THE COMPLETE PACKAGE: Incomparable views and comforts at Portofino Guest House

BY CHARL BOSCH - SEPTEMBER 5, 2014

It is often said that you seldom get to experience the best of both worlds rolled into one. Very quickly though, this perception disappeared into the Sunshine Coast sunset as I arrived in the parking lot of the Portofino Guest House in Port Alfred.

Being someone who appreciates the sights and sounds of the ocean, what greeted me from my parked vehicle, instantly left a big smile on my face – I will get back to this in a moment.

Stepping inside, I was given a warm and friendly welcome by Portofino’s co-manager, Kirsten Baart, who wasted little time in ushering me towards my room. It was at this point, while walking along the wooden deck, that the true appeal of this establishment revealed itself.

Situated on a hill opposite the Royal Alfred Marina, the panoramic views of Port Alfred, with the ocean visible in the distance, made for a truly spectacular sight. As it was just about dark when I arrived, seeing the town’s lights below, with the sound of crashing waves in the background, made my trip from PE even more worthwhile.

In total, Portofino’s has 11 rooms - nine of which are located on the top floor  - and all equipped with an en-suite bathroom, a fully-equipped kitchen, queen-size bed, television with selected DSTV channels, tee/coffee station and, in the case of my room, an air-conditioner. Located on the lower floor are two additional rooms as well as a laundry room and within the grounds, a swimming pool.

Having unpacked and settled down, I was taken aback by the sheer size of my casa, which, as it turned out, was a family room and came equipped with an extra single size bed. Not only was the room spacious, but also very clean.

A lovely warm shower was followed by a quick trip to the local chippie, before drifting off to la-la land – to the sound of crashing waves.

Refreshed the next morning, and with a cup of Rooibos in hand, I made my way over the bench seats near the front of my room, and watched, imperially, as the whole of this once sleepy coastal town, awoke.

Sadly, my stay had come to an end and after handing in my keys to Portofino’s other co-manager, Carin McDougall, I left with the idea of definitely returning when I next visit the town.

To book your next stay, contact Portofino Guest House on 046 624 2223, or visit their website www.portofinoguesthouse.co.za.