Silver Sands B&B is located on the Esplanade about 150 metres from Normans Road, which runs straight onto the beach (which has vehicle access). Better still is a slatted walkway across the sand dunes just metres from the B&B front door which gives direct access to the pedestrian only section of the beach, which is not as hectic with other beach-goers.
The B&B itself is lovingly, comfortably and conveniently furnished with everything you might need for a home-away-from-home beach holiday, including fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, gas oven, etc, and fully equipped laundry, lounge with DVD player and a selection of movies. The owners have added many personalised touches to the pretty beach-themed decor and accessories, not to mention providing tempting and tasty food offerings for breakfast and tea/coffee breaks, which are much appreciated and again, provide that extra-special touch.
But the fantastic views are the highlight of this particular B&B, both overlooking the ocean (making for spectacular sunsets) and towards the hills. Ample slatted windows in both the lounge and bedroom areas provide cooling ocean and country breezes on warm summer days, as does a ceiling fan in the living area. With perfect weather during our stay, we didn't need the use of the reverse-cycle airconditioning but it's good to know its available it gets that bit hotter. A pot belly fireplace would be wonderful in winter too.
The only slight drawbacks of this excellent B&B are that its set right on the esplanade which has a considerable amount of vehicle (and foot) traffic, which can detract from the serenity of the views. Also the owners live on the lower level of the premises and although they are amiable, and unobtrusive (and the guest section has its own private access), my partner and I felt conscious of the close proximity in regards to making too much noise. You may need to bring your own pillows if you're fussy about softness and definitely bring insect repellant and/or a pedestal fan to keep the mosquitoes at bay during the night.
These were only minor issues but may be a consideration for some.
There are many restaurants in the area, not to mention the Willunga and McLaren Vale wine district at the doorstep. We tried the Saltbush Bistro in Aldinga, Au Pear in Willunga and had takeaway Indian from the Aldinga Bay Cafe, which I've reviewed separately.
All in all a beautifully presented B&B with many positive attributes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aromantic getaway for couples, this very stylish and private apartment commands spectacular views overlooking the sea and southern peninsulars. Nestled between the Aldinga Conservation Park and marine reserve, it is only minutes away from the premium wine region of McLaren Vale. ... more less