The Plettenberg

The Plettenberg: Our full report

37 rooms
Traveller's rating
Excellent (96%) From 5 reviews
All year

The Plettenberg is a beautiful boutique hotel situated on a rocky headland overlooking one of South Africa's most impressive bays. It is an owner-managed property, with 37 individually decorated rooms and suites as well as two separate villas. It’s a light, airy and stylish hotel within walking distance of the centre of Plettenberg Bay. With views of the ocean, mountains and limitless stretches of golden beach, the Plettenberg is a lovely relaxing place to stay.

The Plettenberg Hotel is split into two buildings situated across the road from each other, and each has its own reception, lounge and swimming pool.

The Plettenberg offers an idyllic setting where you can spot schools of dolphins from the hotel terraces and the comfort of the sea-view rooms. (Between August and November). You can relax beside one of the two pools or walk down to the popular Lookout Beach situated below the hotel. The beach offers a variety of water sports as well as discovering the variety of marine life including whales, dolphins and seals. Nearby is a range of animal sanctuaries where you can encounter monkeys, birds, elephants and other animals.

Its 37 rooms and suites have five different types. All feature an en-suite bathroom, under floor heating and air-conditioning throughout.

The seven Premier suites the Plettenberg offers are individually decorated and have views of the ocean. Each Premier Suite is very spacious and has French doors that open onto an impressive step out balcony. All include a separate lounge and private satellite TV.

Each of the five Suites at The Plettenberg, are individually and tastefully decorated. All provide a spacious separate lounge area.

  • The six Luxury rooms with sea view offer a stylish décor with ocean views.
  • The nine Luxury rooms have side-views of the hotel or views of the bay. Each features a sitting area.
  • The eight Standard rooms are slightly smaller with non seafacing views.

The Plettenberg also provides two separate villas that include a private swimming pool, air-conditioning throughout, flat screen televisions, satellite TV, wireless Internet access, DVD players and full service parking.

  • The Lookout Villa has lovely uninterrupted views of the bay. This three-bedroom villa combines contemporary African design with an attractive seaside palette. A mixture of textures and lighting give the villa a warm, relaxing atmosphere, whilst complimenting its soft, sandy and ocean colours. It includes an open plan lounge, dining room, and a well-stocked galley kitchen. It also has access to a private swimming pool and small garden.

  • Beach house provides beautiful bay and mountain views from its spacious deck. Its location, adjacent to The Plettenberg's main building, allows easy access to all the hotel's excellent facilities, whilst feeling secluded. Inside its decorated in soft creams and blues, whilst offering two en-suite bedrooms, a large sitting room with fireplace, a dining room and a small service kitchen.

The Seafood Restaurant offers meals in the light and airy restaurant or outside beside the pool. Modern South African meals are offered which vary according to the seasons.

The bar at the Plettenberg, named the Sandbar, is popular with locals and residents. It’s modern and light, with lots of glass and white leather and soft pastel colours. During the day The Sandbar is good spot for tea or a drink and at night enjoy cocktails or any other drink of your choice.

Our view

The Plettenberg is a contemporary hotel with good service and facilities. Its location is stunning with panoramic views over the ocean, beaches and the mountains in the distance. Its modern and spacious rooms are warm and comfortable and the décor is tasteful and blends in with the surrounding scenery. It’s a great spot to base yourself whilst exploring the Garden Route.


Location: Plettenberg Bay | Garden Route, South Africa

Directions: Plettenberg Hotel is 850m northeast of Plettenberg street.

Accessible by: Self-drive

Food & drink

Usual board basis: B&B

Food quality: Breakfast at The Plettenberg’s restaurant SeaFood is served from 7 to 10:30am; lunch is available between 12noon and 2:30pm and afternoon tea between 11am and 5pm; dinner is served from 6:30 - 9:30pm.

The hotel describes its cuisine as ‘modern South African fare that is seasonally influenced’. The menu is designed by award-winning chef Peter Tempelhoff and Grant Parker, and emphasises fresh, locally grown produce from eco-friendly suppliers.

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Special interests

Beach holidays: The Plettenberg is a luxury hotel for the best beach holidays in the Cape's Garden Route and its heated infinity pool is a brilliant place to relax and unwind, whilst listening to the sound of breaking waves below.

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Private villas & houses: The Beach House for four guests and the Lookout Villa for six are two beautiful private villas at South Africa’s five-star Plettenberg Hotel. Each is fully serviced and offers a kitchenette, a private pool and lovely sea views.

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Attitude towards children: The Plettenberg welcomes families with children.

Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions at the Plettenberg in South Africa.

Special activities & services: Children staying at South Africa’s Plettenberg can join beach cricket and beach tennis, play in the hotel’s puzzle park, watch movies or participate in an interactive cooking class with the hotel’s chefs. Babysitting can be arranged on request. The Plettenberg has a specially designed children's menu.

Equipment: Cots are provided on request. Buckets, spades and body boards for the beach are available at The Plettenberg, as well as a selection of board games.


Power supply: Mains Electricity

Communications: There is free WiFi accessible throughout The Plettenberg.

TV & radio: Most of The Plettenberg’s rooms have a TV.

Water supply: Mains

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: No

Dangerous animals: Low Risk


Disabled access: On Request