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“Love at first sight”
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Cliff Lodge
Ranked #1 of 29 Gansbaai B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Athens, Attiki, Greece
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5 reviews
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“Love at first sight”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

This guesthouse is the definition of "love at first sight"!
Situated in a picturesque small village right next to the water, you can litteraly breath the ocean while watching the whales or just enjoying your drink. Marvelous sunset with the cape of Good hope at the very end of the horizon.
Super comfortable rooms, cozy and luxurious living room, absolute hospitality
I will never forget Gideon's fantastic homemade breakfast and our north room with the outdoor shower with ocean view (I will come back for the same room!)
For dinning one can visit a very nice restaurant located only a few romantic promenade minutes away. Plenty options for activities as well. If you enjoy horses, there is a possibility of riding along the beach. A lifetime experience...
Cliff Lodge, was definitely THE best memory of our 7 day trip in S/A.
Gideon, Chantelle, Nico and Gill, thank you very-very much.

Room Tip: What about watching real whales whille having a shower? Then go for the North room with the outdoor...
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

We go every year to run the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon which is held over the Easter Weekend. After the marathon we stay for few days at some nice place in Cape Town. This year we decided to stay at the Cliff Lodge Gansbaai, Western Cape. A very nice road goes from Cape Town to Gansbaai. We found Cliff Lodge absolutely stunning overlooking almost like an enclave of Ocean.In Whale watching season, we have been told that one can sit on the balcony and watch the whales. The rooms were spacious and well catered for. The staff were amazing. Gideon the owner was himself a "hands on" kinda guy. He looked after us very well not only at the lodge but also in booking for our lunches and shark cage diving at a very short notice. The Gloek restaurant in Gansbaai was amazing where we had our supper as the lodge does not cater for lunches or dinners. The meat at Gloek restaurant is Halaal so as Muslim customers we had very good time.
The kitchen at the Cliff Lodge is well equipped. The lodge is well staffed and there is always somebody available to sort out any problem. We will definitely return there to stay again.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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Reviewed 8 May 2014 via mobile

Everything perfekt.
Every Detail better as much 5 Stars Hotels. This is One of the Best Guesthouses we have ever had. Breakfast perfekt so many Details bred, Tea , coffee absolutly incredebible. The Room with a viele super. Clean, nice Features. All Perfect.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

My boyfriend and I spent two nights here, en route from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town. We had met a couple on the way who highly recommended it and we weren't disappointed! The owner Gideon and the staff are so friendly and helpful and the guest house instantly feels like home. The highlight though is the view! Both mornings we had a delicious breakfast on the balcony overlooking a stunning view. In our second evening there we were luckily enough to watch one of the best sunsets I have seen anywhere in the world whilst supping a cider and watching a pod of over 200 dolphins swim through the bay! Incredible!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

Fabulous place in the most incredible location. Lovely beaches nearby (just a 15 min walk along the cliff path) and our host directed us to a little restaurant (5-10 mins walk) that stunned us by how good it was. We had pretty low expectations of that restaurant and couldn't have been more wrong. All in all this was a gorgeous stay. We were stopping over on our way to Cape Town and we almost tried to stay an extra night (in the end we decided we just couldn't fit it in, but we would have if we could have). Very much recommend this guest house.

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Germany
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

Cliff lodge was the best accommodation we had on our trip in South Africa.
Good service, very clean, excellent breakfast. The owner are very helpful and very nice. The view is spectacular! We would come again!

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Oxford
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

We decided to stay here following a friend's raving review. They couldn't have been more right: we absolutely adored everything about it. The location and views are unforgettable, with first row seats over what is quite possibly the best sunset in South Africa. Gideon is incredibly kind and helpful and his staff, particularly Nico, truly wonderful. We have rarely experienced service of this level that truly comes from the heart. Thank you for a truly phenomenal experience.
Also as per the reviews below - be sure to check out lovely Thyme at Rosemary's for dinner, lovely, quaint little place with more of that fabulous service.

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Property: 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 29 B&Bs / Inns in Gansbaai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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 have sea views and 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 unspoilt beaches of the Walker Bay Nature Reserve are a short walk from Cliff Lodge. At Cliff Lodge we offer a level of service that is always attentive, but never intrusive. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal, and we are able to cater to each guest's needs. Whale watching season is spectacular from Cliff Lodge, and the world famous Gansbaai shark diving trips are just 10km away. ... more   less 
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