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“Great View” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Sands at St Francis

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The Sands at St Francis
Certificate of Excellence
Düsseldorf
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great View”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2011

very sweet lodge directly located at the beach. most if not all rooms have direct view over the bay and are big, well furnished and have luxurious en suite bathrooms. we really enjoyed in our stay there and the private atmosphere.
the dinner however, was not overwhelming. try the "Five Elements" instead.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2011

we have just returned from 3 nights at The sands.Perfect end to our holiday . Great restaurants nearby and do try The Greek taverna on the canals .....FANTASTIC and you must go to Le Chameleon in Humansdorp.....an amazing gift shop and restaurant and its situated next to a garage but as soon as you go in its live arriving at an oasis in a desert.....fantastic food .
wanted to mention Paul he looked after us so well during our stay and really made such a difference to the stay....Well done paul.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Birmingham, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2011

Amazing location, right on the beach overlooking the Indian Ocean, and wonderfully friendly staff. Rudi welcomed us with the news that we'd been upgraded which meant we had a HUGE room with private balcony and jacuzzi. Utter luxury!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Birmingham, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2011

This hotel really has an unbeatable location, backing as it does directly onto the Indian Ocean and a beautiful beach. We’ve used it as a stopping point en route between Cape Town and the Addo Elephant Park (although be warned that it’s a good 9-hour journey from Cape Town).

Great service, rooms, breakfast, everything. Can also highly recommend Christy’s Catch, the local rough-and-ready seafood restaurant, which is only a few minutes’ walk away.

Room Tip: All rooms look onto the sea
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Gloucestershire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2011

A discreet, beautifully appointed beach house with spectacular views over the Indian Ocean. Bright, airy, colourful decor with incredibly well equipped immacutely clean rooms. Our large room had a very comfortable king size bed with good pillows, plenty of storage space and a comfortable sofa to lounge on. Each room has a Lavazza Espresso machine (wonderful coffee), fresh milk, full mini bar with lots of treats. Luxurious bathroom with large shower, a large jacuzzi bath, and lots of toiletries including lovely bath salts. No noise other than the sound of the sea! Large sitting out areas with 2 swimming pools, hot tub and direct access to a secluded part of the beach. Dinner is a treat - although there are restaurants in the area we would thoroughly recommend eating in for choice, taste and value for money. Excellent service, Paul is attentive and enthusiastic, the menu provided a choice of fresh cooked food, obviously the superb chef runs the kitchen very well. Good wines at sensible prices, great ambience at dinner, again with breathtaking views of the ocean. Breakfast was a great experience, again great choice of hot and cold foods, hot food made to order. Very helpful hosts, Heidi was on duty and is charming and a credit to her profession. Secure parking. We wish we could have stayed longer and shall do next time. St Francis Bay is a very unique location in the Eastern Cape in South Africa, up market, peaceful, interesting properties, much to see in the area and a lovely beach. The Sands entirely justifys its 5 star rating.

Room Tip: All rooms face the sea and are spacious and comfortable
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Sands at St Francis

Property: The Sands at St Francis
Address: 8 Frank Road, Saint Francis Bay 6312, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Saint Francis Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Saint Francis Bay
Price range (per night): ₹ 10,658 - ₹ 26,612
Hotel Class:5 star — The Sands at St Francis 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A footstep away from the beach, a few minutes from the bustling village center and home to world class watersports and activities! This luxurious African beach house, located in the picturesque seaside village of St. Francis Bay, offers five spacious en-suite bedrooms, all with uninterrupted views of the majestic Indian Ocean and endless stretches of pristine coastline. All bedrooms are air-conditioned and offer 5 star luxury, opening onto private decks or balcony with stunning views of the beach and infinity pool. The honeymoon suite offers an extra outdoor shower and Jacuzzi hot tub on its deck, from where spectacular sunsets can be enjoyed. The glass-fronted Octagon Restaurant has a thatched roof, central fireplace and surrounding timber deck, providing a breathtaking 270 degree panoramic view of the bay. The Octagon serves breakfast, light lunches and a la carte dinners. St Francis Bay is situated close to the Eastern Cape's many malaria-free game reserves. ... more   less 
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The Sands At St Francis Saint Francis Bay, South Africa - Eastern Cape

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