Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route, South Africa
based on 7 nights inc. flights
per person for 7 nights sharing a double room, including domestic flights from London to Port Elizabeth and transfers from the airport to Kurland Hotel.
At a Glance
Beautiful grounds overlooking the Polo fields
Amazing children's activity programmes
Fabulous big bedrooms with antique furniture, special loft rooms for children and plunge pools
Quad bike, mountain bike or horse ride through the estate
Relax in the spa or beside the pool
Enjoy one of the many beaches all within an easy drive from the hotel
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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.
Set in pristine countryside between the mountains and beaches of Nature's Valley, Kurland is the quintessential country retreat with excellent facilities for families. An intimate Relais & Chateaux hideaway with 16 suites.
Surrounded by paddocks and meadows, Kurland is a tranquil estate set under mature oaks in a rural farm setting on the outskirts of Plettenberg Bay. The original homestead has been restored to offer every comfort for the discerning traveller in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. Stylishly decorated interiors, charming courtyards with private plunge pools, deep verandahs and sweeping views add to the experience.
The Kurland Hotel offers 16 beautifully appointed suites, some of which are suitable for families with additional upstairs, en suite loft bedrooms, which have been decorated with exquisite furnishings sourced from international fairs in Paris and Milan. All suites have spacious bedrooms, oversized beds, luxurious linens, huge en suite bathrooms, a lounge area and terrace, and are equipped with modern facilities such as telephones, satellite television, safes, minibars and under floor heating.
Generous country breakfasts and lunches are served in the courtyard or at the pool on sunny days. In the evenings enjoy a drink on the veranda or relax in the library before dining by candlelight. Guests may select their own wines from the cellar.
An intimate health spa offers the luxury of aromatherapy massage, beauty treatments, steam bath, sauna, gym and tennis court. A superb new polo complex with stables and polo fields form part of the estate and guests may have the pleasure of watching a game of polo. Resident polo professionals are available to offer private tuition tailored to the appropriate skill level and horse riding is available by arrangement. After a refreshing swim in the pool, take a leisurely stroll through the estate or bird watch. Plettenberg Bay offers beautiful beaches, whale and dolphin trips, deep sea fishing and sailing.
The Kurland Hotel offers 16 luxurious rooms and suites split between Elegant Suites, Luxury Suites, Superior Suites, Family Suites and Honeymoon Suites. Rooms feature twin or king size beds and huge bathrooms, sitting areas, fireplaces and private patios. Honeymoon Suites also feature their own spacious terrace with a private swimming pool.
There are 2 Elegant Suites which offer a large double bedroom with en-suite bathroom. These suites have a private patio.
There are 6 Luxury Suites which offer a large double en-suite bedroom with an extra attic room with space for 2 children.
the 4 Superior Suites have a double en-suite bedroom with private patio with plunge pool. There is an extra attic room which has beds for up to 3 children.
This spacious villa is offered on an exclusive-use basis. There are 8 rooms, 5 in the main villa and 3 in the cottage.
The Kurland Hotel offers great facilities for children including a private playroom, an array of activities and lofts above various suites featuring between 2 and 4 beds. There are special children's menus and there is a babysitting service available on request. Children will love the vast majority of the adventure activities on offer nearby but also the attractions including the Elephant Sanctuary, Monkeyland and Wild Waters Park.
Facilities at the hotel include a spa, gym, plunge pool and childrens’ playroom. There are numerous dining options including 'The Library', 'The Verandah', 'The Pool', 'The Courtyard', your private terrace, 'The Chef’s Table', or the 'Rose Gardens'. 'The Courtyard' offers a distinctly romantic Mediterranean setting with its picturesque fountain and candelabra. The Kurland polo complex features four boarded polo fields, fully equipped stables and veterinary clinic and the pavilion includes a well stocked bar, children's playroom and restaurant.
Horse riding and quad biking are complimentary at the hotel. Spa treatments, sailing, canoeing, whale watching, mountain biking, forest trails, scenic flights and gliding, golf, hiking, sea kayaking, boat cruises, polo lessons to suit all skill levels and deep sea fishing (all nearby) are at an additional cost.
Anna Hearn (Staff)
We absolutely loved Kurland when we visited it is nothing short of utterly charming, with large and airy Cape Dutch rooms set amidst swathes and swathes of the most exquisitely scented roses we spent hours just wandering around the gardens, it seemed there was a rose in every colour possible and the scent pervaded the entire property. Quite apart from this Kurland is actually a working polo farm while we didnt have time for a ride, we spent an enjoyable time getting to know some of the ponies. The rooms here are just wonderful, decorated with a nod to the rose theme, and everything in its place. It felt like a beautiful English country home dotted of course with vases and vases of blousy roses. We popped up to Kurland Villa, Peters private home nothing short of spectacular from the first view as you round the bend, we were greeted warmly by his three dogs. The House is beautiful, a warm, welcoming family home on a very grand scale we both loved the piano room! But it also felt like a place you could kick off your shoes and sink into one of the many squishy sofas with a book for the afternoon. Just perfect for families travelling together or even a group of friends.
Sarah Clegg (Staff)
Kurland never disappoints, owner Peter Behr and his team constantly deliver at this fantastic working polo estate in the Tsitsikamma Mountains, just outside Plettenberg Bay. So many activities to chose from, it's a favourite with couples and families alike. A really spoiling country estate a short hop from the buzzy coastal town of Plett. Kurland is a real favourite of ours.
Dominic Atterton (Staff)
I knew that Kurland would be impressive before our visit but it wasnt until we arrived that I understood quite how special it is. It feels like that special piece of England that you cant ever quite put your finger on but you know when youre there. Private cottages, overlooking green lawns dotted with oak trees and the grazing horses and ponies in the fields beyond. Just perfect. Combine this with the fact its just a few minutes outside of Plettenbberg Bay with its golden beaches and rolling breakers and you have the best of everything.
Most cottages are built over two levels with a lounge, bedroom and bathroom downstairs and a second childrens bedroom and bathroom above. Beware of some of the cottages have internal staircases but some only external ones which wouldnt be unsuitable for families with younger children as the stair case runs up the side of the cottage into a separate external door for the self-contained room above.
For the ultimate luxury take one of the two cottages with private terraces upstairs both with large plunge pools overlooking the fields and hills in the distance. Horses and polo are a huge part of life at Kurland with regular matches taking place throughout the summer and horses available for guests of all experience to ride on site.
Camilla Smith (Staff)
Kurland is our absolute favourite property in the Plettenberg Bay area. With gorgeous Cape Dutch buildings set in this huge parkland with a lovely pool and spa it feels incredibly peaceful and luxurious. It is actually a large polo estate so you look out onto fields with numerous polo ponies and large polo pitches. Guests can ride the horses on the estate (there are small ponies for children), burn around on quad bikes or mountain bike around the property - it is great fun for all ages!
As a couple you can spend your days lazing by the pool or enjoying the spa, heading into Plettenberg and enjoying the beaches or heading out into the buzzing town centre.
For families there is so much to do and see and families return year on year; families come to South Africa to head only to Kurland for 10 days or longer. As one guest said to me once ''Kurland makes travelling with children easy''. Some rooms have the most divine attic rooms which are beautifully designed to be a children's haven - equipped with mini dressing gowns, boxes of toys, fluffy teddies etc etc they will feel right at home. There is a separate children's play area behind the hotel with sand pits, pool and full of toys and game. Staff can take the children off for treasure hunts and picnics in the property if you wanted to laze by the adult pool or have a massage. Activities in the area including monkey land, elephant park and bird park are to name a few.
I really could not recommend Kurland enough, every guest we send there returns absolutely gushing with praise!
Peter Behr is one of the owners of Kurland, the estate his grandfather bought in 1941 and which he has turned into a world-class polo ground and boutique hotel. 'There isn't a lot of sophistication in town,' says the dashing forty-something over a sundowner on the Cape Dutch-style veranda overlooking 700 hectares of smartly trimmed gardens, paddocks and forests that rise into the purple hills beyond. 'And that's precisely the point. People come for the lifestyle: the boating, the beaches, the walking, the riding. It has its own little micro-weather system, which is fabulous, and much more moderate than the Cape. The beaches are pretty empty. The swimming's good. And of course, the parties...'
The grand house now used as their living space - to hunker in winter in plush living rooms, to dine beneath chandeliers and sit out on expansive verandahs - is considered the most gracious and opulent place to stay along the coast. The oak floorboards are wide and highly polished. Rooms are furnished with precious antiques, family portraits and heavy curtains. Bed linen is embroidered and finely pressed. The dining room has roaring fires (in winter), heavy silver and fine white crockery. And the food is gutsy rather than gourmet: enormous bowls of seafood spaghetti; hefty ostrich fillets on spinach; passion-fruit brulee.
Birds of Eden
Birds of Eden is the world's largest free-flight bird aviary. The aviary is home to about 3,500 birds representing over 200 species.
Black Water Tubing - Green Route
Explore the beauty of Tsitsikamma's Plaatbos Nature Reserve through a fun combination of tubing and stand-up paddle boarding.
Black Water Tubing - Red Route
For those who are thrilled with adventure, this is a unforgettable way to explore Tsitsikamma's Goesa Nature Reserve as you journey through beautiful forest and cliff sceneries which opens up to the spectacular Storms River Mouth.
Boat Trip on Storms River
If you like to be on the water, then this boat trip will get you up close and personal to the stunning Storms River. Afterwards, walk through the forest to the suspension bridge.
Fynbos Flower Safari
The Cape Floral Region has the highest concentration of plant species in the world. Staggeringly this recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site holds three times the diversity of species than the Amazon rainforest.
Great White Shark Cage Diving
Great white shark cage diving is an experience like no other. To get up close to the ocean's number one predator in its natural environment is a humbling experience you will never forget.
Hog Hollow Horse Riding - Farm Trail
This one-hour farm trail takes you through open terrains and fields.
Hog Hollow Horse Riding - Forest Trail
This two-hour forest trail takes you through the ancient Tsitsikamma rainforest.
Horse Riding in the Cape
Enjoy exploring the dramatic landscapes of South Africa on horseback, an experience to be included on any visit.
Monkeyland - Plettenberg Bay
Monkeyland is a unique primate sanctuary that rehabilitates and frees previously caged primates. All of the monkeys here move about the forest freely and peacefully and allow you to view them as they would bee seen in their natural habitat.
Make a brief stop at Mossel Bay for the world-famous Post Office Tree at the Dias Museum Complex.
Paddle Up Storms River
If you like to be on the water, then this two to three-hour kayak adventure will get you up close and personal to the stunning Storms River. Afterwards, walk through the forest to the suspension bridge.
Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve
Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in the Southern Cape and is in the perfect location for anyone who wants to experience a one day, big game viewing experience along the Garden Route.
Quad Biking at the Wineries
This route takes you through Hamilton Russel Vineyards & South Right wineries into the Fernklook Nature Reserve.
Robberg Peninsula Walk
The Robberg Peninsula is an outcrop of land from the western side of Plettenberg Bay. The Peninsula is now a nature reserve and a marine protected area which makes for spectacular scenery, wildlife, flora and fauna.
Sea Kayaking at Hermanus
An adventurous 2-hour sea kayaking experience as you paddle along the coastline with opportunities to encounter sea creatures.
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre at Plettenberg Bay offers guests a truly unique wildcat experience as they are taken on a guided tour of cheetah, leopard, serval, caracal and other wildcats, baboons and birds.
Whale watching on the Western Cape
Southern right whales visit the Western Cape from about June to December every year. These beautiful gentle giants congregate to the shores of Hermanus all the way along the coast line towards Plettenberg Bay.
Location & directions
Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route, South Africa
Kurland Hotel is situated on the outskirts of Plettenberg Bay near Nature’s Valley. The pristine unspoilt beaches of Nature’s Valley, and the incredible indigenous forest of Tsitsikamma are breath taking.
How to get there
George (120km west of Kurland) or to Port Elizabeth (220km east of Kurland) are served by internal flights. For International flights use Cape Town International or Johannesburg. From northern Europe the flight takes 11-13 hours. Transfers can be arranged through the hotel.
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