Can't agree with other reviewers here. This was simply hopeless value for money. For a start the rooms have no air-conditioning, ok that's quite a common thing in this area but everyone else offers a ceiling fan and Stanley Island does not so sleep quality in summer is very poor. The rooms are very dimly lit and there is an open toilet in the room, no privacy at all. The room also had an awful stench that emanated from the shower and basin drains and was terrible. Breakfast was very basic and poorly made and service, although polite, was inefficient. Disgraceful for the price paid for the stay. There are no TV,s in the rooms but there is one in the communal area. However the one and only time that I went there to watch something it was out of order. I was told that the dish was faulty due to the rain, by the way this rain had come and gone more than a week before. You have to get on and off the island by boat so you can forget about zipping around the area quickly as you will have to call the ferryman beforehand. You will also be charged extra for any trips after 11pm. A dead giveaway of the budget conscious Stanley Island is the fact that there is no lighting at the jetty on the island and I had to use my cellphone for light to avoid plunging into the river. The pathway to the rooms offers either poor lighting or no lighting at all towards the jetty. This place is no good for the elderly or little kids. Avoid.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The only private island in South Africa – the 28 ha Stanley Island is situated in the spectacularly beautiful Plettenberg Bay Keurbooms Lagoon ,the jewel of the Garden Route. The island features a private landing strip, four guest lodges with 12 en-suite four star rooms, an indigenous milkwood forest, private beaches, abundant birdlife over our protected wetlands. The Island is an ideal honeymoon or family vacation destination only 5km from Plettenberg Bay. Spend your days canoeing up the Keurbooms river, fishing, lazing in a hammock or exploring the island. ... more less