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The Plettenberg

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Deluxe hotel with panoramic ocean views
- Superb ‘Garden Route’ location
- Two pools, spa, fine dining
- Short walk to beaches and activities

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Overview

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.

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  • The whole holiday start to finish was just fabulous, the accommodation was perfect and to a certain extent stunning at the Dar Hosnia in Marrakech.

    The transport, guides and staff at both locations were wonderful with a special mention to the Douar Samra team in Imlill. They were more than a bit special.

    The food at both locations was excellent and the ambience and fun we enjoyed in Douar Samra was beyond all expectations.

    We made many new friends whom I am sure we will keep in touch with way beyond this holiday.

    You put together a perfect package it was much more than just a great holiday it was a richly rewarding experience.

    Just finally to say a big thank you to you for organising one of the best trips we have had.

    Missingstuart w reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2019

  • Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.

    MissingLaura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018

  • We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!

    Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:

    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

    I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.

    The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.

    The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.

    We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.

    The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.

    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

    MissingGwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018

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