Hotels, Eco Escapes & Lifestyle Resorts | Unearthing the Exceptional
Locals call Port Alfred the ‘heart of the sunshine coast’, a small town on South Africa’s Garden Route blessed with endless stretches of golden sandy beaches, foamy Indian Ocean waves, and a world-class marina.
With the eternal summer atmosphere and multiple opportunities for watersports like surfing, water skiing and scuba diving, it’s no wonder that the town has an eclectic mix of local residents – many of them international artists – and regular visitors.
On the Kowie River Bank, with incredible views of the sparkling waters below, you’ll find MyPond Hotel, a four-star boutique beauty that’s perfectly placed to enjoy everything the coast has to offer.
My Pond Hotel is operated by Stenden South Africa, one of the continent’s most prestigious hotel schools, and service is delivered to guests with fresh enthusiasm and warmth.
After a state of the art renovation, the hotel is also the first property in the country to harness geothermal energy, and sources all ingredients for the contemporary South African menu (and much of the décor) locally, supporting both sustainability and community initiatives.
The spacious suites have heart-stirring river views, and there are excellent facilities for conferences and special events. Staff will happily organise activities from horse riding to golf (Port Alfred being a premier golfing destination), or simply relax in the plunge pool or take a stroll along the river.
However long you stay, you’ll take away a little of the sunshine coast with you.
The emphasis of the accommodation is on comfortable, and affordable, luxury, with stunning, very roomy (approx 50 m²), river-view Suites and practical (approx 25 m²) Classic Rooms.
All hot water, the swimming pool and air-conditioning is heated/cooled using
innovative and very enviro-friendly geothermal (heat from the earth) technology – a
first for South Africa. Also a vast majority of lighting is low wattage energy saving
The rooms are all en-suite, air-conditioned, with LCD televisions (10 satellite channels), telephones, universal plug points, Safe, fridge and tea/coffee facilities. The Suites are equipped with I-Pod docking station radios, heated towel rails and sleeper couches.
There is disabled access to all our rooms (via lift) and a full disabled toilet in our lobby.
Guests also have access to a Swimming Pool and WiFi Internet.
The vibrant Lily restaurant, a stunning 60 seater opens out onto the banks of the river and adds to the hotel’s ‘get-away-from-it-all’ feel. The concept of the menu is taking the fundamentals of South African cuisine and adding a contemporary twist for an exciting taste of the familiar. All three meals are served on an á la carte basis, and there is a fully stocked bar.
Conferences and Weddings are professionally arranged to accommodate both small parties and those up to a maximum of 150 persons in the Kowie Conference Room. The entire hotel can also be available to being booked out for longer periods by either Conference or Wedding Parties at reduced rates.
The Kowie Cabin Boardroom is a fully equipped 8 seater venue perfect for smaller meetings in a professional environment without disruption.
Featured is a 53inch screen, data projector, wireless connectivity and a DVD player.
Various activities can be arranged including golf at the Royal Port Alfred Golf Course, horse and hiking trails through Three Sisters Horse Trails, various outdoors activities arranged with Outdoor Focus and boat trips down the Kowie River with the Lady Biscay.
We would be delighted to organise days out (boating, game-viewing, golf, birding, hiking and horse riding). With sufficient notice we are able to organise airport transfers.
There is a host of activities from kite-surfing to scuba-diving, fishing, world class surfing, golf, bowls, croquet, historical trails, museums, indoor pool, malls, self drive game viewing ….. or you can just relax !
Port Alfred is a quaint town, with many hidden gems, quiet English pubs, Sports Bars, beach bars for the teenagers, two shopping malls, and a host of delightful gift and antique shops. We have two designer Golf Courses nearby, a very active air training school and miles of unspoilt beaches, where even in the busy times, you may not see another soul.