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“Perfect Spot for Whale Watching with Very Friendly Hosts” 5 of 5 stars
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29 Cliff Street | De Kelders, Gansbaai 7220, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #4 of 29 Gansbaai B&B and Inns
Brussels, Belgium
1 review
“Perfect Spot for Whale Watching with Very Friendly Hosts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

From the balcony of the room or the spacious terrace of the guest house you have magnificent views over the sea and of course the whales that play right in front of the guest house. When we were there beginning of November there were at least 10 whales constantly present making jumps out of the water, flapping their fins ... The hosts of this guesthouse made the experience even more enjoyable as they will take the best care of you with genuine tips and support where needed. They know the best restaurants in town and will help with planning a walking trip along the shore. Truly superb! Oh and don't forget to ask Gerhard about his wines, you can find some south-african gems in his cellar!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Bottrop-Kirchhellen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

It was our third stay at Marebellla and we wouldn't come here so often if we are not sure to have a marvellous stay with two charming hosts.
Gerhard is a very, very experienced man who can give countless tips for an exciting stay at de Kelders.The rooms are well furnished, with a balcony with direct views of the Atlantic Ocean where the whales frolicking around in November on the way to the antartic.
Shalene is the soul of the House and takes care of all things a guest has on the heart; the breakfast is excellent with everything included served on the patio.
With both, Gerhard and Shalene, you will get an unforgetable hospitality and warmth and it was awful hard to say goodbye.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marebella, Owner at Marebella Seafront Guesthouse, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
Dear Helmut and Ursula, your kind words have touched our hearts. It is always a pleasure and it so much fun to have you with us at Marebella. You are a very special couple and we are already looking forward to your next visit. We just know that you will return. Best wishes for 2013 and may your favourite soccer team continue to prosper.
Gerhard and Shalene
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Neufahrn bei Freising, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

This was our first deKelders experience but surely not the last stay! The guest house is directly located at the shore. It is just a short walk to beautiful beaches along the cliffs.
The guesthouse is very modern with a familial atmosphere where you directly feel you are at home. The terasse is the perfect location for a sundowner and when you are lucky (as we were) you can have a drink and watch the whales swimming into sunset.
Gerhard and Shalene know nearly everything about the region, restaurants and "must sees" in south africa sharing this to their guests.
We spent a wonderful time at their place and can recommend it to any other who wants to travel to gaansbai area.
We will be back!
PS: don't miss the spare ribs at lighthouse tavern:-)

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marebella, Owner at Marebella Seafront Guesthouse, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
Dear Jens and Andrea, It would be lovely if you both could return and continue to explore our paradise. We promise to have the spare ribs ready for you upon your next visit. Stay well and everything of the best.
Gerhard and Shalene
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Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

for the third time we stayed some days in Marebella Guesthouse and we allways enjoy the marvellous, luxuary, cosy 'room -with-a- view' on
the sea and the sound of the whales in the background! Their breakfast- under- the- sky is unforgettable! Shalene and Gerhard make you feel special! And we allways want to go back!

Room Tip: it's the best place to spot whales, much better than Hermanus!
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  • Stayed November 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marebella, Owner at Marebella Seafront Guesthouse, responded to this review, January 6, 2013
Dear Annie and Edwin,
It was wonderful to see you for the third time and we hope that you will still come back to our little piece of paradise. The walk with you and your friends to Die Plaat was most enjoyable and to share the nature with an artist like you, Annie, is most inspiring. Pity your studio is so far away. Till the next time, dear friends, all the very best.
Gerhard and Shalene
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

This was our first stay at Marebella and we have nothing but goodness to say about the place. Their guesthouse is perfectly positioned to view the Southern right whales and we had a piece of good luck to be able to watch them from our balcony area even in December. Shalene and Gerhard are wonderful hosts and they made our stay as memorable as it can be. They gave us great tips on where to go and made reservations at a phenomenal restaurant nearby. In addition, they made sure we were able to catch a football game right in the common living room area and even watched the game with us. Their hospitality and warmth was such a joy to have and it was sad leaving Marebella after only one night. If you are going to Gansbaai, Marebella Seafront Guesthouse is the place to be!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marebella, Owner at Marebella Seafront Guesthouse, responded to this review, January 6, 2013
Dear Shamala and Vanan,
We are so glad that we could contribute to your memorable trip to South Africa and we are particularly happy that you still had the joy of watching the whales in our bay. Who knows, maybe we share a cup of coffee with you should we venture to Singapore. All the best for 2013!
Gerhard and Shalene
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Pfronten, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

Prime location in first row to the shore of Walker Bay. The house is new and stylish worth to be presented in a life style magazin. Gerhard and Shalene are very friendly and helpful hosts who like to share their knowledge of the area.
As we stayed there in early December 2012 we did not expect to see any whales so late in season. But next morning my wife looked out of the window and shouted "whales". I could not believe it but it was true. Right from our room and the terrace we could watch them very close to the shore. It was an unforgetable experience.

Room Tip: There are only 2 rooms and both of them are equal and have the same fantastic view.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

From the moment we arrived for our 1 night stay we were made most welcome by our hosts Shalene and Gerhard. In fact they made us feel that their beautiful house could be used as if it was our own. Nothing was a bother and they were only too happy to help and advise. Our room and bathroom were both large , light and airy and spotlessly clean.

The delicious breakfast was taken on the balcony overlooking Walker Bay,I could have sat there all day drinking the views and looking for whales.

By the time we left (remember it was only 1 night) we felt as if they were friends we had known for ages.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Marebella Seafront Guesthouse

Address: 29 Cliff Street | De Kelders, Gansbaai 7220, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Gansbaai
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Gansbaai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spacious luxury guest rooms on the seafront with 180 degree uninterrupted panoramic sea views of Walker Bay. Whale watching from your room and private terrace from June to December. Owner-run by Gerhard and Shalene Pirker. German spoken. ... more   less 

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