Plettenberg Bay

Considered by some to be the crown jewel of South Africa’s Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay was originally discovered by Portuguese Explorers who aptly named it Bahia Formosa – the beautiful bay. The white sandy beaches and the warm Indian Ocean make Plettenberg Bay a great destination for both honeymooners and families alike, with plenty of outdoor activities and water sports, fine dining and nightlife to satisfy all ages.

For the nature lover, Plettenberg Bay boasts miles of unspoilt beaches, clean lagoons and estuaries, the fresh air of the neighbouring indigenous forest and a rocky peninsula that just begs to be photographed. With so much nature to explore, visitors to the Bay can enjoy hikes, a surf and a river kayak all on the same day. Bird lovers can head to nearby Wittedrift for some great bird spotting, whilst the coastline provides excellent opportunities to enjoy some whale watching.

Arts and culture lovers meander through The Crags – 20km from Plettenberg Bay – with it’s well-to-do Polo fields, wildlife sanctuaries, arts and craft stores and local theatre productions offering more than enough to see and do on a day visit. If you’d prefer to sit back, relax and watch the passing parade, the abundance of coffee shops will be happy to oblige with great coffee and delicious treats.

Just 30km from Plettenberg Bay is Nature’s Valley, where the Tsistikamma Mountains have preserved the National Park protected area leaving it virtually untouched – perfect for a day trip and a picnic on the pristine beach. Here the mighty Storms River brings an abundance of birdlife and Cape flora, with thriving wetlands and lagoons. It’s also here that adrenaline junkies can enjoy one of the world’s highest bungee jumps or a treetop canopy tour amongst the forest.

 

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The Plettenberg

The Plettenberg

The Plettenberg is a Relais & Chateaux hotel, providing 5-star luxury accommodation, built on a rocky headland in one of South Africa’s most beautiful costal resort towns – Plettenberg Bay. Guests at the hotel can wine and dine in lavish style, while overlooking the magnificent views of the ocean.

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The Robberg Beach Lodge

The Robberg Beach Lodge

The Robberg Beach Lodge is the ideal destination for anyone looking for a stunning beach holiday with the added luxury of being close to some of the world’s finest golf courses, hiking trails and seaside towns. A great spot for those exploring South Africa’s famous Garden Route, The Robberg is situated in Plettenberg Bay, at the very heart of this wonderful area.

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Periwinkle Lodge

Periwinkle Lodge

Perfectly positioned right near the beach, with magnificent views of the surrounding Tsitsikamma Mountains and Robberg Peninsula, Periwinkle Guest Lodge is a jewel in the Garden Route crown. Guests are guaranteed 4 star luxury accommodation, all within easy access to beaches and mountains, as well as unparalleled views of whales and dolphins frolicking in the baby below.

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Cottage Pie

Cottage Pie

As part of The Robberg Collection, Cottage Pie villa is guaranteed to offer the utmost opulence and here, on the picturesque southeast coast of South Africa, the Garden Route’s famous beachside splendour reaches new heights. Think five-star luxury, meticulous attention to detail, and top-notch service around every turn – this is what Cottage Pie is all about. The villa’s main perks range from being wonderfully private, while being a stone’s throw from Plettenberg Bay’s quirky and trendy eateries, art enclaves and range of coffee shops. Not to mention its proximity to some of the country’s most prized swimming spots.

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Tsala Treetop Lodge

Tsala Treetop Lodge

Feel on top of the world as you tower above a centuries-old indigenous forest and take in its beauty from the privacy of your own luxurious tree house deck. Tsala Treetop Lodge, situated just outside Plettenberg Bay, is unique in that it offers guests treetop living with a difference. Far from the rustic treehouses of your childhood, Tsala is all about luxury and decadence. The lodge, built from stone, wood and glass, has been designed to blend seamlessy into its surrounds so as not to impose on the natural beauty of the forest.

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Kurland Hotel & Spa

Kurland Hotel and Spa

Situated near Plettenberg Bay along the scenic Garden Route, the five-star Kurland Hotel is luxury countryside living at its best. A Relais & Chateaux property, Kurland has long been the number one choice for locals and foreigners alike. Situated on a pristine 700-hectare estate, which includes polo playing fields, the hotel offers ultimate privacy and seclusion.

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Hog Hollow Country Lodge

Hog Hollow Country Lodge

Overlooking the Matjies River Gorge, Plettenberg Bay’s authentically South African Hog Hollow Country Lodge is a wonderful place from which to enjoy this beautiful part of the world. The lodge offers sixteen fabulous garden suites nestled in the leafy grounds surrounding the main house, all of which boast a secluded wooden deck providing the perfect spot to enjoy an evening sundowner with the sounds of the garden as your evening soundtrack.

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Emily Moon River Lodge

Emily Moon River Lodge

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.

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Milkwood Manor by the Sea

Milkwood Manor by the Sea

Three words: Location, location, location. With 180-degree unspoilt views of the Indian Ocean, the lagoon and the beautiful hills of the Tsitsikamma forest, this guesthouse is known as the perfect honeymoon venue. Nestled among indigenous Milkwood trees, the guesthouse has direct access to Lookout Beach – known by locals as the best beach in Plettenberg Bay to sip a cocktail while watching the African sun set in a blaze of colors.

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Fynbos Ridge Country House & Cottages

Fynbos Ridge Country House and Cottages

Nature lovers exploring South Africa’s beloved Garden Route couldn’t find a more typically South African destination so in tune with the area’s flora, fauna and heritage than Fynbos Ridge. Award-winning 5-star accommodation is offered in the country house, as well as in secluded garden cottages dotted around the estate’s indigenous gardens. The emphasis here is on tranquility and relaxation, and this luxurious haven is the perfect starting point from which to explore the surrounds.

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