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“Absolutely stunning”
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Cliff Lodge
Ranked #1 of 29 Gansbaai B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Absolutely stunning”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

Breathtaking location and superb service and great hospitality. Everything was perfect. Absolutely loved the Ocean Suite - like a beautiful dream come true. Very lucky to have seen such a brilliant southern hemisphere night sky too!

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Reviewed February 19, 2013

We arrived late morning and were welcomed by Gideon who immediately made us welcome by offering us superbly made ground coffee. Wonderful after a long drive. We were only staying for one night and were shown to the Ocean Suite which was magnificent, having spectacular views over Walker Bay. We decided to enjoy the afternoon outside on the large terrace, exclusive to the suite, taking in the panoramic vista of the bay. A shoal of dolphins passed by and we were brought binoculars so as to get a better view. If you want privacy and comfort this is for you.

We travelled around the Cape, including Winelands, the Garden Route and further inland for three weeks, staying at a variety of establishments. Gideon is a champion breakfast maker, fresh juice produced to order, fresh fruit, cereals etc. but most importantly a magnificently produced cooked breakfast!

The staff were friendly and Nico was very helpful

Gideon and Gill run an excellent establishment. Well worth a visit for a single night or longer.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

We stayed here on the 2nd stage of our honeymoon after leaving Cape Town and everything about it was amazing - the room, the service, the views, right down to the coffee! - can't fault it. The hosts are great, really friendly and helpful with recommendations and directions etc. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Cliff Lodge, its a beautiful place and we hope to go back one day.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

We have traveled the southern tip of Africa for two months and can say that this is one of the best run guest houses with the most beautiful views of anywhere we have been. The hosts are friendly, knowledgeable and present. So many places we have stayed, the owners were not around though their lodges had been rated based on their personality. At Cliff Lodge, we were greeted and shown around by Gill. Gideon joined us at cocktail hour seemingly for the purpose of getting to know the guests and helping sort out dinner plans. They both served and cooked the superb breakfast. They both had great ideas for day trips in the area including maps and specific points of interests. Gill even provided help for a 24 hour illness that affected me upon my arrival. They have the best stocked honor "kitchen" we have ever seen. The rooms are updated and modern. Ours, the East Room, had an outdoor shower affording the most incredible views. Oh yes, and with all of this you get the most stunning views and access to miles of private beaches with secluded coves. This guest house has it all. Outstanding hosts, excellent staff, beautifully decorated rooms and common areas and spectacular views.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

We really enjoyed it, we arrived very late but this was no problem, the staff and the hosts are very friendly, location is superb, rooms are outstanding, really 5star quality, excellent breakfast.
I even got a pill versus seasickness as we did a boat trip the next morning, really appreciated it.

View from the living room and terrasse really outstanding, a must stay for couples.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

We were absolutely blown away when we walked into Cliff Lodge and saw the view. We were warmly welcomed by Gideon and nothing was too much trouble. The house is immaculate and beautifully decorated, our room was lovely with a private terrace and an outside shower. The pool decking area is fabulous. Breakfast were served on the balcony overlooking the ocean. We just cannot praise this place enough, our only regret is that we only stayed for one night, when we return to SA we will certainly be back!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Herts , UK
2 reviews
Reviewed January 26, 2013

Even just out of " whale watch season", this bright and immaculate, contemporary guest house has everything to recommend it for a relaxing stay in an area with wonderful walking at walker bay and beyond . W chose the spacious "north room" with a fabulous deck and panoramic view - falling asleep with the noise of the waves so close is always wonderful . Great breakfasts on the enclosed or open deck , welcome advice from the hosts on things to do and a tranquil small plunge pool area to relax in .

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Additional Information about Cliff Lodge

Property: Cliff Lodge
Address: 6 Cliff Street | De Kelders, Gansbaai 7220, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Gansbaai
Amenities:
Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Gansbaai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Cliff Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 5
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 
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