Oyster Bay Lodge, near St. Francis Bay 

Oyster Bay Lodge, near St. Francis Bay

A luxury establishment nestled in 235 hectares of dunes, wetlands and fynbos is a true ‘get-away-from-it-all’ destination. Incredibly amiable and welcoming hosts spoil you with high quality accommodation and delicious cuisine. You decide how to spend your days – in the privacy of your own space, on a gentle horse ride along the beach, relaxing by the sparking pool or strolling through the coastal vegetation. If tranquillity and the rhythmic sound of the waves is your want – then look no further.

It took me a while to eventually find time to savour the beauty and tranquillity that Oyster Bay Lodge offers. Whether it is to get away from the pressure of business, from the crowds of the City or as part of a hectic holiday schedule, this is a little bit of heaven.  

As soon as you leave the main N2 highway connecting the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth, you realize that you are stepping into another world. The 20 or so kilometres of gravel road wind up and down through pastures green and past scattered farmsteads. An occasional vehicle may pass you driving up a screen of dust which soon subsides. Gradually the azure tint of the ocean comes into view and the pastel coloured homes of a small isolated community reveal themselves.  

Well signposted, your arrival at the Lodge is heralded by a gated Reception area, from where you are directed down to the Lodge itself. The main dining and entertainment area has been tastefully fashioned from the core of an old Farmhouse and opens out onto a sparkling swimming pool and a view inland. The comfortable guestrooms are attached to the main building and the luxury chalets stretch downwards towards a group of towering blue gum trees. Each room or chalet has its own little private verandah looking seaward, so if it’s purely your own company that you seek – it’s there for you.

The flora and the birdlife beckoned my first afternoon and so following the well signposted trails I strolled down through the wetlands onto the 3 kilometre long stretch of sandy beach. Gulls soared in the gentle breeze and a number of small fishing boats peppered the horizon. The biggest surprise of all though was the lively group of free roaming horses enjoying their afternoon at the sea! These hardy Nooitegdacht mounts have the freedom of the farm, but are also there for the guest’s enjoyment. The next morning I took a ride, ably guided by Booi along the beach and up into the dune and coastal forest – 2 hours of pure joy, in another world. 

Being winter, my evenings were spent sipping a pre-dinner drink in front of an open fire, followed by a sumptuous and beautifully prepared 5-course meal in the candle-lit dining area. Breakfast is a more al fresco affair with a menu full of surprises. If I had stayed longer I would have been tempted by their picnic lunch brought to you on horseback to your chosen hideaway – but then it is good to keep something back for another time – which there will surely be.

It all may sound a bit laid back, which it is, but if activity is more your line then try mountain biking, fishing or joining a dune safari organised by the Lodge. Close by is the village of St. Francis Bay with its renowned St. Francis Links Golf Course, and beyond the waves of Jeffrey’s Bay beckon the surfing aficionados.

Rates at Oyster Bay Lodge vary depending on the package you take:


Rates for 1 November 2012 - 31 October 2013 

 

Luxury Chalet

Bed & Breakfast R1040 pppn sharing
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast R1240 pppn sharing

Comfortable Guestroom

Bed & Breakfast R720 pppn sharing
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast R940 pppn sharing

3rd person/children between 2 - 12   50% discount on B&B rate 

Single supplement  25% above B&B sharing rate

Children under 2  free of charge

 

PACKAGES 1 November 2012 - 31 October 2013

Starter Package
(2 nights, breakfast daily, dinner on arrival, dune picnic) 

Luxury Chalet R2480 pp sharing
Comfortable Guestroom  R1860 pp sharing

Coastal Package
(3 nights, breakfast daily, dinner on arrival, beach horseride, dune picnic)

Luxury Chalet  R3825 pp sharing
Comfortable Guestroom  R2895 pp sharing

 

Rates for 1 November 2013 - 31 October 2014

Luxury Chalet

Bed & Breakfast R1080 pppn sharing
Dinner, Bed & breakfast  R1330 pppn sharing

Comfortable Guestroom

Bed & Breakfast  R750 pppn sharing
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast  R1000 pppn sharing

3rd Person/children between 2-12  50% discount on B & B rate

Single supplement  25% above B & B sharing rate

Child under 2  free of charge

 

PACKAGES  1 November 2013 - 31 October 2014

Starter Package
(2 nights, breakfast daily, dinner on arrival, dune picnic) 

Luxury Chalet  R2535 pp sharing
Comfortable Guestroom  R1875 pp sharing

Coastal Package 
(3 nights, breakfast daily, dinner on arrival, beach horseride, dune picnic) 

Luxury Chalet  R3890 pp sharing
Comfortable Guestroom  R2900 pp sharing 


 

 


Oyster Bay Lodge has recently been graded a Birder Friendly establishment by BirdLife South Africa. So for all you 'twitchers' out there, this would be another reason to experience this 'must visit destination'. They even have a local 'fundi' by the name of Mike who will be glad to help you expand your birdlist! Their count at the moment is over 150 different species.
Exciting news: A Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence has just been awarded to this beautiful Lodge with a score of 4.5 out of 5. Commendations from satisfied guests have enabled them to receive this accolade and re-inforces my own wonderful experience. Congratulations.