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A Villa de Mer
Ranked #3 of 25 Port Alfred B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London
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28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Really lovely stay!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2013

This B&B is more like a hotel that is so friendly. The owner and staff were very kind and helpful, turning around our washing n record time (as we suddenly realised we'd run out of clothes the afternoon before checkout- we really appreciated it!)

The breakfast were lovely, rooms were clean and standards of décor was high. We stayed in the room next to the communal pool but never had issues with noise or privacy- we'd actually recommend this room.

We were staying with another couples (separate rooms) and the staff were really great about us having late night drinks on the balcony.

Would recommend Port Alfred - this is not a stop over town! Wish we had another day there!

Room Tip: We stayed in the room next to the communal pool but never had issues with noise or privacy- we'd...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Muntelier, Switzerland
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80 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2013

We stayed one night in Port Alfred between Safaris. We enjoyed our night at Villa de Mer. Our Suite did not leave any wishes open, the bath is very big, new and exclusive. Our host was very friendly and helped us with all we needed and good Restaurant recommendation too. The breakfast was plentiful and because we could not eat all (we had a large meal with dessert the evening before) she gave us freshly baked Muffins for on the road. The weather was a bit cold so we could not enjoy the pool or the beach but the beach Looks fantastic and is just a few steps away.

Room Tip: The Suite with view of the ocean is very nice
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Surrey, UK
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2013

We chose Villa de Mer as a beach holiday for 2 nights to relax after flight(s) from UK. This certainly met our expectations with a wonderful position across from beach and 10 minutes walking distance along the beach to a restaurant overlooking the estuary. The Guest House was of an excellent standard, very friendly, very clean, modern and comfortable. Our bedroom and bathroom (which was enormous) were superb with lovely views. The breakfasts were good and the owner Memory was very helpful with activity suggestions. I found the Settlers monument on the hill above Bathurst and also (surprisingly) the Big Pineapple on the way to Bathurst to be quite interesting.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver, Canada
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150 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2013

Enjoyed our brief one-night stay, R550 per person B&B. Welcoming hostess, spacious room with comfortable bed, nice bathroom, WiFi, good breakfast including fresh baked muffins! We stayed in room 2 - no view, but otherwise lovely room true to photos on website. Ocean is just over the dunes and there's a pool available, though we did not use it. Most restaurants are a short drive away. Parking is in front of the house, not actually enclosed or secured in any way, but reportedly safe.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2013

A warm welcome from Memory set the tone for our stay at this extremely well cared for, upmarket guest house. Well situated a thirty metre walk to the beautiful beach of Port Alfred - airy, well appointed, very private rooms with all the finishes that you need for utmost comfort. Memory is the ideal hostess, making sure that our every need was met, from arranging excursions to making sure that her home became ours. A five star recommendation.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Durban, South Africa
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84 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2012 via mobile

More like a small 6 bedroom hotel than a B&B. Great friendly service that never seemed to intrude on your privacy.

Superb location across the road from a blue flag beach.

Nice comfortable rooms and bathrooms with free wifi.

Nice pool for refreshing swim after a day on the beach.

Well worth a stay.

Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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24 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2012

We were very warmly greeted even though it was only a one night stay for us. We stayed in Suite 1 which I can only describe as 'gorgeous' and every bit as good as the photos on the website. The bathroom is beautiful. Unfortunately it rained hard whilst we were there so we didn't get to see much of the view from the balcony but the hospitality and breakfast made up for that. If we are ever in Port Alfred again, then we would most definitely stay in The Villa de Mer.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about A Villa de Mer

Property: A Villa de Mer
Address: 22 West Beach Drive, Port Alfred 6170, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port Alfred
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Port Alfred
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — A Villa de Mer 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Villa de Mer Guest House is situated on the beachfront in Port Alfred, South Africa and is in a class of its own. Established in 1996, this modern Mediterranean style Guest House has been awarded four stars by the Tourism Grading Council and, rated according to the high parameters set by the AA of South Africa, as Superior grading.A Villa de Mer is a stylish, spacious and upmarket Guest House and a haven to relax. Located opposite the beach, with panoramic views of the Indian ocean, this guest house comprises of six en-suite bedrooms, with 19 channels DSTV and, offers luxurious accommodation at affordable prices. The wide corridors, large upper lounge that leads onto a balcony with stunning sea views and pristine white beaches, library and reading room downstairs overlooking the sheltered swimming pool, A Villa de Mer creates an atmosphere of tranquility and peace. The spacious TV lounge offers a 19 channel DSTV Bouquet and DVD Player. FREE WI-FI. You can relax and enjoy sundowners on the balcony whilst taking in the beautiful views over the Indian ocean. Fall asleep to the smell and sound of waves breaking on the beach. Cross the quiet road and walk the endless white beaches.We offer comfortable home-from-home accommodation. Enjoy the spacious and unpretentious setting of A Villa de Mer. Whether on business or holiday, A Villa de Mer offers its own brand of local hospitality and is a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday living. It is the ideal place to simply relax or to use as a base from which to explore the many sights of Port Alfred. ... more   less 
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