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Aquavit Guest House
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London
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15 reviews
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“Fantastic stay, and wonderful friendly hosts”
Reviewed 20 November 2012

Stayed for 2 nights at Aquavit whilst on honeymoon in October and could not have picked a better place to stay!

The owners Ole and Linda are so welcoming and friendly, nothing is too much trouble and they have so much advice to give. The house itself is stunning, so much so, my wife and I would love to copy it one day should we find the right spot and have the budget! Our room was delightful, tastefully decorated and very spacious, and the bathroom was phenomenal.

We had a view out over the bay, but unfortunately we had a couple of distinctively average days weather wise, and so couldn't fully appreciate it, but i'm sure it is out of this world when the sun is shining. Similarly the pool looked very inviting, but because of the weather we weren't brave enough. Our room did open out to the pool area though and it would be an amazing spot to relax and read on a warm sunny day.

Location wise it is just out of the centre of Plett, but then it doesn't need to be in the centre. It's only a 7-8 minute walk down the hill, and only 1 minute off the N2. There's so much to see and do in the area, we didn't actually spend any time in the centre anyway. The view, and the quiet of the area makes it far better to be where it is.

And on to breakfast, oh my god, the breakfast. We spent 17 nights on honeymoon, visiting all sorts of 4 and 5* hotels, but this was the best breakfast i had, easily. The lemon & ricotta pancakes are superb, the area where breakfast is taken is superb, and the service from all of the staff, not just Ole and Linda, is second to none, and I thank them for that.

For dinner, Ole & Linda booked us into Emily Moon's - you have to go, and thank you again to our hosts for recommending it, a truly special dining experience but not expensive.

Thank you to Ole & Linda, for despite the weather, our stay at Aquavit was fantastic and we will hopefully be back for a while longer next time, and hopefully in the near future.

David & Laura

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 13 November 2012

I hadn't really read any previous posts and so had no idea what to expect. The guest house turned out to be lovely with stunning views over Plett Bay. The owners Linda and Ole were very welcoming and friendly.

Upon arrival we were given a quick guided tour and we were impressed with the way in which the bedrooms had been laid out etc. Although I stayed in one of the slightly smaller rooms I was not disappointed. The bed was extremely comfortable and although the guesthouse looked over a main road my room was set back far enough so that I didn't notice any noise.

The owners were also very helpful in recommending and booking a dinner reservation for us at Emily Moon. They obviously new we would enjoy the food and setting and we weren't disappointed. Given that our stay was very short this was very helpful.

My only slight criticism was more of a disappointment more than everything. After having driven out for dinner I was looking forward to getting back so that I could relax after a long days driving and enjoy a glass of wine or two. Earlier we had been shown the wine cellar and there was a wine list in my room. Unfortunately, although we got back for around 9pm I was unable to enjoy any wine. Linda and Ole retired for the evening just as we got back and I didn't think to ask them as I assumed that this would have been available. Why else show us the wine cellar and leave a wine list in the room? Unfortunately there was nothing around and the wine cellar was locked. I thought at least leave some sort of 'honesty bar' so that guests can help themselves without having to disturb the owners. I have stayed in a few places where they have done this.

Otherwise we thoroughly enjoyed our stay for what was also a very reasonable price. Would recommend the Aquavit to anyone wanting to get the most out of their stay in Plett. What a lovely corner of the world!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 13 November 2012

As a frequent traveler, I take reviews seriously, and use them when I make reservations. So I always try to write balanced reviews, highlighting positives and negatives of each property. I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this guest house. From the moment we arrived at their beautiful property (and home), Linda and Ole made us feel welcome. The property is located a very quick (2 minute drive) or 5/7 minute walk up the hill from main street in Plettenberg Bay. The location, on a quiet, private cul-de-sac is stunning, and the house is built to allow every room to enjoy the spectacular views across Plettenberg Bay. South Africa is not short of spectacular views, but this has to rank as one of the best.
The property itself is spectacular, and Linda and Ole have thoughtfully decorated the home with art and artifacts from their extensive travels- I could have spent a day just enjoying their collection of art! The rooms, furnished with excellent attention to detail: comfortable beds, luxurious sheets, beautiful bathrooms, rain-head showers, flat-screen tv's, wireless internet, and of course the stunning view- give you the feeling of staying at a real luxury 5 star property, while retaining the comfortable feeling of a welcoming 'home' that those of us who enjoy staying at guest houses seek.
Breakfast is served on their stunning terrace- enjoying THAT view- which also overlooks their beautiful garden, and lovely infinity-edge pool. Breakfast was fresh and delicious, possibly the best we have enjoyed at our stay in South Africa.
I'll conclude this review with a comment on the service- which, from the moment of booking has gone beyond any other property. A warm email confirming bookings, along with details of local attractions, restaurant recommendations, was the first indication that this would be a good stay. On our arrival, we were greeted at the house like we were friends coming to visit- greeted with a delicious red wine from their extensive (and impressive!) wine cellar- our hosts could not have been more welcoming. Throughout our stay they have been kind, helpful (trust their restaurant recommendations!), and warm- and it has been a pleasure just to be in their company.
Don't make the mistake we did and stay for just one night. The Garden Route itself is short, and a stay in Plettenberg Bay will locate you perfectly for exploration of the route and surrounding attractions. I HIGHLY recommend a stay at Aquavit Guest House.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 November 2012

We stayed two nights and wished we had stayed longer. The room was luxurious and had a fantastic shower. The view over plettenberg bay from the balcony and breakfast terrace were amazing. Linda and Ole were very welcoming and helpful with advice on where to eat and visit. The breakfasts were the best we had on our three week holiday. The homemade lemon ricotta pancakes were delicious. I would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 November 2012

We had a wonderful stay at Aquavit, Linda and Ole provide a beatiful home of fabulous quality with outstanding views over Plettenberg Bay.
Dinner reservations are not to be ignored, the local knowledge given by them of 2 of the best meals we had in South Africa, a pleasure to stay here!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne
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Reviewed 10 November 2012

We spent 6 nights at Aquavit Guesthouse and it was pure luxury. Linda and Ole are such gracious hosts only too happy to assist with any enquiry or make suggestions about the many things to do in and around Plettenberg Bay. The bedroom with seaviews is simply superb and so incredibly comfortable. Unfortuanately the weather wasn't great while we were there but the house and room was always cozy (especially with heated floors), tea and coffee facilities in the room and home baked biscuits.

We have done a lot of travel in the the past 2 years (all over the world) and we have to say that Linda, Ole and all the staff make the best breakfast we have ever had... EVER!!!

It starts with the freshest fruit salad, yogurt and a selection of cereals as well as breads, croissants, muffins, juices and tea and coffee. Then eggs of your choice are offered and prepared just the way you like it, or Linda's special of the day is also on offer, which can included pancakes, french toast or quiches. The setting is just stunning and the friendly service makes for a perfect start to the day.

If you are staying in Plettenberg Bay, then you can't look past this guesthouse. We loved everything about this accommodation and will continue to recommend it to everyone.

Thank you Linda and Ole,

Elissa and Pete (Australia)

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Noordwijk, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 10 November 2012

The view was magnificent and the standard of service was beyond our expectations. Linda and Ole have made an exceptional guest house with an amazing eye to detail. The quality of the rooms was of very high standards.
The breakfast was delicious - a vast choice accompanied by home made specials.

All in all a great place to stay during a visit to Plettenberg Bay - being experienced travellers across the globe, we have hardly found a place which offered what we received during the two days we stayed there.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Aquavit Guest House
Address: 8 Serica Place | P.O. Box 871, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Plettenberg Bay
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 81 B&Bs / Inns in Plettenberg Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Aquavit Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aquavit Guest House is a newly built contemporary home with 5 en-suite guestrooms offering the most updated fixtures and finishes. Aquavit has a welcoming environment with attention to detail to ensure your stay a memorable one. Our guestrooms boast single, queen and king beds. A beautiful bathtub awaits you in our luxury king canopy suite "One" with salt crystals to soothe away your stress. The terrace has an area to relax, within steps of the 10-metre Infinity pool and lovely garden, where you can gaze at the sea and mountains. A full gourmet English breakfast is served on the terrace with attention to detail so your breakfast will taste as good as it looks - a perfect start to your day! All our en-suite guestrooms have spectacular views and steps out to a terrace or patio, 32” DSTV, WIFI, Internet availability, and private lounge. Our entire staff welcomes you, including Zoe and Dakota, our Golden Retrievers who will also happily greet you upon your arrival. Come see why we are called “Water of Life”! ... more   less 
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