June 2013 - This collection of stunning retreats embraces the beauty of their unique and natural surroundings – Huka Lodge in New Zealand’s Taupo, nestling by the Waikato River, renowned for its generous hospitality and proximity to world-class trout fishing; Dolphin Island off the northern coast of Vitu Levi in Fiji, a tiny jewel of a private island for eight best friends; and the enchanting Grande ProvenceHeritage Wine Estate, that graces the Franschhoek Valley, resplendent in its Huguenot and Cape Dutch architectural heritage. Now all this, and so much more, has been captured by photographer Geoff Mason, within the rich pages of a new book, WORLDS APART, which takes readers on a pictorial journey reflecting the geography, culture and people of each property, linked by the strong sense of style and place innately associated with The Huka Retreats. Over two years in the making, at last this celebration of the absolute style of The Huka Retreats has been published. It is available in South Africa at R450.00 and can be purchased at The Shop at Grande Provence or via their website at www.grandeprovence.co.za.
The book has been designed for those who love superb interior design and appreciate heritage and ambience, the beauty of sprawling gardens and dramatic natural landscapes. All highlighted through the work of long-time collaborators of The Huka Retreats’ founder Alex van Heeren – leading New Zealand interior designer Virginia Fisher and landscape designer Suzanne Turley. When celebrated writer, the late Bryce Courtenay met Alex van Heeren over twenty years ago, the two found they shared much in common, including a passion for adventure and a love of Africa, so not surprisingly it was Bryce who agreed to write the Foreword to WORLDS APART to encapsulate Alex’s vision.
“I have long since given up simply looking for what is different or peculiar to some city or country and now seek not only to be aware of what the eyes see, but also to use all the senses and feel the emotion places or experiences evoke uniquely.
“Destinations that promise this experience are not to be found easily, especially as so many places begin to resemble one giant shopping mall or another, and the sense of place so prized by travelers seeking an authentic experience is forsaken.”
“I can personally guarantee there are three countries in which you will not be disappointed.”
Sadly, Bryce passed away while the book was being printed; however, his touching words serve as a legacy to The Huka Retreats and what they still stand for. A testament to so many years of sending guests home inspired to instil and recreate The Huka Retreats’ essence in their own personal lives and spaces. The design and production values of WORLDS APART are excellent, and at 304 sumptuous, jaw-droppingly beautiful pages, represent true value for money. The flexi-bound format with matt laminate cover means the pages sit flat, making it easy to hold and to read, and the book feels relaxed and contemporary, only fitting for these beloved havens of the body and soul.
The P.R Team, Cape Town
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