Escape the city life with Sea Otters Lodge


The calm waves of the ocean have always been one thing to immediately relax and clear my mind, so when looking for a place to stay in Port Elizabeth, I chose the Sea Otters Lodge, situated in Kini Bay. I knew my stay there would be the best way to escape the mundane routines of the city and enjoy some relaxation and tranquillity.

When I arrived at this beautiful beachfront guesthouse, I was immediately welcomed by Mirriam, my hostess for the evening. She promptly checked me in, finalised the paperwork and escorted me to my room.

Mirriam was accommodating and friendly, making me feel right at home. She chatted to me about my room and showed me how each electronic amenity worked, which was so helpful. Sea Otters Lodge has six sea-facing bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, and equipped with coffee and tea facilities, a safe, ceiling fan, heating, a direct dial telephone, a television with a DSTV Hotel Package - all this and an incredible view of the Indian Ocean, bliss!

The lodge also offers free Wi-Fi, an on-site braai facility and, for those wanting to stay longer, a laundry service on request.

I decided it was time to explore my surroundings and went to the lodge’s deck area to enjoy the view. Kini Bay is one of Port Elizabeth’s hidden gems and Sea Otters Lodge is just a few steps from the beach.  I took a stroll amongst the rock pools and the ocean washed shore.

Given the lodge’s location, close to a friend’s house, I visited them for dinner before returning to Sea Otters Lodge totally exhausted. However, sleeping with the breaking ocean waves providing the ambience did the trick!

When I awoke the next morning, I couldn’t wait to open my curtains to appreciate my ocean view. I made my way to the downstairs dining area where Mirriam was already waiting to take my breakfast order. Sea Otters Lodge offers you the choice between a Standard, Halaal and Vegetarian breakfast.

I started with some muesli and yoghurt, and it was not long before Mirriam returned with my breakfast of bacon, cheese grillers, scrambled eggs, friend tomato and toast. Whilst enjoying my scrumptious breakfast, a group of about 50 dolphins swam past, just behind the breaking waves.  What a glorious start to the day.

Before I knew it, it was time to say goodbye to my tranquil beach haven - but not for long, as I will definitely return for another memorable stay.

Sea Otters Lodge is also perfect for birthday parties, conferences and even weddings. To book your stay, email them at [email protected] or visit