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“Great location, lovely house, amazing views and very friendly hosts” 5 of 5 stars
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African Array Lodge
30 Ladywood | 30 Ladywood, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa   |  
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Great location, lovely house, amazing views and very friendly hosts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

We booked this place for one night over the phone, same day as arrival and then ended up staying 3 nights as we loved it so much. We had an amazing double room on the top floor, which had an en-suite. Iv got to mention the step up and in bath, where you can look out onto the whole valley and dam. A definite highlight of the lodge and room. We loved it. The owner Matt recommended we set our alarm and get up for the sunrise one day as apparently our bedroom balcony was the best place to see it. So we did and were not disappointed. The hosts Matt and Vicky were warm and hospitable and gave us lots of advice and handy tips for things to do and see around the area. The best day we had was the peninsula trek, which Matt dubbed as the best day hike in South Africa. I can honestly say after 5 weeks here and lots of day hikes....Matt you were not wrong! :) The house is an amazing property overlooking a dam, lots of wildlife around, and amazong views. The garden hasdecks on different levels, a braai area and lots of seating for sundowners. We loved our three nights here. Thanks to Vicky and Matt (and the entertaining and sweet children) for a great stay, we have no hesitation in recommending this place to anyone travelling to Plett. (If you dont have a car, it might be hard to get too and from the town....we had one so it was not a problem)

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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MatthewVictoriaRowe, Owner at African Array Lodge, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review African Array Lodge, we are very passionate about our town and try and be as knowledgeable as possible. We love what we do and would like all our guests to enjoy their stay in Plettenberg Bay and our home.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

We planned to stay for 1 night but liked the place and service so much we extended to 3 nights.
Vicki and Mathew were great hosts, very friendly, down to earth and good fun.
The views from the house are very impressive as its on the hill side looking over the local valley, reservoir and farmlands. We couldn't recommend enough. One thing we would say is that you will need a car as its down a long country dirt track and the shops and restaurants aren't walking distance (5 mins in a car). If you have your own transport then youre sorted here!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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MatthewVictoriaRowe, Owner at African Array Lodge, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
thank you for taking the time to review African Array Lodge, we really enjoyed your visit and had an awesome time with you.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights with 6 friends of mine and we enjoyed it so so much! This place is perfectly located on the top of a hill, just an 10min drive from the citycenter of Plattenberg Bay and RobbergIsland, with an absolutely breath taking view all over the surrounding area. The lodge is huge, with a great braai place, a fully equiped big kitchen, friendly rooms (we stayed in a 10 bed dorm which was perfect) and the staff is perfectly nice and helpful,
If you are surching for something unique and quiet, this is the place to be.
And if you go: Do the RobbergPeninsula Hike - it's incredible!!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MatthewVictoriaRowe, Owner at African Array Lodge, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
thank you for taking the time to review African Array Lodge, we are so happy you enjoyed the views, and after your hike on the Robberg we sat staring at it from the balcony was a great experience.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

It has amazing views and the hosts were very friendly. Had such a fantastic time there and the food was tasty. We will definately be back again! Our time spent there was incredible. Thank you Matthew and Vicky as well as staff.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Thank you for taking the time to review African Array Lodge, we are so glad that you enjoyed our views and hospitality.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

African Array is a wonderfully positioned up-market Back packers in a sparklingly clean and well maintained house with stunning views over the valleys surrounding Plettenberg bay and overlooking the well known landmark of the Robberg in the bay. Mathew and Vicky know what hospitality is all about and everything is taken care of before it happens. Great place on the outskirts in a secure nature reserve.

Room Tip: Top right hand room Up-stairs is mine booked forwever. Views to kill for.
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Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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thank you for taking the time to review African Array Lodge. And we look forward to seeing you again.
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Address: 30 Ladywood | 30 Ladywood, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Plettenberg Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 54 Specialty Lodging in Plettenberg Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This one of a kind hostel and lodge is nestled between an array of Fynbos(Wild flowers)on a cliff with a 270 degree panoramic view overlooking a lake all the way to the warm Indian ocean and the Robberg Peninsula. We believe we have the most fantastic view on the Garden Route and seeing is believing. A true hidden GEM.Relax with a book in the garden on one of the hammock under the trees or surf the net on our free WIFI. The building is a beautiful Villa with high ceilings and large windows so you never miss out on the view where ever you are in the Lodge. All our bedrooms have a fantastic view with lots of natural light at anytime of the day. The atmosphere is homely and we pride our self on giving our guest the VIP treatment at all times. Fancy catering for your self, our kitchen is well equipped and you will need nothing else to prepare any meal. If you feel like having a braai(BBQ) then we will light up the fire and provide you the spices. The beers is always cold and the fires always hot so why not spoil your self and pay us a visit. ... more   less 
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