Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Built on a dramatic rocky headland that separates the two main swimming beaches, the Plettenberg is a elegant hotel with just 37 individually furnished rooms, located at the heart of the picturesque 'Garden Route'.
At a Glance
Stunning views out to sea
Fantastic choice of restaurants
Spot the whales (seasonal) from the hotel
Go for long walks along the wild beach
Enjoy Plettenberg Bay's many activities all within easy reach
Meet our specialists
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to The Plettenberg or take a look at our itineraries to Garden Route
The magnificent Plettenberg Hotel is a 19th century mansion originally belonging to the famous Thesen family, of logging fame in Knysna. The hotel was rebuilt in the early 1960s and again in the late 80s, to provide exclusive accommodation for the most discerning of travelers.
The Plettenberg comprises 37 superbly furnished ensuite rooms and suites, including two self-contained private houses, each with its own pool and sundeck. All have air-conditioning and most have balconies or patios, under-floor heating and beautiful sea views.
The Sand Restaurant at the Plettenberg serves global cuisine prepared with special emphasis on fresh seafood and local produce. For special occasions, treat yourself to a romantic dinner for two in the state-of-the-art wine cellar, surrounded by bottles and bottles of the best South African wines, all featured on the award-winning wine list. Facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool, reflexology spa, bar, lounge and two elegant dining rooms.
The hotel is within easy walking distance of two of Plettenberg’s superb swimming beaches - the Lookout and Beacon Island. It is also only three minutes away from the main street, which boasts a myriad of shops and restaurants.
The Plettenberg offers 37 luxury rooms and suites, the Beach House (two bedrooms) and the Lookout Villa (three bedrooms). Rooms have been elegantly decorated and all have air-conditioning. Most have balconies or patios, under-floor heating and beautiful sea views.
The Beach House consists of two en-suite bedrooms, a large sitting room with fireplace, dining room and small service kitchen. The main bedroom leads onto a sundeck and plunge pool, with spectacular views of the bay and mountains.
The Lookout Villa consists of three bedrooms with an open plan lounge and dining area, a well-stocked galley kitchen, a private swimming pool and garden, overlooking one of South Africa's most beautiful bays.
The Plettenberg accepts children of all ages. There is plenty for them to do in the local area such as visits to Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, the Elephant Sanctuary and Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Center.
Facilities at the Plettenberg Hotel include a swimming pool, lap pool, Carchele Beauty Spa, gift shop, Internet access and the Sand Restaurant at the Plettenberg. It serves global cuisine prepared with special emphasis on fresh seafood and local produce.
The hotel is within easy walking distance of two of Plettenberg’s superb swimming beaches - the Lookout and Beacon Island. It is also only three minutes away from the main street, which boasts a myriad shops and restaurants.
Experience fabulous sightings of dolphins and whales in the bay, from the hotel terraces. There are numerous excursions and activities within close proximity to the hotel such as visits to Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, the Elephant Sanctuary and the Bramon Wine Estate to name a few.
Location & Directions
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
The Plettenberg is situated in the heart South Africa's elites favorite seaside vacation spot, Plettenberg Bay. Located in the adventure-rich Garden Route it is world-renowned for its excellent selection of outdoor activities: from regular dolphin and whale sightings to bungee jumping, treetop canopy tours and other more daring pursuits in the surrounding countryside. The Plettenberg is the ideal place to both relax and unwind or recharge and reinvigorate.
When to go
Garden Route enjoys a moderate climate all year round. In peak summer season, from December to February, temperatures can climb as high as 34ºC, although winter temperatures can drop to as low as 4ºC. Generally, this season has many sunny days with high wind at times. During the winter months of June, July, and August, expect frequent rains and a couple of chilly evenings. From June to December, the Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) graces Walker Bay with its massive presence.