The Best Hotels to Book in Mossel Bay, South Africa, for Every Traveller

The Point Hotel & Spa is built on the rocks below St Blaize Lighthouse
The Point Hotel & Spa is built on the rocks below St Blaize Lighthouse | Courtesy of the Point Hotel & Spa / Expedia
Glynis Horning

The harbour town of Mossel Bay on South Africa’s Garden Route is a happy mix of history, heritage and natural attractions centred on 60km (37mi) of sandy beaches, where you can swim, sail, surf, fish and walk year round. Adventurers can do shark cage dives, scuba dive, sky dive or take heli-flips. There’s also hiking, sandboarding, quad or mountain biking and horse riding. History buffs can visit the Bartolomeu Dias Museum Centre named for the Portuguese explorer who sailed around the southern tip of Africa in 1488. Read on to find the right Mossel Bay hotel for your trip.

African Oceans Manor on the Beach

Hotel, Luxury

Terrace with pool at African Oceans Manor on the Beach on a sunny day, with loungers and parasols and the sea beyond
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A five-star beachfront hotel, this offers everything from standard rooms to superior suites, all in white with cool shades of grey. Laze in a lounger on a private deck or in a jacuzzi, bathe in the tidal pool, or join a wine tasting or art workshop.

Pinnacle Point Beach & Golf Resort

Golf Hotel, Resort

Exterior of Pinnacle Point Beach & Golf Resort with a pool with loungers and parasols and a golf course beyond
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Pinnacle clinched the title Best Golf Course in Africa at the 2020 World Golf Awards, and it’s easy to see why. The setting, on a cliff top with 270-degree views of the sea, is spectacular, and the design by Peter Matkovich has produced challenging holes. Stay in one of the three-storey lodges in the landscaped grounds with swimming pools, and dine in Pinnacle Restaurant, surrounded by the greens.

Aqua Marina Guest House


Bright room at Aqua Marina Guest House with large windows, gauzy curtains and a view of the sea
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Set against a hillside above the beach in a quiet cul-de-sac, this has airy suites in subtle shades, overlooking the sea and the Outeniqua Mountains. Alida and Noel Hudson are attentive hosts, who will happily fill you in on local history over their leisurely breakfasts. Restaurants and shops are just down the road.

The Point Hotel & Spa

Spa Hotel

Dining room at the Point Hotel & Spa with set tables and a view over rocks to the sea
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Built on the rocks below St Blaize Lighthouse, this Mossel Bay hotel has 49 rooms and suites in shades of sand and sea, all with great ocean views. Climb the steps of the lighthouse (open for visits April to October, and other times by appointment), and swim in the tidal pool. Then get pampered in the Nirvana Spa before tucking into a steak or a lamb curry in the Lighthouse Restaurant.

Betty's Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Colourful room at Bettys Boutique Hotel with a wooden floor, bright rug, bed with mosquito netting, a wardrobe and two armchairs
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This quirky family-run hotel reflects the love, care and colourful tastes of the Clayphans, who named it for grandmother, Betty. Her love of fine China teacups and baking is reflected in the pretty china, cake stands and silver teapots used today by granddaughter Daisy, a passionate cook with a culinary arts degree. Breakfasts are legendary, and afternoon teas and three-course dinners are available on request.

Perna Perna Mossel


Exterior of Perna Perna Mossel with a small outdoor pool and a palm tree
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Families are the focus of this Mossel Bay resort, set on a rocky hillside. Choose between two- and three-bedroom open-plan comfortable apartments, all self-catering with well-equipped kitchens, and overlooking the sea. There’s a heated swimming pool, big playground, kids’ club, games arcade and bicycles for hire.

Marine Manor


Exterior of Marine Manor, a smart white building with white balustrades fronted by a grass lawn
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Standing three storeys above a pale deck with a heated pool and 180-degree sea views, this modern manor has suites named for South African lighthouses, decorated in blue-and-white checks, florals and faded kelims. Ask for the Cape Hangklip, with its beautifully carved wooden bed, pale wood floors and glass doors opening to a balcony and the view. There are restaurants nearby.

Protea Hotel by Marriott Mossel Bay

Chain Hotel

Outdoor pool, loungers and palm tree at Protea Hotel by Marriott Mossel Bay
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Built in 1846, the main building is one of the oldest in Mossel Bay. The hotel has become a landmark above Santos Bay and the harbour, part of the Dias Museum Complex. There are 38 rooms and suites, the presidential featuring exposed white roof trusses and furnished in misty greys. The Cafe Gannet seafood restaurant serves fresh, sustainable seafood, from pan-seared tuna steak dusted in Cajun spice with a sesame crust, to crumbed sole with a mussel and white-wine ragout with Asian greens.

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