In September Ross and I did a two week road trip of the East coast of South Africa. We were after a no fuss, fun and budget friendly holiday. Our first stop was Morgan Bay (just outside of East London). I grew up going to Morgan Bay for our December family beach holidays and we haven’t been back for six years. We always stayed in the Morgan Bay Hotel but this time around we chose a self catering option (budget friendly) .We stayed in a place called Tanglewood Studio which I had found via word of mouth through my mom visiting the area in the April before.
Tanglewood studio is situated between the main road into Morgan Bay and the lagoon. The studio is an open plan room with a bathroom to the side with a curtain as a door (not ideal) with a little patio with a small bench for one to sit on which overlooks indigenous trees which was beautiful. There is no sea view or lagoon view but if you are on a beach holiday who really needs an amazing view as in theory you should be on the beach.
The room was very clean on arrival, it had a double bed and a little kitchenette which included a kettle and two hot plates with a little stove and a few utensils. There are only two of everything (cups, plates, forks etc) and bath towels are not provided which was pretty frustrating, it stated this on the booking form (which I did not fill in as I booked through SafariNow) We were doing a two week trip so to lug a beach towel and a bath towel is just not practical as it takes up a lot of space and at the coast towels do not dry very quickly especially when you are moving every few days thus making them stink. I can understand that beach towels are not provided however the studio provided clean linen and drying up clothes it makes sense to provide a bath towel each.
Other than the towel situation the accommodation is very comfortable. It is small enough for two people (max) We stayed for two nights and thoroughly enjoyed it – I loved the eclectic decor as it made it feel like home, waking up to a symphony of birds singing in the morning and it is very quiet as it is not situated on a main road (however we were there out of season but from what I know of Morgan Bay this is not a main thorough fare so it won’t be that noisy) There is a steep staircase going down to the studio and thus for the elderly and disabled this accommodation would not be suitable.
Take some Tabard or Peaceful sleep as the Mosquito’s were out in force! There is a mosquito net provided which would be great in summer when it is too hot to sleep with blankets etc.
There was a lesser bush baby that came to visit one night – he was very brazen and came inside therefore I would recommend closing the window close to the sink at night otherwise you will wake up to a squirrel sized bush baby nibbling on your left overs.
I would definitely recommend this accommodation to fellow travelers. If you are after a five start accommodation this is not for you but if you are after comfortable, relaxed and homely accommodation that is kind to your pocket and good for the soul this would be the one for you. I wish we could have stayed longer.
Bed: Double Bed with clean linen provided
Bathroom: Shower (no bath)
Towels: Not provided
Fridge: Bar Fridge
Stove: Two hot plates
Oven: Small oven combined with two hot plates on the top
Cutlery and Crockery: basics supplied
Shower: Good pressure with hot water
Security: lock and go
View: Trees and forest area
Cleaning: none (someone does clean the studio when you leave)
Other services offered: none
Distance from the beach: 1km (12minutes to beach but a bit longer back from the beach as it up quite a steep hill)
Cost: R360 per room per night