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  • Elegant rooms and contemporary architecture
  • A stone's throw from the beach, with great balcony views
  • Walking distance to pier, restaurants and canal cruises

A Villa de Mer

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Port Alfred

 

-33.606, 26.8937

About

Tucked just behind the bushy dunes fringing the pristine Kelly’s Beach in Port Alfred, the striking A Villa de Mer offers the perfect beach break for discerning holiday-goers. Apart from its wonderful location, the villa boasts six spacious rooms, decorated with contemporary flair, complemented by facilities and services that work hand-in-hand to assure a completely comfortable stay, with the added security of pre-bookable lock-up garages.

Designed with a keen eye for detail, each room’s tasteful modern feel is enhanced by satellite television, wireless internet, bar fridges, tea/coffee trays, safes, hairdryers and fans, with the huge on-site generator providing electricity 24/7. Bathrobes and personalised toiletries leave guests feeling pampered, before they sink into their beds and fall asleep to an ocean soundtrack. Beach towels are handily available for those who want to take the few steps across the quiet road and onto the beach’s white sands.

The accommodation options are intended to fit most budgets. Guests who want to splash out a bit should look no further the Executive Suite. Judged by guests, this is simply the best room in Port Alfred, and has a King-size bed leading to an impressive en-suite bathroom with a huge freestanding bathtub, massaging rain shower and double basins, not to mention heated towel rails.

The furnished balcony is an outstanding feature, showcasing breath-taking 180 degree views over the ocean and beach. A walk-in wardrobe offers plenty of storage space for long-staying guests.

Down a level in size, two suites have King-size beds with en-suite showers, with one offering double basins and a view of the sea. The other can have one or two single beds added for guests seeking a comfortable family beach holiday. The remaining lodgings all have en-suite showers and include a Queen suite with views of the swimming pool and courtyard, and two suites which can have their King-size beds converted to twins. One of the King/Twin rooms has the advantage of opening straight onto the garden and the sheltered swimming pool and braai/barbecue area.

On the downstairs level of the villa, guests can relax in a peaceful library and reading room overlooking the pool, while upstairs, a spacious lounge leads onto a balcony with more stunning sea and beach views. There is no better, more soul-soothing place to kick back with a sundowner, although the viewing decks on Kelly’s Beach are perfect for this too.

A comprehensive breakfast gives guests plenty of energy for fun-filled days on the beach and explorations of beautiful Port Alfred. The famous Royal Port Alfred golf course is 3 minutes away, while A Villa de Mer is within walking distance of the pier and restaurants and a stone’s throw from the world class marina where one can cruise the canals - an absolute must when visiting Port Alfred. 

With the Addo Elephant park a mere 90 minute drive away, many guests prefer to make Port Alfred their base, whilst enjoying daily excursions to the quaint little village of Bathurst, a number of malaria-free game reserves in the area, horse trails on the beach and historical sites, amongst a range of other possibilities.

The amiable A Villa del Mer concierge staff are able to make recommendations and arrangements for sightseeing, restaurant reservations, taxi transfers and car rental, while the kitchen can prepare picnic baskets to take along on excursions. The town has several excellent restaurants, but guests who prefer to eat in can request dinner to be prepared for them at the guest house.

Rates & Summary


Executive Suite

Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath, shower and double basins
Walk-in wardrobe
Balcony with 180° ocean views

Deluxe King Suite 1

Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite shower and double basins
Side view of ocean

Deluxe King Suite 2

Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
2 extra single beds can be added
En-suite shower

Deluxe Queen Suite

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite shower
Pool and courtyard view

2 Luxury King/Twin Suites

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower
Suite 5 opens onto garden and pool

Pricing

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

Catering

Full English breakfast and cold buffet included
Picnic baskets and dinner on request
Braai facilities available

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome in most rooms.
No children are permitted in the Executive Room due to its high balcony.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in the friendly seaside town of Port Alfred, the modern Mediterranean-style A Villa de Mer has six comfortable contemporary rooms, a swimming pool and great sea views, promising a wonderfully laidback, pampered beach holiday. This spacious villa offers elegant, luxurious accommodation right across the road from the spectacular Kelly’s Beach. Amongst a range of facilities, a large balcony offers panoramic views of the dunes, beach and ocean.

Summary

  • Elegant rooms and contemporary architecture
  • A stone's throw from the beach, with great balcony views
  • Walking distance to pier, restaurants and canal cruises

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Concierge service
  • Nearby: beaches, marina, fishing, whale watching, boating, canoeing, nature reserves, hiking trails, golf course, museums, lighthouse, the Big Pineapple.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Fan included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Braai area available
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Electricity from a generator

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Sunshine Coast

Eastern Cape

About

With the most recorded sunshine hours in South Africa, the name Sunshine Coast is no idle boast or empty promise. Situated between Port Elizabeth and East London, the quaintness of the Sunshine Coast is a welcome escape from big-city bustle. 

The area includes the inland towns of Alexandria, Salem and Bathhurst, with kilometres of beaches accessed via Cannon Rocks, Boknes, Bushmans River Mouth, Kenton-on-sea, Kasouga, Port Alfred and the Great Fish River area. The mixed derivations of these names suggest the rich cultural heritage of the area – the primary meeting point of San, Xhosa, Boer and British. The British influence is clear in the architecture of Bathhurst, Salem and Grahamstown.

Driving on the N2 or its tributaries the R67 or R72, the rolling green hills Lord Charles Somerset likened to English parklands were not exactly what the settlers expected. The unique dark golden-green shade of the Albany Thicket biome is due to the dense growth of hardy drought-resistant plants such as aloe, euphorbia and spekboom. Rain falls in winter and summer, and while not frequent, it is at times unpredictable, so the vegetation is built to withstand fickle skies.

Although unattractively scrubby to some, the Thicket contains 20% of the 316 threatened plant species found in the Eastern Cape, making it an important centre of endemism.

One is tempted to describe this beautiful and unusual landscape as “untouched”, but the area has long been farmed, with cattle, sheep, ostriches, pineapples and chicory among its historically successful concerns. Many farms have since been converted back into game reserves, such as the world-class, malaria-free Kariega and Shamwari Reserves. Game fences line the long, quiet, tarred roads and drivers are often startled at the sight of elephants, giraffes or other game grazing along the fences.

Drivers should also look out for smaller wildlife - porcupines, small antelope, hares, snakes, owls and tortoises - crossing the roads at dawn, dusk and at night.

The beaches and dunes of this coastline are magnificent. The Alexandria dunefield - famously the largest active dunefield in the world - and the exquisite Alexandria State Forest have been absorbed by the Greater Addo Elephant National Park. 

While Kenton-on-sea and Port Alfred are the main seaside attractions, the family-oriented Cannon Rocks, Boknes and Kasouga are popular places to buy holiday homes and have a few lovely self-catering and guest cottages.

The Dias Cross at Kwaaihoek is a replica of the padrão erected there by Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias on his 1488 cruise past the South African coast. At the Cross there is a deck for dolphin sightings and whale-spotting in late spring and early summer. In season, southern right whales are sighted all along the Sunshine Coast.

Despite its fairly good roads and obvious attractions, this area is still, miraculously, relatively unspoilt and undeveloped. With the exception of the graceful Port Alfred Marina, attempts to beat its bush and rivers into commercial shape have been abandoned and it remains gentle, peaceful, simple, pristine and soul-enriching.

Situated on the Indian Ocean, one needn’t expect the “bath water” temperatures of KwaZulu-Natal  - Sunshine Coast swims are invigoratingly cool and sometimes chilly, but seldom as achingly cold as the Western Cape.

The area doesn’t have the same flashy allure as other popular seaside destinations, but if you think of the coast as a place to relax and unwind, rather than paint the town red, there is no better place to visit.

Look out for

Addo Elephant National Park, 30 minutes from PE, features the “Big Seven” (the Big Five, plus southern right whales and great white sharks).

Explore Alexandria’s dunefields on the two-day Alexandria Hiking Trail or the seven-kilometre Dassie Day Trail, named for a rare tree dassie in the area.

Bathurst - founded in 1820, this “English country village in Africa”, 10 minutes from Port Alfred, is home to the Pig & Whistle, the oldest pub in South Africa, and the 16,7-metre-high Big Pineapple.

With unspoiled beaches, the tiny villages of Cannon Rocks, Boknes, Kleinemonde are a fisherman’s and bird-watcher’s paradise. Cannon Rocks is named for its two cannons and anchor. The Dias Cross at Kwaaihoek is an uplifting thee-kilometre walk from Boknes across incredible sandy beaches, or a six-kilometre walk at low tide from Bushmans River.

Bushmans River – the second-longest navigable river in South Africa, with 22 kilometres of navigable water, is a favourite with canoeists, sailors, water-skiers and fishermen.

Kasouga – maintains its rustic beginnings with dirt roads and no streetlights, hotels and shops, wonderful birdlife and an exquisite lagoon.

Port Alfred – enjoy the elegance of the Royal Alfred Marina. Famous for its annual powerboat race, Port Alfred offers provides great shopping, dining, and beauty retreats.

The Sunshine Coast, and nearby holiday meccas such as Great Fish River, St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis, Jeffreys Bay, Tsitsikamma and the Wild Coast, offers excellent surfing, adventure and water sports, fishing, nature reserves and world-class hikes, mountain biking, canoeing, beach horse-rides, bird watching, 4x4 trails, game-viewing, golf, and as well as rich local arts and culture.

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