Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route, South Africa
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
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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.
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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'.
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 travellers.
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 Centre.
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.
Miles McConnell (Staff)
The Plettenburg has managed to retain its charm despite being a slightly larger hotel but with stunning views in three directions it is easy to see why. The in-house restaurant Sea Food offers a fantastic range of delicious fresh food straight out of the ocean. The hotel is divided into two sections with two separate infinity pools both looking out over the ocean. There is also plenty to do in the area with a nearby peninsular walk, shark cage diving for the more adventurous or simply strolling on the beach and discovering the local town.
Camilla Smith (Staff)
A large hotel positioned right on the sea front in Plettenberg Bay with dominating views across the bay. If you like the larger style hotel with all the facilities then The Plettenberg is a great choice in Plettenberg Bay. There is a superb Relais and Chateau restaurant, lovely spa and a gorgeous swimming pool. Activities in the area are endless and great for the more active people looking to explore the area. For families Plettenberg Bay works really well as there is a monkey park, elephant park, caves, golf courses, Tsisikamma forest and much more..
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
The Plettenberg is situated in the heart South Africa's elites favourite 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.
How to get there
Guests are advised to fly to Port Elizabeth and proceed to The Plettenberg by road. A flight from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth takes about 1hour 40minutes. From the airport is a two and a half hour drive to The Plettenberg.
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