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The Plettenberg, South Africa
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  • Five-Star beach-side hotel in the picturesque coastal town of Plettenberg Bay
  • Onsite restaurants, bar, and spa facility - also within easy reach of various water sports and land-based activities
  • Rooms overlooking the rocky headland and nearby beach with regular dolphin and whale sightings
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The Plettenberg is a Five-Star hotel in the beautiful coastal town of Plettenberg Bay. Located on South Africa's invigorating Garden Route, it offers plenty of opportunity for adventure, with a variety of water sports and exciting activities a very short distance away.

Relaxation couldn't be easier either as the hotel lies right on the coast, offering a selection of beaches to suit your preference. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Central Beach or take a leisurely stroll over to Robberg via the pristine Blue Flag shoreline. For those after a more private atmosphere, The Plettenberg boasts its own pair of infinity pools and a luxurious spa.

Offering individually decorated rooms and suites, this hotel possesses a truly serene ambience. Surrounded by beaches, mountains, and the vast ocean itself, it is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing break or an exciting getaway.

Property facilities

Total comfort can be found at The Plettenberg's onsite Fresh Wellness Spa, providing a variety of treatments and products for guests who enjoy a little extra pampering. Two beautifully designed infinity pools offer spectacular views of the surrounding coastline, while the stylish Collection Boutique provides a sophisticated range of clothing and jewellery.

Food, drink & entertainment

Traditional South African flavours and contemporary cuisine are combined with great success at The Greenhouse, while the true taste of Plettenberg Bay is encapsulated by the fresh local produce of the SeaFood restaurant. The elegant white marble and leather of Sandbar provide an ideal setting to enjoy a classy cocktail or two, as well as a choice of champagne and award-winning wine.

Sport, games & activities

Finding and partaking your favourite activities is a piece of cake thanks to The Plettenberg's prime location. A myriad of water sports are available, including scuba diving, surfing, and kayaking. Further inland, the Garden Route offers cycling and horse riding trails, golf courses, and even sky-diving and bungee-jumping courses.

Room facilities

Each of The Plettenberg's 37 rooms and suites include an elegant en-suite bathroom, underfloor heating, air conditioning, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Guests in search of even more luxury can find it at the Beach House and Lookout Villa, a pair of expansive private suites offering spacious living areas and amazing views of the surrounding coastline.

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Originally nicknamed 'Beautiful Bay' by its early Portuguese explorers, Plettenberg Bay certainly lives up to this early moniker. Built on a hillside sloping down to the coast, the town is a truly serene location perfect for those seeking leisure and excitement alike.

Plettenberg Bay's location makes it a prime place for an incredible range of activities, from all manner of water sports to hikes through the surrounding countryside. Relaxing is incredibly easy too, especially as the town offers 20 kilometres of breathtaking coastline. Wildlife lovers will feel right at home thanks to the town's various animal-based attractions, from the nearby game reserve to the simian delights of Monkeyland.

Truly a town of variety and beauty, Plettenberg Bay remains just enough of a secret to offer a sense of seclusion and tranquility.

Plettenberg Bay facts
Flight time:
11 hours
Time difference:
2 hours
South African rand
Flying from: Birmingham, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle
Best time to go

South Africa's hottest, driest weather can be found from November to March, perfect for a winter escape. Alternatively, Plettenberg Bay's self-proclaimed "secret season" from May to September guarantees greater privacy for exploring the city's surroundings or relaxing on a quiet beach.

Things to do

Despite being smaller than many of South Africa's major coastal towns, Plettenberg Bay enjoys just as wide a variety of water sports - including surfing, kayaking, and scuba diving - as well as an abundance of Blue Flag beaches. Slightly further afield, visitors can enjoy the sights and sounds of the nearby Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve, or schedule a round of golf at the town's very own country club - just two of the many attractions found around the outskirts of Plettenberg Bay.

Food & drink

In defiance of its relative size, Plettenberg Bay still offers a wealth of top-quality restaurants and cafes. Treat yourself to a variety of authentic local seafood dishes at the beachside Moby Dick's, or enjoy a delicious Portuguese and Mozambican selection at the popular LM restaurant on the town's main street. Those with more far-ranging tastes will enjoy the Surf Cafe, which boasts a wide range of meals inspired by popular surfing destinations across the globe.

In the evening

The town's main fare in terms of nightlife comes in the form of swanky bars with a cool atmosphere, the most popular including Flashbacks and Cubar. If you're in search of a more high-octane night on the town, head to VIP - a multi-level club featuring DJs and live bands to help you dance the night away.

Health & entry requirements

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.

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Hotel features
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Water Sports
  • Beach Location
  • Scuba Diving
  • Wi-Fi
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