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“Location is great but shabby place.” 2 of 5 stars
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Monkey Valley Beach Nature Resort
off Beach Rd, Noordhoek, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Noordhoek
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“Location is great but shabby place.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We stayed in the Kudu cabin with two other couples. We all loved the view from the cabin but were very disappointed in the the furniture. It was very dirty and old. Beds were good but baths were small and need up dating. The food and service in the main dinning hall was terrible. They could make this place wonderful with just some improvements.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013 via mobile

Had a wonderful meal here in 2010 and returned with enthusiasm only to be very sorely disappointed and embarrased. The worst dining experience of our holiday by a very long way. Service was slow and some key staff members quite arrogant and rude in some instances. Food quality was appalling.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We decided to marry abroad in Cape Town, South Africa.
I visited this venue among others in Sept 2010 whilst I was researching venues for our wedding on 29 Feb 2012. I fell in love with the venue as soon as we got there. The venue is set up on the hill over looking Noordhoek beach, (Views are amazing) the buildings seem to blend in with the surrounding Melkwood forest. Its adds to the atmosphere and charm and romance. I was shown the venue by their wedding co-ordinator at the time, I got the full tour of all the different function rooms (All were great, would have gone with Treetops if we had more guests), and the different types of accommodation our guests can stay at when they arrive. I left knowing that this was the venue.

Fast track a year on, during this time the original wedding co-orinator who I met with had left and a new lady Mirielle had taken over as the wedding co-ordinator. I was worried! It was tricky enough having to re-explain everything that was discussed with the original wedding co-ordinator a year ago but also now having to deal with time difference, international skype calls and loads of emails with ideas, suggestions and requests to a person you've never met. But I could not have asked for a team of people!

All I can say is - Mirielle and Candice, not only provided plenty of reassurances, but went out of their way to accommodate some of our requests, provided their own creative input, steered us in the right direction of good value, alternate suppliers if we didn't want to use their in house team and most importantly gave us some assistance in finding a Reverend and live music. The fact that we were communicating internationally wasn't even an issue.

A couple of days before the wedding, we had just flown in from the UK, and drove down to meet with Mirielle for the first time. (This is crazy! meeting your wedding co-ordinator for the first time 2 days before the wedding!) I was really nervous, what if she'd misinterpreted some of our ideas etc etc - nothing to worry about. Everything in hand, already organised and any changes we wanted to make, no problem. Big smiles!

Wedding day Feb 29th 2012! We decided to use the Crown Eagle Villa set at the top of the grounds as our venue instead of the traditional function rooms down at the main reception area. All I can say is how organised everything was. The staff were very friendly, attentive and organised. Mirielle is a very talented and creative individual and had interpreted our vision beyond expectation.

All of the guests loved their accommodation! 14 of us stayed in the Crown Eagle Villa, 2 families each had their own 3 bedroom cottage and one couple had a 2 bedroom "honeymoon suite". All were very tastefully decorated, simple and in keeping with the nature theme. Every one loved it! The only complaint was how steep the hills are getting to and from reception, the cottages and the villa. Even with a car, its a one track road with passing points and wiggigly. I say - it all adds to the charm. However, not so fun for the elderly and nervous drivers.

The whole event from start to finish, ran very smoothly. The food and drink was great, we had the Braai Menu with Melktart for pudding. A fun treat for all our UK guests. As soon as we'd finished dinner, tables were whisked away and the dance floor emerged! Again very organised, no fuss.

The next morning, breakfast was included in our booking which was had down at reception.
Fantastic meal in a lovely setting. Nice way to say good bye to our friends and family some who stayed on a couple of nights at Monkey others moved on to their next adventure.

Our only regret is that we didn't stay an extra night.
We plan to return to this stunning venue for our 1st wedding anniversary which will be the next leap year!

Price wise, accommodation was a bit higher than some of our guests were expecting to pay, but felt they got value for money.

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  • Stayed April 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Don't miss it If you are on your way back or to Chapman's Peak Drive or coming from Hout Bay, the little gain village of Noordhoek is perched on the slops of Chapman's Peak to your righrt at the end of the drive. Monkey Valley Beach Resort is also a place to have some great Pizza, and some draft beer while watching the sunset on the wooden veranda outside the restaurant located just opposite the bar. For car parking, there is a large graveled car park with security, so don't worry but lock your car. The place is located at the very end of the road just before the beach, make a right turn up hills and pass some wooded area, be careful, the place is dark at night, so drive carefully as not to hit an other car or someone. The local hates it, if you drive fast, there are also bus stops and road pumps along the way, you need caution. I met a gentleman name Michael who was the barman, very friendly and one day I went there and the poor chap had a motorcycle accident, so I was served by a lovely Zimbabwean lad and everything was fine. It was chilly at the terrace and i was alone as the other guests preferred, staying warmly put inside, near the coal fire chimney. The dining area is duivided with several rooms which has large wooden rustic tables with big windows, so you can watch what is going on the terrace as well as watching the sunset. We had great vegetarian pizza, not able to finished it due to the size, we took the rest with me back to Cape Town. We had some local south African draft beers and the calamari with green salad and everything was excellent, We will go back anytime I am in the area and will highly recommend the place. It's rustic and the old charm you cannot find anywhere near Noordhoek. good Luck!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

On arrival we noticed the dirty windows and general tirdness as some say. To be safe we changed our stay to one night from two and advised we would make a decision next day after breakfast. Rooms ok, spaciousand great views and a pleasant drinks and tapaz that evening convinced us to stay the extra day. We were sure they could not mess up a breafast but how ewrong we were. Verypleasant staff but no cleanliness. The flies all over the plates, butter, jam and croissants ensured that our stay was not extended. Such a pity for a resort with such a geat view.Cracked sugar dishes looked really terrible also.

Manager did not really apologise but I found ur found it comforting that a staff member "loveness really expressed thanks for advising them so they could put the problem right.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

I have owned a holiday house a few minutes away from Monkey Valley for 14 years, and have stayed there on a few occasions while our house was rented out or under renovation, and also eaten there on many occasions. This review specifically covers a two night family stay in January 2013 but also our impressions over the years. It is a Noordhoek institution, and not just because of its age !

First the good : the location is almost unbeatable if you like nature - nowhere else even in beautiful in Noordhoek comes close. Its a short walk from the beach down a leafy boardwalk, the whole resort shrouded in indigenous greenery, with tempting mountain and beach views. Plenty of bird and other small wildlife - like staying in a National Park. Besides the beach, you can access the hiking trail up Chapmans Peak directly from beach path. It is very quiet (functions at the restaurant apart) and casual in a charming beachside way. The cottages are roomy, clean, comfortable, and well equipped for self catering. The staff are always friendly. Prices are reasonable for a family or other large group in a cottage. The restaurant is atmospheric, always lively but laid back, jungle gym, small pool for the kids to play in nearby while waiting for meals, great views from the deck.

Now the bad : the restaurant service is hopelessly muddled, both food preparation times and organisation of tables, arriving guests etc. The food is ok, but not nearly as good as other Noordhoek restaurants eg the Food Barn (deli + restaurant) or Cafe Roux, both at the Farm Village up the road. The hotel service (bookings, front desk) is a bit haphazard. The rooms are a bit faded, 3 star not 4. You do get the impression of a profitable long established business that has got lazy about maintenance. And when functions are on at the restaurant you can hear the noise from the cottages - but they seem to stop at reasonable hours.

Overall, despite the criticism, I love this place, just be aware of the pros and cons and it can be a special experience.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

We have stayed in Nordhoek each January for the past 10 years, and have been to monkey valley several times before for a meal. We have found the food and service to be perfectly OK, if not fantastic. On this occasion, a Friday in late January, we had a very bad experience. We waited an hour and a half for the food to arrive, and when it came, my husband;s steak was stringy, tough and uneatable, and my brother -in laws plate had a mess on it barely recognisable and his ordered calamari and chips. We complained, and the manager gave the unacceptable excuse that the staff had been out on some kind of booze up the day before and were hungover.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: off Beach Rd, Noordhoek, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Noordhoek
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Noordhoek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 84
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled amongst ancient Milkwood trees and overlooking 8 kilometres of Noordhoek beach is Monkey Valley Resort. World's apart from city living yet only 25 minutes to the centre of Cape Town - Monkey Valley Resort is an atypical splendor tucked onto the southern slopes of Chapman's Peak Drive. The resort offers a blend of self-catering old world log and brick thatched luxury cottages and bedrooms. Each is hidden in private alcoves within the rare milkwood forest, ensuring complete seclusion. ... more   less 
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