Head Chef Ashleigh Hemingway at Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve grew up in Johannesburg and after studying at the International Hotel School spent some time in various game reserves gaining experience. She joined the team at Oceana two and half years ago as the second in charge before being handed over the reins in February of this year.
In Ashleigh’s words “I strive to, with the help of my amazing team, put Oceana on the map as far as food goes. We’ve spent a lot of energy bringing our food back down to the basics and then building it up by diversifying with influences from across the world and adding a few unique African twists. What we aim to do is to find a balance between the art of making food beautiful and yet still showing respect to each ingredient in their natural form. As a chef putting yourself out there on a plate is the most terrifying yet rewarding experience.”
Oceana’s showcase from a food perspective is definitely their five course fine dining dinner served every evening. Tailor made menus are created each day ensuring that each evening, guests are assured of a unique dining experience while overlooking the reserve and onto the Indian Ocean. Spectacular!
Set in a spectacular and unique environment, Oceana offers a truly special luxury boutique experience. The property is perfectly positioned within a sprawling wildlife sanctuary, fronted by a pristine 7km stretch of private beach. With absolutely everything taken care of by their discreet staff, this private and intimate destination is where you go for a ‘holiday whilst on holiday’.
On-site attractions include safari drives, spa treatments, fine dining, games room, swimming and beach activities. From golf to fishing, bird watching and more, there are also many other activities to be enjoyed in and around the charming town of Port Alfred.
Oceana is located on the warm Indian Ocean, close to Port Elizabeth as well as Big Five reserves. Exclusive, yet unpretentious, this property ticks all the boxes for an unforgettable holiday.
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