Best Picks for the Festive Season

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Friday, 4th December 2020

Makana and its surrounding areas has a variety of restaurants and eateries that cater for different tastes!

Here are our best picks for the festive season:

There is always something special happening at the Graham Hotel's Pothole and Donkey restaurant and cocktail bar in Makhanda. Take a look at these festive deals to make your trip to Makhanda a little more holiday-worthy.

Monday: Buy one and get one free burger special – All day special

Tuesday: Half price on pasta – All day special

Wednesday: R20 Gin cocktail special - 16h00 to 20h00

Friday: Half price on selected cocktails – 16h00 to 20h00

Saturday: Kids Eat Free promotion (One child under 12 eats free for each dining adult)

Sunday: Roast of the day and a glass of house wine or local beer or soft drink for R99


Explore the Makana region and its surrounding areas with a road trip down to the coast. Visit the Royal St. Andrew Hotel's Paper Nautilus Restaurant and Highlander Pub in Port Alfred and catch some summer ready deals.

Paper Nautilus Restaurant specials at the Royal St Andrews Hotel:

Get a continental breakfast which includes toast, jam, coffee and juice for only R105 per person. Midweek only.

Get sparkling wine, full continental buffet and enjoy any one of the hot breakfasts. Special includes toast, jam, coffee and juice for only R145 per person. Served Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holiday.

Highlander Pub specials at the Royal St Andrews Hotel:

On Wednesday, get 12 prawns with rice or chips with lemon or garlic butter. Top up with another 12 prawns for R90.

On Sunday, get a three course Sunday lunch for only R175: Cream butternut soup, bread or crumbed mushrooms and tartar sauce, roast beef or roast chicken or roast pork served with rice, roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and gravy and mango cheese cake with a complimentary cup of coffee.

On Friday, enjoy these seafood platter deals!

Platter for 1: R175

Platter for 2: R325

Includes a glass of Kleine Zalze Chenin Blanc

For more information on the Royal St Andrews Hotel, please contact: or contact: 046 604 5400


Christmas Feast Special Offers:

What are your plans for the family lunch and dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? You don’t have to worry about cooking all day long when there are plenty of specials available to feast on.

Graham Hotel:

Reserve your seat for the annual Christmas lunch special at the Pothole and Donkey Restaurant on 046 622 2324. The cost is R345 per person. Children under 12 pay R147.50 per child. Cost includes a champagne cocktail on arrival, and a Christmas cracker and hat.

Royal St Andrews Hotel:

Book your seat for a Royal St Andrews Hotel Christmas lunch and New Year’s Eve dinner at the following restaurants:

Thistle Restaurant:

Adults pay R450 and children under the age of 12 pay R225 per child.

Paper Nautilus Restaurant:

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Royal St Andrews Hotel with a buffet at the Thistle Restaurant:

Adults pay R395 and children under the age of 12 pay R195 per child.

For more information and bookings, you can visit The Royal St Andrews Hotel on or contact: 046 604 5400

Beach Hotel:

Once you have enjoyed yourself in Port Alfred, take a relaxing drive to Pumba Private Game Reserve for a day visit or a luxurious safari stay. The Beach Hotel in Nelson Mandela Bay, associated to Pumba Private Game Reserve is offering a Christmas Eve and Day three course dinner at R325 per person. Cost includes a Christmas cracker and hat. This fine dining experience has limited space and therefore booking is essential. Booking details: Tel: 041 583 2161 Email:


Year-end celebration deals:

You can turn your private or corporate year-end celebration into a royal affair with the gracious hospitality of the Royal St. Andrews Hotel. Book your event for only R190 per person. This includes a glass of Robertson sparkling wine and a Christmas cracker per person! Comprehensive list of equipment and activities is available on request.

This offer is valid until 20 December 2020. For more information on the offer, contact: or contact: 046 604 5400

You can also celebrate a special occasion this festive season with the Beach Hotel. You have a choice of lunch or dinner for 20 guests at only R4 750. The cost provides for the use of the Regatta venue which includes white linen, chair covers, silver under plates. Cutlery, crockery, glassware and candelabras. A glass of bubbly on arrival. Cash bar with waitrons and barmen and a three course plated meal. For more information contact: 041 583 2161, and visit This offer is valid until 31 December 2020.


Festive accommodation and spa deals:

Book the Festive Family Package and reward yourself with a well-deserved getaway at Royal St. Andrews Hotel!

3 Night Special – R4 800

Bed and Breakfast for adults and two children under the age of 12, sharing in the Luxury Wing.

R600 voucher to be used at the Highlander Pub and Restaurant, The Thistle Restaurant OR the on-site CSpa.

4 Night Special – R6 400

Bed and Breakfast for adults and two Children under the age of 12, sharing in our Luxury Wing.

R800 voucher to be used at the Highlander Pub and Restaurant, The Thistle Restaurant OR the on-site CSpa.

Family fun activities:

While dad plays a round of Golf and mom relaxes at the Spa, kids can have fun at the Royal St. Andrews Hotel’s Kiddies Play Room. 

Port Alfred always has something for the whole family. For more information on the activities, visit or contact: 046 604 5400

The Festive Family promotional offer is valid from 01-20 December 2020 and 03 –20 January 2021. It is dependent on availability. Valid for the Luxury Wing only. CSpa Wellness by Camelot closed every Monday, reservations are essential. Package includes accommodation for 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 12 sharing a room.

Children will be accommodated on rollout mattresses in the room. Package includes bed and breakfast for adults and children. Children under the age of 10 are not permitted in The Thistle Restaurant.

Pamper yourself:

CSpa Wellness by Camelot Royal St Andrews Hotel has extended its trading hours for the festive season. Their operating hours are from 14 December 2020 until 08 January 2021, Monday-Sunday from 09h00-20h00. The spa will be closed on 25 December 2020 and 01 January 2021. You can enjoy refreshing and rejuvenating treatments and therapies.


Also, check out 50 things to do in Makhanda and surrounding areas.


Makana accommodation

Seek out a new adventure! Book a weekend or holiday away to explore the Malaria-free Makana region and its amazing wildlife, nature and scenic beauty. Click here for an accommodation listing. All accommodation establishments are Covid-19 compliant.

Featured festive deal:

137 High Street Guesthouse in Makhanda has a hot accommodation deal for you, just in time for the festive season. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect!

Rates start at R700 per person and excludes breakfast. Get a breakfast add-on for only R80 per person. Terms and Conditions apply.

For more information on the special deal, visit:

Check out what’s awaiting for you at 137 High Street Guesthouse:

Have a booking query? Why don't you give 137 High Street Guesthouse a shout on:

C: +27 728037789

T: +27 466223242



Did you know that African Safari Lodge under Crown River Safari will be open throughout the entire festive season period?

It is set to run a 'Summer Special' on its media and social platforms: ‘Book three nights and pay for two’ and ‘Book four nights and pay for three’. Follow @AfricanSafariLodge and keep an eye on its Facebook and Instagram Pages.

Special valid until 31 January 2021. For more information, you can contact Crown River Safari on: or or 071 603 0507.


Remember to observe all Covid-19 regulations during your travels.

Disclaimer: Information in this article may change without notice.

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