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Establishment Description

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


37 individually decorated rooms and suites, showcases the most breathtaking vistas in Southern Africa.

Area activities

On site facilities - Spa, Conference facilities, The Collection Boutique & Travel Desk, 2 swimming pools (one heated), 2 Villa’s, wine cellar, internet lounge with business facilities and free wireless access.
Close by- from regular dolphin and whale sightings to bungee jumping, treetop canopy tours and other more daring pursuits in the surrounding countryside.
A virtually untouched peninsula that juts out into the sea, boasting three hikes and an abundance of bird and wildlife.
Plettenberg Bay Country Club has an 18 hole parklands golf course set in a private nature reserve.
Tsitsikamma is a Khoi word meaning “place of abundant water”
The Park incorporates 80 km of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in mountain Fynbos and temperate high forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea.

Check in times

Check In:
Check-in time is from 14h00. A guaranteed check-in prior to 14h00 can be pre-registered from the night before for an additional charge equal to one night’s accommodation

Check out:
Check-out time is at 11h00. Any requests for a late departure are subject to availability and may be subject to a late departure fee of 50% of the applicable room rate. Late departures after 18h00 are subject to a charge of one additional night’s accommodation.

Children Policy

We welcome children of all ages. Children under the age of 3 can be accommodated across all room categories in a camper cot with their parents. One child up to 14 years of age can be accommodated in their parent’s room, with an extra bed,  charged at R950.00 per night, when booking selected Luxury double rooms and guaranteed when booking Suites or Premier Suites.

Deposit Terms

A 50% deposit is required to confirm a reservation. On-line reservations to be paid immediately with credit card when making a reservation. When paying your deposit by EFT (Electronic fund transfer) the deposit is required within 4 days of confirmation.
All reservations must be guaranteed by a valid credit card.
The balance to be paid 6 weeks prior to arrival.

Cancellation Terms

All cancellations must be received and acknowledged by our Sales Office in writing.

Summer – All reservations cancelled 30 days or less prior to arrival, the Company will be liable for full payment of the confirmed nights

Winter – All reservations cancelled 14 days or less prior to arrival, the Company will be liable for full payment of the confirmed nights
In the event of an early departure or no show, the Company will be liable for all the nights confirmed.

Travel Insurance

We suggest that guests are covered by travel insurance in the event of an unforeseen cancellation.

Room Types & Descriptions

That special something... a private house complete with full 5 star service!”
The Beach House offers sublime bay and mountain vistas from its spacious deck. Decorated in soft creams and blues it is the ultimate escape from the frantic pace of modern day life. Its location, adjacent to The Plettenberg´s main building, ensures that it is the perfect getaway while still allowing easy access to all the hotel´s excellent facilities. The Beach House boasts two en-suite bedrooms, a large sitting room with fireplace, a dining room, a small service kitchen, a private swimming pool, air-conditioning throughout flat screen televisions, satellite TV, wireless Internet access, DVD players, full service, parking and all other modern conveniences.

That special something… The Premier Suites showcase the best views in the world!”
The Plettenberg offers seven individually decorated Premier Suites. All Premier Suites boast varied views of the ocean. Each Premier Suite is supremely spacious and showcases French doors that open onto an extraordinary step out balcony. The Premier Suites offer a separate lounge, private satellite TV, a beautifully appointed bedroom, an en-suite bathroom, under floor heating and air-conditioning throughout. If you´re
looking to experience the ultimate in luxury during your stay at The Plettenberg the first step is a Premier Suite.

That special something... The Suites are the ultimate combination of luxury and comfort.”
You´ll find it difficult to leave once you´ve checked-in! Each of the five Suites, at The Plettenberg, are individually and tastefully decorated with the décor drawing its inspiration from the beautiful ocean surroundings.
The Suites offer a spacious separate lounge area, an en-suite bathroom, under floor heating and air-conditioning throughout. If you´re searching for: a suite where the décor is luxurious and at the same time incredibly comfortable; a suite with all the modern fittings you´d expect from a 5 star property and a suite that you´ll never want to leave. You´ve found your perfect partner in one of The Plettenberg´s Suites.

“That special something... The sublime views offer flair to The Plettenberg’s Luxury Double with Sea View Rooms.”
The Plettenberg has six stylish and individually decorated Luxury Double Rooms with Sea Views. Each of these rooms features walk-in showers, under floor heating and air-conditioning throughout. In addition all of The Luxury Double with Sea View Rooms boast panoramic vistas of the breathtaking bay and some have cozy step-out balconies; ensuring that you are able to get that much needed closer look, when the impressive pods of whales and dolphins swim by.

“That special something... The Luxury Double Rooms offer that little bit extra!”
The nine Luxury Double Rooms showcase side-views of the beautiful garden or the bay. Each Luxury Double Room features a sitting area, an en-suite bathroom, under floor heating and air-conditioning throughout. If you are looking for a room that makes you feel instantly at home The Luxury Double is the perfect room for you.

“That special something... No two Double Rooms are the same!”
 The eight beautifully appointed Plettenberg Double Rooms all showcase exceptional décor and that characteristic Plettenberg charm. In addition the Double Rooms all feature an en-suite bathroom, under floor heating, air-conditioning throughout and other luxury amenities you´ve come to expect from The Collection by Liz McGrath properties. A Double Room at The Plettenberg is the elegant choice for the discerning guest.


From delicious breakfasts to lazy poolside lunches and unforgettable dinners, SeaFood at The Plettenberg offers a sophisticated dining experience not to be missed. SeaFood at The Plettenberg combines an array of elements to create an unsurpassed dining experience. The sand, beach and sea have been brought into the restaurant in the colours, mood and design. Unrivalled views of the breath-taking Formosa Bay are complimented by the décor, and together they create the perfect platform for the Sand cuisine. Here the chefs create modern South African fare that is seasonally influenced. The menu - designed by The Collection´s award-winning Executive Chef Peter Tempelhoff and Head Chef Grant Parker - places great emphasis on fresh produce from local green-friendly suppliers, and this gives Seafood at The Plettenberg the unique ability to showcase a true taste of the bay.
OPENING TIMES Breakfast: 07h00 to 10h30 Lunch: 12h00 to 14h30 Afternoon Tea Menu: 11h00 to 17h00 Dinner: 18h30 to 21h30.
Frequented by both locals and South African´s elite, when they´re on vacation, The Sandbar is the place to see and be-seen-at in Plettenberg Bay.The Sandbar showcases a striking blend of design, glass, white leather, white marble, natural oak, clever lighting and photographic panels. This decor combined with the setting allows The Sandbar to exude a glamorous atmosphere, one often associated with a bygone era.
During the day The Sandbar is a relaxed space to meet for casual drinks or tea. When night falls, it is the location to enjoy the finest selection of stylish mouthwatering cocktails, award-winning South African wines and sublime Champagne.

CSI Profiles

Seafood at The Plettenberg

Food Philosophy

Currently, Peter holds the position of Executive Chef in the ‘The Collection by Liz McGrath’. He continues to explore, understand and re-imagine what South African food can be by investigating local flavour through ingredients specific to his locale. In his words, all he has to do now is “keep innovating, keep coming up with new things, new dishes, new flavours, and always keep stretching the boundary.“

Chef's Profile

Peter Tempelhoff resizedThere’s a rumour that gets traded behind passes, in back-alleys of restaurants, and at early morning fish-markets that Chef Peter Tempelhoff emerged into this world with his tiny fingers gripping a wooden spoon. He was, it seems, born to cook.

Rumours aside, after Peter Tempelhoff had grown and finished his schooling, he started a degree economics. Before it was too late he realized a life as a desk-jockey would be a nightmare, and disappeared into a forest to cut down some trees for a while. Emerging from the forest he still wasn’t sure what he should do with his life.  So, he took an aptitude test. The result was unsurprising: CHEF. The gods were shouting, “cook Peter, you need to cook.”

Heeding the call, Peter enrolled at Cape Town’s Institute of Culinary Arts in 1996. He finished top of his class and was awarded a bursary to study at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. The gods – and the aptitude test – were right.  

Moving to London, Peter worked at a series of increasingly prestigous restaurants. First at Quo Vadis with Marco Pierre White for a year; then two years at his first Michelin starred restaurant, Hambleton Hall, with mentor and friend Aaron Patterson; and at Giorgio Locatelli’s one Michelin starred restaurant, Zafferano.

Peter was earning his souffles, cutting his tomatoes and climbing the kitchen ladder. In 2005 he neared the top rungs when he accepted the the position of Executive Chef at Automat in Mayfair. It quickly became the place to eat and be seen at in London. Serving simple, fresh and fine foods, Peter and the restaurant were honoured with the ‘Top Table in London in 2005’ and nominated for ‘Restaurant of the Year 2005’ by Harpers and Queens Restaurant Awards.

Peter returned to live under the African sun, and dived headfirst into the faux-french village of Franschhoek, accepting the position of Executive Chef at the award winning Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate. Under the gaze of the Dassenberg Mountains, and the Huguenot Monument he was named the ‘Sunday Times Chef of the Year 2007’ and the ‘Franschhoek Life Chef 2007’, while the restuarnt featured in Eat Out’s Top 10 Restaurants in South Africa.

In January 2008, looking for bigger challenges and even more work, Peter accepted the position to oversee the five Relais Châteaux restaurants within ‘The Collection by Liz McGrath’.

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Self Drive Options

Self-Drive Directions:
1. From the airport take the N2 highway heading east - towards Port Elizabeth.
2. Continue on the N2, travelling through the towns of Wilderness, Sedgefield and Knysna.
3. Take the Plettenberg Bay turnoff at the traffic circle, turning right and pass the Shell Ultra City service station on your left hand side. You are now on Marine Way.
4. Continue on Marine Way until you reach the second traffic circle/roundabout and proceed straight.
5. At the second traffic circle, turn left into Main Road.
6. After about 200m`s turn right into Church Street. You will see a hotel signpost at this intersection.
7. The hotel is situated at the end of Church Street - number 40.
Driving time: 1hr 15min
1. Exit the airport road, turning left and then right into Robberg Rd.
2. Follow Robberg road to the end. At the T-junction turn right into Piesang River Road.
3. At the roundabout/traffic circle, turn left, into Strand Street. Drive across the bridge and up the hill.
4. Turn right into Sewell Street.
5. At the next Stop sign, turn right into Church Street.
6. The hotel is situated at the end of Church Street - number 40.
Driving time: 15min

1.  From the airport take N2 highway heading west towards Cape Town.
2. Stay on the N2 for about 240kms, driving through Humansdorp and Stormsrivier.
3. On reaching Plettenberg Bay, turn left at the Engen Service station into Beacon Way.
4. Stay on Beacon Way driving up the hill, where the road becomes Main Street.
5. Turn left into Church Street.
6. The hotel is situated at the end of Church Street - number 40.
Driving time: 2hr 30min


34° 03`14.22“ S 23° 22`38.81“ E

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George Airport

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SeaFood @ The Plettenberg

From delicious breakfasts to lazy poolside lunches and unforgettable dinners, SeaFood at The Plettenberg offers a s...

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