Plettenberg Bay Park Hotel and Spa

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As you may recall from reading my previous post, I was telling you about our trip along South Africa’s Garden Route. In this post I would like to tell you about the place where we, after travelling for a long day, stopped for two days. It is called Plettenberg Park Hotel and Spa. My husband pre-booked via the internet while we were still in Sydney but didn’t reveal any details about it to me. Knowing his taste for all the good things, I expected it to be a 4-5 star hotel where the beds are extremely comfortable, towels are white and crisp and the staff is very well trained.

Well, was I up for a big surprise? Driving along the freeway, we spotted the road sign for the hotel. We took the turn and found ourselves in front of a massive wrought iron gate with a security intercom on the side. After we identified ourselves, the gates were opened and we found ourselves on the top of a private gravel road running through the grounds that belong to the hotel. After a good five minutes of driving, we finally arrived at the front of the hotel. As we stepped out of the car, I looked around with awe. It looked like we had reached the end of the Earth, literally, as the hotel was nestling on a top of a cliff and behind it as far as your eyes can see – lay the sparkling turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. It was absolutely magnificent, I must tell you, I didn’t expect that at all!!!

We were greeted by the friendly hotel staff that took care of our car and luggage and escorted us to our room. It was during the week so the hotel was not busy and they allocated us the Honeymoon Suite. As the bell boy showed us the room, I couldn’t stop but “wooing and wowing” at the size of the room, quality of furniture, beautiful artwork and tasteful décor – absolute perfection. In this sea of luxury and taste, two things, however, where absolutely outstanding: a shower, with three walls of clear glass, its clever design makes you feel like you are floating above the ocean below. The other was the stunning view. As we stepped over to the balcony, the sun began it’s descent into the blue cold waters of the Indian Ocean, painting the sky in all the colours of the rainbow. And down below was the hotel’s private beach!!!

We have met with the chef who asked us about our preferences and any dietary requirements and that cooked us dinner accordingly. It was served in the dining room lit up by the huge candelabras with the doors opened letting the smell of the ocean breeze come inside and play with the lights of the candles. Needless to say the service was impeccable and the food utterly delicious. After dinner the waiter led us to the beautifully appointed library full of books and typical Africans artefacts. When we returned to our suite, we found that not only everything was ready for the night; they had even lit up the candles in the hurricane vases sitting on the mantelpiece.

We woke up relaxed and refreshed and went to the huge veranda for breakfast. Sitting at the table protected from the sun by a huge umbrella, watching the waves lapping at the shore while enjoying the scrumptious food made me feel heavenly.

After breakfast, we went to explore the ‘hood. There are myriads of things to do in Plattenberg Bay: from swimming to whale watching, boat riding, bush walking, etc. The hotel itself is very well known for its spa facilities which, according to the official website….. “is a haven of peace and harmony where treatments are performed by professional dedicated therapists who care for your wellbeing, body and mind”.

We spent a couple of blissful hours at the infinity pool and had another superb dinner in the hotel’s restaurant.

After two days spent in heaven, it was time to say goodbye and be off on our next adventure, two days at Shamwari Game Park. But before we got into the car, I turned to my husband and thanked him for the best time ever!!!!

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Bird’s view of the hotel

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Room with a view

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Dining area

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The infinity pool

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Private beach

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A sunset over the ocean

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Exploring the ‘hood