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“Fabulous stay - warm, welcoming, genuine hospitality.”
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Cliff Lodge
Ranked #1 of 31 Gansbaai B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 April 2017

We had a fabulous two-night stay at Cliff Lodge – our favourite guest-house of our short trip to the Western Cape. Gill is the epitome of genuine hospitality – totally focused on ensuring that her guests enjoy their stay and a font of local knowledge and trip suggestions – wonderful! Nico is a great guy, makes fabulous coffees – a genuine barista – not bad for an avid Chelsea fan. Priscilla and the other ladies were always attentive and never failed to greet their guests with a warm smile. And at Cliff Lodge there is so much to smile about – the house occupies a spectacular location - perched on the edge of the Atlantic with stunning views of the rugged coastline – feels like the Cote de Granit Rose (Brittany, France). The rooms are luxurious with meticulous attention to every detail of comfort. Our sea-front North room had a great veranda perfect for listening to the lulling surf crashing against the rocks. We used the plunge/swimming pool several times for a bracing dip – much appreciated in the comparative sultry 30 C temperatures. The breakfasts are wonderful – we particularly recommend the Eggs Benedict with salmon or bacon – delicious.
Gill recommended that we dine one night at Kloeks @ Home and it proved to be the stand-out meal of our trip (R450). It’s a small, family-style restaurant – almost feels like a private house party – bring your own wine - the owner was welcoming and attentive – and the food delicious – mussels starter was delicious, my chicken Thai green curry was to-die-for and my wife adored her hake dish.
Conversely we’d also booked the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs restaurant in Grootbos Private Nature Reserve (not Gills recommendation) and we were utterly disappointed – sterile atmosphere much like sitting in a hotel lobby in mid-West USA with elevator music and practically empty, bland uninspired cuisine, and by far the most expensive meal of our stay (R1,300) – avoid.
We cannot recommend Cliff Lodge highly enough, Gill and Gideon were excellent hosts, providing us with ample information before our arrival and being attentive and utterly hospitable during our stay – not surprising given Gills West Cork (Ireland) roots – she and her team are the personification of ‘cead mile failte’. We sincerely hope to return some fine day – Slan Abhaile.

Room Tip: The sea-front North Room has fabulous views and a great veranda
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

Great service, greeted with smiles and told all about the local area. Very helpful and informative, rooms are nice and views are second to non. Waking up to breakfast with the sea was great. Will go back

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Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

We loved it here! The whole team who welcome you are very helpful and caring throughout your stay. There are many thoughtful touches including a well stocked honesty bar and beach bag to borrow. Nothing ever feels too much trouble. Gideon and Gil understand genuine hospitality. We really can't recommend it highly enough!

Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

We had a room with a balcony, such a view, the whole sea below you, with a ragged coastline. The rooms are luxuries so are the rest of the lodge. Excellent service with beverages. The owners where very helpful too book both lunch and dinner in the neighborhood.

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Reviewed 4 April 2017

We spent 2 nights at Cliff Lodge and had a lovely time. The guest house is in an incredible location with the most amazing views of the Whale Coast. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff and owners who were all incredibly welcoming and friendly. A special thanks to Priscilla who really went out of her way to ensure we were looked after and totally relaxed throughout our stay. A delicious breakfast was served whilst enjoying unspoilt views across the sea and we enjoyed our evening meals at a local restaurant, Kloeks at Home which was a short stroll away.
Cliff Lodge offers 5* service and accommodation with spectacular views and the most amazing sunsets.
We would thoroughly recommend Cliff Lodge when visiting the Whale Coast.

Room Tip: North room has incredible views of the coast West room is on the same level as the pool with sea vie...
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  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Cliff Lodge

Address: 6 Cliff Street | De Kelders, Gansbaai 7220, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Gansbaai
Amenities:
Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Gansbaai
Price Range: $269 - $368 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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 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 beaches of the Walker Bay Nature Reserve are a short walk from Cliff Lodge. ... more   less 
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