The Plettenberg

Location: Garden Route & Little Karoo | South Africa

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

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.
Perfect forAfrica first-timers who want a relaxing base for exploring the Garden Route.
In the knowWhales are most likely to be spotted between June and November, although humpbacks can be seen between July and December when they move to the breeding grounds of Angola and Mozambique. If in doubt, ask The Plettenberg to ring the local ‘Whale Hotline’!

Recommended for...

  • Setting & Views
  • First-timers
  • Beach
  • Wildlife & Nature

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

The Plettenberg is just a short 5 to 10-minute walk to the sea at Plettenberg Bay, on the famous Garden Route.

Rooms at The Plettenberg

The Plettenberg has luxurious rooms and suites, all with breathtaking vistas. Individually decorated in classical elegance, with fresh whites and pastels, each room is unique but they all feature touches such as underfloor heating, air conditioning, cosy slippers, tea and coffee delivered in the morning, a welcome bottle of wine and complimentary local newspapers.

You won’t need much persuasion to opt for a sea-view room, with step-out balconies and the chance to see whales and dolphins passing by. For families with children, or anyone after even more space and luxury, the Plettenberg also has gorgeous villas, with private sundecks with private pools and glorious mountain views.

Food & Drink

With unrivalled views over Formosa Bay, SeaFood at The Plettenberg offers inspiring South African cuisine, with sophisticated evening dining, lazy poolside lunches and delicious breakfasts. Sample the region’s fine wines at the Sandbar, which is chic and modern, laid-back yet glamorous.


The two infinity pools merge with the ocean beyond, while the spa offers an extensive range of treatments (at an additional charge), and is perfect for some pampering after a day of exploring.  

Activities at The Plettenberg

The Plettenberg is within walking distance of Central Beach and a variety of shops and local restaurants. It is a short drive to many of the Garden Route’s excellent outdoor activities, from elephant interactions to treetop canopy tours and nature reserves.

The Garden Route is home to one of the world's highest bungee-jumping sites in the world, but if you don’t fancy plunging off the famous Bloukrans Bridge, there are plenty of relaxed activities too! Mornings are perfect for bracing walks on the beach – perhaps spotting whales and dolphins on the way – before horse riding in the afternoon.

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Travel is not recommended

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Hotel location

The Plettenberg is approximately a 5.5-hour drive from Cape Town international airport.

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