South African Hotels

The Plettenberg Hotel

40 Church Street
Plettenberg Bay 6600
Garden Route
Western Cape
South Africa
Hotel Type
Spa, Leisure

The elegant The Plettenberg Hotel is part of The Collection by Liz McGrath and has a commanding location on the bay. The hotel is maintained and groomed to highest levels of service which are typical of all McGrath hotels. Service at this hotel is personal and attentive at all times.& The only 5-star hotel in the area with direct beach access.


With its 38 beautifully decorated hotel rooms and suites, the hotel affords guests with the most breathtaking views of the mountains, ocean, and long stretches of golden beach. Providing an ideal base from which to explore the many attractions of the Garden Route, including Knysna, Mossel Bay, and Oudtshoorn, the hotel offers exclusive facilities and first-class service, making a stay here unforgettable.

The hotel features a total of 38 hotel rooms and suites, all of which are air-conditioned, and have been meticulously decorated to the highest standards. We would recommend the Premier Suites as the sea views are fantastic.

Room types:

  • Standard Rooms
  • Luxury Rooms
  • Luxury Rooms with Sea View
  • Suites
  • Premier Suites

The Beach House: This is a private house offering two en-suite bedrooms, a spacious living room with a fireplace and a dining room, service kitchen, and a private outdoor swimming pool

Lookout Villa: The magnificent Lookout Villa is a family welcoming three-bedroom villa featuring an open plan lounge with dining room, a well-stocked kitchen, and access to a private garden and swimming pool

There are several in-house facilities for guests, which ensure a comfortable and relaxing stay, including a health and beauty spa, an iconic outdoor swimming pool, a traditional Seafood Restaurant with a well-stocked wine cellar, and the famous Sandbar.


  • A selection of restaurants
  • A bar and lounge
  • An extensive wine cellar
  • Two outdoor, infinity swimming pools
  • Fresh Wellness Spa
  • An in-house boutique
  • Close access to the nearby beaches
  • Wining and Dining

Open from breakfast to dinner, the in-house restaurant, The Seafood, combines various elements to provide a memorable dining experience. In its decor and atmosphere, the beach, sand, and ocean are integrated to complement the spectacular views of Formosa Bay. Offering modern South African cuisine that is seasonally influenced, the Seafood restaurant is one not to be missed. The Sandbar has an inviting, fresh, light look and feels that offers a relaxing space for guests to socialize while enjoying delicious cocktails, fine South African wines, and champagne.

Dining venues:

  • The Seafood Restaurant
  • The Sandbar


Owner-managed by McGrath family, The Plettenberg Hotel & Spa is affiliated with two prestigious hotel collections, namely 'Relais & Chateaux' and 'The Collection by Liz McGrath'.

Below detailed information about the The Plettenberg Hotel is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar Fridges in Room
  • Bathrobe
  • DVD player
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater in Room
  • Housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Internet Access
  • Local and International Newspapers
  • Mini bar
  • Modem Access
  • Satellite TV
  • Telephone
  • Underfloor Heating


Sand Restaurant

The restaurant has views over the bay and it is relaxed dining atmosphere with clean lines and classic and modern dishes. They are open for breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner. Breakfasts offer a buffet of fresh fruit, cheeses, cold meats, cereals and yogurts. They serve a full cooked English breakfast of your choice.

Wine Cellar

For a romantic dinner for two, guests may enjoy the state-of-the-art Wine Cellar, surrounded by bottles and bottles of the best South African wines from a large wine list. They offer tours of the cellar are available and can be arranged by the sommelier.

The Spa

The spa has therapists who specialise in individual massages and treatments.  Every experience is a personalized with plant extracts and tissue oils. You will leave with your body feeling replenished and the skin glowing. The spa has a range of treatments that include a top of the range Decleor products. Manicures and pedicures which will renew, re-energize and restore your hands and feet. The ozone bath therapy will detox the body while the steam room offers a relaxing retreat.


The hotel features two swimming pools, one of which is heated, and both overlook the stunning bay.

Tour of the wine cellar

The hotel features an award winning wine cellar which is stocked with a selection of the best local wines. This exclusive wine cellar is available for special occasion private dining. Tours of the wine cellar can be arranged by the sommelier.

Shopping at the Collection Boutique

The Collection Boutique offers a unique selection of specialty items and clothing from the area.

  • Bar
  • Boardroom Facilities
  • Business Centre
  • Communication Centre with 24-hour complimentary Internet access
  • Conference venue
  • Curio Shop
  • Day-use facilities for early arrivals and late departures
  • Lounge
  • Nearby golf course
  • Nearby Gym
  • Outdoor patio
  • Parking
  • Private guest library/ lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Sea Views
  • Spa
  • Sun deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Terrace
  • Travel desk
  • Wellness centre

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
Business Services
  • Internet access in rooms
  • WIFI
General Services
  • 24 - hour reception service
  • 24 - hour room service
  • Airport transfers
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity in all rooms and public areas
  • Concierge services
  • Doctor on call
  • Housekeeping service
  • Laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Massage treatments
  • Porters
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Voice mail
  • Wake-up call
  • Wellness & Beauty treatments

Available Rooms

Standard Room

# Rooms:

Room features:

  • Twin or double beds
  • Comfortable and elegant setting
  • Rooms do not have a sea view but rather a garden view
  • Air-conditioning
  • Flat screen TVs with satellite and DVD player
  • WiFi
Single Room R3370
Double Room R3370

Luxury Room

# Rooms:

Room features:

  • Twin or double beds
  • Comfortable and elegant setting
  • Partial sea view or garden view
  • Air-conditioning
  • Flat screen TVs with satellite and DVD player
  • WiFi
  • Small terrace
  • Separate showers
  • Heating and air-conditioning
Single Room R4450
Double Room R4450

Luxury Room with sea view

# Rooms:

Room features:

  • Twin or double beds
  • Comfortable and elegant setting
  • Sea view
  • Air-conditioning
  • Flat screen TVs with satellite and DVD player
  • WiFi
  • Balcony
Single Room R5040
Double Room R5040


# Rooms:

Room features:

  • Twin or double beds
  • Comfortable and elegant setting
  • Sea view
  • Air-conditioning
  • Flat screen TVs with satellite and DVD player
  • WiFi
  • Separate lounge
  • Under floor heating
  • Air-conditioning.
Single Room R5870
Double Room R5870

Premier Suite

# Rooms:

Room features:

  • Twin or double beds
  • Comfortable and elegant setting
  • Sea view
  • Air-conditioning
  • Flat screen TVs with satellite and DVD player
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony
  • Separate lounge area.
Single Room R7240
Double Room R7240

The Beach House 2 Bedrooms

# Rooms:

The Beach House is next to the main hotel and the decor has a nautical feel. The villa has a private entrance but still has full access to the hotel with a butler. The house consists of 2 en-suite bedrooms, a large sitting room with fireplace, dining room and small service kitchen. The main bedroom leads to the pool which has views of the bay. All the room is air-conditioned.

Room features:

  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 en-suite Bathrooms
  • Lounge and fireplace
  • Dining room
  • Small service kitchen
  • Air-conditioning
  • Sundeck and plunge pool
  • Flat screen TVs with satellite and DVD player
  • WiFi
Single Room R14650
Double Room R14650

The Lookout Villa 3 Bedrooms

# Rooms:

Overlooking the scenic bay, this exclusive house offers a view of beautiful sunrises, whales in the winter months as well as pods of dolphins all year round. Natural ocean colors filter through the Lookout Villa providing a warm and relaxing atmosphere for guests to enjoy. A mix of dark stained floors and sisal carpeting are throughout the house.

Room features:

  • Open-plan lounge and dining area
  • A well-stocked galley kitchen
  • Private swimming pool and garden
  • Air-conditioning
  • Flat screen TVs with satellite
  • WiFi
  • DVD players
Single Room R17780
Double Room R17780

The Plettenberg Hotel Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Stay for 3 nights at the luxury, 5 star The Plettenberg Hotel in Plettenberg Bay and only pay for 2 nights. You will enjoy one free night. This offer is valid for travel 1 March to 19 December 2017.

Included in the rate:

  • Breakfast

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items that are of a personal nature

Terms and Conditions:

  • Only valid for a stay of 3
  • Subject to availability
  • Valid 1 March- 19 December 2017

Plettenberg Hotel - Local Special for South African Residents for travel 1 May - 30 September 2017. Only valid for bookings made before 30 April 2017.

Included in the rate:

  • Delight in a delicious daily English breakfast in the restaurant, on the terrace or in the comfort of your room.

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Tourism Levy (payable on check out)

Terms and Conditions:

  • Offer is subject to availability – 1 May to September 2017
  • The offer can only be booked in the month of April and ends at the end of April
  • prepayment at time of booking and non-refundable
  • Only valid for South African Residents
  • Promo code: DAF

Guests staying the Plettenberg Hotel may enjoy a free upgrade at time of booking for any 2 night stay’s for all bookings between the 1st of April 2017 and the 30th of September 2017 (subject to availability at the time of booking).

Included in the rate:

  • Breakfast

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of a personal nature

Terms and Conditions:

  • Upgrade is subject to availability at the time of booking
  • Cannoy be combined with any other special offers
  • Valid 1 April - 30 September 2017

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The Plettenberg is a stunning hotel with a truly idyllic and indulgent experience.

My room at The Plettenberg had great simplicity and crisp elegance, one of a kind.















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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -34.053834

Longitude: 23.377599


Directions from George Airport:

- From the airport take the N2 highway heading east - towards Port Elizabeth.
- Continue on the N2, travelling through the towns of Wilderness, Sedgefield and Knysna.
- 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.
- Continue on Marine Way until you reach the second traffic circle/roundabout and proceed straight.
- At the second traffic circle, turn left into Main Road.
- After about 200m's turn right into Church Street.
- You will see a hotel signpost at this intersection.
- The hotel is situated at the end of Church Street - number 40.

Driving time: 1hr 15min.

Directions from Plettenberg Bay Airport:

- Exit the airport road, turning left and then right into Robberg Rd.
- Follow Robberg road to the end.
- At the T-junction turn right into Piesang River Road.
- At the roundabout/traffic circle, turn left, into Strand Street.
- Drive across the bridge and up the hill. Turn right into Sewell Street.
- At the next Stop sign, turn right into Church Street.
- The hotel is situated at the end of Church Street - number 40.

Driving time: 15min.

Directions from Port Elizabeth Bay Airport:

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

Driving time: 2hr 30min.

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The hotel provides on site, secure parking facilities to its guests free of charge.

Star Rating

5 Star


The Plettenberg, Garden Route:

  • Diners Club  Excellence 2008
  • Liz McGrath – Relais & Chateaux Woman of the Year – 2008
  • Garden Route top 10 Restaurants 2009


  • Relais & Chateaux Hotels

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