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Whalesong Lodge
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   83 Cliff Street | De Kelders, Gansbaai 7220, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #3 of 28 Gansbaai B&B and Inns
Saint Louis, Missouri
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“WONDERFUL STAY AND HOSPITALITY”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

We stayed at Whalesong Lodge May 2013. We had a great experience. The hotel is situated directly on the water (across a small street) beautiful view and peaceful. Everyone at the B&B was hospitable and the accomodations are exactly as advertised. When visiting South Africa I recommend small B&B's vs the larger hotels. Locals can recommend resturants and entertainment as well as providing a personal feel to your vacation. I strongly recommend Whalesong!

Room Tip: I recommend paying a little extra and getting the corner room with a full balcony. Worth it!
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  • Stayed May 2013, 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Staying at Whalesong Lodge for a couple of days gives you energy for weeks. The view is breathtaking and the hospitality is excellent! You will have breakfast together on one table with the other guests and the hosts. I can warmly recommend the Lodge for all kind of travellers!

  • Stayed April 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Booked Whalesong after checking out reviews on Tripadvisor and so glad we did! Fabulous location, food, accommodation and service by hosts and staff. Unfortunately we only had one night there and that was our big mistake - not staying longer! The weather was wet but because of the location, the open fire, books to read and relaxed comfortable atmosphere this added to the experience so can only imagine any time of the year spent there would be special.

Room Tip: We had a room towards the back but still had views but would imagine the front rooms would be magica...
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Munich, Germany
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Whalesong Lodge - imagine a magical landscape and a stunning view over a bay, then add a nice and comfortable home you want to snuggle in and finally add the most wonderful and cordial hosts you've ever seen. That is something close to the Whalesong Lodge! We used to travel all over the world and never returned to one specific place. But now the african virus grabbed hold of us and we fell deeply in love with both this very place and Lainy & Stanley, who not only run one of the best BnB's we've ever been to - they are also foodies and provide you with more tea than you can imagine, more good advices where to eat than you can bear and a reasonable selection of some of the best wines from SA. And if you are extra lucky they will cook for you and beam you up to higher spheres with their tasty food. Thanks for an outstanding christmas dinner and an unforgattable evening with you, your family and other guests. Definitely one of our ten places we must revisit before we die.

  • 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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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

This was our third stay at Whalesong Lodge and we are sure to be back again very soon as this is one of the most special places we have stayed at throughout all our travels.

So what makes this place so special?

1. Location, location, location. The guesthouse is sitting literally on the cliffs, with only the tiny beach road separating the building from the cliffs. This is a residential little street, no big traffic and sitting on the deck or in the lounge room you cannot even see the little road but rather have unimpaired fantastic views of the colorful cliffs and stunning Walker Bay. I cannot quite describe it (and I am not a spiritual person at all!) but this place has a very special energy.

2. The food. This place is foodie heaven. The breakfasts are stunning, so much choice of sweet and savory, fruit, muesli, yoghurt, eggs of your choice, everything organic and literally hand chosen or handmade by Stanley and Lainy, the hosts. If you have the opportunity to have dinner there (they only do dinner on some nights during peak season), don't miss it, the food is just absolutely stunning. There are two restaurants in walking distance as well which I have heard to be good but have not had the opportunity to try and there is a café right next door which serves lunch.

3. The rooms. The rooms are very sweetly appointed and the beds are really comfy. You can fall asleep and wake to the sound of the waves, the honeymoon suite has stunning panorama windows facing the sea and a bath tub with the same views. All the other rooms do not have immediate sea views from the bed but rather have small private decks to the sides of the building from where you can see the sea. You probably will not be spending too much time in the room though with nature on your doorstep and the stunning deck downstairs! Note that all rooms have open bathrooms, i.e. only separated from the rest of the room by a half wall. If absolute privacy is a must-have for you in this respect, then the place will not be right for you. There is a guest toilet though downstairs which is absolutely private!

4. Last, but surely most importantly: STANLEY and LAINY, the most amazing hosts. They are great, warm-hearted, friendly hosts going out of their way to accommodate you every need. They are multi-lingual, speaking English, German, Afrikaans and I guess Dutch (?) and they know the area inside out and can recommend any kind of activity you are looking for from shark diving, whale watching cruises, drives in the greater area, hikes in the nature reserve, penguin watching and so on. My favorite activity is just sitting on their deck staring out to the sea, whether there are whales around or not!

Room Tip: The honeymoon suite is just fantastic and an amazing panorama view with a small private deck directl...
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

I booked this Guest house on the reviews from Trip advisor and we were not disappointed!
The house has the most amazing views and is very relaxing.
My only disappointment was we didn't stay longer! We only booked overnight as we were going Shark diving!
The owners went out of their way to welcome us and make our short stay comfortable.
Would recommend to any one going to the Gansbaai area.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013 via mobile

Stanley & Lainy have put together an excellent little guest house in the centre of De Kelders. The breakfasts are great, they are warm, friendly, multi-lingual and helpful. They can recommend things to domain the area. A ha done boy for a massage, shark diving, whale watching walks and beaches.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 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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Address: 83 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 Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Gansbaai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Whalesong Lodge 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Seafront guesthouse overlooking the picturesque Walker Bay with views stretching from the white sand dunes of Die Plaat past Hermanus all the way to Cape Point. The area offers excellent whale watching, shark cage diving, horse riding, diverse fynbos, coastal cliffs and deserted beaches situated only 2 hr from Cape Town just before Gansbaai famous for its Great White Sharks. ... more   less 
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