The Plettenberg Hotel

The Plettenberg, situated on a rocky headland in Plettenberg Bay, along the famous Garden Route – is the ultimate South African seaside escape. The five-star hotel, with its 35 beautifully appointed rooms and two family-style villas, showcases the most breathtaking vistas in Southern Africa, as well as world-class cuisine at SeaFood at The Plettenberg.

You can expect heavenly seaside living; whether you choose one of the entry-level Double Rooms, spacious Premier Suites or exclusive Villas, you can rest assured that you will experience the most stylish and comfortable accommodation.

Explore the natural beauty of numerous National Parks, enjoy a picnic, visit a market, relax on the beach, hit the waves, or explore the surrounding mountains on foot or bike. Not to mention shark cage diving, golfing, whale and bird watching…
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Heavenly seaside living…

Lookout Villa – the perfect family residence.
Overlooking the scenic Plettenberg Bay, guests of The Lookout Villa can expect to be spoilt at what is one of the most exclusive addresses in the area.

Pods of whales and dolphins, darting seagulls and ocean views may all be enjoyed from this special and most exclusive accommodation option at The Plettenberg. At 190m2, and featuring three-bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, The Lookout Villa is the perfect option for families or groups of friends travelling together. Guests are able to take full advantage of the spacious open-plan lounge, dining area, and well-stocked galley kitchen inside, while a private swimming pool and garden encourage the joys of outdoor living. Flat-screen televisions, satellite TV channels and DVD players all come as standard.

Premier Suites – the ultimate comfort, surrounded by the ocean; even larger in size than the hotel’s regular Suites, the Premier Suites offer the utmost comfort.

Each of them boasts breathtaking views over the bay and surrounding area, which may be also be enjoyed from a private step-out balcony. In addition, one Premier Suite also features direct access to the pool area. With either a separate or open plan lounge, bedroom with en-suite bathroom, as well as air-conditioning, these Suites ensure the most pleasant of stays.

Suites – magnificent views from your private balcony or terrace; with tasteful décor inspired by the surrounding views of Plettenberg Bay, each of the five Suites offers an individual palette for guests to enjoy.

Generous in size, the Suites all feature a step-out balcony or private terrace from which to fully take in the spectacular ocean views. A separate lounge area and bedroom with en-suite bathroom, as well as air-conditioning, offer luxury and comfort for our guests, allowing them to truly relax and feel at home.

Luxury Double Rooms with Sea View – glorious sea views from every room; overlooking the gorgeous Plettenberg Bay and surrounding ocean, each of the six Luxury Double Rooms with Sea View presents its own distinctive perspective of the area.

Each room is as unique as its view, featuring an individual, sophisticated décor scheme. Offering the ultimate in comfort, the rooms come with a spacious sitting area, walk-in showers and air-conditioning. Guests can enjoy the gorgeous hues of sunset from the comfort of their room or from their private step-out balcony or terrace, with a close-up view of pods of whales or dolphins when they move in towards the bay.

Luxury Double Rooms – elegant retreats offering the utmost comfort; the Luxury Double Rooms are individually decorated in shades of aqua to reflect the marine environment surrounding the hotel. Each features its own sitting area and bedroom with en-suite bathroom and air-conditioning throughout to ensure the most comfortable stay. Views vary, depending on the location of each room.

Double Rooms – seaside elegance for a comfortable stay; an elegant choice at The Plettenberg, the Double Rooms are individually decorated and offer a spacious bedroom with en-suite bathroom.

Neutral colours with accents of blush and blue create a wonderfully light atmosphere, complementing the beautiful seaside setting. Air-conditioning throughout the rooms ensure ultimate comfort for guests, year-round.

Dining & Entertainment

A world of flavours… The exceptional cuisine of The Plettenberg comes courtesy of Group Executive Chef Peter Tempelhoff. Each carefully crafted dish is matched with the finest vintages from the restaurant’s carefully curated wine list, and is presented with the charming service they have become synonymous with.

Savour the bounty of the ocean – set in a contemporary environment, SeaFood at The Plettenberg draws hotel guests and locals alike to what Group Executive Chef Peter Tempelhoff calls ‘The Collection restaurant with the best view’.

The indoor dining section offers beautiful views of the pool and ocean, while the outdoor terrace is perfect for alfresco dinners, with mesmerising ocean vistas – especially at sunset.

True to its name, the restaurant is renowned for its ocean bounty, drawing inspiration from the rich marine life that can be found in Plettenberg Bay. The kitchen team, headed up by Head Chef Richie Rorich, prepares innovative, sustainable seafood dishes, together with a wide selection of meats and vegetables. Working closely with local suppliers, ingredients are always seasonal and kept at a superb level of quality.

Created by Peter and Richie to reflect a taste of the bay, signature dishes at SeaFood include Blackened Tuna Tataki and Mossel Bay Sole, while carnivores can tuck into Grass-Fed Beef Fillet and Laingsburg Lamb – with a carefully curated wine list completing the culinary experience. The relaxed Café Menu offers hearty dishes such as ‘Proper Fish & Chips’, Charcuterie Platters and the PlettenBurger, and guests may also book ahead to enjoy High Tea at the restaurant.

Cocktail delights in a contemporary setting – wide selection of local and international spirits, expertly mixed cocktails, award-winning wines, or pre- and post-dinner drinks – whatever tickles your fancy, you will find it at The Sandbar, The Plettenberg’s stylish bar and lounge.

Leading off The Sun Lounge of The Plettenberg, The Sandbar is an exquisite, contemporary cocktail bar and lounge frequented by local patrons, as well as South Africans who choose to holiday in Plettenberg Bay.

The glass, white leather, marble and natural oak finishes blend to form a striking design, highlighted by clever lighting. The large photographic panels on the walls offer an outdoor perspective of the Plettenberg Bay area.

Throughout the day, The Sandbar is the perfect meeting spot for drinks and tea, and in the evenings it is ideal for enjoying award-winning South African wines, a variety of champagnes and an array of carefully crafted signature cocktails.

High Tea is anything but ordinary – forget cucumber sandwiches and scones, High Tea at this hotel is a thoroughly modern affair.

Think Prawn, Coconut & Pea Springrolls and Cumin Naan Bread filled with Pulled Pork and Homemade Chutney as savoury bites; and Brandy Snap cones filled with a sticky Marshmallow topped with Cotton Candy as a sweet treat. All are served with the finest selection of teas or coffee, as well as MCC or Champagne on request.

Whether you are celebrating an engagement or baby shower, birthday or bar mitzvah, or a corporate function, the event can be tailor-made to suit your needs, and the hotel offers the perfect venue for your do – be it at the Bluewing with 180 degrees sea view, the restaurant terrace, or the intimate Summer Lounge.

A special location for your event, be it a small, private celebration, special family occasion, or no-expenses-spared corporate launch, you are sure to find the perfect, most memorable location within the grounds of The Plettenberg.

Surroundings

From cultural treasures to magnificent wildlife; the ultimate seaside getaway, Plettenberg Bay offers a multitude of varied and unique experiences for all ages.

As a destination it boasts a year-round temperate climate, beautiful beaches and unrivaled scenery, as well as a culture of conservation, living history, annual events and festivals, and a flourishing creative community.

Traveller’s tip: Another interesting creative cultural excursion is to Global Village, a quaint shopping village filled with arts and crafts purveyors to discover. The whole family will love it.

Families will also enjoy Adventure Land in Harkerville, with activities ranging from waterslides to quad bikes. Another must-visit is the Plett Puzzle Park, with its life-size 3D maze – a forest puzzle walk that meanders through the natural forest, and a rope maze for the kids.

Plettenberg Bay’s rich eco-systems support many kinds of creatures, big and small – which is why much emphasis is placed on conservation.

There are a number of parks offering one-of-a-kind encounters with wildlife.

One of the most famous is Monkeyland, a sanctuary for various species of free-roaming monkeys; visitors can join them in the forest on a ‘monkey safari’. Located next door is Birds of Eden, which is said to be the largest free-flight aviary in the world picture an indigenous forest with waterfalls and elevated walkways.

With its beautiful backdrop and efficient infrastructure, Plettenberg Bay hosts many annual festivals and events; look out for regular concerts, too. Some of the highlights on the calendar include the Tour de Plett, the Whale Rally, the Plett Fringe Festival and, most recently, the Plett Food Film Festival.

Activities

Bays, Beaches and Beautiful Forests – Plett’s natural diversity offers something for everyone!

Plettenberg Bay, tucked neatly into the Garden Route, boasts golden beaches, a rugged peninsula and dense green forests. There’s so much to see and discover that is rich with adventure, experience and spectacular sightseeing.

Are you looking for a relaxing seaside getaway? The Plettenberg, perched on a rocky headland overlooking endless views of ocean, mountain and beaches, offers the ultimate base from which to explore the variety of outdoor activities, or if you prefer, staying in and relaxing by the poolside or having a pamper session in the on-site spa.

Plettenberg Bay boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in South Africa, where activities such as surfing, kayaking and skimboarding are popular. Plett is said to have the second-most temperate climate in the world (after Hawaii) and its beaches can be visited year-round, with some just a short walk from the hotel’s doorstep.

Traveller’s tip: Head to the beach from The Plettenberg, down a path fragrant with fynbos and with a beautiful view of the ocean. Located nearby is Lookout Beach: perfect for families, the little ones can splash in the lagoon and build sandcastles on the shore.

A popular swimming beach, Robberg 5, is also known for bodyboarding and surfing. For a long walk along a stretch of pristine coastline, Keurboomstrand is just the ticket (surfers love this beach, too).

Those simply wanting to relax on the shore can enjoy land-based whale watching (in season), or spy dolphins playing in the surf.

A must-visit destination is the Robberg Nature Reserve. Immerse yourself in the wild natural beauty of its beach, which stretches for kilometres between the Robberg Peninsula and Beacon Island. If you prefer more action, head to Central beach for a slice of Plett life; very popular for surfing, it is also the launch site for marine safaris, dive charters and ocean kayaking tours.

Along the Garden Route, visitors will find a large variety of adventure sports, from horse riding to bungee jumping.

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