St Francis Bay is perhaps the Eastern Cape's "best kept secret".
First sighted in 1575 by Portuguese sailors who named it after their patron saint, St Francis Bay is a mere one hour's drive from Port Elizabeth.
This tranquil village with its meandering waterways, picturesque thatched houses, abundant birdlife and miles of golden beaches is the perfect spot to just break-away!
A unique eco-destination, mild year-round temperatures and the longest sunshine hours on the South African coast make it a sought-after destination for the discerning traveller.
Sandals Guest House is one of the top guest houses in picturesque St Francis Bay. The ambience of this boutique guesthouse is a blend of superb hospitality, cuisine and service. Our palm-fringed thatched house is decorated in a tropical-African flavour.
Situated 150 metres from the main beach, Sandals offers you unsurpassed luxury with its pool bar, holiday setting and spacious wooden decks. Our swimming pool is set in a lush semi-tropical garden.
Our vibrant and earthy African - Caribbean decor creates an elegantly charming and cheerful ambience for your dining enjoyment.
Sandals' cuisine embraces South Africa's rich natural abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and shellfish. Sample imaginative local and international dishes infused with African spices and Indian Ocean flavours, capturing the essence of our South African cuisine.
“Please note dinners are not served daily. Dinners are planned by the owner according to guest numbers & arranged accordingly or on group request. There are, however, a host of restaurants in walking distance & nearby. Sandals management is happy to assist with reservations locally”.
Sandals Guest House is a harmonious creation of wood, thatch and stone, creating a most pleasing atmosphere both from outside and within.
Relaxing in the garden will be like enjoying your own little Garden of Eden.
Sandals has ten large en-suite luxury bedrooms, all with baths, showers and extra length beds.
All of our accommodation is spacious and our individually decorated bedrooms with their African or Caribbean décor, all have sliding doors which open onto either your private balcony or into the sub-tropical garden, give you the best of all worlds.
Besides our extraordinary levels of friendliness, service and attention, we at Sandals always strive to ensure that your stay with us will be an unforgettable pleasure, whether you are on holiday, enjoying a romantic getaway or on a conference or business trip.
Our guest suites have been thoughtfully planned to ensure “feels like home” comfort even whilst you are away from home.
Each suite is provided with satellite television, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryers, telephones and guest amenities.
Satellite Television Tea/Coffee facilities Hairdryers Guest Amenities Bathrobes Beach towels supplied Bathroom towels supplied Heater(s) Bathroom (en-suite) Complimentary toiletries Fan(s) Internet connection (wireless) Area information booklet Safe for valuables Patio / verandah / balcony Daily Housekeeping
Garden Swimming Pool Safe deposit box (reception) Smoking: in demarcated areas Tour assistance Bar (fully licenced) Child friendly (all ages) Transfers (airport) Restaurant Laundry service
St Francis Activities Attractions:
We have a variety of cruises available for your enjoyment. You can enjoy boat cruises around the bay. Discover abundant bird and marine life - including penguins, whales and dolphins. Explore the upper reaches of the Kromme River on a comfortable motor launch.Take an hour-long trip and sip a soothing drink as you experience our 'Little Venice' aboard a comfortable cruiser. Stop over at Stony Boma River Camp for a picnic or barbecue. After lunch, relax or go hiking, canoeing, fishing or birding on the river.
It's 1...2...3...bungee! This is the world's Highest Commercial Bungee Jump at 216m! You probabaly won't want to try anything much higher. A must-do for any true daredevil. Common side effects are post bungee grin and post bungee adrenaline high that unfortunately only lasts a few days. Should you wish to stay at Tsitsikamma for your Bungee Jump we can organise accommodation for you.
Various Game Reserves in and around the Eastern Cape, including the Cheetah breeding Camp; See View Lion Park; Shamwari; Kariega; Lalibela or Kwandwe Game Reserves; Baviaanskloof Wilderness area; Addo Elephant National Park or Schotia Safaris. Enjoy wildlife at Seaview Game & Lion Park with 40 species of African animals to view, including lions, jackals, lynx, crocodiles, giraffe, zebra, baboons, monkeys, wildebeest and many others. All great attractions within 1 hours' drive from St Francis Bay.
Forest Canopy Tours:
Ever wanted to know what birds feel like? Come close while on a forest canopy tour. The Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour is a unique eco-wilderness adventure that takes place in the magnificent Tsitsikamma indigenous rainforest. The first of its kind in Africa, the canopy tour involves traversing from one platform to another along a steel cable suspended up to 30 meters above the forest floor. Most platforms are located in giant Outeniqua Yellowwood trees. The scenery and bird life is spectacular and professional guides provide interesting facts about the forest ecology during the 2 and half to 3 hours.
Walks and Safaris:
A veriaty of Walk's and Safari's can be found in and around the Eastern Cape. Experience Knysna forest alongside our African elephants, A guided nature walk through fynbos, valley and stunning indigenous and exotic forest. Touch and feed the gentle giants. Armed with gum boots, head lights and nets, you head out onto the reserve in search of frog hot spots. On the frogging safari, frogs will be identified, listed and safely returned to the water.
Birds of Eden / Monkeyland:
Birds of Eden. is the Garden Route's very own world os class free flight bird sanctuary. The largest free-flight aviary in the world. Safaris conducted by experienced game rangers where you can expect to see many species of monkeys and a large variety of forest-dwelling birds. Like Monkeyland, the popular primate sanctuary next-door, Birds of Eden boasts its own canopy walk, while shorter than the 128m bridge at Monkeyland, it hangs above the clouds. Monkeyland opened its doors to the public on the 6th of April 1998. Our unique primate sanctuary is currently the top eco-tourism attraction on the Garden Route and for very sound and sunny reasons.
Penguin Rescue and rehabilitation:
"Penguins are fascinating creatures, intriguing scientists and tourists alike. Whether offering us the mystery and beauty of a 300-metre dive or entertaining us with comic clumsiness on land, these charismatic creatures delight the eye and captivate the heart." - Phil Hockey 2001
Seal Point Lighthouse:
Seal Point lighthouse is situated approximately 30 km from Humansdorp and 100 km from port Elizabeth and is home to the tallest masonry building, standing 27.75 meters high. The focal plane is 36 meters above sea level and the light has a range of 28 sea miles.