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“Georgeous place & outstanding service” 5 of 5 stars
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Stanley Island
4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Keurbooms River, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa   |  
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Germany
1 review
“Georgeous place & outstanding service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

Staying on Stanley Island begins with an unusual reception for a B&B: You leave your car at the parking site, James or someone of his team (all being there for several years) welcomes you heartly and gives you a helping hand to get your luggage on the ferry. The ferry takes you about 100m to the self-construced pier and there you are on the relaxing tranquil Stanley Island.

The facilities and the surroundings are perfect and many South Africans choose them for a wedding (take a look at the website http://stanleyisland.com/ and 'what you see is what you get'). The service is very personal and friendly, we were even invited to a braai (SA barbecue) of the owner Johan and his friends. They also helped us splendidly to combine a stay there with our hike on the Otter Trail.

We stayed in one the of three luxury thatched chalets on the island, all neatly and individually decorated and with lots of space, outdoor terrace and even individual braai facilities. We very much enjoyed relaxing on the island and watching nature on the tranquil banks of the Keurbooms river (especially at the waterfront veranda of the main house). Walking around the island or - even better - canoeing around it can be highly recommended. And if you want to get off or on the island you just phone James and your ferry will be there in a few minutes.

We can really recommend Stanley Island Lodge if you are looking for a relaxing and tranquil getaway with luxury accommodation that is closely situated to the vivid town of Plettenberg Bay (Knysna & Storms River also nearby) and the wide variety of tourist activities offered there. And last but not least the pricing is reasonable (for such a tourist hot spot), you get really good value for your money.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Port Elizabeth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

Both my husband and I were exceptionally happy with the Accommodation - The quality of all facilities, and the friendliness of the staff. Out stay was very peaceful and relaxing and we loved the special attention that we received along with the Beauty of the Island. Would recommend to anybody!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights as the first stop on our Garden Route honeymoon and it was wonderful. We had the honeymoon meal for the first night and it was so romantic. We ate outside under the milkwood tree, surrounded by candles and fairy lights. The food was great and to be serenaded by acoustic guitar just topped off the evening. Most romantic meal ever! Our room was nicely furnished too and had a lovely view. The owners were so friendly and welcoming that we instantly felt as though we were returning visitors.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Stanley Island

Address: Keurbooms River, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Plettenberg Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 54 Specialty Lodging in Plettenberg Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Stanley Island 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The only private island in South Africa – the 28 ha Stanley Island is situated in the spectacularly beautiful Plettenberg Bay Keurbooms Lagoon ,the jewel of the Garden Route. The island features a private landing strip, four guest lodges with 12 en-suite four star rooms, an indigenous milkwood forest, private beaches, abundant birdlife over our protected wetlands. The Island is an ideal honeymoon or family vacation destination only 5km from Plettenberg Bay. Spend your days canoeing up the Keurbooms river, fishing, lazing in a hammock or exploring the island. ... more   less 
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