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Beacon Island Resort
Ranked #4 of 13 Hotels in Plettenberg Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Randburg
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Breathtaking”
Reviewed December 10, 2009

Wow, what a magnificent place! We have lived in Europe for 6 years and travelled widely including the States. I have yet to see such a perfect spot. The views and sea lounge will stay with me for a long time. Pure luxury to be served drinks while staff carry your lounge chair and umbrella to the 180 degree sea view. Enjoyed the music and Karoake evenings and children enjoyed the indoor heated pool and games. Where else can you walk for kilometers on beautiful, unspoilt beaches? Or watch the sun set over a picnic at nearby Robberg Nature reserve while the seals bark in the water below? Only negative, found the rooms small and had to get two for our family as the rooms only sleep 4.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
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South Africa
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Reviewed October 3, 2009

When driving on the N2 towards Plettenberg Bay from Port Elizabeth you will suddenly see from far a big white graceful building through the trees. This very hotspot of romance and elegance is the Beacon Island Hotel. For South Africans this is also a time share hotel of a popular hotel group. The hotel has been upgraded over the past year and this is evident in the new foyer, restaurant area and gym. The rooms are airy and light and a beautiful ocean view with a mountain back drop is guaranteed if you have a pool side room, especially in the winter. All pool side rooms are north facing, whereas the Robberg side might be a bit cold in the winter. The rest of the hotel has a very stylish interior and there is always an entertainment and kiddies programme. The fabulous view from the sitting room is stunning and sipping coffee here will wind down all the stress of life. One thing of the Beacon Island that makes it special is the fact that it’s standing gracefully on its own on a rocky piece of land that gives it a feeling of total remoteness, although sitting in the middel of Plettenberg Bay. A real traveller’s treat!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank DeonSouthAfrica
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Durban
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed March 25, 2009

Lovely time to be had, this is our 2nd time. It's been beautifully renovated. Great food and good service. Location cannot be better, on the rocks.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
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1 Thank ElisabethJDurban
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Philadelphia
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed February 21, 2009

My husband and I were married on Saturday, October 11, 2008, and we set off for an adventure to South Africa. We have a timeshare through RCI and decided to exchange our Aruba unit for a destination in South Africa. We really wanted to have an adventure and go somewhere out of the ordinary. Well we were not disappointed.

The first thing you will notice about Beacon Island is the amazing views. We couldnt believe how the resort literally sat almost IN the water. Every room has a great view so you cant go wrong. We will in a "hotel" room- no kitchen, which was fine. The room was a little small- but this was really a non-issue since we didnt spend much time in the room anyway. The window was the full lenght of the wall and we would look out every morning at the ocean and see the sun come up.

Resturants: There were three resturants at the hotel. We had breakfast every morning and the wait staff was great. They were very helpful and eager to please. The food is cheap. We are from the United States and the dollar was trading very high in relation to the Rand. We were getting 11 Rand for each Dollar. The Euro was trading even higher. We did venture out to a couple of resturants: LM - wonderful food and lots of it. The locals are very nice and helpful as well. Love the local "pap." Just ask for it.

The beach is nice- but during the 7 days we were at Beacon Island the water was rough. No worries, there is an excellent pool.

You definitely need a car to get a good sense of the area. We rented one from the airport - reservation made online before we arrived and we had no problems. We also rented a GPS and cellphone- all very cheap.

There are lots of activities that you can sign up for and the staff will assist. We went to the elephant santuary- cant miss. Monkey Santuary- fun and Birds Santuary- just okay (not too into birds). We also went to the Plenttenburg Bay Safari. Not too bad. Saw rhino, hippo, lions, garaffi, zebra, croc, etc.

Also, I am a spa girl and the prices for spa services are VERY CHEAP. I had three treatments and the service was wonderful.

Yes, it is true there is an older crowd here. We were there 10/18 -10/24 but it is my understanding that if you come there when school is out- there are TONS of kids there. The older crowd didnt bother us. We had fun with it. There was some entertainment- singing, bingo, game night and some karoke. Just enjoy yourself you are on VACATION. When the staff found out we were there for our honeymoon, they sent a bottle of champagne to our room. Very sweet.

My vote, give Beacon Island a try.

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Michaune
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
184 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
Reviewed December 23, 2008

My wife and I have just returned from the Beacon Isle (BI as the Joburgers call it).

It has the best position in Plet situated right on the coast in between a lagoon and the sea. You can walk out of the hotel straight onto the beach.

All the hotel public areas are newly renovated. The rooms are not great, but you are not going to be staying in your room much. Try avoid floor #1 as it is very hot for some reason. We stayed in room #506 which had brilliant views.

The main thing about this hotel is that it is very social. You always leave the hotel having met new people and having made friends for life. The outside area is great, with a massive grass lawn with pool. If you prefer the beach, the hotel has a small private beach adjacent to the outdoor lawn.

Very centrally located, there is a SPAR close by where u can buy food or a wide choice of restaurants in and around the hotel in Plet. For fitness fanatics, the hotel has a brand-new gym or for people who run (like me), you can run along the beach. I used to run each day and it was fantastic.

We booked via the time-share sales office in the hotel and got a brilliant rate of R1250 per night (about US$125). Peak season is more.

The BI is a great place to have a break and to explore the Garden Route.

  • Liked — Location & Outdoor Areas
  • Disliked — The rooms
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank NATO-SA
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Santa Barbara, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 280 helpful votes
Reviewed March 2, 2008

We were traveling the Garden Route on the N2 going towards Capetown and decided to spend the night in Plettenberg Bay. While driving towards the beach we saw the Beacon Island Hotel and went to see if they had any rooms available. They did have a room available with a wonderful view for over $200 a night (including breakfast) which is expensive for South Africa. The hotel is really a resort with pools, hot tub, gym, restaurants, bars, etc. After our bags were brought to our room, we decided to go for a beach walk. There is a lovely long white sand beach next to the hotel. The only thing we needed changed in the room was to change the bed from two single beds to a queen bed. The front desk said they would change the beds while we were on our beach walk. We were warned about making sure you put your valuables in the hotel safe where ever you go in South Africa, which we have been doing. But this time I forgot to put my cell phone in the safe. The cell phone was in a secret pocket in my bag. It turned out my cell phone was stolen by the hotel staff. What was upsetting about my cell phone being stolen was the staff had to be going through our bags in order to find it. They also stole my extra camera battery. After reporting the stolen items to the manager of the hotel, they apologized and took a statement from me and said they would investigate the theft. We knew nothing was going to be done about the stolen items. The hotel did help me call the USA to cancel my cell phone service. Beside the theft, we did enjoy the beautiful Plettenberg Bay beach, we had dinner at Moby's Dick which is on the beach,. There was a full moon rising that evening too, breath taking. The fresh fish was delicious. You can walk to the restaurant from the hotel. The hotel location is perfect, but for the price, it may not be worth staying there for more than one night and watch your belongings.

  • Liked — The Views
  • Disliked — Items being stolen from our bags by the hotel staff
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed October 11, 2007

We went to this hotel on honeymoon off-peak, soon after it was revamped. The guests are generally a bit older, although there were some families and younger people, and we didn't have a problem with them.

It's a self-catering timeshare resort, but the Island Diner restaurants in the hotel are very good, and you can always pop off to the nearby Spar for provisions, which is what my wife and I did.

Plett is well situated for exploring the Garden Route, and the hotel itself is magnificently situated. The indoor pool and entertainment area are a bit disappointing, but we were using the hotel as a base to explore the Garden Route. If you are younger you probably would get bored if you stayed on resort all time, but it has the basics (pool, DSTV, etc) to keep one entertained.

  • Liked — Hassle free
  • Disliked — Parking is a distance away from the hotel.
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Beacon Island Resort
Address: Beacon Isle Drive, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Plettenberg Bay
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Plettenberg Bay
#3 Romantic Hotel in Plettenberg Bay
#4 Family Hotel in Plettenberg Bay
#4 Luxury Hotel in Plettenberg Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Beacon Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in Plettenberg Bay, one of the most visited of the picturesque Garden Route towns, the Beacon Island Timeshare Resort is a favourite amongst travellers to this region. Boasting spectacular ocean views, endless leisure activities a host of nearby attractions and beautiful bedrooms this is the perfect resort for you. Drive to Knysna to feed the elephants, shop till you drop or spend your days luxuriating alongside the pool just enjoy your stay! ... more   less 
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