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What We Love

  • Rate includes buffet breakfast, guaranteed late check out and a round of golf; golf cart rentals cost $44, payable to the property
  • Service is personalized and friendly
  • Chef Zuki makes an excellent breakfast
  • The Freesia Spa
  • Recently opened, the hotel has spacious, fresh guestrooms
  • The Ernie Els golf course overlooks the Indian Ocean
  • Living like a local in George

What To Know

  • The surrounding area is quiet, best suited to those looking to get outdoors rather than go clubbing
  • Golf course is designed to challenge multiple skill levels
  • Babysitting should be arranged in advance
  • The hotel is just seven minutes from the George Airport
  • WiFi access in public areas (not in guestrooms)


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Golf Course
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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The Review

Located halfway down the Garden Route, which extends along the Western Cape from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, the small town of George has long been an overnight pit stop for travelers. With the opening of the five-star Hyatt Regency Oubaai, home to South Africa’s first Ernie Els–designed championship golf course, it’s becoming a destination in its own right.

The 100-room Grand Hyatt, which shares the gorgeous 316-acre property with the Oubaai Golf Estate, brings much-needed five-star sleeping options to the quiet area around George. Rooms come in varying shapes and sizes but all are spacious and modern, with stylish decor.

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For swimmers (and those who like to lounge in the sun), there’s an outdoor swimming pool with a separate wading area for kids, as well as access to the development’s Lifestyle Center, which has another two pools, one heated and one for laps. There’s also a squash court, a tennis court and a kick-ass gym for getting in tip-top, tee-ready golf shape.

Outdoor buffs will dig the natural location. Once the site of a prehistoric settlement, it’s bordered on one side by the Indian Ocean, on another by a river valley and on two others by dense green forests and other natural vegetation. From surfing the Herolds Bay break to chilling on the picturesque beach or hiking the Oubaai Heritage Trail, there’s no shortage of things to do off-site. Other activities include dolphin and whale watching and trips to nearby vineyards.

How to Get There

Oubaai Hotel Golf & Spa
406 Herolds Bay Road
Herold Bay, 6528 South Africa



The room was fantastic with a beautiful view. The breakfast was good with a wide variety of food. Everyting was fresh. We went to the spa and was very disappointed. Not sure that the ladies working at the spa are properly qualified. We go to spa's often. It was cold and windy and at this hotel you have to take a long walk outside to get to the spa. Another negative was that we had to once again go outside in the cold to find dinner. This was not nice at all. We thought we could dine at the hotel.

Tired and in need of TLC

This hotel offers a 3 star experience. It could be so much better. Reception staff were not customer focused. Didn’t even ask if we enjoyed our stay. There was absolutely no visible management presence. Appearance and facilities all very shabby. Junior staff were all very pleasant but like the hotel itself need a positive investment of time and money.

Air of decay

Well I have stayed in Oubaii many times when a Hyatt , suspect they pulled out because of lack of investment in a hotel that is tired , shabby and in need of serious investment . In the meantime I suspect the owners have gone for low cost model , minimal staff, minimal upkeep and no obvious sign of management . Quite shocking , having said that , the golf course continues to attract as its good and well maintained . Everything is running on empty , the common areas are not clean and day after day you see the same bits of paper blowing around , the staff that are there do there best and the porters are very helpful and save the day . This hotel needs new owners who are willing to do what it takes to bring it back to what it should be , otherwise it’s a race to the bottom .