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Ibitshi Guest Lodge Wilderness
Yorkshire - England
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“What a superb place!”
Reviewed 6 February 2014 via mobile

Myself and my wife stayed here for 3nts on our honeymoon trip along the garden route. Quite simply the standard of accommodation is out of this world and has to be seen to be believed. We stayed in an amazing room with a view overlooking the deserted kleinkrantz beach. The standard of furnishings, space, views were seriously fantastic. All of this complemented by a great host Michael. Professional, personal and attentive without being intrusive, serving up phenomenal healthy breakfasts. He was also on hand to help us with dinner reservations and any other queries we had on what to do in this idyllic area. If you want some peace and relaxation in accommodation that offers the best in high end design, stay here. 11 out of 10!!!

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Michael S, Owner at Ibitshi Guest Lodge Wilderness, responded to this review, 8 February 2014
Thanks so much - great to know that you enjoyed your stay at ibitshi. Your review is highly appreciated & makes me even more determined to improve my product in the future. Looking forward to a return visit.
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Reviewed 5 January 2014 via mobile

The most perfect place for a relaxing holiday, with the breathtaking views,comfort at it's finest and every morning waking up to the smell of freshly baked breads and pastries!what more could you ask for?Michael is very friendly and is a true inspiration for culinary skills, every day for 10 days we ate something different at breakfast and he out did himself with every masterpiece he created.The dogs, Utie and Muzzie are an added treat as they too treat you to walks on the beach and guide you home once you have had a good day tanning on this almost private beach .it is close to Knysna and Wilderness where there are lots of fun things to do ,like paragliding,tree swinging,canoeing etc. A place not to be missed.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Michael S, Owner at Ibitshi Guest Lodge Wilderness, responded to this review, 10 January 2014
Wow! That really is great,to know that you had a great time. It gives me great pleasure to know that I played a part in making your holiday quite special. Thanks for staying @ ibitshi & all the best to the family in 2014
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

If you can get in, definitely stay here! We spent 3 nights in the upstairs sea view suite ‘seaside 1’, the one with the bath overlooking the sea! We’ve never stayed in a B&B like this. The house is perfectly positioned by the beach and is an architectural dream, complete with swimming pool inside the lounge. The owner, Michael, who designed the place originally as his own home, has a passion for hospitality and made us feel instantly at ease. His breakfasts are the best we experienced on our entire South African trip, if he’s not a top chef, he ought to be. Thanks Michael. Kleinkrantz is within easy reach of Knysna where we did a ‘Township Tour’ which was excellent and happy experience. Michael will have details of how to book it.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Michael S, Owner at Ibitshi Guest Lodge Wilderness, responded to this review, 30 November 2013
Your review is highly appreciated. I do have a passion for real hospitality & thoroughly enjoy it.
It brings great personal pleasure when I hear from discerning guests that they had a great time at ibitshi. Mike & Angie, it would be special to welcome you back,in the future.
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Cupertino, California, United States
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

The property is amazing, view of the water with an amazing deck, the first floor is very wide and open, with what seems to be an indoor pool.

Being a carnivore myself, I was initially hesitant when I heard the breakfast was vegetarian, but the food was great. Stuff that was notable was the quiche, pancakes, mixed fruit and a huge selection of jams.

My only regret here is that I wish we could have stayed longer. We checked in later in the night and had to get going relatively early the next day.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Michael S, Owner at Ibitshi Guest Lodge Wilderness, responded to this review, 5 November 2013
Hi Arjuna,
It was great having your group of friends, here @ ibitshi. Hopefully, next time you guys will stay a little longer. Your positive review is highly appreciated.
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Reviewed 18 June 2013

First the downside, if there is one: We were initially a little worried about the location of Ibitshi lodge. It's on a very quiet residential road with some pretty stunning, architecturally designed houses on one side, and the beach on the other, and it's not possible to walk to Wilderness so you'll need a car. That said, it was exactly what we wanted, a good base to explore the area. You also, while having a really lovely beach outside your front-door, cannot swim in the ocean because of the riptide. So it's more of a walking, sunbathing beach, spectacular and windswept, with dolphins visible from the shore.
The positives are that you have an incredibly friendly, chatty, and at ease host, who provides a real personal touch but does not overbear and disappears to leave you to your own thing after breakfast. And that brings me to what was undoubtedly the highlight of our stay here, Michael is a superb, innovative cook and each breakfast was different but delicious. We were greeted by almond bread, wine and oysters on arrival. The breakfasts are healthy too, no fried eggs here but fresh fruit smoothies, delicious fat-free muffins (my wife borrowed the recipe!), and a clever egg concoction (frittata, or something baked!) each morning, to accompany freshly baked rolls.
Wilderness is a 5 min drive away and we had one of our best meals of SA there despite it being down-season.
Finally the two dogs, particularly the collie, Utah, were great fun, and a welcome bit of company on our walk down the beach.
All in all, recommended

Room Tip: The sea view rooms are spectacular but you do get woken early by the light
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Michael S, Owner at Ibitshi Guest Lodge Wilderness, responded to this review, 20 June 2013
Hi Nicki & Tom,
Your review is much appreciated - Thanks
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Edinburgh
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Reviewed 31 March 2013

Ibitshi Guest House is as good as all the reviews say and more. A stunning property with spectacular views. Highly recommend sea view rooms. Breakfasts include freshly made breads, fruit drinks and more besides. A very friendly and informative host who clearly enjoys guests making the most of their holidays.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Michael S, Owner at Ibitshi Guest Lodge Wilderness, responded to this review, 3 April 2013
Hi Stephen & Gary,
Great to read that you were satisfied with all @ ibitshi. Your review is much appreciated. You guys were an absolute pleasure to host & hope you visit again sometime soon.
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Reviewed 9 March 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for four nights. The place is unbelievable! The room- wow ! The breakfasts-have not had better in SA ever! Michael knows excactly how a good host ought to be, offering service but not being too close. The last night he even offered to be our driver to and fro our restaurant to let us enjoy the full wine package.
Do we want to come back? Yeah!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Michael S, Owner at Ibitshi Guest Lodge Wilderness, responded to this review, 12 March 2013
It was one big pleasure having you guys staying at ibitshi. The pleasure will be even greater, when hopefully you return sometime soon !! All the best - Michael,Muzzy & Utie
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Property: Ibitshi Guest Lodge Wilderness
Address: 2405 Hibiskus Street, Kleinkrantz, Wilderness 6560, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Wilderness
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 36 Speciality Lodging in Wilderness
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Guest Lodge located on the beachfront in Kleinkrantz, Wilderness aimed at the tourist & business travel market. Ibitshi is owner-managed and combines spacious accommodation, contemporary facilities and service excellence. Understanding the diverse and unique requirements of both tourists & corporate clients, the lodge combines private suites with an upmarket open-plan environment and several different spaces to unwind and relax. Four suites, boasting stunning ocean or mountain views, include business facilities and top class amenities. ... more   less 
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