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“Like a dream come true” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Phantom Beach Castle

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Phantom Beach Castle
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Noetzie, east of Knysna | N2 to Plettenberg Bay, Knysna 6570, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #27 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
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“Like a dream come true”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2005

Admittedly, my husband had to convince me to come here. But, I am grateful for it now. It was one of the most romantic settings I could imagine, staying in a private castle with a door that opens straight onto a pretty much secluded beach. You went to sleep with the sound of the crashing waves in the background. There were only four suites. We stayed in the Penguin suite (2nd largest after the Oyster Suite). Surprisingly, the castle was not that old, having been built around 1970. The décor was warm and comforting with mostly light earthtones fabrics and wrought-iron accent pieces. Accommodation was luxurious with comfortable beds and modern bathrooms. It is really a place to escape from it all, given that there is no mobile phone reception there, no land telephones (except for 1 in the kitchen), no television, nor radio in the rooms. Electricity is powered by a generator and was only available during core hours of roughly between 7-11am and 4-11pm. Water heating and in-room heating is all gas burner, making it a little smelly. Meals tend to be a long winded gastronomic experience lasting up to three hours. Even the breakfasts took up to two hours (painfully slow at times). However, they were more than happy to cater to any dietary requirements since they were serving a maximum of eight guests. The food was all very delicious and well prepared and presented. The service was always polite and graceful. The best part of it all was the beach. The Noetzie beach had five castles on it including the Phantom. Two were truly old and uninhabited, reserved for historical purposes. The other one was a tacky B&B and built without imagination. The beach was mostly deserted and the views, sounds, smells, feel of it was just priceless. We enjoyed some very memorable times gazing out into the distant ocean in the mornings and evenings We had heard that Pezula (a huge real estate developer in Kysna) had bought the castle. It was expected to close at the end of April and its future under new management was uncertain.

  • Stayed April 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Noetzie, east of Knysna | N2 to Plettenberg Bay, Knysna 6570, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
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Ranked #27 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Number of rooms: 14

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