Settler Sands is an excellent Port Alfred accommodation offering

Settlers Sand accommodation Port Alfred

Settler Sands, Port Alfred, Eastern Cape

If you are visiting Port Alfred and looking for a family, group or even romantic accommodation offering that embodies the town’s holiday calm, then Settler Sands Resort is where you should be heading.

The owners have managed to combine the efficiency of staff, neat amenities, and a great location into a wonderful home-away-from-home experience.

Whilst driving up the town’s Beach Road, I was pleasantly surprised by the size of their units. Together with some friends, we spent two nights in one of their four-bedroom apartment.

This 4-star accommodation offering also allows visitors to explore all that the town has to offer. Settler Sands Resort is situated inside a gated holiday community and is located at the doorstep of Port Alfred’s Blue Flag Beach – Kelly’s Beach. It was the ideal location to enjoy a beach-side weekend getaway with my friends.

Settler Sands, Port Alfred, accommodation, Eastern Cape

Not only are the beaches just a short walk away, but you can also reach the local restaurants and local attractions easily. The Kowie River is just a two-minute drive away so you can enjoy a fun river cruise should you be in the mood. Port Alfred is also within reach of the Eastern Cape’s famed Big 5 game reserves should you wish to venture further from your base.

We, however, spent most of the time at the Settler Sands as the warm weather allowed us to soak up some sun and enjoy the waves from our balcony. The apartments offered total privacy, so we never felt disturbed at all during our stay.

The manager of Settler Sands, Eugene, explained that he aims to make sure all of his guests to enjoy themselves during their stay. He was in regular contact with myself to check if we needed anything – this personalised service made me feel appreciated.

Accommodation at the Settler Sands

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Settler Sands consists of four self-catering apartments. As pointed above, I was fortunate to spend my weekend enjoying their four-bedroom offering, Unit 3. Each bedroom had either double beds or two single beds, and three bathrooms, two of them being en-suite.

The living room and kitchen were comfortably spacious and we could all sit together and enjoy the rugby thanks to the flat-screen TV with DSTV. Throughout the apartment, we found that there were many photos of the local beaches and the pier of Port Alfred decorating the walls; adding to the relaxing beach house feel of the apartment.

The kitchen was fully equipped to handle all our self-catering needs. We were able to prepare some delicious meals so we didn’t have to run out to eat during our stay. There is also a double lock-up garage, which allowed the car to be sheltered from the elements.

Guests can also enjoy a walk in the beautiful gardens of the community that has a tranquil fountain feature and a vibrant assortment of plants. For those returning from spending a day swimming in the ocean, there is an outside shower to wash yourself off.

I would definitely say that my stay at Settler Sands mirrored Eugene’s intention of creating a ‘home away from home experience’ for his guests.

Needless to say, we felt very safe during our stay. With remote controlled gates and alarms, we knew that this establishment took the safety of their guests very seriously.

This two-storey apartment is an ideal self-catering getaway. I would strongly recommend it to anyone planning on a holiday in Port Alfred and I would not hesitate in staying at the Settler Sands again in the future.

Top Reasons for Visiting Settler Sands:

  1. Perfect location – close proximity to the beach, river and several restaurants.
  2. Affordable accommodation rates.
  3. A great holiday destination for families or groups of friends.
  4. An ideal home away from home experience.
  5. Fully equipped self-catering accommodation.

Settler Sands can be located at 4 Beach Dr, Port Alfred. To make a reservation, call them on 046 624 1252 or email Book online at Find them on Google Maps by clicking here.

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