The Sands @ St Francis is a thatch-roofed, whitewashed African beach house set on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Located in the Eastern Cape’s stunning St Francis Bay, The Sands offers uninterrupted views of the coast and is well placed to deliver a wonderful beach holiday in a peaceful and unspoilt environment.

Spend lazy days at the beach, go on whale watching and dolphin safaris or book deep-sea fishing trips, paddle-skiing excursions and canal cruises. St Francis Bay is also only an hour away from Port Elizabeth, gateway to the excellent Addo Elephant National Park, as well as being within easy striking distance of many of the Eastern Cape's malaria-free Big 5 game reserves.


  • Homely African beach-style elegance
  • Set in the beautiful village of St Francis
  • Private ocean views from your jacuzzi
  • Great facilities on offer and activities nearby

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Cool off in the infinity pool while you gaze out to sea or simply enjoy the scenery from your private deck.

You can also book a beauty treatment or massage, relax in the steam room and enjoy a Jacuzzi.

Other facilities at The Sands include internet access, a laundry service and guest lounge. Staff will be happy to arrange local tours and excursions throughout the region.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Computer facilities
    Laundry Service


Offering fine cuisine accompanied by excellent views, the thatched Octagon Restaurant is glass-fronted with a central fireplace and has a surrounding timber deck offering a 300° view of the bay.

You can enjoy full English breakfasts, light lunches and à  la carte dinners paired with some fine wines from the Director’s Cellar.

Lunch and beverages may also be enjoyed at the pool. Should you prefer to eat out, the hotel is also close to some fine restaurants.

Downstairs Room

The Sands @ St Francis has five spacious and stylish rooms with en suite bathrooms offering separate showers and terry towel robes. All the rooms are air conditioned and feature internet access, satellite television, a room safe, tea and coffee-making facilities and mini bar (stocked on request).

Downstairs Room AMENITIES

    Air conditioning
    En-suite bath and shower
    Mini bar
    Safe in room
    Tea & coffee-making facilities
    Outdoor area
    Underfloor heating


  • Day tours
  • Beach activities
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 May 2017 - 30 Sep 2017 $115 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017 $190 Bed & Breakfast
  • 21 Dec 2017 - 10 Jan 2018 $225 Bed & Breakfast
  • 11 Jan 2018 - 30 Apr 2018 $190 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 May 2018 - 30 Sep 2018 $125 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 Oct 2018 - 20 Dec 2018 $205 Bed & Breakfast
  • 21 Dec 2018 - 10 Jan 2019 $240 Bed & Breakfast
  • 11 Jan 2019 - 30 Apr 2019 $205 Bed & Breakfast

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Upstairs Room Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Fantastic - should have stayed more nights, great food, fantastic room, views to die for, staff that couldn't do enough.

    Peter Andrews, April 2008

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Monique Wolstenholme

Monique Wolstenholme

Africa Safari Expert

"Lovely beach house, with magnificent beach views. Relax on the deck, while enjoying a cold beverage and soaking up some sun."



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Fantastic - should have stayed more nights, great food, fantastic room, views to die for, staff that couldn't do enough.

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