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.
The Plettenberg is a 5* Relais & Chateaux Hotel built on a rocky headland with breathtaking vistas of the sea, mountains and miles of golden sand.
There are 2 swimming pools, one of which is heated, and both give the illusion of flowing into the ocean below.
Guests can experience fabulous sightings of dolphins and whales in the bay from the hotel terraces. For the more adventurous there are numerous excursions and activities within close proximity to the hotel.
Other hotel facilities include an extensive wine cellar and a gift shop offering a unique selection of specialty items and clothing from the area.
The luxury rooms and suites offer a truly idyllic and indulgent experience. Each room is exquisitely unique and all have undercarpet heating and air-conditioning. In addition, there is the separate 2 bedroomed Beach House and 3 bedroomed Lookout Villa, ideal for those wanting more privacy or who are travelling with larger families.
The award winning restaurant has a sunny enclosed terrace, opening onto the outdoor terrace and pool providing spectacular views of the bay and the distant mountains.
There is also a Wellness Spa offering a range of treatments.
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Directions For Drivers
From Cape Town/Hermanus/The Winelands/Swellendam/Wilderness/Knysna: Follow the N2 to Plettenberg Bay. At the Plettenberg Bay roundabout on the N2 (by the Shell Ultra City Service station), take the third exit onto Marine Way. Continue on Marine Way which becomes Strand Street. Turn left into Sewell Street, continue along this road and turn right into Church Street. The hotel is situated on the left at the end of Church Street.
From Port Elizabeth: Take the N2 to Plettenberg Bay. Turn left at the Engen Service station into Beacon Way. Stay on Beacon Way, driving up the hill, and after approx 1.5km there is a roundabout - take the second exit and continue straight onto Main Street. After 500m, turn left into Church Street. The hotel is situated on the left at the end of Church Street.
General Information For Guests
All rooms and suites have air conditioning, heated towel rails, a mini bar, a safe, tea/coffee making facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi, a heater, satellite/cable TV, a hair dryer and underfloor heating.
Double Rooms are individually decorated and offer a spacious bedroom with en-suite bathroom.
Luxury Double Rooms have an en-suite bedroom plus their own sitting area. The Luxury Double Sea View Rooms have private step-out balconies as well.
The Suites have an en-suite bedroom plus a separate lounge area. The Premier Suites have a private step-out balcony as well.
The Beach House has 2 en-suite bedrooms, a large sitting room with fireplace, a dining room and a small service kitchen, a private swimming pool, flat-screen TV and DVD player, satellite TV channels, and Wi-Fi throughout.
The Lookout Villa has 3 en-suite bedrooms, an open-plan lounge and dining area, a well-stocked galley kitchen, a private swimming pool and garden, flat-screen TV and DVD player, satellite TV channels, and Wi-Fi.
The hotel has one restaurant - SeaFood at The Plettenberg is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. The Sandbar is a contemporary cocktail bar and lounge that is open to residents and non-residents. 24 hour room service is also available.
Credit cards are accepted.
There is a main swimming pool and a spa.
There is secure parking.