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The Garden Route is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most-visited areas and it is not difficult to see why as the craggy Outeniqua Mountains and Indian Ocean join forces to produce the Tsitsikamma forest, pristine beaches and an abundance of sea life, like frolicking pods of dolphins. Within this natural beauty that is also the country’s adventure capital (think high-speed mountain biking, the world’s highest bungee jump and tree-top zip lining), lies Plettenberg Bay, a premier beach destination and home to The Plettenberg.

An intimate hotel with outstanding views over golden Formosa Beach from its location on a rocky headland, The Plettenberg is a beacon of sophistication, understated glamour and old-world charm. The 37 rooms and suites are beautifully appointed, some with balconies overlooking the rolling surf. Guests are thoroughly spoilt in the award-winning SeaFood restaurant as well as in the luxurious Fresh Wellness Spa. The Plettenberg’s Sandbar lounge is the fashionable spot for high-voltage cocktails and after-dinner nightcaps.

Perfectly situated to ever-popular Central Beach as well as Blue Flag Robberg Beach, The Plettenberg does not forget younger guests. Children have their own special menus as well as activities, like body boarding on the ocean, playing beach tennis and cricket, giggling through popcorn and movies on a rainy day or even having interactive cooking lessons with the eternally-patient chef.

From June to November keep an eye out for families of southern right whales that return to the warmer water annually. With a good book, a glass of something delicious and a pair of binoculars, you can while away many a serene hour playing look out for these incredible sea creatures.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Member of Relais & Chateaux



  • Fresh Wellness Centre
  • 2 heated infinity pools
  • Stylish Sandbar & top-notch SeaFood restaurant
  • Babysitting service
  • Spectacular seaside locale
  • Whale watching in season

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Facilities at The Plettenberg are top-notch. In addition to two heated infinity pools that have views over Plettenberg Bay and its resident dolphinds, the Fresh Wellness Spa allows guests to indulge in pampering treatments and rejuvenation therapies, like world-renowned TheraVine Gold facials.

The hotel's boutique stocks some of South Africa’s finest designs, like unique Ardmore Ceramics and splendid pieces from jeweller Peter Gilder.

Children are catered for with special menus and activities, like beach sports and cooking lessons. Parents also have access to babysitting services and in-room cots.

The Plettenberg has 24-hour security, high-speed Wi-Fi and a laundry service.

General Facilities

    Internet facilities
    Room service
    Wi-fi available
    Wine cellar
    Secure Parking
    Swimming Pool


Fancy trying grilled Outeniqua springbok loin or tandoori-spiced line fish? SeaFood restaurant at The Plettenberg has unrivalled views over Formosa Bay and a menu that combines local South African influences with international flair. The sophisticated décor is breezy and light, ideal for savouring the delicacies the Relais & Chateaux award-winning chef Peter Tempelhoff conjures up. Produce is sourced regionally to ensure both freshness and flavour, and popular dishes include Martha's Cape Malay chicken and prawn curry, stir-fried calamari with egg noodles, and the ultimate seafood indulgence: the Plettenberg Deluxe Seafood Platter.

The marble-and-glass Sandbar is an upscale bolthole for leisurely afternoon tea, pre-dinner cocktails and tapas or a celebratory glass of bubbly – it is definitely ‘the place to be seen’ in Plettenberg Bay. Leading off the Sun Lounge, The Sandbar is designed around a sophisticated palette of glass, white leater, marble and natural oak.


Double Room

Commanding views over one of South Africa’s most beautiful bays, The Plettenberg has 37 individually-designed rooms and suites. For larger parties, the hotel offers the family-friendly 3-bedroom Lookout Villa, which boasts three beautifully-appointed rooms, spacious open plan living areas, a well-stocked galley kitchen and access to a private swimming pool and garden.

The slightly smaller Beach House is a private villa with luxurious hotel services and is perfect for couples or honeymooners looking for exclusivity and privacy. Embracing sublime vistas from the vast deck, two en suite bedrooms are elegantly decorated in soft creams and blues to echo the surrounding landscapes, while a large lounge with fireplace, dining room and service kitchen cater for easy holiday living.

Air conditioning, satellite television and under-floor heating add comfort, while services such as sparkling wine on arrival, hot water bottles at turn-down and a morning delivery of hot tea or coffee add an extra special touch to all rooms and suites.

Double Rooms have spacious bedrooms with en suite bathrooms.

Luxury Double Rooms also have sitting areas.

The six Luxury Double Rooms with Sea Views have private step-out balconies, ideal for enjoying sunsets over the Indian Ocean.

There are five Suites that have separate lounge areas.

There seven Premier Suites also have separate lounge areas and private step-out balconies.


    En-suite bath and shower
    Twin bed available
    Underfloor heating
    Wi-fi available in room

Other Room Types

The Luxury Double rooms are air conditioned with small step-out balconies. They are en suite with garden or sea views.

The spacious Suites have a separate lounge and magnificent sea views from their balcony whereas the even larger Premier Suites are individually decorated and spacious suites with equally broad ocean views.

Other options at The Plettenberg are exclusive living accommodations: The fully serviced Beach House boasts two en suite bedrooms, a large sitting room with fireplace, a dining room and small kitchen, a private swimming pool, flat-screen television, satellite TV, wireless Internet access and DVD players.

The family-friendly three-bedroom Villa boasts an open-plan lounge and dining room, a well-stocked kitchen, access to a private swimming pool and garden, flat-screen televisions, satellite TV, wireless internet and DVD players.


  • Day tours
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Oct 2015 - 19 Dec 2015 $200 Bed & Breakfast
  • 20 Dec 2015 - 06 Jan 2016 $205 Bed & Breakfast
  • 07 Jan 2016 - 31 Jan 2016 $200 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 Feb 2016 - 28 Feb 2016 $205 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 Mar 2016 - 31 Mar 2016 $200 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 Apr 2016 - 30 Sep 2016 $145 Bed & Breakfast

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Luxury Double Room,Luxury Double Room with Sea View,Premier Suite,Suite Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

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Leanne Bergh

Leanne Bergh

Africa Safari Expert

"Enjoy the company of fellow guests or retreat to your own villa - whichever way, the views are magnificent! You might even spot a southern right whale!"



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