Gonana Guest House is Paternoster’s first sustainable and environmentally conscious guest house. Owned by Swedish entrepreneur and interior designer Jonas Sandström and located right on the Bek Bay beach alongside a greenbelt. It is 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 – with the ethos: “Buy local, think global.”
Gonana’s eight en-suite rooms are all a study in calm. The neutral palette encourages you to exhale, relax and reconnect with the natural world. Seven of the guestrooms have their own private terraces or balconies, three terraces of which lead directly to the beach.
The breakfast area is upstairs in the main house and furnished with a solid wooden table and bench seating – strewn with soft Swedish sheepskins – for guests to comfortably enjoy a healthy breakfast buffet 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 coffee or tea 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 breath-taking. 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.
Information Courtesy of www.tourismupdate.co.za/article/revivalshowcase-gonana-guest-house-bekbay-paternoster