Relais & Chateau

Plettenberg Hotel | Western Cape, South Africa

Part of "The Collection" of fine properties

Personal Impression

This beautiful property is a sister property to Cellars-Hohenfort and The Marine at Hermanus. These are "Relais and Chateaux" properties, all in prime areas in South Africa. The whale watching from June to October is truly spectacular as the whales come close into shore. The area surrounding the hotel offers activities for everyone.

Hotel Location

The hotel is situated on a point over-looking the ocean. It is located 2 hours from Port Elizabeth airport, 15 minutes from Plettenberg Bay airport and 1 hour 15 minutes from the George airport.

Garden Route Map

Local Activities

The rugged Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains form the backdrop for an area encompassing no fewer than fifteen private and public nature reserves.

Sunset at the pool

The Tsitsikamma National Park is internationally recognized for its forests which harbor and conserve the giant Outeniqua yellowwood - one of the few true monarchs of the world's forests. You can visit Harry, Sally and Duma at the Knysna Elephant Park, just a few kilometers out of Plett, where you can learn more about these fascinating animals. Scenic flights are offered by African Ramble - who specialize in low-flying scenic flips along the magnificent coastline.

Golf is available at the 18-hole course Plettenberg Bay Country Club, which is also a Nature Reserve, boasting a wide variety of birds and small wildlife. Or visit the 18-hole Gary Player signature course at Goose Valley. Stormsriver Adventures offers blackwater tubing, abseiling, woodcutter's journeys, eco-cruises, mountain biking and snorkeling. For a real adrenaline rush, the highest bungy jump in the world is offered from the Bloukrans Bridge - a jump of 216 meters!


There are 38 rooms in the hotel. All are air conditioned and have under floor heating. The rooms range from a standard room; to a spacious 3 bedroom villa. Most have sea views. Every room has a slightly different décor and layout. All are very luxurious and comfortable. The view from our room that we stayed in was wonderful. There are three buildings on the property. The main hotel, and a secondary building across the street with rooms. Either building is wonderful and both offer the same delightful accommodations. The view from the breakfast area from the secondary building across the street from the main hotel is breathtaking. There are; two villas available in an additional building. These have two or three bedrooms, lounge, full kitchen and large screen TV. These would be perfect for a family or two couples traveling together.

Internet Access

The hotel has two guest computers off the lounge area and offers free internet access.

Dining and Wines

The Plettenberg's restaurant "The Sand"  was voted one of the country's top 100 dining establishments in the Diner's Club Annual Awards. The team of chefs have won several awards at the annual Knysna Oyster Festival. The Executive Chef is Peter Tempelhoff. The Sand is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea. Breakfasts offer a sumptuous buffet of fresh fruit, cheeses, cold meats, cereals and yogurts, or a full cooked English breakfast of your choice. The lunch menu offers a variety of light meals, salads and sandwiches, which can be eaten on the terrace, while watching dolphins and whales at play in the bay below. The Sand at the Plettenberg serves global cuisine prepared with special emphasis on fresh seafood and local produce. The night we dined at Sands, I had the rack of lamb and my husband had the tenderloin steak. Both were truly outstanding.


The hotel features the CARCHELLE SPA. A variety of treatments are available and they also have a hair salon.


This is a an idyllic setting on the ocean and truly remarkable for whale and dolphin watching during the season. The hotel offers one of the nicest areas of the Western Cape.

The Plettenberg