With entrancing views over river and wetlands, Emily Moon River Lodge is a wonderful place for a romantic weekend or a luxury stopover on a Garden Route vacation. Just outside upmarket beach destination Plettenberg Bay, in South Africa’s Western Cape, Emily Moon offers peace and tranquillity, blissful comfort and easy access to all the many attractions of the area. The decor is quirky Indo-African chic, with antique pieces and artefacts collected on the owner’s travels, the ambience friendly and the excellent in-house restaurant, Emily’s, is a favourite with locals for sundowners and lavish meals.
There are ten individually designed lodges, all very spacious with large comfortable beds, lounge areas with couch and chairs grouped around a fireplace, laid with logs in winter time for cosy relaxing evenings. The ensuite bathrooms have underfloor heating and three lodges have additional private outdoor showers. Private decks look out over the river and wetlands in eight of the lodges, so you can watch fish eagles swooping, while the other two have secluded garden courtyard settings, and there are two family suites with second bedrooms for children over 8 years old.
Two swimming pools surrounded by beautiful indigenous gardens, one for exclusive use of residents and the other in the public restaurant area, are perfect for cooling down in summer, and the leafy boardwalk leads on down to the river, where guests can embark on an adventure in the lodge canoes along the Bitou River to where it meets the sea, perhaps encountering kingfishers and herons. There are mountain bikes for land excursions, or wander down the trails, bird-book in hand to enjoy the local wildlife.
The in-house restaurant, Emily’s, offers an ever changing eclectic menu of delicious dishes, local and international, with an extensive wine list and a vibrant atmosphere. There’s also a little sushi bar for light lunches, and excellent breakfasts for residents. The service is always warm, friendly and helpful, with the owners offering plenty of suggestions for planning your day.
Emily Moon is a luxurious and peaceful retreat in a beautiful location that is hard to leave.