- Deluxe hotel with panoramic ocean views
- Superb ‘Garden Route’ location
- Two pools, spa, fine dining
- Short walk to beaches and activities
The Plettenberg is a prestigious hotel situated in the beautiful seaside town of Plettenberg Bay, within the renowned ‘Garden Route’ area of South Africa’s Western Cape. In an elevated location boasting superb ocean and mountain views, this select property offers premium service along with 37 deluxe rooms and suites, two swimming pools, a spa, and an excellent restaurant, presenting a great option for travellers on a higher budget.
The hotel’s communal spaces include a light and airy reception and lounge. The contemporary ‘SeaFood’ restaurant specialises in locally sourced meat and seafood dishes, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with high teas available subject to prior booking. Guests may dine either indoors or on the alfresco terrace accompanied by spectacular ocean views, particularly impressive at sunset. The hotel’s cocktail bar, the Sandbar, has a separate lounge area and is a popular meeting point for pre and post dinner drinks. Other facilities include a spa, and a stylish boutique. Outdoors are two lovely swimming pools with loungers and all day pool service.
A wide range of activities is available locally. A short walk from the hotel, Plettenberg Bay’s pristine beaches offer swimming, surfing, bodyboarding, scuba diving, and kayaking. Visitors can enjoy seasonal whale and dolphin watching, and boat excursions to the unspoiled sands of Robberg Nature Reserve, whilst Keurboomstrand offers glorious coastal walks for hikers. Inland, mountain biking and horse riding are available. Adrenalin seekers can indulge in skydiving, or bungee jumping from the world’s highest commercial bridge jump at Tsitsikamma. Local wineries offer lunches and tastings, whilst Plettenberg’s markets are a must for local produce, including oysters and seafood.
Accommodation at the hotel comprises 35 elegantly appointed rooms, and two villas. Rooms vary from spacious suites, with separate lounges and balconies boasting ocean views, to more modest double rooms with garden views. All units have king or twin beds and offer ensuite bathrooms, air conditioning, underfloor heating, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, and complimentary minibar. The hotel also provides two exclusive villas, ideal for larger groups. The ‘Lookout Villa’ has three ensuite bedrooms, whilst the ‘Beach House’ has two bedrooms, both ensuite. Both villas have a kitchen and open plan lounge and dining area, along with a private outdoor pool and pretty garden area.
Children are extremely welcome at The Plettenberg. Children’s books, toys, DVDs and beach toys are provided. Child menus and room service are available, and a babysitting service can be arranged. Lookout Beach, a short walk from the hotel, is particularly recommended for families.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019