Our clubhouse is open! Oasis Life Clara Anna Fontein
In November 2018, the Oasis Life brand was launched in the then recently completed Clara Anna Fontein Lifestyle Centre. The following February, construction commenced on the first of Rabie’s retirement developments, aimed at setting a new standard of retirement.
Two years later, the heart and soul of the retirement estate, the Oasis Life Clubhouse, opened on 1 December to residents. Phase one is nearing completion, with 24 residents that have either taken handover or are living on the estate. Set along the greenbelt, the Clubhouse looks out over the wetland area, Durbanville hills to the right and the Stellenbosch mountains etched in the distance to the left. On the opposite side of the lush greenery, one can see the estate’s Lifestyle Centre from which Oasis Life was launched.
“The Clubhouse was designed as an extension of living spaces for residents, a place to meet with their families, as well as a centre to socialise with one another.” says Tomas Wren-Sargent, architect at Coasite. “The raised roofs bring natural light and volume into the interior, creating spaces that encourage people to visit, dwell, and interact.”
The Clubhouse was designed as an extension of living spaces for residents, a place to meet with their families, as well as a centre to socialise with one another
“The site is located overlooking a substantial portion of the greenbelt to the south. The building offers stunning views over the green valley corridor, connecting users to the wonderful natural environment of the greater Clara Anna Fontein site. The northern courtyard creates a protected gathering space with a stunning garden and water feature, perfect for meeting outdoors year-round. The materials of the building are predominantly natural, such as stone and timber, used to foster connection with the natural environment in which the clubhouse is located.”
The Clubhouse offers various pockets of pause and functionality. You’ll find a comfortable mini-library to hide in with your nose in a book, a lounge with a big-screen television, a multi-purpose function room and a wind-sheltered patio. The restaurant offers incredible views through its large picture windows and whether you want to enjoy a leisurely sit-down meal or quietly recharge with a cup of coffee and pastry, it’s your choice!
Geoffrey John Bennett, Director at Collaboration explains some of the interior design thinking.
“The design intent was to create an atmosphere of sophistication and calm tranquility, without distracting from the views out of the vast expanses of glazing, to the lush wetlands and greenbelt below. All joinery items were custom designed and manufactured. These bespoke elements have considered specific ergonomics relating to the users, as well as ensuring material and finish durability. Every item of furniture has been customised in terms of fabrics and finishes.”
With hospitality being one of the foundations of Oasis Life, a top team with extensive hotel and catering experience has been brought in to manage the retirement estate and Clubhouse. Heading up the team, Neil Barry is the retirement estate’s Operational Manager with energetic Lezette Breedt as Clubhouse Manager and Janine Lourens as receptionist.
Under the expert management of Riana Zeman, Healthcare Manager, the primary healthcare suites are available to residents 24/7 through a separate entrance.
Chef Michelle Beirowski takes charge of the well-designed and equipped kitchen and is already testing all the recipes for the Christmas lunch. Meals are served daily from 8:00 to 17:00 (kitchen closes at 16:00) with take-aways available. On Sundays, residents and visitors are treated to a hearty carvery filled to the brim with old-fashioned goodness.
“The completion and opening of the Clubhouse are significant milestones for our Clara Anna Fontein residents, but equally for us as developers. It sets the bar of what future Oasis Life residents can look forward to at our Burgundy Estate development and others to come.” says Miguel Rodrigues, Director at Rabie. “All the design elements, the look and feel, attention to detail and customised furnishings will be available in every future Clubhouse or Lifestyle Centre. Visiting Clara Anna Fontein, you’ll be able to see, touch and experience the Oasis Life promise, delivered with sophistication and excellence. When we say that we want you to love your retirement, we are committed to making that happen!”