooms are tastefully decorated, comfortable, spacious and clean, as are the bathrooms.
The location is a dream. We were able to go hiking and enjoyed delicious meals at the local restaurants.
Needless to say, if not for the long plane ride, we would go back every weekend! Highly recommend a stay here...cannot go wrong!
New York City, New York
Stunning location, maximum relaxation
Great house with striking modern design, fantastic location. We watched whales breaching from the house's decks, and took many walks along the cliff trail that skirts the bay. Well-equipped kitchen.