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Sandals Guest House
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312 reviews
64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“Great value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

We stayed at Sandals for two nights on our way to Shamwari. It was lovely. There is a very informal and relaxed feel about the place which we very much enjoyed. The buildings in St Francis Bay are beautiful with white washed walls and dark thatched roofs. This is an area that we loved and would never have known about had it not been for Trailfinders. Our little cottage style room was set in the garden and was lovely with a very private outdoor shower, a real novelty. The decor was fresh and modern and the room had everything you need. We were shown a map on the wall by the owner who told us where to go in the surrounding area. There was a selection of restaurants within walking distance in the village. You really do need a car to fully appreciate this really beautiful area however. The beaches are to die for and were very quiet when we were there. There is an honesty bar in the main building which we liked and was quite well stocked. Breakfast was served by the pool and was very good. There was a good choice of cooked dishes which were freshly cooked to order always a good thing. This place is not plush but it is very comfortable and welcoming and service is of a high standard. Great value for money.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank weelassieScotland
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sandadmin, Owner at Sandals Guest House, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Tess & her team are very appreciative of your lovely review on our guest house & St Francis Bay. You have given other potential travelers good ideas of what to expect and that is always important for those researching an area to visit. Thank you for your effort. We do hope you can return one day.
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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

Staff couldn't have been more helpful and accommodating! The room we had was bright and fresh with two shaded verandas attached and an outdoor shower. We felt as if we had the place to ourselves even though all the other rooms were being used. The attention to detail was there even down to the ribbon around the toilet rolls.
The village of St. Francis Bay was lovely and peaceful and we enjoyed a walk through the conservation area just down the road at the Cape of St Francis, we could have sat and watched the waves breaking on the rocks for hours!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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sandadmin, Owner at Sandals Guest House, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
The review of Sandals GH and great comments on our lovely village is much appreciated. Thank you. Sunset Rocks at Cape St Francis is spectacular...and lovely for other potential travellers to hear about things like this. That is what makes a holiday special...the simple & natural things in life. Hope to see you back one day.
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Somerset West, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

We had a very nice stay at Sandals, good service and lovely rooms. It is a little off the route to the Addo National Park, but being such a beautiful area I can recommend it to my future clients.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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sandadmin, Manager at Sandals Guest House, responded to this review, March 1, 2015
Thank you for your time to review us. We do appreciate the nice comments
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights to kick off the new year & thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Great location - short walk to the beach. The newly outfitted room was spacious, clean & exceptionally comfortable. Staff were brilliant - professional & friendly. Breakfast was great & knowledge of the area 1st rate. Highly recommended

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

We stayed at Sandals with our family who had come from Europe and occupied several rooms, i.e. we were a mix of adults and toddlers to teens.

We loved our time there, the rooms were nice, the service (especially Tess, who makes all the difference to this place and is a fantastic host) excellent, and the food very good. The pool is not big, but definitely big enough for the kids to play in and us to refresh. The location is very good, only a few minutes from a great beach, and a few minutes from the shops.

We had dinner there twice, which was excellent both times.

There were only a few downsides.
Given we were traveling with kids, and given it is a B&B, we expected fridges in the rooms so we could prepare the kids' lunches / dinners at the B&B. There aren't any fridges in any of the rooms. Tess and her team made sure we could store some things in their kitchen, and gave us cooler boxes, but it is still not the same.

The second downside was that in some of our rooms, there was neither a fan nor an aircon system. While there was a nice breeze during the night, we didn't want to open our sliding doors since our room was out to the (quiet) back street, and we felt it was too dangerous to keep the door wide open all night long. Especially the upstairs bit in the family room was quite hot......

But apart from that it is a great place that we can definitely recommend !!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights between x-mas and new years. One f the best experiences we have had in many years! Staff was great, better then great. Location and premises was perfect! The kind of place you automatically feel you want to come back to. This is a must if you are in the area and also well worth doing an extra trip for. // Håkan & Henriette

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank hapoStockholm_Sweden
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sandadmin, Owner at Sandals Guest House, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Dear Håkan & Henriette. We are truly grateful for the wonderful review of Sandals GH. Thanks for your time taken and we hope to have you back to stay in the future. Best wishes from us all at Sandals GH
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2012 via mobile

We stayed for 5 nights and were delighted with our stay in every way.

The location is difficult to beat, in a quiet residential neighbourhood and just a couple of minutes walk to the safe-guarded end of the vast 2 mile pristine beach. And in the opposite direction the shopping mall with local restaurants so everything you need is an easy stroll away.
Breakfasts were superb with a good choice, either continental or cooked to order.
Our room was very well designed with lovely bathroom, and a good size. We were upgraded to the honeymoon suite which has a lovely sunny terrace and overlooks the pool and lovely garden. Little touches such as free loan body boards give you an idea of how thoughtful the owner/managers have been to make Sandals stand out and it works!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank g4ybu
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Property: Sandals Guest House
Address: 4 Napier Road | St Francis Bay, Saint Francis Bay 6312, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Saint Francis Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Saint Francis Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Sandals Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfectly positioned 150 metres from main beach, Sandals Boutique Guesthouse offers its guests a unique and international blend of superb hospitality, cuisine and service. The beauty, tranquillity and friendly hospitality of Sandals will ensure you have a chance to relax and enjoy the "laid-back" luxury which Sandals Guest House provides. Sensational surf, pristine beaches, rugged coastline & indigenous fynbos create a perfect setting for relaxation & play in St Francis Bay! Within walking distance or a few minute’s drive away are fabulous restaurants, quaint village shops, Port St Francis, nature walks, Jack Nicklaus award-winning St Francis Links & our local St Francis Bay Golf Club! No holiday in South Africa is complete without experiencing our warmth, friendliness and personal service at Sandals, St Francis Bay.We will ensure you leave relaxed, rejuvenated and determined to return again soon! ... more   less 
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