- Smart mid-range guesthouse
- Modern interiors
- Well located for beach
- Excellent family apartment
Anlin Beach House is a stylish mid-range guesthouse (skirting the mid-range / boutique border) with crisp modern interiors and friendly owners. It is one of our favourite Garden Route options if you want to dedicate yourself to some serious beach time.
Plettenberg Bay is a popular Coastal Resort on the Garden Route. A fast growing Coastal town with a strong holiday atmosphere. The big draw is the beaches. Vast Robberg Bay is a beautiful long stretch of sand backed by an affluent residential area (for the most part hidden behind the dunes) and is great for long strolls or playing in the surf. Central Beach is a busy town beach with more sheltered waters good for swimming. Keurboomstrand is a little wilder and offers both lagoon and surf. The area is best avoided during the peak domestic holiday season (November - January). Most of the best accommodation options in the area are well outside Plettengberg Bay itself (and the better for it), but if you want to be near a beach with the facilities of a Coastal holiday town on hand then Anlin Beach House is a fantastic option.
Anlin Beach House is perfectly situated just one row back from Robberg Bay Beach in a very affluent residential area. Although it is not directly on the beach, it is an easy stroll (even when laden with beach gear) and is the perfect base for exploring the Garden Route and getting in some time at the beach. This is a small guesthouse with just 3/4 spacious rooms in total. There are two one-bedroom garden suites with private access, patio and small garden, perfect for a couple, but can also take one extra small child on request. The family apartment has two/three bedrooms and is perfect for families. It has a beautiful kitchen and light and airy lounge opening out onto two patios, one north facing with mountain and sea views and the other looking south towards the Robberg Peninsula. The spacious main bedroom in the family apartment is en suite with a separate patio (this is not included if the apartment is taken at the 4 person rate). The family apartment sleeps 4 people if taken with two bedrooms or 5-6 people if taken with all three bedrooms.
All rooms are well equipped with kitchens and cooking equipment, and can be taken as self-catering or Bed and Breakfast (continental breakfast). In the small parking lot there is a storage chest well equipped with beach toys, body boards and the like. There is no swimming pool. The nearest restaurants are a short drive away.
The luxury apartment at Anlin Beach House is perfect for families and highly recommended for those with older children who enjoy playing in the surf on Robberg Bay Beach (there are several lifeguard monitored swimming zones and regular intervals down the beach). With a well equipped kitchen and braai facilities are perfect for families who don’t want to be eating out every day.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019