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Kennedys Beach Villa
5.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   5 Disa Street | Onrus River Beach, Hermanus 7201, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #7 of 80 Hermanus B&B and Inns
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“Lovely stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

We stayed at Kennedys in November in the beach room for one night and really loved it. The accommodation is beautiful, nicely furnished, and the location is stunning - right on the beach with fantastic views. Add to that a comfy bed and a fantastic outdoor area and this is a brilliant option to stay in Hermanus. Everyone working there is also extremely helpful and friendly - we arrived earlier than we'd said and were welcomed in to dump our bags without a second thought. The only negatives are that it's a little drive out of Hermanus, which you'll already know if you do your research, and also that certain elements (namely wifi and using the jacuzzi) are not included in the rate. You have to pay extra for these when you're there. This isn't a big deal at all but it did compare to the generosity of a couple of the other guesthouses we stayed at during our time in SA where absolutely everything you could dream of was included!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ymile K, Owner at Kennedys Beach Villa, responded to this review, December 18, 2013
So nice to hear you had a lovely stay here at Kennedys with Trudi and James. Thanks also for your positive input - we also listen to our guests and their suggestions we highly consider - no more payment for Wi-fi at Kennedys since your letter! Hope you will be back some day!! The whales are awaiting you once more!! Kindest regards, mrs Kennedy
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Dubai
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12 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Stayed at Kennedy's Beach Villa for three nights earlier in November. Apart from the very warm welcome, it was the spectacular views of the ocean from the deck that stay in our memories the most. The accommodation is a few kilometres outside Hermanus, so car required. Lovely place to relax while close enough to Hermanus to take advantage of all its facilities.

The villa is private and comprises a beautifully appointed lounge/bedroom plus spacious bathroom with roll top bath and interesting floor inlaid with shells. A turn down service is provided, and candles lit which give the accommodation a romantic atmosphere. Some interesting furniture e.g. glass topped table with fish legs.

Only cooking facilities were a microwave so we took advantage of the Milkwood Restaurant a four minute walk away for breakfast with the ocean almost on the doorstep! We took dinner in Hermanus (highly recommend Lemonbutta restaurant).

Looked after very well by our hosts and our privacy always respected. Highly recommend this accommodation.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Ymile K, Owner at Kennedys Beach Villa, responded to this review, December 18, 2013
Thanks so much for your wonderful response and so sorry that we did not meet, but Trudi and James informed me that you really enjoyed your stay - so glad you had such a nice time. Hope to see you again in the nearby future! Kindest regards, mrs Kennedy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

We stayed at Kennedys to be close to family over the New Year period in 2012. An amazing setting, a luxurious suite and a fantastic garden, lagoon front area to yourself. No sea view for the bottom room set between bushes unless you walk to the lawn area which borders the lagoon. Highly recommended for a romantic occasion. The bathroom is small and only has a shower. To compromise there is a very romantic outside bathtub. We had young kids and the did not want to stay in the garden cottage that sleeps 2 in a Wendy style house, not as great but sufficient for kids. The cottage is close by. We ended up having their mattresses in the suite with us. The room is amazingly plush and feels like a bedroom fit for royalty, although the kitchen is very basic. Limited BBQ facilities. If anything the kitchen could be improved. The upper level, which effectively is the home of the owners, is rented separately over peak season and is not freely available to the people renting the bottom area, which means that you loose the entertainment possibility of the upstairs area with the jacuzzi and deck with an ultimate view. This did not bother us much as we were with family mostly and when we did have guests, we could hide from the wind between lush bushes. The kids also have more space downstairs and can access the lagoon. The owners are amazing and helpful, kind and welcoming!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ymile K, Owner at Kennedys Beach Villa, responded to this review, December 18, 2013
Thanks so much for your wonderful review - I was informed how you enjoyed the wonderful open deck with it beautiful views over the lagoon, ocean and mountains. just sorry we did not meet - perhaps a next time! James and Trudi enjoyed you two so much! Kindest regards, Ymile Kennedy
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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

What an amazing, peaceful place to come to after the stress of wedding planning and the excitement of our wedding day! Incredible level of service excellence! Incredible environment! Truly a hidden gem! We instantly felt right at home! The privacy we were given was perfect! The environment was perfect for us to discover each other as a married couple. Peaceful spaces to talk for hours and just enjoy each other! Truly recommend Kennedys to any newly wed couple or as a getaway!

Thank You! Thank You!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 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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Ymile K, Owner at Kennedys Beach Villa, responded to this review, December 18, 2013
Soo sorry we were not here ourselves to welcome you, but so glad to hear that you enjoyed it and that Trudi and James were stars! Hope to see you again one day! Kindest regards, from all of us at Kennedy
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Pretoria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

Our stay at the Kennedy's Villa was amazing, it's certainly the perfect place to spend your honeymoon!! The peace and tranquility, and view from the deck is something that stays with you. We wish we could take James home with us - so kind and attentive, yet has the utmost respect for privacy. Mariana and Willem

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 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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kennedysathermanus, Owner at Kennedys Beach Villa, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Dearest Willem and Marian, you were that special couple every guesthouse owner love!! thanks for your wonderful feedback - will also inform James! See with the anniversary next year!!! love, arwie, ymile and james
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Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

My husband and I spent two marvellous days at Kennedy's. Even the cold weather (end of winter) did not spoil our romantic getaway. Ymile and her husband are a fantastic couple who welcomes you in a very warm way. The property is absolutely beautiful and you get a bit of everything: lots of green, lagoon, ocean all in one place! And the romantic bathtub in the middle of the Milkwood trees is to die for! So relaxing and peaceful. When you are the Kennedy's you forget about time and worries.
We liked it so much that we wanted to stay an extra day but unfortunately the place was already booked for the following day. But we will definitely go back again. We highly recommend the Kennedy's!!! Sonia and Bruce

  • Stayed September 2013, 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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Ymile K, Owner at Kennedys Beach Villa, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
Bruce and Sonia, we are already keeping Kennedys vacant for you two for the next visit! Thanks so much for wonderful review!!!
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

My husband and I were lucky enough to stay here for our honeymoon and felt very spoilt. Ymile and her husband are lovely and made us feel very welcome. The villa was beautifully decorated with antiques and even had a pool table. Kennedy’s also has a fairytale-like garden with lovely Milkwood trees that make a very romantic setting. It is situated within a short walk of the beach and there is also a wonderful restaurant close by overlooking the lagoon. It was an overall luxurious experience that I would recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Ymile K, Owner at Kennedys Beach Villa, responded to this review, September 23, 2013
This was one of my favourite couples! What beautiful young people! Came as a honeymoon couple and now a little bambino with them - hope we can all celebrate your stay hear again one day!! Love, Arwie and Ymile
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Address: 5 Disa Street | Onrus River Beach, Hermanus 7201, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Hermanus
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 80 B&Bs / Inns in Hermanus
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Kennedys Beach Villa 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kennedy's Beach Villa is an exclusive guest house offering 5 star luxury bed and breakfast and self catering accommodation in Onrus, Hermanus and forms the perfect base from where guests can enjoy the scenic beauty of Hermanus and the Cape Whale Coast. "When it comes to the combination of utmost privacy, luxury, romance and organic lifestyle - there are very few places on earth as special as KENNEDY'S!" - Mariette du Toit-Helmbold (CEO of Tourism - Cape Town)Guests can enjoy the very private and elegant Villa tucked away in a Milkwood forest, designed exclusively for two guests at a time, the ideal hideout promising complete privacy.The romantic Beach Suite with its sweeping ocean views offers luxury Hermanus accommodation, cosy evenings in the sunken Jacuzzi on the spacious deck overlooking Onrus River & Beach and fantastic whale watching in season. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the natural surroundings and uneven surfaces at Kennedys, it is NOT recommended for elderly people with walking difficulties. ... more   less 
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