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Bushman Sands Golf Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Alicedale
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 September 2011

On the morning we were due to arrive for a 2-night golfing break at this hotel we received a phone call to inform us that there were only 7 out of 18 golf holes open. This was due to floods that had washed the bridges away over the Bushmans River. OK, no one can do anything about severe weather...however, this flood damage had occurred at least 3 weeks before - just around the time we booked in fact!! Sorry, it's just not acceptable to inform guests at such a late stage. Having just experienced another major golfing let-down at Katberg, where the course was closed for maintenance and, again, we weren't informed, this was about the last straw.

We made the best of it and played the 7 holes (which weren't in very good condition and definitely not the most interesting holes on the course) 3 times. Very boring. At least the golf and the use of an electric cart was free.

As for the rest of the facilities, there's good and bad. We had a luxury room which was clean, spacious and comfortable with a huge bathroom & shower, plus a mini fridge and patio. The bar & dining areas looked in urgent need of some TLC - and some less gloomy lighting. The dining room carpet was stained and the dining chair covers starting to fray. The evening buffet-style dinner was, to say the least, ordinary and the charge outrageous! R80 for the main course (a choice of fatty-looking curry of indeterminate meat, small overcooked chicken pieces, shrivelled lamb chops or dried-up fish.) Dessert was a choice of a kind-of chocolate trifle made with Miracle Whip or similar or a small square of sponge pudding with lukewarm custard. For this, an extra R40 was charged! We opted to eat cheese & biscuits on our patio the following evening! The buffet breakfast, which is included in the room rate, was OK, but the bacon and sausage pieces had been sitting around for at least an hour or so and were dry. The lunchtime snack menu had only 4 choices: toasted cheese & ham or chicken mayo sandwiches, or a beef or chicken burger. Sandwiches at R30, burgers at R40. Not very nice or very good value.

As we'd exhausted the golf possibilities, we went on an evening 2-hour game drive. The scenery was pretty and followed the course of the river for some way, but we only saw a few waterbuck, springbok, a small herd of eland, a fish eagle a one warthog. I suppose the R250 charge was OK, though.

The main problem with this hotel is that it's on the edge of a very run-down village that has very little to offer - we couldn't even find anywhere else to eat, so be prepared! The service is a bit lethargic and indifferent. Like other reviewers, I don't think it deserves its 4-star rating.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 August 2011

It was by accident that we stayed at Bushman Sands the first time in 2008, but since then we came back every year. The road to Alicedale, a dirt road in 2008, has been improved and is now, from Port Elisabeth, completely tarred (mind you, not from Grahamstown).
A nice, be it not too well kept, Gary Players golf course is part of the hotel.

Room Tip: Standard rooms are as nice as the superior rooms and have a better acces to the swimming pool.
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  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 August 2011

Everything about this hotel is not worth the 4 star rating.The carpets in the reception and dining area are dirty, the staff are poorly trained and dress so casually , the spa is mediocre and there is no option but to eat the recycled food as there is nowhere else to grab a bite. Don't be fooled by the website information. The adveritised river boat cruise is a myth as the boat has not functioned for more than 2 years. The only redeeming feature is the spaciousness of the rooms, peace and quiet and a game ranger with a wealth of information on the game you encounter on the game drive

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms are airy
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

The value for money was very good. If you enjoy golf and spa it the ideal place to go. Friendly and helpful staff.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank marius1610
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Reviewed 30 April 2011

Having booked and paid for 3 nights we were very disappointed. The place can only be described as lacking soul. The bland decor, shabby furniture, little evidence of any maintenance, surly, disinterested staff, mediocre food at 5 star prices (there is nowhere else to eat so we had no choice) did not make for a pleasant stay. The large purple dinosaur jumping castle in the garden does not add anything to the ambience! Even the golf course is run down and poorly maintained. The spa also lacked any atmosphere. We got the impression that the place is about to close down and so they are not wasting time or money to do anything about the shabbiness or the untrained staff. This could be such a super place with some expert effort.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 February 2011

This is the only hotel that we have stayed at in South Africa that we have booked and paid for 2 nights, and couldn't wait to leave after 1 night. It wasn't even worth the trouble of trying to get a refund. The position is attractive, and under it's previous management I can imagine it must have been a well run, pleasant place to stay. When we stayed there the maintenance was shocking, the staff unhelpful, clearly demotivated and mostly untrained. I cannot see how they qualified for their 4 star rating, unless it had been awarded a few years ago, and not re-assessed. Considering the surrounding town, and the obvious need for something to stimulate the local economy, it's a pity that the hotel doesn't seem to be doing it's bit.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 August 2010

I first stayed at Bushman Sands in 2009 as fancied a few days golfing with the occasional spa visit and general poolside lazing at a reasonable price with family and friends (I live in London with all immediate family in PE so visit a couple of times a year). Stayed in a luxury room which I couldn't believe the size of, not to mention the bathroom - those pantry sized double showers are fantastic! Beds are soooooo comfortable, and the rooms we've stayed in have all had great little patios for a pre-dinner glass of wine. The pool is a good size too and I don't think I ever had to ask for fresh towels - they were in ample supply. I found the staff to be more than helpful and friendly from the front of house to the bar/restaurant to the shop to the spa.

As there's a games room, a couple of table tennis tables and a net for badminton or volley ball there's lots for the 'itchy feet' among the party. The golf course is challenging - especially when the temperature hits 42 plus.....but they send people out with water and juice to make sure no one's dehydrating on the course or, as in our case, as we'd polished off the 6 litres of water we had taken with us...

Downsides would be that the road from PE was still unfinished when we were there in Jan this year although I understand at least one lane is clear now. And I'd prefer the a la carte menu to always be available as I'm not a big fan of buffets. Nothing wrong with the buffet just I like the a la carte.

I've taken 3 lots of UK guests to Bushmans now and they've all wanted to stay longer than the 2 or 3 nights we've booked. And i've just booked for early Jan next year. Can't wait.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Bushman Sands Golf Lodge

Address: Main Street | PO Box 39, Alicedale 6135, South Africa (Formerly Bushman Sands Hotel)
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Alicedale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Alicedale
Price Range: £30 - £41 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Bushman Sands Golf Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the Bushman's River Gorge, in the heart of the Greater Addo in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, Bushman Sands Golf Lodge features an 18-hole Gary Player Signature golf course and Luxury Lodge Accommodation. The 18 Hole Gary Player designed championship Golf Course is a challenging yet friendly course that follows the banks of the Bushman's and New Year's Rivers! The fairways are molded and shaped into gentle slopes to reflect the natural flow and fall of the banks of the Bushman and New Year's Rivers to its best possible advantage. Pot Bunkers ensure an exigent, yet exciting! Golf Club facilities include a pro-shop and two spacious locker rooms, each with showers. Golf Carts and limited sets of golf clubs are available for hire. Caddies are available with prior arrangement. The complimentary use of the onsite gymnasium, coupled with a scenic swimming pool, will add that special touch to your getaway. The Lodge boasts 13 tastefully decorated rooms, all marked by welcoming warmth, a hint of intimacy and stunning views of the golf course and hills beyond. The Luxurious rooms are all en-suite, featuring spacious bath rooms with a bath, shower, twin vanity and toilet. Each room has its own private patio, opening onto the pristine landscapes and picturesque golf course. All rooms are fully air conditioned and offers limited DSTV channels. Culinary delights in the form of light A la carte meals are available from the Lodges' Clubhouse Pub-restaurant. Bushman Sands - the perfect golfers' getaway! ... more   less 
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