Emily Moon

Location: Garden Route & Little Karoo | South Africa

Price guide: £££££ Less than £100 per person per night

Emily Moon is a unique, homely boutique hotel in the wilds of South Africa’s famous Garden Route, with 10 beautiful lodges spread around a beautiful garden and a distinctly colonial air. The owners run a boutique antique and artefact store in Johannesburg, and their sense of quirky style and love of unique decorative items is evident everywhere you look here.
Perfect forPerfect for exploring the great outdoors of South Africa’s Garden Route.
In the know
  • Just 10 separate lodges, each with a quirky design
  • Near the trendy town of Plettenberg Bay
  • Skydiving, bungee jumping and canyoning among the activities on offer
  • Delicious, locally sourced traditional cuisine

Recommended for...

  • Peace & Quiet
  • Romantic
  • Service & Hospitality
  • Water activities

Hotel Overview

sense of place

Emily Moon is surrounded by natural beauty, set on the banks of the Bitou River near the fashionable town of Plettenberg Bay. Managers Alex and Candice imbue the place with a homely atmosphere and sense of warmth.

rooms at emily moon

Accommodation at Emily Moon is spread across 10 completely separate lodges, connected by wooden walkways. Each is individual in design but they all share a classic, traditional feel, with wooden viewing decks and plantation blinds giving the rooms a colonial aesthetic. Artefacts from the owners’ travels through Africa, Asia and Polynesia decorate the walls, lending each room a unique and exotic feel. The spacious River Lodge, set on the banks of the Piesang River, is perfect for families who want to self-cater.

food & drink

Emily’s Restaurant is a beautiful place to eat, an elegant and traditional dining hall with its dark wood and marble columns illuminated by candles and radiating the air of an Old World country estate. The colonial feel is enhanced by the kilim rugs, tribal spears, and old maps which decorate the floors and walls and carry stories from distant corners of Africa and beyond. The exquisite food contributes further to the homely feel, with fresh locally sourced ingredients going in to traditional dishes like karoo lamb rack, butter chicken and mille-feuille. Most of the produce is grown onsite in the hotel’s own garden. Upstairs is Simon’s Bar, where you can enjoy a range of cocktails, beers and Cape wines as well as delicious wood-fired pizzas.

facilities

After a day exploring in the great outdoors, take your pick from Emily Moon’s two beautiful swimming pools, perfect for cooling off after being out in the sun. The use of bicycles and river canoes is provided to guests free of charge.

activities at emily moon

The natural beauty of South Africa’s popular Garden Route is right on your doorstep here, and outdoorsy types will love the range of activities on offer. Head to the bay for whale watching, kayaking, and fishing safaris, or head down Storms River for some blackwater tubing. Adrenaline junkies won’t have to look far to get their fix here, with skydiving, bungee jumping, and canyoning all on offer; zip-line tours through the treetops are a great way to get to know Tsitsikamma National Park up close. Nature lovers should head to Birds of Eden, the world’s largest free-flight bird sanctuary, and the Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, home to lions, cheetahs, tigers and leopards among other big cats.

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Hotel location

Emily Moon is around 2.5 hours’ drive from Port Elizabeth Airport, or 6 hours from Cape Town.

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