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Plettenberg Bay is one of the world’s most celebrated beaches and has a rich history with explorers who sailed the seas centuries ago. With white sands, rolling waves and lush greenery, it’s a particularly picturesque part of the Garden Route. The Plettenberg is the ideal spot for enjoying this beautiful scenery. Carefully positioned to afford far-reaching views across the bay, this beautiful hotel is a true coastal retreat.
You’ll have plenty to keep yourself busy at The Plettenberg. Laze by the pool and look out for dolphins and whales in the bay beyond, or stroll along the beach to get a closer look. A number of boat trips are available in the bay, too, if you want to go searching for these gentle giants. There are several wildlife sanctuaries in the area that both adults and children will love, including the largest free-flight aviary in the world, Birds of Eden. Or, to really get back to nature, hike along the forest trails to see indigenous plants, waterfalls and local birdlife.
If the coastal air alone isn’t enough to make you feel relaxed, head to the Fresh Wellness Spa. You’ll be pampered with natural oils, infused with ingredients from indigenous South African plants. Let the therapists massage away any tension, or add some romance to your trip with a treatment for couples. If you’d prefer a detox, opt for a facial, African mud wrap or hydrotherapy experience.
Savour views across the ocean as you taste some of the freshest seafood around. Along with the likes of tuna and sole, you’ll find succulent meats on the menu.
Order yourself an expertly mixed cocktail, a refreshing local wine or a post-dinner liqueur at this relaxing bar.
Here’s your excuse to eat cakes by the sea with a glass of Champagne. Order high tea and indulge in traditional finger sandwiches, plus sweet scones, cakes and tarts.
Expect coastal themes in all of The Plettenberg’s suites and rooms. Neutral tones and muted blues reflect the calming seas and skies beyond, creating a serene escape with a pleasing freshness. You’ll have all the comforts you need to relax, including large beds, beautifully soft linens and fluffy bathrobes. Twice-daily housekeeping services also keep your room as good as new.