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  • Sweeping views over the sea and distant mountains
  • Elegant, colourful rooms offer a comfortable stay
  • Free shuttle service to nearby restaurants

Aquamarine Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 12 years and older

In Mossel Bay

 

-34.1821, 22.1377

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A great location, personalised services and top-class accommodation make Aquamarine Guest House a fantastic choice for those who want to experience everything that Mossel Bay has to offer.

The guest house has five rooms, all adorned with soothing splashes of blue and highly polished wooden floors. Facilities are state-of-the-art, and include high definition satellite televisions, remote controlled fans and lights, digital safes, and free Wi-Fi. Other amenities such as bar fridges, coffee/tea facilities, hairdryers, heaters and Sertapedic Queen-size beds add to the levels of comfort. The full en-suite bathrooms come with complimentary bath products and have the advantage of double basins. Pool towels are provided for guests who want to make use of the refreshing splash pool. 

Although all the rooms have either a patio or balcony, guests who want of sea views should choose one of the luxury rooms or the honeymoon suite. Cosy and comfortable, the standard rooms are situated on the ground floor and have small patios with garden views. 

Also on the ground floor, the luxury rooms are more generously sized, with patios opening straight onto the splash pool, allowing guests to make use of the provided pool towels while admiring ocean and mountain views. Occupying a private position upstairs, the honeymoon suite is particularly spacious and features a large deck with the best ocean views in town. Guests can kick off their shoes and relax on the two loungers, looking out for dolphins and whales in the sea.

The guest house’s living area is elegantly appointed with rich wooden furniture and plush couches, and the fireplace has been charmingly converted into a display cabinet for a magnificent model ship. An extensive breakfast is served either in the dining room or outside on the main patio, again in the company of picturesque views. 

A free shuttle service is conveniently available between 6pm and 11pm to transport guests to their dinner appointments at one several restaurants nearby, serving everything from fresh seafood to succulent steaks. The shuttle should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.

Should you need assistance with anything during your stay, staff members are only a quick ring of the service bell away. With free secure parking behind a remote-controlled gate on the premises, the guest house is centrally located to explore Mossel Bay either by car or by foot, with the town centre, Bayview Shopping Centre, Santos Blue Flag beach and harbour all within a kilometre. Equally close by is the fascinating Dias Museum complex, where visitors can post a letter from the Old Post Office tree, a 500 year old milkwood that was used as a letter drop off and collection point in the 1500s. 

Tours of Seal Island, as well as whale watching cruises (in season) depart from the harbour daily, giving participants an awe-inspiring insight into the diverse marine life of the Indian Ocean. A huge number of additional attractions can be found in the region, and your hosts can help you get the most out of your stay.

Rates & Summary


2 Standard Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath, shower and double basins
Patio with garden view

2 Luxury Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath, shower and double basins
Patio with ocean and garden view

Honeymoon Suite

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite rain shower, corner bath and double basins
Large balcony with ocean view

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Continental and English breakfast included

Kids

Children 12 and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Looking out over the ocean and onwards to the Outeniqua Mountains, Aquamarine Guest House is situated in Mossel Bay, and offers bed and breakfast accommodation in five well-appointed rooms. A modern, fresh design provides the perfect setting for a seaside holiday at this luxury guest house, which offers gorgeous ocean views and a lovely splash pool. Guests can make use of a free shuttle service transporting them to and from the nearby restaurants.

Summary

  • Sweeping views over the sea and distant mountains
  • Elegant, colourful rooms offer a comfortable stay
  • Free shuttle service to nearby restaurants

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird/whale watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Splash pool
  • Nearby: beaches, tidal pools, boat trips, whale watching, shark cage diving, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, nature reserves, hiking, golf courses, quad biking, lighthouse, Dias Museum complex.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Ceiling fans
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • No laundry service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Braai area available
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Garden Route

Western Cape

About

The Garden Route encompasses a large section of the Southern Cape coast, bookended by Witsand in the west and Nature’s Valley in the east. In-between are the large towns of Mossel Bay and George, and the smaller, more touristy destinations of Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness and Sedgefield.

The region is a narrow zone wedged between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains; and is one of great natural beauty. Despite massive development in recent years, it remains the country’s Garden of Eden. There are gloriously long beaches, lush and mysterious forests, rugged coastlines, amber rivers, and tranquil lagoons. All overlooked by hazy mountain peaks.

The region has been a favourite with locals and overseas visitors for decades. The temperate climate makes it idyllic to visit at almost any time of the year. 

Although the beaches are promoted as the main attraction, the forests are equally important. In fact, they are the gardens of the Garden Route. 

With their magnificent giant Outeniqua yellowwoods (podocarpus falcatus), unfathomable gorges and areas of impenetrable trees, vines, and ferns, the forests have long been a passion for those with a love of nature. Much of their depths remain unexplored and, thankfully, unexploited. Perhaps their greatest treasure is that they are home to a handful of Knysna elephants.

Rivers tumbling from the mountain slopes have carved the landscape into deep gorges and twisting valleys, shaded by steep slopes and plunging cliffs. The Keurbooms and Knysna rivers flow into tidal lagoons at Plettenberg Bay and Knysna respectively. Sedgefield Lagoon, which is also open to the sea, is fed by Swartvlei, the biggest body of water in an area known as South Africa’s lake district. This chain of 5 lakes stretches from Sedgefield to Wilderness.

A large swathe of the region is protected within the Garden Route National Park. The park is made up of disjointed patches of land and therefore has no fixed beginning or end.

The Wilderness National Park, the Tsitsikamma National Park and the Knysna National Lakes area are sections within the greater park

Thanks to the habitats of forest, fynbos, coastline and wetlands, there is a plethora of wildlife, birdlife and marine life. Visitors can also enjoy a vast number of activities and attractions (adrenalin, adventure or relaxation). The innumerable accommodation establishments offer everything from 5-star luxury to basic camping facilities. In recent years, the Garden Route has become something of a gourmet route that will satisfy even the most discerning epicure.

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National Parks – the Wilderness National Park makes up the western section of the recently formed Garden Route National Park. Situated in the vicinity of Wilderness it protects patches of indigenous forest and fynbos, long stretches of unspoilt coastline and pristine beaches, coastal dunes, rivers and estuaries. It has a series of 5 lakes – something unique in South Africa. The park is renowned for its diversity of activities, which include canoeing, mountain biking, abseiling and kloofing.

Hiking includes the 7km-long Half-Collared Kingfisher Trail; the 5km-long Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail; the Cape Dune Molerat Trail between Rondevlei and Swartvlei (3km- or 6km-long routes); and the Pied Kingfisher Trail, the longest at 10km.

Birdwatching is popular, with 230 species to be seen, and part of the park is a designated RAMSAR site. There are 3 bird hides - at Rondevlei, Langvlei, and on the Touw River. Accommodation at the Ebb and Flow Rest Camp on the banks of the Touw River takes the form of caravan and camping sites, rondavels and cottages. 

Hiking – the Garden Route is well-known for its large variety of short and multi-day hiking trails. Probably the most popular is the 48km-long 5-day Otter Trail from Storms River Mouth along the coast to Nature’s Valley. The Outeniqua Trail is the longest hike on the Garden Route. It commences at Beervlei hut at an old forestry station just off the Seven Passes Road inland from Sedgefield. From here it traverses 108km of forest and fynbos covering the slopes and foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains. It finishes 7 days later at Harkerville between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. 

The Harkerville Hiking Trail is a 24km-long, 2-day circular trail aimed at fit hikers that don’t have a fear of heights. It starts and ends at the Harkerville Forest Station. 

Kranshoek Coastal Walk is a spectacular 9km-long circular route covering a section of the Harkerville coastline.

The 61km-long Tsitsikamma Trail starts at the Nature’s Valley Rest camp and heads for the slopes of the Tsitsikamma mountains, away from the coast. It finishes at either Storms River Bridge or Storms River Village.

There are also some beautiful slack packing options the 65km-long, 5-day, Garden Route Trail between Wilderness and Knysna; the 48km-long, 5-day Oyster Catcher Trail between Mossel Bay and Gourits River Mouth; and the 17km-long, 2-day Dolphin Trail from Storms River Mouth east along the coast to the Fernery.

Nature Reserves – there are 4 nature reserves in the region. These are the Outeniqua Nature Reserve at George, the Goukamma Nature Reserve between Sedgefield and Buffalo Bay, the Robberg Nature Reserve at Plettenberg Bay, and the Keurbooms Nature Reserve, also at Plettenberg Bay.

All offer good birding and each has a network of hiking trails - except Keurbooms, which has river-based activities instead. 

Forests – these thickly-wooded areas are alive with unique life forms, birdsong, fungi, ferns, frogs and feathered creatures. The towering Outeniqua yellowwoods, some 800 years old, are the pillars of the forests and magnificent in stature. From George through to Nature’s Valley there are several sections of forest where visitors can walk or picnic beneath the canopy. These include the Groeneweide Nature Walk, at Groenkop Farleigh Indigenous Forest near George. 

Around Knysna, there are 3 main forest areas. Goudveld lies north-west of town and is accessed via the rural area of Rheenendal. It is home to the locals’ favourite picnic spot of Jubilee Creek, the worked-out Bendigo gold mine, and the isolated gorge known as Drupkelders. Gouna is north of town and links up with Diepwalle, which lies to the east. The Garden of Eden is a small patch of forest alongside the N2, accessed along boardwalks between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Also here is the Harkerville Forest. In the east of the region, around Nature’s Valley, the forests of the Tsitsikamma National Park virtually spill onto the beaches and rocky headlands.   

Beaches and lagoons – for many the wide, sweeping stretches of beach that glint like a string of pearls along the coastline are what the Garden Route is all about. These are found throughout the region and most are accessible via minor roads off the N2. If the rough and tumble of surf isn’t quite your thing then the more tranquil waters of the Knysna Lagoon, the Keurbooms Lagoon at Plettenberg Bay, and the Sedgefield Lagoon are popular options.

The Maritime Museum – visitors who enjoy a good museum should head to Mossel Bay. Here the maritime history of the area can be explored at the Dias Museum Complex where you can board a replica of Bartolomeu Dias’s caravel. There’s also a collection of ancient maps from those days and a good shipwreck display. Here too stands the 500+-year-old Post Office Tree. The museum complex houses a Shell Museum, said to be the largest in South Africa. There is also an aquarium. The complex is open from 09h00-16h45, Monday to Friday, and from 09h00-15h45 on weekends and public holidays.

Golf – for those who consider golf to be a large part of a holiday, there are premier golf courses along virtually the entire Garden Route. These include the 18-hole championship course at Pinnacle Point near Mossel Bay; the 3 courses of Fancourt at George; the Knysna Golf Club; Simola Golf & Country Estate (Knysna); Pezula Championship Course (Knysna); Plettenberg Bay Country Club; and Goose Valley Golf Club (Plettenberg Bay).

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