White Clay Resort

White Clay Resort

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#2 of 3 small hotels in Coffee Bay
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Finding an ideal family-friendly small hotel in Coffee Bay does not have to be difficult. Welcome to White Clay Resort, a nice option for travellers like you.

Guest rooms offer amenities such as a kitchenette.

The property also features an on-site restaurant to make your visit even more pleasant. Guests arriving by vehicle have access to free parking.

For those interested in checking out Hole in the Wall (3.1 mi) while visiting Coffee Bay, White Clay Hotel is a short distance away.

During your visit, be sure to check out a popular Coffee Bay seafood restaurants such as Friends Wild Coast Cafe, which is a short distance from White Clay Resort.

White Clay Resort puts the best of Coffee Bay at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable.

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Justine Claire W wrote a review Jan 2020
Cape Town
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
White Clay was the first stop on our 3 week camping trip and on arrival we were blown away with breath-taking views. We camped for 2 nights with a toddler and besides some strong wind we enjoyed every part of our stay. The ablutions were clean and we felt safe with security always walking around even during the night. The restaurant on site serves the most amazing fresh seafood and it was convenient having reception also sell a small amount of super market items. We will definitely be back.😀
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Riaan wrote a review Mar 2021
Cradock, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My second visit in about 4years and I enjoyed the stay at White Clay very much. We stayed in the dolphin-view chalet.

To mention it is quite basic, but as a group we did not expect any star-rating on the self cater stay - the views and semi private beach occupied our minds and not the quality of the bedding.

If your taste is fancy White clay might not be for you as it is more in line with backpacker style.

We had hot water, beds, a kitchen with basic utensils a lovely braai (BBQ) area and a view that keeps you staring at it from your arrival to your departure
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Date of stay: March 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Dolphin view
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186225Traveller624 wrote a review Feb 2020
Cambridge, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel is not that easy to get to and has stunning stunning views out to sea BUT there are limitations

Everything is shut on Sunday, no restaurant no cleaners and a patchy reception cover
No TV, no WiFi, no safe, poor thing telephone coverage.
Our room smelt a little damp and the sliding doors probably could have been popped with a spoon
They have a parrot by reception in a tiny cage which I found quite distressing.. please re-home it or treat it to a new cage about 10 times the size
I’m glad I saw the views but I would not go back
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Amy Benn wrote a review Nov 2020
+1
1.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I booked for 3 nights during the beginning of November 2020. We managed 1, only because we arrived too late to brave the road in the dark.

Traveling to the Transkei most would expect basic/rustic accommodation (as we did), however, we arrived to a unit that was very literally falling apart and completely covered in mould (curtains, walls, and doors).

Whilst the owner noted that they have not had many visitors since the Covid lockdown this cannot be an excuse for mould growing throughout the space, windows held together with wire, and collapsing ceilings.

Beyond the unit, there was also litter all over the place, and we saw no sign at all of the 24 hour security noted on the website.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Johann Stapelberg wrote a review Jan 2021
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Let me start by saying the onsite restaurant is great with excellent seafood. The location and setting of the place is beautiful with wonderful scenery.

Do not get confused with the word ‘resort’ in the name. This is basic and very much backpack style accommodation. I have stayed at many different places in the Wild Coast and basic is to be expected. White Clay however need a bit of a do-over as it is pretty rundown.

The unit I got had many window with closers missing or that could not be properly closed from a security point of view. The bedding and pillow cases had holes in it. One would not expect that at R500 per night.

The worst however was a trailer full of rotting rubbish bags that was left next to the unit. The stench made sitting outside to admire the beautiful surroundings very unpleasant and it attracted flies.

I left after one night and was not offered a refund for the extra night already paid.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Ertjies wrote a review May 2021
Cape Town Central, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Between Coffee Bay and Hole in the Wall, this restaurant is part of the White Clay resort. Down a rather steep road, it hangs over the ocean. Their seafood is superb and recommended. Slightly above average pricing. I really enjoyed the Mussel chowder, although a starter, is more than adequate for a main, served with a garlic and cheese roll. Hubby had the calamari plate.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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YoWi wrote a review Jan 2020
Pretoria, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
White Clay is the best self catering accommodation in Coffee Bay. You get stunning views, a private beach, clean and comfortable accommodation, and a great restaurant on the premises. It is about 5km out of town, on route to Hole in the wall.

Remember to buy a Wild Coast Meander route map at the shop - we used it for a scenic 4x4 drive to Port St Johns!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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JoAnn wrote a review May 2024
2.0 of 5 bubbles
A site with the most beautiful view & is situated on the beach, sadly that is where it ends.

The manager & his staff were surly & gave the impression of just not being interested.

The place needs a lot of Tender Loving Care, a major clean & a lick of paint.
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Date of stay: May 2024
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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4whatitsworth2day wrote a review Jan 2011
Washington
1.0 of 5 bubbles
First let me preface my comments because this is the first instance where I could find nothing positive about an establishment or its proprietor. Firstly one could find fault at any of the local dining and lodging establishments because there is little competition and most certainly it’s difficult to operate with any consistency. Also, a visit to the region is not for everyone - it’s a difficult drive, hard on passengers and vehicles alike, and one must have the free time, be flexible and really prepared for the experience. Additionally, while the landscape and inhabitants might initially appear charming, be honest and grudgingly accept a number of disturbing and festering social, environmental and employment problems. We came to view “The Hole in the Wall” costal feature and experience the beaches. This we did but in doing so experienced little to prompt a return visit.
White Clay Resort is conglomeration of shacks, caravans, stilted sheds and walkways precariously, thoughtlessly and recklessly perched on an eroding and unstable slope overlooking the sea. With constant exposure to the sea, salt air, offshore winds and mist the place is spiraling into decay. I was concerned for my safety, primarily from structure collapse and fire. When such an event occurs there are no resources to deal with it and the outcome catastrophic.
The accommodations themselves are a mix-up of weekend cabins and caravans in varying states of decay that are then let by the restaurant manager whom I will call “OK – All right” because that’s all she says: she doesn’t listen to guest comments, instead just repeats OK-All right. The two units we let were bug infested, fraught with scary gas appliances, electrics, plumbing leaks, stopped drains and horrible smells. Just about everything one touched or looked upon was either broken, breaking or squirming with insect life to include, walls, ceilings, pillows and bed linen. Recipients of numerous bites, we didn’t sleep - leaving at first light.
The White Clay Resort restaurant is located in a separate structure with a poorly constructed deck (just waiting to collapse) overlooking the sea. Proprietress OK-All right has cowered the staff into dysfunctionality, and the meals experienced were commercially processed, frozen, fried, late in arrival and disgusting. Like in the accommodations, a number of mangy and poorly looked after hounds roam about and quibble for table scraps inside the restaurant. I should have offered them the entire meal to the pack - the aftermath of just a taste was a day of diarrhea. While the sea view from the rickety deck is spectacular, it’s a view that can be enjoyed elsewhere and preferably off premises of the White Clay Resort.
Perhaps a better option is to drive on a bit further and closer to The Hole in the Wall. We did, and there we found better value and less risk for our second night’s stay at the Hole in the Wall Hotel and Holiday Village. OK-All right?
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Date of stay: January 2011
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Adventuretravelcoach wrote a review Apr 2012
Pretoria, South Africa
+1
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a peek on the website and were impressed. we made a booking in advance for 2 adults and 2 children. Karen told me that i only have to bring beach towels as it is fully equiped. I was impressed that it is 100m from beach. We arrived at dawn and asked if I can settle the balance the next morning. Then Karen said no she wants to settle it now. Roy said we cannot take our trailer with as the cottage where we are going to stay is up the hill outside the resort. We were shocked as that was not what we wanted and expected. The gate of the resort gets locked at night with a guard and this cottage is approx 1km from the beach up a very steep hill. The only nice thing was the view. The rest is a disaster and the cottage is not suitable for renting out. We've paid R740,00 per day. The condition is a absolute disgust. We could not believe that they rent out a unit like that for this fee and we were mislead. We've complained and they reaction was unacceptable. Roy seems to agree when we've confronted him with the fact that it is not the same standard as the other units and told us that the cottage we were put in don't even belong to them but to a local and he is not allowed to renovate or even paint it. When we told him that we are not happy he said he will talk to Karen. Seems like she is making all the decisions. Her reaction was 'we can live out of our suitcases as she does when she goes on holiday'. The cottage weren't clean properly as it was raining the previous week and there is people who like to stay there as they can experience the true African feeling. I am sorry but then we would asked for it. How can you mislead people by showing them the resort and when they book, you put them in a local's home not even in the resort with not the same standard but you charge them the same fee. Now I understand why there is other persons complaining. They've also been mislead. What do you call this? Double standards? The attached photos will show the absolute disgusting kitchen, bathroom and the main bedroom, where there were NO CUBOARDS OR PLACE TO PUT YOUR CLOTHES. Our son refused to sleep inside and slept in the car. My husband told Karen but she ignored it. There is no ceiling and the condition of the thatched roof is so bad that there is holes and seeds hanging from the top and droppings of the creatures and bats dropping on the walls and everywhere even on the table in kitchen. Karen said that is nature. The fact is we were mislead and that is not what we've booked. She said that is the only 2 bedroom. I've never asked for a 2 bedroom and can show my mails. We've made a point to see all the other units and there were a few with more than 2 beds. They saw us coming and hopefully they will be stopped to mislead people who save their hard earned money to go on holiday. Then Karen got the cheek to say to us 'God bless'. This is totally UNACCEPTABLE!
We discussed this problem with the owners/managers and were told that people on holiday do not unpack their clothing.
WOULD YOU RATE THIS UNIT AS A 4 STAR, AS THAT IS THE RATING ON THE WEBSITE OR WILL YOU AT ANYTIME RECOMMEND THIS RESORT TO ANY OF YOUR FRIENDS OR FAMILY- NO I DON'T THINK SO.
We do not normally complain and are usually very mild and relaxed when on holiday, BUT THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE.
Trust that the public will be warned to stay away at all costs.
We wonder if the authorities know what they are doing as? - UNACCEPTABLE
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Date of stay: April 2012Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Never ever book in advance - you might get a surprise like us! All of our friend and colleages...
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Answer from Kathy K
Johannesburg, South Africa20 contributions4 helpful votes
HI Peter Our chalet at White Clay slept 5. There was a main bedroom with a double bed and the main living area held a sleeper couch and a single bed. It worked for us as a mom and two adult kids. The other chalets may have a different set up. It's probably best to call them/ email your request. They will also be able to give you info on bookings and availability. Regards Kathy
Natalie wrote a tip Jan 2022
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Chalet at the end (closest to the beach)"
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Riaan wrote a tip Mar 2021
Cradock, South Africa8 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Dolphin view"
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Annali K wrote a tip Mar 2019
Centurion, South Africa393 contributions32 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms in my opinion have a lovely view. We camped but could see all units faced the sea."
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Peterwdennis wrote a tip Aug 2018
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"C1 very high up but view worth the steep path."
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petriebotha wrote a tip Jan 2018
Limpopo Province, South Africa79 contributions11 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rating of restaurant only"
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Frequently Asked Questions about White Clay Resort
Which popular attractions are close to White Clay Resort?
Nearby attractions include Hole in the Wall (5.8 km), Cliff Jumps & Cave Adventures (1.5 km), and Mapuzi Cliffs Jumps & Caves (1.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at White Clay Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at White Clay Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at White Clay Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to White Clay Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sunset Sushi & Grill, Zac's Seafood Kitchen, and Friends Wild Coast Cafe.
Does White Clay Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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