We visited Cliff Lodge near the end of our two week stay in South Africa in July 2012. We had planned a boat trip to see whales but the weather was so stormy that all boats were cancelled and whales were difficult to see from the lodge. Yet we both agreed that our stay there ranked among the top three things we did on this trip (along with Victoria Falls and Safari at Notten's Camp).
We arrived at dusk after a long drive and Gideon had already made tentative dinner reservations for us. His welcome made the long trip and stormy weather fade into the background. The Ocean suite was everything the reviews say about it and more. If you have the money go for it. The views of the stormy roiling ocean water were awesome. Gideon and Gill worked with us as if they were our relatives. They sat with us at the delicious breakfast and found out what we were interested in, and presented alternatives to the postponed (and then cancelled) whale watching trip. Gideon made calls to check on winery tours and he helped us become familiar with the area. His inside tips even helped us plan a scenic drive to Capetown later. Breakfast every morning was superb with fresh fruits and all sorts of hot and cold options. You eat with a view of the ocean and Nico will help you spot whales (he even saw a few in the storm) while you enjoy your food. My wife enjoyed the bathroom soaps and lotions so much that she purchased several lotions as gifts for our friends.
Cliff Lodge was the best B&B we have ever stayed in. We cannot imagine anyone not having a superb stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on the cliffs, right above the sea with breathtaking views across Walker Bay, Cliff Lodge is 35km from Hermanus and 5km from Gansbaai, in the tranquil village of De Kelders. Luxurious, individually decorated bedrooms have sea views and open onto outside sea view patios. Rooms range from standard side rooms to a spacious sea front room, a luxurious penthouse suite, and a sea front cottage. Our comfortable guest lounge has tea and coffee making facilities, a well-stocked honesty bar and a library of books about the area. The all-weather conservatory and sea front deck have spectacular 180-degree ocean and mountain views. This is the perfect spot to sample the local Overberg wines or enjoy our excellent coffee, while watching whales or the spectacular sun sets over Walker Bay. Our swimming pool has the perfect location, right on the cliff top overlooking the sea, and the unspoilt beaches of the Walker Bay Nature Reserve are a short walk from Cliff Lodge. At Cliff Lodge we offer a level of service that is always attentive, but never intrusive. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal, and we are able to cater to each guest's needs. Whale watching season is spectacular from Cliff Lodge, and the world famous Gansbaai shark diving trips are just 10km away. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Booking.com, Travelocity, Hotwire, Agoda and Cancelon so you can book your Cliff Lodge reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.