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Stanley Island
Reviewed 15 July 2013

Spend a whole weekend at Stanley Island. Beautiful island with very friendly hosts. I am also grateful for all the extra trouble James went through to pick us up late at night and early in the morning.

will definitely return ASAP

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

I had a wonderful stay; I enjoyed both the cruise and the canoe. It's a fresh and relaxing environment. The braai is an excellent idea. Breakfast was also nice...............................................

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 April 2013

Wonderful place to stay - just be aware that it is all self catering and if the island is full then it could be a bit of a problem if you dont like to live on top of each other. It would not be pleasant if the weather is bad. Really worth the experience though. Loved our stay there.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 January 2013

This was truly an amazing and refreshingly unique experience!

Lauren and Jacque went out of their way to make us feel at home. On arrival Jacque picked us up by boat with our luggage and took us to our amazing honeymoon unit.

The island is so quiet and unspoiled and the grazing Zebras in front of your self-catering unit is incredible. Our unit was clean, fully equiped and extremely comfortable. I especially loved the french bath and super soft bed.
We also met the owner Johan and he is friendly and very helpful.

We will definitely go back for another visit, this time longer! :)

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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 January 2013

Can't agree with other reviewers here. This was simply hopeless value for money. For a start the rooms have no air-conditioning, ok that's quite a common thing in this area but everyone else offers a ceiling fan and Stanley Island does not so sleep quality in summer is very poor. The rooms are very dimly lit and there is an open toilet in the room, no privacy at all. The room also had an awful stench that emanated from the shower and basin drains and was terrible. Breakfast was very basic and poorly made and service, although polite, was inefficient. Disgraceful for the price paid for the stay. There are no TV,s in the rooms but there is one in the communal area. However the one and only time that I went there to watch something it was out of order. I was told that the dish was faulty due to the rain, by the way this rain had come and gone more than a week before. You have to get on and off the island by boat so you can forget about zipping around the area quickly as you will have to call the ferryman beforehand. You will also be charged extra for any trips after 11pm. A dead giveaway of the budget conscious Stanley Island is the fact that there is no lighting at the jetty on the island and I had to use my cellphone for light to avoid plunging into the river. The pathway to the rooms offers either poor lighting or no lighting at all towards the jetty. This place is no good for the elderly or little kids. Avoid.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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StanleyIsland_Plett, Owner at Stanley Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2015

Thank you for your review, I am sorry that you were disappointed with your stay on Stanley Island. We have improved our lighting on the island and offer complementary torches if guests have trouble at night but have had no further complaints of this nature. The island is a private nature reserve far away from the hustle and bustle of the town, we aim to be a quiet getaway to get away from the troubles of the mainland. The nature of staying on an island is that you have to travel to the mainland by boat or airplane, this requires a ferryman that has to be woken up late at night, thus we ask for a extra fee that goes directly to the ferryman. Thank you for your understanding.

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Reviewed 30 December 2012 via mobile

We had a very good experience overall during our 2 night stay. Initially we were disappointed with our room ( bed & breakfast room option) as room was extremely tiny, with open toilet in bedroom, cobwebs and spiders all over. At R1000 a night we felt this was not good value and misleading based on pictures and info on the website. Recommendation- reduce rate on this room, and advertise clearly on website with pictures.
But the friendly staff was able to move us to the much better and bigger superior self catering room for our second night at no extra charge( although room only R80 more per night anyway). This room was a much better premium experience that we would definitely recommend, although the walls are quite thin and you feel close to your neighbours.
Unique location and experience with very friendly and helpful staff. If you like the outdoors and are not scared of spiders :-) then this could be a good alternative to typical guest house accommodation in town.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed 14 November 2012

My Husband and I honeymooned for 3 nights at Stanley Island. We had the most wonderful time and the personal service from the owners really made our stay special. Your room feels like your room and you feel like you are really alone on the island. It is a perfect getaway for a family or for a few close friends. This place really deserves 5 out 5!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Stanley Island

Address: Keurbooms River, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Plettenberg Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #54 of 73 Speciality Lodging in Plettenberg Bay
Price Range: £61 - £123 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The only private island in South Africa – the 28 ha Stanley Island is situated in the spectacularly beautiful Plettenberg Bay Keurbooms Lagoon ,the jewel of the Garden Route. The island features a private landing strip, four guest lodges with 12 en-suite four star rooms, an indigenous milkwood forest, private beaches, abundant birdlife over our protected wetlands. The Island is an ideal honeymoon or family vacation destination only 5km from Plettenberg Bay. Spend your days canoeing up the Keurbooms river, fishing, lazing in a hammock or exploring the island. ... more   less 
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