Plettenberg Bay has been nominated by the prestigious World Travel Awards™ for the 12th consecutive year as Africa’s Leading Beach Destination.
Last year, Plett won this coveted award which recognises the finest experiences, products, and services in the hospitality industry.
Plettenberg Bay was chosen as a world-class holiday destination boasting six internationally recognised Blue-Flag beaches, a huge choice of activities from diving with seals, hiking, MTB and birding trails to exploring the areas’ wine farms.
And when it comes to accommodation, Plett offers a fabulous smorgasbord of accommodation from unadulterated luxury to glamping and even a stay in a heritage building.
Check it all out on the Plettenberg Bay Tourism website.
The Plettenberg Hotel
The 5-star Plettenberg Hotel, a member of The Liz McGrath Collection, is situated on a rocky headland in Plettenberg Bay and offers some of the most breathtaking vistas in the country with panoramic views of the sea, the mountains and the endless stretches of beach.
This luxury hotel with its 37-magnificently appointed rooms and villas has earned the reputation of a bucket-list stay on the Garden Route.
Revel in world-class cuisine, the hotel’s collection of award-winning wines from the regions and beyond. Or enjoy the ‘secret’ Beach Room where you will find a treasure trove which includes everything from a body-board to an umbrella and yes, even your own beach chair.
Room rate: From R4,100 per room per night the Royal Breakaway offer includes breakfast, a bottle of wine, fresh fruit and R500 voucher for dinner or spa
Insider tip: All rooms are fabulous, but Room 65 is situated in a front corner in the premier suite category. It’s said that from here you will see the most unforgettable sunrise views, making it the ultimate bed to wake up in.
Close to: Bramon Wine Estate.
AfriCamps at Ingwe
AfriCamps at Ingwe is set in lush forests and fynbos in the Crags – only a 10-minute drive from the town of Plettenberg Bay.
It’s all about glamping here which makes this an outdoor and nature lover’s paradise. Relax on your tent’s private deck and soak up the peace and beauty of Ingwe’s forest valleys and the Tsitsikamma Mountain Range. How about a Hog Hollow horse trail or canoeing up the Bitou and Keurbooms River?
These super-cool self-catering tents range in size but can accommodate up to five guests in two bedrooms, so they're perfect for families, friends, or romantic getaways.
Room rate: From R1,190 per day for a tent without hot tub and R1,490 per day for a tent with a hot tub on a self-catering basis
Insider tip: Choose one of three tents that offer a private outdoor wood-fired tub so you can skinny-dip under the African stars.
Close to: Newstead Wine Farm.
Emily Moon River Lodge
Set on the banks of the Bitou River in Plettenberg Bay, the 4-Star Emily Moon River Lodge is an exclusive boutique hotel with a quirky vibe and a distinctly African flavour. There are 16 exquisitely appointed lodge suites set in an indigenous garden with views of the river, wetlands and mountains.
Owners Mark and Christine Valentine have collected artefacts from their African, Asian and Polynesian travels – making the décor here eclectic and special. Canoe, fish, mountain bike or have a massage at the spa.
Room rate: From R3,300 per suite per night including breakfast
Inside tip: Emily’s Restaurant offers fine fusion-cuisine dining, but the secret here is Simon’s Bar where you will find an artisan pizza to die for - try the Cuban styled pulled-pork, baby onions and red pepper pizza.
Close to: Plettenvale Wines
Barrington’s Small Hotel
Barrington’s Small Hotel, at the bottom of the Piesang Valley Road, is a stone's throw from the beach and just minutes away from Plettenberg Bay’s championship golf course. This ten-bedroom hotel espouses intimate service and attention to detail.
It’s conveniently located directly above the Barrington’s Brewery within walking distance of your room. Sample one of five flagship brews from the American Lager to the German Hefeweizen brewed by American brewmaster, Ross Eaton.
Room rate: From R1,640 per room per night on room only basis
Insider tip: Barrington’s sister restaurant, the famous Fat Fish, is within walking distance.
Close to: Luka Vineyards.
The Old Rectory
Located in the heart of Plettenberg Bay, The Old Rectory is an immaculately restored national monument built in 1777 and reimagined into a boutique hotel.
There are 18 luxury suites offering rain showers, roomy bathtubs and private outdoor terraces. This charming heritage hotel is so central it’s a quick stroll to the beach, shops and the town’s restaurants. Walk Robberg!
Room rate: From R2,600 per suite per night
Insider tip: Visit the spa set in the rectory’s original old schoolhouse. One guest left this review, ‘The spa is top-notch, the best I’ve ever been to. Do yourself a favour and go!”
Close to: Kay and Monty Vineyards.
Grand Africa Rooms & Rendezvous
Grand Africa is set on Plettenberg Bay’s Main Street giving it an advantage because it’s dead-centre for exploring the town on foot.
The small hotel with 11 uniquely styled rooms is elegant, has an old-world charm, and is also near Blue-Flag beaches and the Keurbooms lagoon. Walk on Keurbooms beach and you might just find a pansy shell.
Room rate: From R2,462.50 per room per night including breakfast
Insider tip: Each of the eleven rooms features unique decor. The Bathhouse Room offers twin free-standing baths, while the Farm House Room has a spacious farm-style patio. Choose Room 6 for spectacular sea and mountain views from your bathtub.
Close to: Bramon Wine Estate.
Tsala Treetop Lodge
This 5-star lodge is a fairytale come true. Set in the treetops of an age-old indigenous forest, it would not be an exaggeration to say that Tsala Treetop Lodge is one of its kind anywhere in the world.
Situated 10km West of Plettenberg Bay, it’s tucked way off the N2. Offering private suites and villas you get to have your very tree-house – and private plunge pool.
From unique architectural design that whispers of Africa, to fine service, an impressive wine list and unforgettable dining, Tsala should be on a bucket-list of things to do in a lifetime. The adjoining Hunter’s Country House is equally lovely as it swaps the trees for a garden.
You must go to the nearby Kranshoek picnic site to zipline, walk or just soak up the view.
Room rate: From R13,250 per suite per night including breakfast
Insider tip: Both Hunter Hotels, don’t turn their noses up at children and in fact, go out of their way to cater for little ones with their own play areas. Children staying at Tsala get their own tree-house in the enchanted forest.
Close to: Packwood Wine Estate.
The Bayview Hotel
The Bayview Hotelenjoys a convenient central location, just 800 metres from two Blue-Flag beaches and everything you could wish to do in Plett. Shopping, art galleries, restaurants and nightlife are right on your doorstep.
Choose from 36 comfortable en suite rooms and chat with your hosts about nearby activities. Adventure is just around the corner in the form of ocean fishing and diving excursions, hiking, sailing, bird watching, bungy jumping, whale and dolphin watching.
Room rate: From R1,065 per room per night including breakfast on Getaway Deal promotion
Insider tip: Take advantage of special packages which include passes to Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, Jukani and whale-watching with Ocean Adventures or enjoy a half-day guided mountain biking outing.
Close to: Lodestone Wine Estate.