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Plettenberg Bay is more than beaches

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Is there extra to Plettenberg Bay than the seashore? Though it does have some stunners on that entrance.

So, a problem was laid down – a weekend in Could, the off-season, to seek out out. Plettenberg Bay is not the tiny two-horse hamlet your grandparents used to take you to; immediately it might lay a believable declare to being amongst South Africa’s prime attracts.

It’s a bustling city, replete with eating places, espresso retailers, bars, retailers. One thing for everybody then.

Sky Villa Plettenberg Bay. Photograph: Marzahn Botha

Plettenberg Bay

We rolled into city within the ever-reliable Ford Everest Sport, the 10-speed transmission and cruise management making for a easy trip up the N2.

In search of magic: Plettenberg Bay is more than beaches

Image: Lorraine Kearney

There are additionally entrance and rear park sensors and rear-view digital camera to assist manoeuvre into a good parking spot on the thumping Primary Road.

Sky Villa on prime of the hill

However earlier than town beat, a cease to verify in on the five-star Sky Villa Boutique Lodge, which belongs to the Uncooked Africa Boutique Assortment. The lodge is splendid, with artworks adorning the partitions – and even its personal gallery and hidden converse straightforward.

In search of magic: Plettenberg Bay is more than beaches

Sky Villa Plettenberg Bay. Photograph: Travelbug Rose

The climate performed its half too, heat sufficient for a lazy cocktail on a solar lounger and a swim within the inviting blue pool.

READ: 7 enjoyable issues to do in fairly Plettenberg Bay

Sky Villa does what it says on the field: it’s on the prime of a hill on Barons View Property, with an uninterrupted 360-degree view of the Keurbooms River, Indian Ocean and the Tsitsikamma and Langkloof mountains.

Watching a pink full moon rise over the ocean was arguably the spotlight of the weekend.

In search of magic: Plettenberg Bay is more than beaches

Robberg Hole Circuit. Photograph: Lorraine Kearney

Health club, pool, bar and even snooker

There are simply 14 luxurious rooms, all with their very own non-public terrace, in addition to Villa One @ Sky, a standalone home with six en-suite air-conditioned rooms, lounge and kitchen. You want to ebook out the complete villa although.

A part of the parcel is a totally geared up fitness center, Sky/Zen pool with jets, bar, Sky Bar, absolutely stocked Wine Cellar and Snooker Room.

The restaurant serves up scrumptious, recent meals, that includes the hotel-grown herbs and greens.

The Bungalow

It’s simply 5 minutes away from the city and Plettenberg Bay Seaside, the place a superb lunch spot is Sky Villa’s sister property, The Bungalow. It’s far more relaxed, with a surfer vibe, however no much less luxurious. It’s proper on the seashore, and the vegan sushi (there may be fish too!) is elegant.

In search of magic: Plettenberg Bay is more than beaches

The Bungalow. Photograph: Travelbug Rose

Ecuadorian chef Balvina Aitkins, who prefers to go by the title Bella, will whip up impressed vegan dishes at both institution – however cellphone forward or chances are you’ll be disenchanted.

In search of magic: Plettenberg Bay is more than beaches

Robberg in Plettenberg Bay.


Each Sky Villa and The Bungalow are from R2 900 for 2 sharing an evening, together with breakfast, throughout the off-season. Charges go up on the finish of September.

In search of magic: Plettenberg Bay is more than beaches

Robberg Witsand Circuit. Photograph: Marzahn Botha

What to do

Begin the morning with an invigorating hike by Robberg Nature Reserve, a Cape Nature masterpiece. It’s a nationwide monument steeped in historical past, with prehistoric rocks and Stone Age artefacts.

Conservation charges are adults R50 and youngsters R30 for the day. You can even in a single day within the reserve – self-catering from R1 030. There may be additionally an in a single day conservation price of R40 for adults and R20 for youngsters.

It’s a great spot for whale watching; whale season is June to November, when southern proper whales are breeding and calving.

And the hikes: the Hole Circuit is the simplest at 2.1km; the Witsand Circuit follows at 5.5km; and Level Circuit is a 9.2km trek just for the match. Be careful for the seals, the gannets, cormorants and terns.

Plett can be making a reputation for itself as a wine vacation spot – go for a tasting at any (or all) of the eight wineries open to guests: Bramon Wine Property; Newstead, dwelling of Lund Household Wines; Kay and Monty Vineyards; Lodestone Wines; Luka; Plettenvale Wine Property; Bitou Vineyards; and Packwood Wine Property.


Finish the stroll with a refreshing ice espresso or sizzling brew from the resident meals truck within the car parking zone.

If you would like extra, head to Barrington’s, the primary craft brewery within the city.

In search of magic: Plettenberg Bay is more than beaches

Barringtons in Plettenberg Bay. Photograph: Travelbug Rose

Don’t neglect to order from the menu; it’s been a protracted morning and your physique wants nourishment. The meals is recent and good – so recent, in actual fact, that you just stroll by the herb and vegetable backyard to get to your desk.

Beneficial: the sunshine and attractive Czech Pilsener or the Ibhiya Ibuchu or Buchu Brew, which received a bronze on the Africa Beer Cup in Could within the Specialty Beer class. It really works finest as a shandy with a slice of orange.

Robberg Plettenberg Bay by Lorraine Kearney cropped

Robberg in Plettenberg Bay. Photograph: Lorraine Kearney


Everybody loves a particular, and the Uncooked Africa Boutique Assortment has just a few.

From 1 Could to 31 August 2022, there are 4 packages for 2 adults sharing for 2 nights, together with breakfast at both Sky Villa Boutique Lodge or The Bungalow:

Keep & Play features a R500 Sky Villa meals and beverage voucher and a spherical of golf (and golf cart) on the signature Gary Participant designed course, for R5 000;

Good Date features a bottle of Bramon Blanc de Blanc MCC on arrival, a R1 000 Sky Villa meals and beverage voucher and a 60-minute Thai couple’s therapeutic massage at Royal Thai for R5 200;

Style of Plett features a bottle of Bramon Blanc de Blanc MCC on arrival, a Nineteen89 Expertise (R500 voucher), a Bramon Expertise (R500 voucher) and a Golden Palm Expertise (R500 voucher) for R4 900;

Plett Really feel Good features a bottle of Bramon Blanc de Blanc MCC on arrival and a ‘Stroll with the Elephants’ or a ‘Tenikwa Personal Tour’ for R4 800. After all, all topic to availability, and as all the time, verify the phrases and circumstances.

So sure, there may be a lot extra to do in Plett than lie on the seashore, alluring as that’s.


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