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Island Vibe Jeffrey's Bay
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Trondheim, Norway
2 reviews
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Reviewed October 4, 2011

Fabulous location right on the beach front. Atmosphere - chilled and laid back Staff - friendly as hell. Really make you feel at home and are more than happy to help you out with anything you need. The rooms were lovely, more like hotel standard but at backpacking price.

Great surfing lessons, really good value! Overall a great place to stay!!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Greenvale, Australia
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Reviewed September 29, 2011

LOVE THIS PLACE, the best location in town (overlooking a fantastic surf break with direct access to beach), the best bar in town, the nicest staff of any hostel i have stayed in since i started travelling and great value for money rooms.

The vibe changes depending on the mood of the guests, from chilled out homely hostel to all out party central. The meals are great value for money, change every night, and are really really yummmmm.

As a tour leader of 6 years, i wouldn't take my participants anywhere else!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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Jeffrey's Bay
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 29, 2011

I had an amazing time at the Island Vibe B/P in Jeffreys Bay. The reception staff was friendly and showed me around soon as i got in, explaining everything and answering any questions I may have had. All of the staff was friendly and engageable, very easy to make friends with. The bar area was nice and spacious, with competent and fun bar staff. The pool table clearly has seen better days, but still very workable. The food was aboslutely fantastic. Simply mouth watering. Everything from the Chicken Curry to the Rump Steak was mouth watering, not to mention the pancakes with fruit and syrup for breakfast. A variety of activities was offered, ranging from sandboarding to horseriding to excursions to a waterfall and (of course) surfing. The surf instructor was very competent and obviously experienced, knowing how to motivate people, though I think it can't be that difficult with surfing.
I really enjoyed my time here, I can only recommend a stay here. Though most of your experience will with no doubt depend on the other backpackers/travellers coming through, the staff makes your stay very enjoyable.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 15, 2011

Do you like wonderful friendly people, living right on the beach, meeting new friends, surfing with dolphins (and great instructors), beeing close to alot of fun activites, feeling at home when you´re away, eating good home cooked food, just hanging out on the couch or having a party?
Then go to Island Vibe Jeffreys Bay!
It´s truly an amazing place; I can´t wait to go there again and miss everyone that works there.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed September 6, 2011

"...looked like vagrants had moved in". ??

lol, ooops that must have been me. I suppose my tent was a bit trashed after the wind picked up a a four-man safari tent and dropped it on mine. And yes, we did grab an old sofa or two and made a nice chill out area. And the rasta coloured stretch tent i put up for shade did make it look a bit like a circus. For a little while 'hippy town' moved into Island Vibe. Show's how much I felt at home.

Good people, good food, good vibes, I'll definitely be back.


p.s. I prefer the term 'permanent traveller' to vagrant, but I suppose it depends on your perspective. ;)

Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
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Miami, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed June 17, 2011

The best part about this place is the view and the openness of the bar and restaurant area. The bar feels like a nice surf shack and sometimes during the day there are videos playing. The restaurant on site serves decent meals priced in line with the restaurants in town, they have their own pizza oven on site which you seem to be able to get at whatever time through the night.

I was put into the inside dorm which has an ensuite. The dorm beds smelled strongly of paint thinner or gasoline and no one mentioned it but the ensuite shower overflowed within a couple of minutes of use (totally clogged) and the ensuite toilet seemed to have some problems flushing. It was nice to have a sink and mirror though and the common shower and bathroom facilities were fine. The dorm bedding was pretty worn out and I wasn't completely sure the duvet had been washed instead of just refolded so I brought out my own sleep sack. I did end up seeing another dorm (near reception) and it seemed nicer, if I was staying longer I would have asked to switch.

The location overlooking the beach is really nice, as are the wood platforms built so you can watch the waves. The lawn would have been nice but a bunch of trashed out furniture and garbage had been dragged on middle of the lawn between some tents that looked worse for the wear. It looked like vagrants lived there.

Staff at the front were mostly okay, a couple were friendly, the tour was sort of useful. Staff at the bar were sitting not talking to anyone (not even each other) even though there were a handful of people sitting at the bar. There was a girl who seemed like she hated life and a guy who looked like he wished everyone would go to bed already. No smiles, ever. Couldn't be bothered to pay attention when customers were ready for another drink. Other guests I was talking to had the same comments. If one were this way I'd write it off, but both on both nights makes it a staffing problem.

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Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed May 10, 2011

Very happy with my stay at Island Vibe in Jbay. Excellent value - brand new room, beautiful bathroom, new very comfy bed, right on the beach, fantasitc views and lovely balcony to enjoy it all. Very quiet, slept like a rock. Wish we could have stayed longer but we were only in town for 1 night.

  • Stayed April 2011
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Property: Island Vibe Jeffrey's Bay
Address: 10 Daggeraad Street, Jeffreys Bay 6330, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Jeffreys Bay
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 27 Specialty Lodging in Jeffreys Bay
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Hotel Class:4 star — Island Vibe Jeffrey's Bay 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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