Your Summer Escape to Port Alfred | Royal St Andrews Hotel

Your Summer Escape to Port Alfred

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The Eastern Cape and specifically the Sunshine Coast, offers miles of untouched natural beauty along the coast, perfect for your Summer Escape. Indulge in poolside relaxation, experience our on-site Camelot Spa or explore Port Alfred by foot, car or by boat – whichever mode of transport you choose, you’ll uncover treasures!

Golfing fans will be happy to know that the Hotel is situated across the road from the Royal Port Alfred Golf Course, so it’s a quick stroll or rather short car ride to your first tee. From here you’ll experience views over the ocean and perhaps a grazing buck or two along the way. It’s a magnificent way to experience nature while enjoying a top rated course. To book your slot, call 046 624 4796 or email

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Explore the Kowie River, offering boaters, canoeists and fisherman, 22km of navigable river, perfect for sunset cruises on warm summer days, casting a line into the water or exploring with the kids. The small boat harbour can be found alongside the Royal Alfred Marina, where private boats are docked. Contact the Harbour Master’s office via 046 624 4587 if you’d like to get your boat registration done before the season begins.

We have a number of cruise operators in the area who specialise in river cruises, deep-sea fishing and canoe trips, so your river and sea adventures are plenty! For a full list of operators, visit Sunshine Coast Tourism.

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The area is filled with nature and game reserves, offering visitors day-visit options as well as guided game drives and you’ll find that the hospitality of the locals and the connection to nature, will have your soul feeling revived – it’s the perfect summer pick-me-up.

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Offering a game drive with a difference is Sibuya Game Reserve.  You’ll embark on this expedition by boat from Kenton-on-Sea, exploring the Kariega River, which is also the longest navigable river in South Africa! On that note, Sibuya is also the only game reserve in the country accessible only by boat.  Home to nearly 400 bird species and 45 species of game, you are sure to have a memorable trip!

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If you’re keen to jump in the car and explore the back roads in the area, try the route from Woody Cape to Alexandria. Follow the ‘golden mile’ from Cannon Rocks through some of the country’s finest dairy farms, pass Woody Cape and enjoy beautiful ocean views and the southern hemisphere’s largest shifting dunes, visible from space, before experiencing the beauty of the Alexandria forest. Stop over in Alexandria itself and visit famous South African sculptor, Maureen Quin, at Quin Sculpture Garden, before returning to the Hotel for a fine dining experience.

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The award-winning Thistle Restaurant is the only fine dining establishment in Port Alfred, which also has a smart dress code – perfect for the ultimate evening indulgence after a day lounging poolside or exploring.

Featured in the annual Diners Club Winelist Awards, The Thistle is lead by Executive Chef, Debby van Wyk, who you can see in action along with her team, through a glass wall built specifically to infuse a different taste to the experience. All dishes are imbued with flavours, textures and combinations that are out of the ordinary. Wines to accompany the dishes are selected from The Thistle’s own temperature and humidity-controlled wine cellar – another first for the Sunshine Coast, the only restaurant to have its own, which helped garner the prestigious Diners Club Award less than a year after opening.

Bookings are essential and you can either book a table when you check-in or call the Hotel via 046 604 5400.


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1. Visit the Big Pineapple in Bathurst, on the R67 about 15km from Port Alfred.

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2. Browse the Corner Art Gallery in Bathurst for local crafts and art, before enjoying a pint at the oldest pub in South Africa, the Pig & Whistle.


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3. Visit antique shops and The Courtyard in Port Alfred for interesting décor, a bunch of beautiful flowers from the florist or a good cuppa. You might even be lucky enough to say hi to the resident ginger cat.


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4. Watch the sun rise from Port Alfred’s Blue Flag Beach known as Kelly’s Beach, just a short walk or drive from the Hotel.


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5. Take in the views along the coastline from the Great Fish Lighthouse, one of the smallest lighthouses in South Africa.


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6. Indulge in a full body massage at Camelot Spa, the onsite wellness spa at the Royal St Andrews Hotel.


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7. Take a walk on one of the piers in Port Alfred at sunset or sunrise.


8. Spend time in the shallows with the kids at Kiddies Beach, just along the Kowie River.


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We look forward to welcoming you to the Royal St Andrews Hotel for your Summer Escape. Email or call us on 046 604 5400 to find out about our rates and special packages over the festive season.