Draaihoek Lodge & Restaurant

Draaihoek Lodge & Restaurant

R27 between Veldrif and Elandsbaai, Eland's Bay 8110 South Africa
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4.5
#1 of 1 guest house in Eland's Bay
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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Draaihoek Lodge is situated on the West Coast of South Africa with a unspoiled 5 km white sandy private beach. Draaihoek Lodge offers accommodation in 8 luxury suites, each fronting the scenic strand veld and dunes of the Atlantic Ocean. Furthermore we have the Manor House with its 3 luxuriously appointed bedrooms overlooking the vlei with its unique flora and bird life available. Whether you dine in The Restaurant, on the terrace or picnic overlooking the waves of the West Coast, you will savor the flavors of our mouth-watering classics and gourmet dishes prepared by the kitchen team. Fare from the kitchen will guide you through the flavors redolent of South Africa's cooking tradition and the West Coast surrounds - borrowing from the Cosmopolitan table to create a heart warming taste experience that endeavors to touch patrons' souls. All meals are served with quality wines selected from our cellar. Je seux qu'on se voix - come and join us. The private Nature Reserve reaches from the Atlantic ocean inland to Sandveld's mountain range and across to the Verlorenvlei, a RAMSAR classified site, south of Elands Bay. The coastal border of the Reserve stretches along an undisturbed sandy beach, hugged by rugged dunes and favoured by flocks of birds typical to the West Coast. The uninhabited bay area is frequented by whales, seals and playing Heaviside dolphins.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Hiking
Conference facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Windsurfing
Fishing
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Private beach
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Room service
Safe
Bottled water
Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to TGCSA - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa.
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Business
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Dutch

Location

R27 between Veldrif and Elandsbaai, Eland's Bay 8110 South Africa
Getting there
Cape Town Intl Airport
166.8 km
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Aswglbkb1012 wrote a review Nov 2021
Cape Town, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a hard year, with many losses . By October we were burnt out and decided to go away to recharge . Draaihoek is the perfect location, set in the beautiful Westcoast, surrounded by the ocean and flora, with limited chance of being disturbed . We enjoyed every minute. The food was great, and staff are super friendly and helpful. Growing up on the farm next to draaihoek made it almost feel like home, with plenty memories resurfacing. Thank you for the perfect weekend, and allowing us to recharge on your beautiful property, we are ready for a very busy festive season.
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Date of stay: November 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Eddie G wrote a review Nov 2020
Cape Town Central, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My fifth visit here in 3 years, nothing has really changed the staff are very friendly the food is good and reasonably priced with good service. The rooms are well appointed and very comfortable. The beach is splendid and the water very cold be very careful of rip tides they are very dangerous on the West Coast and it is a very isolated spot. COVID precautions are in place and well inforced.

There are no TV or radio in the rooms and cell phone coverage is almost non existent there is WiFi, however it is very slow, from my perspective that is perfect, however of you are a child of the internet it may not suit you at all.

Note the road from Laaiplek to Elands bay is undergoing construction an there are several stop go one way areas so allow an extra 20 to 30 mins for the trip until the end of 2022.

In closing it is an ideal spot for a quiet relaxed weekend, enjoy.
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Date of stay: November 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: room 1 and 2 have usable wifi
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MAUREEN A wrote a review Sept 2020
Cape Town, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for three nights at Draaihoek Lodge as it was the perfect location to explore and see the West Coast flowers now in season. We received a warm welcome from Johann and was directed to our room. We found the room to be spacious with a good size bathroom and dressing area. A fireplace for an evening fire was welcome since it was a cold few nights . We felt the room , pool, garden and restaurant areas were very tired looking in need of a revamp and a nice bar area would have made a difference for pre dinner drinks, socially distancing of course.. The sun loungers were piled in a heap and the pool was not clear of sand or garden debris. It was sunny in the afternoon and the area would have made a nice spot to sit in. The very best asset of the place is the chef and the superb food he served both morning and evening under difficult covid conditions. The eisbein was the best I’ve ever had. The two waitresses who assisted us were also a great team. The bedding also needs replacing and the toiletries were both not Rooibos as stated and one shower gel ,shampoo and body lotion for three nights was somewhat lacking. The lounge furniture was not comfortable proper longe chairs or sofa better than wicker.We had to ask every day for more supplies and teabags two for two people not sufficient. All of these adjustments would bring the place up to the four star luxury it is advertised as on the sign and website. It’s a great location with a lovely beach. We stayed on an offer price but had I paid full askingprice I would have been very disappointed.
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Date of stay: August 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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shaunbugler2020 wrote a review Sept 2020
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Let me start by saying we were under lockdown level 2 in South Africa, so this could have impacted our experience at Draaihoek.

I will say we did enjoy our visit to Draaihoek, unfortunately it seems your experience varies based on the staff onsite. Staff are rotated fairly often which I'm not sure if it is normal or a covid side effect.

So while rooms were pretty well cleaned, the day to day service varies. First night we were offered to have our fire started in our room, which was awesome. Then never again, also they didn't refill firelighters but we brought our own so we could cope.

Something we found odd was that the people staying there mostly retired and elderly and the lodge doesn't offer to help them with their luggage, which I feel they should.

The pool, was filthy, it got cleaned the last day of our stay but before that wasn't appealing and "solar heated" means it only slightly heated, a bit dissapointing.

The restaurant was decent, meals for a couple normally come to R350-R400 with a glass of wine. The quality of meals does vary from average to good, chefs are rotated every day or 2.

The access to the beach is great, you have a vast coastline to yourself mostly, the surrounding area was a bit hard to access due to the extensive roadworks but that not the lodges fault

Overall, the stay wasn't bad, just inconsistent so you not sure what to expect day to day. As for covid response, I would say it fair to bad. As I said most people staying are elderly and vulnerable to covid, yet most staff either wear a mask wrong or have none. While they sanitize menus, the person doing it doesn't have a mask so it feels like wasted effort. In this regard much more could be done. I think the owner never once had a mask on, nice as she is this is not acceptable.
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Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: September 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Mike Marais wrote a review Jul 2021
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were received with excellent professionalism, even though the lodge was closed prior to arrival due to Covid restrictions. The staff and owners did everything to make our stay comfortable and even made a comprehensive compliment of the menu at the restaurant available for Dinner and Breakfast. We will definitely return for another visit.
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Date of stay: July 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Kimberood wrote a review Mar 2022
Cape Town Central, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality, and special location of our recent trip to Draaihoek Lodge on the West Coast. Our two young boys were well catered for with sleeper couches in our luxury room, and we all especially enjoyed walks to the beach where we saw seabirds and dolphins in the surf. Time at the pool was also great, and we enjoyed some day trips to Rocherpan Nature Reserve and up to Elandsbaai.

We enjoyed dinner once there during our stay - and our meals were excellent. Our highlight was breakfast in the morning - from flapjacks and coffee to the highly recommended soufflé omelets.

If you are looking for a relaxed and remote stay close enough to Cape Town, and a space to really take in the wild beauty of the West Coast, I would recommend Draaihoek.
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Date of stay: February 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Anita M wrote a review Feb 2020
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We really enjoyed our nights stay at Draaihoek Lodge. The venue was absolutely stunning and the room was lovely. I did not enjoy the pizza for dinner and felt the bases should’ve been made on site rather than store bought but the breakfast was superb. We did not have any mobile or WiFi signal in our room and I could not connect at all to the WiFi in the main house either.
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Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: February 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Sue F wrote a review Mar 2021
Hout Bay, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We thoroughly enjoyed our 2-night stay at Draaihoek Lodge and Restaurant. It was so good to get away from it all to peace and tranquility. The welcome at the reception was very pleasant and informative, our cottage was clean and comfortable, and the food and hospitality at the restaurant were excellent.
It was so good to follow the boardwalk from the pool area onto the dunes and be greeted by the ocean and a beautiful unspoilt, expansive white sandy beach and nobody in sight. We even suprised a couple of sunbathing seals on the beach who barked and scrambled into the sea on our first day.
I recommend staying here if you want to get away from it all and have some peace and quiet, read a book, have beautiful walks and paddles along the beach, enjoy great food and hospitality and generally recharge the soul.
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Date of stay: March 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Lynn wrote a review Aug 2020
Somerset West, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We recently stayed at Draaihoek Lodge for two nights, whilst visiting the West Coast National Park to see the yearly flowers. The lodge itself is situated behind sand dunes, which protects it from wind, with a gorgeous wooden walkway that goes up to their private beach. It is stunningly beautiful. We had sundowners up there on our first night. When checking in, we met the lovely Natasha, who is so friendly, wonderful and helpful. We also met Whilma, who looked after us so nicely during our stay, as did Natasha. The food at the lodge is outstanding! We were very happy to meet Chef Robert and taste all his amazing dishes. The breakfasts are incredible too, so make sure you go hungry. There are at least seven dishes to be had. We had a wonderful time at the lodge. Going to sleep at night with the sound of the waves was very therapeutic. My experience with Johan and Marietjie on email when I was booking was also very professional. All in all, this is such a fantastic little place. Because it's a small lodge, you feel very much at home and it is the combination of the team's enthusiasm for their job and their willingness to go the extra mile, that makes it so delightful. We will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: August 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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lourensvandenberg wrote a review Jan 2020
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Overall for a 4 star hotel didn't met our expectations ,food was very mediocre prices where expensive for quality of food.Drinks cost where excessive.Restaurant inside very old smokey smell that was very off putting. Accommodation was good, nice big bed and clean room.
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Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: December 2019
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Answer from antonia925
Cape Town, South Africa1 contribution
You have to have to drive out to Port Owen or Elandsbaai which is about 12kms from the lodge. Those are the only options available. The lodge is also not self catering so you would have to make use of the restaurant on the premises or drive out if you are looking for an alternative
Lorienne asked a question Sept 2020
Cape Town, South Africa
do you have a coffee machine in the manor house?
Elands Bay, South Africa
Yes - we do have coffee machine in Manor House
Elands Bay, South Africa
Hello Tiaan Thank you for your question. You can use a tarred road to Draaihoek Lodge - we are situated on the R27 - 20 km south of Elands Bay and 40 km North of Velddrif. A normal sedan car will be perfect. Kind greetings Marietjie Basson
Suzette wrote a tip Aug 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Wi-Fi was a bit erratic"
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Pete Collins wrote a tip Oct 2022
Hout Bay, South Africa8 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take the R27 from Vredendal, the gravel road is a bit rough for regular vehicles"
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Rexenmaggie wrote a tip Dec 2020
Santiago, Chile54 contributions21 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are lovely."
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Eddie G wrote a tip Nov 2020
Cape Town Central, South Africa140 contributions34 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"room 1 and 2 have usable wifi"
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leonidasm131 wrote a tip Nov 2019
Cape Town, South Africa24 contributions25 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the thatched cottages are the same with a great ensuite bathroom"
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PRICE RANGE
R 1,478 - R 1,784 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaWestern CapeEland's Bay
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Frequently Asked Questions about Draaihoek Lodge & Restaurant
What are some of the property amenities at Draaihoek Lodge & Restaurant?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Draaihoek Lodge & Restaurant?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Draaihoek Lodge & Restaurant?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Draaihoek Lodge & Restaurant?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Draaihoek Lodge & Restaurant?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Dutch, and Afrikaans.
Is Draaihoek Lodge & Restaurant accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.