The first rays of the morning sun filter through the pine forests lining the surrounding hills, gently stirring the song birds out of their slumber, a siren call, heralding the start of a new day. The juicy stems of sugar cane sway gently in the crisp morning breeze, which carries with it a whiff of sweet molasses. Rumbling trucks loaded with freshly harvested cane can be heard in the distance as they make their way over dusty roads to feed the insatiable belly of the factory, which stands watch over the bustling estate.
At the end of a flower lined murrum road, Villa Anona, a small boutique guesthouse, is nestled on the edge of the Mehta Golf Course, a spectacular 18-hole golf course set amidst the greenery of hundreds of acres of lush sugarcane. Villa Anona has been sustainably designed by Sri Lankan architect Channa Daswatte, aesthetically incorporating organic materials like murram stone and grass reeds in its construction. These have been tastefully complemented by warm earth tones to blend in subtly with the natural environment. Stylish interiors, by Jaimini Patel of Arizans, Kenya, create a contemporary but homely ambience in the 9 double bedrooms and 2 suites of the guesthouse.