Luxury Hotels in the Garden Route & Little Karoo

There are some superb hotels along the Garden Route, such as the remote Grootbos, the heavenly Kurland, the unique Tsala Treetop Lodge and the seaside Plettenberg. Take a look at our selection of hotels for more inspiration:

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Morukuru Beach Lodge

Location: Garden Route & Little Karoo | South Africa

Morukuru Beach Lodge sits in the beautiful De Hoop Nature Reserve on the southern tip of South Africa. The lodge lies a short walk down the coast from its sister hotel, Morukuru Ocean House, and offers the same combination of luxurious accommodation, unspoilt wilderness and fantastic wildlife-watching opportunities – and eco-friendly travellers will be pleased to learn that the hotel is off-grid, running from solar power.

Best for: Wildlife & Nature, Walking & Trekking, Eco-tourism, Family-friendly

Morukuru Ocean House

Location: Garden Route & Little Karoo | South Africa

Wrap yourself in luxury at the gorgeous Morukuru Ocean House, which is located along South Africa’s southern coast, surrounded by over 50km of beach, sand dunes and caves, and thousands of acres of savannah teeming with birds and animals. Part of the unique Morukuru Family Experience, hotels that operate on an exclusive-use basis, at Ocean House you have the entire place to yourself and personal staff to attend to your every whim.

Best for: Seriously special, Setting & Views, Secret / In the Know, Private Villa

Turbine Hotel & Spa

Location: Garden Route & Little Karoo | South Africa

The Turbine is a boutique luxury design hotel in Thesen Island in South Africa’s famously scenic Garden Route. Set in a former power station, the hotel has an edgy, contemporary feel, with many of the facility’s original features having been kept as unique design pieces. A range of outdoor activities are on offer courtesy of the Turbine Water Club.

Best for: Food & Wine, Spa & Wellness, Wildlife & Nature, Water activities

The Marine

Location: Garden Route & Little Karoo | South Africa

The Marine is a luxury hotel near the town of Hermanus in the Western Cape, the perfect sophisticated base for exploring the natural beauty of this region on land and by sea. For over a century this hotel has been welcoming guests, who flock to watch whales between June and November.

Best for: Setting & Views, Service & Hospitality, Peace & Quiet, Food & Wine

De Kelders Private Villa

Location: Garden Route & Little Karoo | South Africa

This ravishing boutique property is something straight out of an interior design magazine. De Kelders Private Villa has graced the pages of Elle Decoration, House & Garden and many more, unsurprisingly given the thoughtful design that incorporates uniquely crafted items in a creative setting, while at the same time making you feel right at home.

Best for: Private Groups, Chic Design, Hideaway, Food & Wine

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Location: Garden Route & Little Karoo | South Africa

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a remote eco-reserve on the South African coastline set within 1,700 hectares of protected land, with an abundance of wildlife, stunning landscapes and access to some of the Cape's most secluded and beautiful beaches. With two lodges to choose from, it is ideal for both families and couples alike.

Best for: Setting & Views, Eco-tourism, Seriously special, Honeymoon

Samara Private Game Reserve

Location: Garden Route & Little Karoo | South Africa

Overlooking an amphitheatre of dramatic, purple-hued mountains and vast heartland, the Samara Private Game Reserve offers an exclusive malaria-free safari in the Eastern Cape’s Great Karoo. Home to cheetahs, rhinos and the rare aardvark, this 27,000-hectare reserve has a maximum of 30 guests at one time, meaning you’ll go out on bush walks and game drives and see nothing but rare wildlife and superb landscapes.

Best for: Wildlife & Nature, Setting & Views, Off the Beaten Track, Guiding

Ocean Eleven Guest House

Location: Garden Route & Little Karoo | South Africa

Well-placed to view the migrating whales in Walker Bay, Ocean Eleven Guest House has one of the most sought-after locations in the quaint coastal town of Hermanus. Perched on the fynbos-covered clifftop with uninterrupted panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, this small, owner-run guesthouse offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere in the heart of whale-watching country.

Best for: Setting & Views, Wildlife & Nature, Chic Design, Guesthouse or Inn

The Plettenberg

Location: Garden Route & Little Karoo | South Africa

The Plettenberg is an exquisite five-star hotel in a perfect location for Garden Route adventures. Sitting proudly on a craggy headland in the heart of one of the Garden Route’s most spectacular towns, with gorgeous views over the stunning coastline, overlooking miles of sandy beaches, the Otteniqua Mountains and Formosa Bay, it is simply in a league of its own. It is also wonderfully relaxing, thanks to the exceptional staff.

Best for: Setting & Views, First-timers, Beach, Wildlife & Nature

The Manor House Fancourt Estate

Location: Garden Route & Little Karoo | South Africa

The epitome of romance, The Manor House boutique hotel is the crown of the Fancourt Estate. A National Monument, the 140-year-old house has been meticulous remodelled, still in keeping with its historical counterpart, whilst adding a distinctive 21st century luxury atmosphere. With 18 stylish suites, the hotel exudes five-star service with a personalised butler and first-class amenities.

Best for: Honeymoon, Peace & Quiet, Romantic, Spa & Wellness

Emily Moon River Lodge

Location: Garden Route & Little Karoo | South Africa

Emily Moon River Lodge is a unique, homely boutique hotel in the wilds of South Africa’s famous Garden Route, with stylish luxury suites 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.

Best for: Service & Hospitality, Peace & Quiet, Romantic, Water activities

African Relish

Location: Garden Route & Little Karoo | South Africa

African Relish is a cookery school in the South African town of Prince Albert, which provides comfortable accommodation at Deuerdrift 2, a bungalow cottage. Purpose-built to allow guests to explore the secrets of South African and international cuisine in depth and at their own pace, African Relish offers a one-off travel experience and is a great choice for anyone looking to brush up on their cookery skills.

Best for: Secret / In the Know, Food & Wine, Cultural Immersion, History & Heritage

Birkenhead House

Location: Garden Route & Little Karoo | South Africa

Birkenhead House is a luxurious and superbly elegant boutique hotel perched high on the clifftops overlooking Walker Bay. This manor house combines 18th century antiques with beach-house décor to form one of the most stylish options on South Africa’s southern coast.

Best for: Setting & Views, Luxury Hotel, Service & Hospitality, Peace & Quiet

Tsala Treetop Lodge

Location: Garden Route & Little Karoo | South Africa

Amongst a crop of farm-style guesthouses and hotels in pretty seaside towns, Tsalas offers something different - a treehouse lodge in the bush.

Best for: Honeymoon, Lodge, Setting & Views, Unusual


Location: Garden Route & Little Karoo | South Africa

Kurland is that rare gem, a family friendly hotel that doesn’t compromise on the luxury or comfort of its adult guests. Set amongst 1,700 acres of gardens and polo fields, this is a peaceful relaxing retreat to explore the Garden Route from.

Best for: Family-friendly, Food & Wine, Spa & Wellness, Riding

Schoone Oordt Country House

Location: Garden Route & Little Karoo | South Africa

Framed by the picturesque Langeberg Mountains, this Victorian guesthouse finds itself surrounded by pretty rose gardens, water fountains and towering oak trees on a quiet street in historic Swellendam. Just a 2.5-hour drive from Cape Town, it is the perfect stop along the Garden Route.

Best for: Guesthouse or Inn, Setting & Views, Service & Hospitality, Food & Wine


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