There’s no question about the fact that your stay at Crystal Lagoon Lodge will enrich your mind, body and soul. But here’s the thing: turns out that science also has proven that the beach benefits your mind and body. And as you know, our lodge is situated right on the water’s edge – where you can reap these advantages by taking a few steps down our stairway to heaven.

According to an analysis of English census data published in the journal Health Place, those who live at the coast report better physical and mental health than those who don’t. And another study found that people who live in homes with ocean views report feel calmer than those without them. So, it makes sense then that Langebaan could very well be one of the happiest places on earth.

The beach certainly gets you feeling all Zen. And the scientific reasons are that the colour blue has been found to be associated with feelings of calm and peace. Staring at the ocean actually changes our brain waves, say the scientists, putting one into a mild meditative state. Blue also is associated with a boost of creativity. The name for this is ‘being in the blue zone’.

What’s more, because you’re breathing in the negative ions in the sea air, the smell of the ocean breeze contributes to your soothed state. These oxygen atoms have an extra electron and occur in places such as waterfalls and the ocean.

Plus that constant ebbing and flowing you hear as you lie on the beach or in your Crystal Lagoon Lodge bedroom de-stimulates your brain. This slows you down to a sort of hypnotic state, allowing you to relax and feel more engaged.

Not forgetting that wonderful feeling of walking barefoot on sand. That alone has a placebo effect. That all said, don’t forget to slather on the sunscreen when spending time on the beach. And do use protection with an SPF50 or higher. We certainly wouldn’t want you to expose yourself to the dangers of skin cancer.

Overall, spending time at the beach will change your perspective on life. And that perspective sure will change for the better! Generally, nature has always been a factor in healthy happy lives, but the beach in particular is just so damn good for the soul.

So, take advantage of the time you spend at Crystal Lagoon Lodge by soaking up the benefits of ‘vitamin sea’ and while you’re at it, also practice mindfulness. The latter too has tons of mental health benefits, including stress relief.