Originally called Baia Formosa, or Beautiful Bay, by the early Portuguese, Plettenberg Bay is home to some of the best beaches along the Garden Route. In the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, schools of playful dolphins and resident Orca and Bryde's whales are frequently seen, and between July and December, the migratory Southern Right whales come to the shores to calf.
Situated in its own private nature reserve and nestling on a cliff's edge, Plettenberg Park is a small intimate destination that prides itself on exceptional individual service and superb personalised cuisine.
Guests can enjoy relaxing by the swimming pool, or on the hotel's private sunbathing beach with a tidal rock pool. The Plettenberg Park Spa includes a wide array of treatments and massages.
The nearby Robberg Nature Reserve, situated on a rugged coastal peninsula, has sweeping views of the bay, as well as superb whale and dolphin watching, excellent birding, hiking trails and an archaeological site with evidence of human habitation that stretches back for more than 120 thousand years.
The interior of the hotel has an afro-Colonial look which is very contemporary. All the luxurious rooms have extra long sleigh beds and TV, and the larger rooms have fireplaces and a CD player and mini bar.
Each room has a private balcony to allow you to enjoy the view.
As the sun disappears behind the sea-cliffs whilst you sip your sundowner, you can choose to dine indoors, around the pool by candlelight, or on the sea-deck by lantern-light.
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Directions For Drivers
From Cape Town/Hermanus/The Winelands/Swellendam/Wilderness/Knysna: Follow the N2 to Plettenberg Bay. There are 3 turnings to Plettenberg Bay - you need to take the first one - Plesang Valley Road (if you get to the Shell Ultra City on the N2, you have gone too far, so you need to turn around and go back).
Follow Plesang Valley Road, over the Plesang River, and you will then see a road on your right called Robberg Road. Turn right here, and continue for 4.5 km until you see a large green board with Plettenberg Park on it, and gates with a Security telephone. Turn left here and follow the road down until you reach the hotel.
From Port Elizabeth: Take the N2 to Plettenberg Bay. Take the 3rd turn-off to Plettenberg Bay - Plesang Valley Road - which is the next turning AFTER the Shell Ultra City. Follow directions as above.
General Information For Guests
Facilities include a Sundeck, Swimming Pool, Private sunbathing beach and tidal rock pool, Wellness Centre / Health Spa with Gym, Jacuzzi, Sauna::andamp; Steam room.
The chef will discuss the dinner menu with you in person during the afternoon and will happily create a menu around your specific request ensuring that the presented fare that evening is exactly to your taste. You can choose to dine indoors, around the pool by candlelight, or on the sea-deck by lantern-light.
Breakfast is a full buffet, including rolls of smoked salmon, salads, cold meats and eggs as you please, filter coffee and fresh orange juice.
If you feel like eating out, there are several fine restaurants in the area and the reception staff will be happy to recommend a choice of establishments in the area.