The Plettenberg

Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

The hotel

This hotel is the ultimate spot to indulge one’s soul with its dramatic clifftop location along the Garden Route as well as superb cuisine, luxury spa and a sense of sleek yet natural comfort. Situated atop a cliff overlooking the ocean, with expansive uninterrupted ocean views sprawled out in front of you, this hotel has the perfect balance between architectural and design elegance along with making the most of untouched natural beauty. This small, unique hotel is made up of just 37 rooms. The living spaces are incredibly spacious with lots of light and natural lines and textures used to enhance the phenomenal setting. There are 2 pools including a beautiful infinity swimming pool, and you can experience fabulous sightings of dolphins and whales in the bay from the pool terraces. The hotel is located in pretty Plettenberg Bay and also within easy walking distance of Central Beach. Evidence of the region’s rich environment continues to the table; at the signature restaurant the Sand at the Plettenberg, chef Peter Tempelhoff features local produce and fresh seafood in his modern global cuisine, and for the ultimate in intimacy, the single table for 2 in the Wine Cellar offers you with an extensive list of South Africa’s best wines. The Plettenberg will suit many tastes as it embraces a more relaxed style of beach hotel, albeit with an understated elegance.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Families
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Close to Beach
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Located in the bustling seaside town of Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape on the Garden Route. It is just 3 minutes away from the main street, which boasts a myriad of shops and restaurants. Transfer time from Port Elizabeth Airport: 2 hours 30 minutes.

Hotel information

35 rooms on 3 floors. All with air-conditioning, under-floor heating, satellite TV, telephone, WiFi access, mini-bar*, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers. Spacious Double Rooms are individually decorated with luxury amenities and a double bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Luxury Double Rooms feature a sitting area, are larger and have side views of the beautiful garden or bay, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Luxury Double Rooms with Sea View are as above but with walk in shower, balcony and sea view, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Suites are larger still with a separate lounge area and sea views, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

Premier Suites are very spacious with French doors that open onto a balcony with sea views, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

The Beach House is a private house with two en-suite bathrooms, a separate lounge area, dining room, small kitchen and private swimming pool, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

The Lookout Villa is a three bedroom villa with open plan lounge area and dining room, galley kitchen and access to a private swimming pool and garden, sleeping maximum 6 adults or 2 adults and 4 children.

SeaFood at The Plettenberg restaurant (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Modern South African cuisine with Mediterranean influences). Wine Cellar restaurant (private dining retreat). Sandbar Cocktail bar. 2 swimming pools (1 is infinity-edge and 1 heated). Fresh Wellness Spa*. Steam room. Whale watching (Jul-Sep) and dolphin watching (year round). Gift shop. 24-hour room service*. Complimentary WiFi.

* Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Best experience ever in the Lookout Villa

Aug 18, 2019 JdKlerk

We as a family stayed in the Villa for three nights where we were spoiled beyond imagination. On arrival we were welcomed with a hot towel and ice tea, just what we needed after a long drive. The Villa has the most breathtaking views of the sea, lake and mountains from an exclusive swimming pool deck. During our entire stay, we saw dolphins in the… Read more
We as a family stayed in the Villa for three nights where we were spoiled beyond imagination. On arrival we were welcomed with a hot towel and ice tea, just what we needed after a long drive. The Villa has the most breathtaking views of the sea, lake and mountains from an exclusive swimming pool deck. During our entire stay, we saw dolphins in the sea and every morning during breakfast, they entertained the kids. All rooms were stylish decorated and luxuriously exquiped. The rooms are spacious and all equipped with flat screen TV’s and large bathrooms. Every night the friendly staff turn down the rooms and the kids especially enjoyed the fresh milk and biscuits being put out for them. We received fresh fruit, home made butter and fresh milk daily. The breakfasts was out of this world, I could not get enough of the Bavaria Blue cheese and smoke salmon. The heated pool was a winner for the kids and for the adults, the sun loungers with the views, unforgettable. We were pampered with a 90 min couples message at Fresh Wellness SPA, I must if you visit Plett. We want to thank MJ and his staff for their warm hospitality and excellent service. Read less
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Aug 12, 2019 Freedom800519

Stayed for one night on 10/8/19. Excellent hotel. Uniqe and large rooms. High service from the staff. Very nice atmosphere. Breakfast was very good. This hotel is very recommended. The views are amazing.
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Aug 7, 2019 GeorgeN1962

The Hotel is amazing. It has great views. Walking distance to the beach and a few beach pubs. The food is also very good. Nice and friendly staff and well trained. They have good wines. Rooms are very nice. Unlimited calls and Internet included.
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Aug 4, 2019 DRBUKLONDON LONDON

The hotel has wonderful views overlooking Plettenberg Bay a place to relax and enjoy. We stayed for four nights our room was on the first floor with amazing views of the bay. We ate dinner in the restaurant on the first night which we enjoyed, the cheese souffle was excellent followed by chicken breast and cheesecake. The breakfast was on the… Read more
The hotel has wonderful views overlooking Plettenberg Bay a place to relax and enjoy. We stayed for four nights our room was on the first floor with amazing views of the bay. We ate dinner in the restaurant on the first night which we enjoyed, the cheese souffle was excellent followed by chicken breast and cheesecake. The breakfast was on the terrace with plenty of choice. We would certainly like to stay again as we enjoyed our stay so much. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The perfect setting for the perfect hotel.

Aug 4, 2019 Andyrmac Wokingham

The perfect setting for the perfect hotel. We stayed 2 nights here recently and found it perfect. We where lucky and having requested 2 connected rooms, one with a sea view, we got allocated 53 and 54, which connected via a massive lounge area which we loved. Breakfast is great and the restaurant is also great value serving up fantastic food. Oh… Read more
The perfect setting for the perfect hotel. We stayed 2 nights here recently and found it perfect. We where lucky and having requested 2 connected rooms, one with a sea view, we got allocated 53 and 54, which connected via a massive lounge area which we loved. Breakfast is great and the restaurant is also great value serving up fantastic food. Oh and the two pools have views of the bay to die for! Read less