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Beacon Island Resort
Ranked #4 of 13 Hotels in Plettenberg Bay
Certificate of Excellence
London UK
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Do not stay here if you are under 50!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2007

My husband and I were the youngest people here by about 40 years! The hotel appears to be exactly as it must have been in the 70's or 80's, and it is quite basic. Rooms do not have airconditioning and instead have ceiling fans.
It seems to be a place that older South Africans go year after year, and the daily activities that were listed made us feel like we were in Butlins (eg, Bingo on the terrace...)
The setting is beautiful however the hotel is a long way from any restaurants or bars / cafes which, although close, are not really walkable due to the hotel being at the bottom of a steep hill... unless you are super fit you will need to drive everywhere.

  • Liked — the view
  • Disliked — abrupt staff, rude other guests, old fashioned, not very central
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2006

A greay place to stay, it can be as quiet or as hectic as you like. Lot's of alternative food options. Lovely views and staff always so helpfull.
Have never experience anything like that of the people from Vancoover, it must have been school holiday time when they were there -so what would you expect, kid are kids everywhere. When yiour kids leave home you don't choose kids weeks.
Lot's of places of inetrest to visit around, take car if venturing on a dolphin experience trip - it can be rough sea even when it looks calm.
We always rent a week from some timeshare owner who can not use it themselves.

  • Liked — LOCATION
  • Disliked — could have been a bit larger room
  • Tips/Secrets — enjoy it
  • Stayed March 2005, traveled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2006

Great Location, but this is a hotel for kids. It is not somewhere I would recomend going unless you have children between the ages of 2 - 6. Tons of screaming kids, the restaurants were booked every night. room service would take from 1 - 2 hours. It cost quite a bit for what you got.

  • Stayed January 2006
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2006

I am from the USA and bought timeshare 5 years ago. The Beach is similar to ogunquit Maine/Wells Beach but the water is much warmer. Picture a hotel on a small rock peninsula with a half a mile of beach to the left and 2 miles of beach to the right. People Walk the beach in search of the elusive Pansy Shell. Touching the Rock at the Robberg Nature Rserve (highly recommended) is a badge of honor. The waves literal break underneath the rooms on the Ocean side. We saw whales swimming about 200 yards from us one Aug. It is typical in Feb to see 300-500 dolphins swim by a couple times per day. If you have kids, a trip to Monkeyland is recommended. They have an entertainment staff that has activities for kids. I have played volleyball with the staff, gone golfing at the Plett country club, and scuba diving. Some of the entertainment is a little hokey like the egg toss, bingo, and quiz. The retired types seem to like this. If you play bridge, there is almost always someone to find a game with or you can play duplicate at the Plett country club on Mondays. They have a music staff that plays 3-4 nights per week and they have a farewell Caberet that is very entertaining. It is like a cross between the Hasty Pudding Club of Harvard and a high school talent show. The staff is extremely friendly and most of the people working there have been there a long time. The snorkeling from the small private beach is great and there is a reef about 30 yards out lots of fish. In summary, the location and view is unrivaled. The staff is exp and friendly, and The hotel area is safe. Highly recommend

  • Stayed February 2005
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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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