Our Rest & Thrive drop-in wilderness retreat focuses on your wellbeing. Whether you’re here for two or four days, we’ll engage all of your senses and activate the full potential of being in the moment. You’ll have access to various holistic methods to calm your mind, cleanse your body, and deepen the connection between nature and yourself.

Rest & Thrive is a unique all-inclusive retreat that helps you slow down, relax, and thrive. 

All fitness levels are welcome.

  • You need time and space to relax
  • You want to slow down
  • You yearn for a deeper connection with nature

Meet the Founders
& Your Guides

We’ve been there. Working long hours, rarely making time for ourselves, and not listening enough to our inner voice.

Mindfulness and nature were two things that allowed us to see our life from a more balanced perspective. We opened our eyes for the first time and realized that we postponed our true dreams for too long.

As soon as we created space for self-care and learned how to keep stress at healthy levels, creativity and courage flourished. We created Bliss & Stars to share our passions, our long-life learnings, and the experience of self-discovery by living with no fear.

Fig flower drawing
Stargazing with telescopes at Bliss & Stars


The days are designed to give you plenty of time to slow down.

There is an optional morning and evening meditation as well.

You’ll be counting shooting stars and looking deep into the night sky with South Africa’s biggest privately owned telescope.

There will also be plenty of time to relax by the pool or the river, listen to the birds sing, and watch the water flow.



Be more relaxed and refreshed than you’ve ever been


Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and experience the transformative power of nature and the night sky


We offer a balanced, wholesome cuisine based in Ayurvedic medicine designed to nourish your body and delight your senses.

The cuisine is simple, using fresh ingredients from the on-site organic garden or local farmers. Food is part of the retreat experience, including daily brunch, light lunch, and dinners.

We also cater to all dietary needs.

Fresh carrot and kale

The entire experience is included in the stated prices. We never have extra “hidden” charges.

Chalet Single | 1 Adult per night

R3.400  | SA Residents

R4.500  | Rest of the world

Chalet Double | 2 Adults per night

R5.000 | SA Residents

R6.500 | Rest of the world

Tented Chalet | 1 Adult per night

R2.500   | SA Residents

R3.000 | Rest of the world

Tented Chalet | 2 Adults per night

R4.000 | SA Residents

R5.000 | Rest of the world

the price PER NIGHT includes

2 days | 1 night accommodation

Mindfulness and relaxation practices 

Stargazing sessions and access to the astronomy observatory

Snacks & beverages served throughout the day

3 balanced and nutritious meals a day

Luxury amenities (biodegradable skincare)

Free access to 1.300 ha of wild & pristine nature

Off-the-grid retreat in South Africa


Rest assured with COVID-19 safe protocols

Rest in spacious chalets that seamlessly mesh with nature

Be amazed by nature and observe the night sky through our state-of-the-art telescopes

Saunter in secluded mountainous areas

Discover Bushmen cave paintings

Travel light with daily laundry service

Relax & breathe deeply with mindfulness practices

Strengthen with mindful movement

Forage for your own dinner

Build bonds with others in small groups of a maximum of 10 people

Share the living space with elands, baboons, Cape leopards and many more beautiful animals



Upon reservation confirmation, you’ll be sent a welcome letter giving lots of useful information about the retreat & this includes a guide on how to get here. If you need a transfer from the airport / Cape town, provide the details in the reservation form.
Upon reservation confirmation, you’ll be sent a welcome letter giving lots of useful information about the retreat & this includes a helpful guide on what to pack.
These retreats are designed to be a more intimate experience. Our retreats limit the size to 6 -10 people. In this way we ensure you receive a full attention from the team. 

Yes, we are very happy to welcome couples at this drop-in retreat.

Bliss & Stars is not conducive to children. We have a minimum age requirement of 21.

Check in time is anytime after 1PM, and check-out time is by 4PM and you have to vacate your room by 11AM. Should you desire an early check-in or late check-out, please contact us, and we will do all we can to accommodate you.

We can provide specific nutritional, dietary requirements, food allergies, food intolerance’s etc. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free options are always available.

Everyone is welcome at all of our retreats regardless of the meditation, yoga experience or fitness levels. We cater for different levels, so that you will be supported, challenged & encouraged to learn.


You don’t need to participate in everything; you can pace yourself to find the perfect amount of activity for you. We support you in doing as much or as little as is right for you, depending on how you are feeling. Personally, we wouldn’t want to miss a thing.
It’s not possible to stay on at Bliss & Stars, unless you are attending the next retreat. We ask that you leave by 5pm on the closing day. Lunch is the last meal which you are welcome to stay for.

We offer personalized payment plans for all our retreats up to 2 month before the start date of the retreat.

Please read our terms & conditions for our cancelation policy

We always strive to make our retreats available to everyone, therefore we have a bursary programme. Please contact us for more information.

No, there is neither mobile coverage or WIFI available. There is a computer with guest access available in case of emergency. And you will be provided a phone number, you can be reached while staying at Bliss & Stars.

silhouette of Cederberg mountains


Please answer questions below so we can tailor the experience to meet your needs.

The intention setting is totally optional. If you would like to just come and enjoy some nature, meditation, and stargazing that is a brilliant intention on its own and we fully support you.