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Sandals Guest House
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Reviewed March 31, 2006

We have just returned from a glorious two and a half week trip to South Africa. I hasten to add that we booked most of our hotels online following reviews that we had read on Tripadvisor. We feel for once that we really ought to contribute to this valuable website as we have found it so useful, not just for this holiday but for several others previously.

We flew to Cape Town, then went on through the wine districts, Route 62, the Garden Route on to the Eastern Game Reserves, then back to Cape Town. In summary, we stayed at the following hotels:

Lagoon Beach, Milnerton, Cape Town (3 nights)
The Village @ Spier, Stellenbosch (2 nights)
De Opstal, near Oudtshoorn (1 night)
Whalesong Coastal Lodge, Plettenberg Bay (3 nights)
Sandals, St Francis Bay (1 night)
Shamwari Game Reserve, Patterson (2 nights)
Mount Nelson, Cape Town (3 nights)

Sandals, St Francis Bay

This is a guest house rather than a traditional hotel. We booked through a South African website called Portfolio Collection which specialises in accommodation of this nature. This is the only type of accommodation available in St Francis Bay which is a very picturesque and quiet coastal community which also has a network of canals and inlets. All properties around these waterways are thatched as was our guest house.

There is a nice bay with several local beaches. They looked beautiful and were absolutely deserted. Apparently, outside December and January this is always the case. We were there in early March and the weather was glorious (well, for Brits escaping winter anyhow!).

From the moment we arrived we were made most welcome. We were given a cooling drink and shown to our room which was the honeymoon suite (though we were not on honeymoon). It was upstairs with a nice balcony overlooking the pool and the garden, both of which were immaculate. This is the most expensive guest house in the area but it did live up to expectations.

We were the only two guests booked in, though a German couple arrived on spec later on in the afternoon. Had the place been busier then they would have opened the restaurant but for the small number of guests this would not have been economic. Jackie, the manager, provided details of the few local restaurants and made reservations for us at a local Italian within walking distance.

The owners paid great attention to detail. There were plenty of towels for use around the pool and even a basket with a selection of suntan creams, something that we have not seen elsewhere. There was an honesty bar which had a reasonable selection of wines, beers and soft drinks.

There is not a lot of activity in St Francis Bay but it is a quaint place to stay overnight to break your journey and we considered it to be a worthwhile diversion from the more traditional places to stay on the Garden Route.

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sandadmin, Front Office Manager at Sandals Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2015

Lovely comments for which we are most appreciative. Apologies for the late message of thanks.

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Reviewed January 16, 2018
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  • Stayed: January 2018, traveled as a couple
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Hieta, Owner at Sandals Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2018

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Reviewed January 9, 2018 via mobile
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Stayed: January 2018, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 22, 2017
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Stayed: November 2017
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Reviewed November 27, 2017
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  • Stayed: November 2017, traveled as a couple
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