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The Plettenberg

The Plettenberg – situated on a rocky headland in Africa’s most spectacular beach town – is the ultimate escape.

This owner–managed Relais & Châteaux property, with 37 individually decorated rooms and suites, showcases the most breathtaking vistas in Southern Africa. With views of the ocean, mountains and endless stretches of golden beach, The Plettenberg’s location is in a league of its own.

The Plettenberg is situated in the heart of South Africa’s elites favourite seaside vacation spot, Plettenberg Bay. Located in the adventure–rich Garden Route it is world–renowned for its excellent selection of outdoor activities: from regular dolphin and whale sightings to bungee jumping, treetop canopy tours and other more daring pursuits in the surrounding countryside. The Plettenberg is the ideal place to both relax and unwind or recharge and reinvigorate.

At The Plettenberg the charming service and the setting combine to create the ultimate story, one of a South African seaside experience unlike any other. – See more at:

The Lookout Villa


That special something… the most enviable address in Plettenberg Bay!

The Lookout Villa overlooks one of South Africa’s most beautiful bays. Here you’ll be spoilt with magical sunrises, pods of whales breaching in the winter months and dolphins swimming by throughout the year.

This family friendly three-bedroom villa marries contemporary African design with an easy-on-the-eye seaside palette. Picture soft, sandy and ocean colours complimented by a mixture of textures and lighting that gives The Lookout Villa a warm and distinctly relaxing atmosphere.

This spacious villa boasts an open plan lounge and dining room, a well-stocked galley kitchen, access to a private swimming pool and garden, air-conditioning throughout, flat screen televisions, satellite TV, wireless Internet access, DVD players, full service, parking and all other modern conveniences.



Whether relaxing by the pool, taking a walk on Robberg Beach, enjoying the activities on Central Beach or discovering the unspoilt splendour of Nature’s Valley you are so spoilt for choice in Plettenberg Bay. The pristine beaches and breath-taking views of Plettenberg Bay gives it the well-deserved reputation as the ‘Jewel of the Garden Route’ and South Africa’s premier beach destination.


A mere two minute walk from the Hotel, Central Beach bustles with energy and  in peak summer months it becomes a sea of colourful umbrella’s and beach towels where locals and tourists enjoy this idyllic sea-side retreat.


Offering something for everyone it is ideal for swimming and has a selection of shops and restaurants in walking distance. Over the summer holidays there are a variety of activities and events for all ages.


It is also where a multitude of marine activities launch from including boating adventures, scuba-diving and kayaking where you can encounter incredible marine wildlife from whales to dolphins, seals and marine birds.


Close to the rocks is ‘The Wedge’ where surfers and body-boarders are constantly seen riding the waves.


Robberg Beach is a pristine Blue Flag beach which stretches for over four kilometres all the way to Robberg Nature Reserve. It is ideal for long, leisurely walks where the local school of dolphins can regularly be seen frolicking in the waves.


Pack a picnic and spend a day at one of the designated swimming spots at Robberg Beach where you can rent umbrellas and deck chairs. While away the day reading a good book, watching the waves and swimming.


The stretch of beach along the shores of the Keurbooms Lagoon is an ideal place for families as the gentle, shallow waters are perfect for children to play beach games, swim and build sandcastles.


Take a long walk along the shores of Keurbooms Beach which stretches for miles and is often mostly deserted, or find a spot on the dunes for sun-downers watching the sea change into a kaleidoscope of shifting colours as the sun sets.


Nature’s Valley Beach in the heart of the Tsitsikamma National Park has remained unspoiled and is almost overwhelming in its beauty.  This National Park is the third most visited in South Africa and one of the largest Marine Protected areas in the world! Don’t forget to stop at the Nature’s Valley restaurant for tea and take a picture with the boots hanging in the tree, left behind by hikers of the Otter Trail.


No matter what your idea is for the perfect beach holiday, Plettenberg Bay offers something for everyone!




Peter’s approach to food is simple, “If it is not the best it can be, it doesn’t belong on the menu!” It is an approach which he stakes his reputation on every day, and one that has garnered him with many (enviable) awards and accolades over the years.

This approach to cooking is expected and evident in each of the 6 restaurants of Liz McGrath’s Collection which Peter oversees. Be it the elegant gastronomic Greenhouse, or the simplistically precise Seafood restaurant at The Marine, perfection is the ultimate goal that Peter’s food aspires to.Many great chefs have had an influence in Peter’s style, from his beginnings with Marco Pierre-White and Giorgio Locatelli to Joel Robuchon, Anne-Sophie Pic and Daniel Humm of Late. The Collection’s flagship restaurant – The Greenhouse – has become a place where modern cuisine comes together with the rich tapestry of South African ingredients and flavours. A melting pot of ideas and concepts, it is a place revered by many as one of the leading restaurants in the country.Realizing the importance of our delicate planet and all its inhabitants, Peter is continually striving to achieve a balance between sustainability and culinary uniqueness through ecological awareness and sustainable product development.A mission which has seen the development of a myriad of unique and amazing dishes using less glamorous fish and seafood; dishes which are guaranteed to bring guiltless dining pleasure to all guests of The Greenhouse and The Collection by Liz McGrath.




lettenberg Bay is South Africa’s premier family beach holiday destination.

Overlooking the Indian Ocean and the Tsitsikamma mountain range The Plettenberg Hotel offers an idyllic setting where year round ‘local’ schools of dolphins can be spotted from the hotel terraces and the comfort of your luxurious sea-view rooms. You may also encounter Southern Right whales from June to November. Situated on a rocky headland with panoramic views of the ocean you can while away a few hours with your family relaxing by the pool, swimming and playing games. It is a mere two minute walk down to the popular Central Beach where there are a variety of water sports available across all ages to discover the variety of marine life in the bay including whales, dolphins and seals. Pack a picnic for the day and spend time on the nearby Robberg Blue Flag Beach or walking in the splendid Nature Reserve of the same name. In the Tsitsikamma forest families can amongst many other activities – enjoy a tree top canopy tour or discover the giant old yellowwood trees. There are also a range of animal sanctuaries where families can encounter monkeys, birds, elephants and other animals “up close and personal”.

The Plettenberg Hotel is the ideal location from which to explore the natural beauty of Plettenberg Bay and surrounds.


  • Welcome note and age appropriate activity packs for children
  • Designated family activity areas
  • Educational experiences
  • Specially designed gourmet children’s menus
  • Family picnics for daily excursions
  • Babysitting services upon request
  • Cots available on request



  • Buckets and spades to build sandcastles
  • Body boards to ride the waves
  • Beach cricket and beach tennis
  • Interactive cooking classes with the chefs
  • Creating your own menu with the chefs
  • A selection of board games
  • Swimming
  • Popcorn and movies
  • Playing in the puzzle park
  • Walking with elephants
  • Visiting the Monkeyland primate sanctuary
  • Birds of eden