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The Plettenberg

A serene haven with panoramic ocean views

Built on the rocky headland of Plettenberg Bay, from its elevated position The Plettenberg offers breath-taking vistas of the ocean, distant mountains and miles of pristine sandy beaches.

The five-star hotel is one of the most spectacular resorts in South Africa. Here you can experience the thrill of sighting dolphins and whales in the bay from the hotel terraces and sparkling infinity swimming pool; for the more adventurous there are numerous excursions and activities within close proximity to the hotel.

Rooms are generous, airy and wonderfully comfortable; the restaurant serves innovative cuisine, made with only the freshest and most seasonal ingredient; and to round off the hotel’s offerings, a luxurious wellness spa offers a plethora of pampering treatments and massages to ensure that –  body and soul – you're completely relaxed and at ease during your Garden Route getaway. 

Hayes & Jarvis Rating
Hotel Category
Indulgent
Location Type
Beach
TripAdvisor Review
Tripadvisor rating 767 Reviews
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Hotel highlights

  • Amazing views over the ocean
  • Whale and dolphin spotting can be enjoyed here
  • Two infinity pools
  • Luxurious rooms and suites

Hotel Features

General Information

  • Check-in Time:
    14:00
  • Check-out Time:
    11:00
  • 37 rooms

Main Facilities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • H&J Recommended
  • Luxury Collection

Board Basis Options

  • Bed & Breakfast

For Families

  • Babysitting

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

The Plettenberg

  • Beach
  • Approx 2 hours from Port Elizabeth
767 Reviews 92% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 598
  • Very Good 120
  • Average 28
  • Poor 13
  • Terrible 8

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Apr 02, 2020

A little slice of heaven!!

Denver, Colorado

The location and views here are really amazing! The pools and overall the whole property are just great, you can't beat the views and ambiance. Service was outstanding, we were greeted with rooibos tea and we enjoyed it so much, they made us more...and more upon request. A nice touch! This is definitely the type of place that wants to make you feel take care of and offers that luxury feel. Highly recommend, don't miss it!!! And be sure to walk down to the beach too.
Mar 18, 2020

ANOTHER JOY OF SOUTH AFRICA

Cambridge, United Kingdom

A lovely hotel, 5 star without a doubt. A tip, try to get a room in the "annex", ABSOLUTELY SUPERB. I have stayed in hotel rooms smaller than the bathroom here. I often read about staff and how good they are at hotels, but the Plettenberg Staff go above and beyond from the moment that you check in. We had lunch one day sat at the next table to Gary Player, if it's good enough for one of the best ever golfers, it's good enough for me. :-) You can book here with confidence.
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The Plettenberg

Facilities

Spa

Fresh Wellness Spa

Visit the peaceful sanctuary to indulge in luxurious body treatments and let go of everyday stresses. High quality plant and marine-infused skin and body care products are used, along with careful skills, to provide you with an excellent service.

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Swimming Pool

The two infinity pools merge visually with the ocean and stunning mountains beyond. Enjoy a relaxing swim in the pool or lounge on a deck chair while you admire the views – you may even spot a school of dolphins.

The Collection Boutique

Offering a wide range of gifts to suit everyone's needs, from shirts and hats to a timeless piece of jewellery.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided in public areas

The Plettenberg

Room Types

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The Beach House

The Beach House has two en suite bedrooms, a large sitting room with fireplace, dining room, small kitchen, private swimming pool, air conditioning, flat screen TV, WIFI and DVD player. The Beach House is adjacent to the Plettenberg's main building ensuring the ultimate getaway for guests while still allowing easy access to all of the hotel's amenities.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Towels included
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Premier Suite

Premier Suites offer a separate lounge area, satellite TV, a beautifully appointed bedroom, en suite bathroom, underfloor heating and air conditioning. Premier Suites also have varied views of the ocean and French doors which open onto a balcony.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Towels included

The Lookout Villa

The Lookout Villa overlooks the beautiful bay and features three bedrooms, an open plan dining room, a well-stocked kitchen, access to private swimming pool and garden, satellite TV, WIFI, DVD players and parking.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Towels included
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Double or Twin Luxury Sea View

The Plettenberg has 6 luxury doubles with sea views available. Each of these rooms includes air conditioning, walk-in shower and underfloor heating among many other features. Some of the rooms also have a balcony with views of the ocean and bay.

  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Towels included
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Double or Twin Luxury

The Luxury double rooms are the same as the double rooms but come with side views of the picturesque gardens or the bay.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Towels included
  • TV
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Double or Twin Suite

These suites offer a spacious lounge area, en suite bathroom, underfloor heating and air conditioning and combine comfort with luxury. 

  • Air Conditioning
  • Fridge
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Towels included
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Double or Twin Standard

Standard Rooms feature air conditioning, satellite TV, hairdryer, mini-bar and tea & coffee making facilities.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Fridge
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Towels included
  • TV
The Plettenberg

Food & Drink

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The Sandbar

Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere during the day while you have drinks or fine teas. When night falls enjoy a wide range of cocktails and award-winning wines in a glamorous atmosphere.

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SeaFood at The Plettenberg

With pool and ocean views, you may dine indoors or al fresco on the terrace. SeaFood offers breakfast, lunch and dinner using fresh produce from sustainable eco-friendly suppliers. Opening times: Breakfast 7:30am-10:30am. Lunch 12:00pm-2:00pm. Dinner 6:30pm-9:30pm

Board Basis Options

Bed & Breakfast

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