The Plettenberg

The Plettenberg, a 5 star Relais & Chateaux Hotel built on a rocky headland with breathtaking vistas of the sea, mountains and miles of golden sand in one of the most spectacular resorts in Africa - Plettenberg Bay. Our 37 luxury rooms and suites are all air-conditioned and offer a truly idyllic and indulgent experience. We have two swimming pools, one of which is heated and both visually flow into the ocean below. A recent addition is our Beach House decorated with simplicity and crisp elegance in natural creams and blues with it’s own swimming pool. Experience fabulous sightings of dolphins and whales in the bay from the hotel terraces. For the more adventurous there are numerous excursions and activities within close proximity to the hotel. Recent additions to the hotel include a wine cellar, stocked with a selection of the best local wines and available for special occasion private dining, and a gift shop - offering a unique selection of specialty items and clothing from the area.

Accommodation at The Plettenberg

With 37 superbly furnished rooms and suites including the luxurious Blue Wing, The Plettenberg invites you to indulge in an idyllic experience. Each room is exquisitely unique and all have under-carpet heating and air-conditioning. During our whale season from July to October, enjoy awe-inspiring sightings of dolphins and whales from our top suites.

7 Premier Suites
These suites are superbly and individually decorated with varied views of the sea. Most of the suites have French doors and step-out balconies. All of these suites have under-floor heating and are air-conditioned.

5 Suites
Our luxury suites have sea views and consist of a separate lounge and bedroom. All suites have, under-carpet heating and air-conditioning.

7 Luxury Double Rooms have sea views
These are large luxury rooms with sea views and small step-out balconies. All have walk in showers, under floor heating and air-conditioning.

9 Luxury Double Rooms
These rooms have different views—some with side views of the sea and some with garden views. These spacious and comfortably furnished rooms have walk-in showers, under floor heating and air-conditioning.

8 Standard Double Rooms (also available for single occupancy)
These standard twin and double bedded rooms offer the same exceptional style and dècor found in the suites and luxury double rooms but do not have sea views. These rooms are all air-conditioned.

The Beach House
Our Beach House is situated next to the hotel’s main building. Decorated in soft creams and blues with bleached wooden floors, it makes the ideal private getaway, while still having access to all the main hotel facilities and a 24 hour butler service. The Beach House consists of two en-suite bedrooms, a large sitting room with fireplace, dining room and small service kitchen. The main bedroom leads onto a sundeck and private swimming pool, with spectacular views of the bay and mountains. The house is fully air-conditioned.


At the turn of the century, the original hotel building was a beach house belonging to the Thesen Family of Knysna. Today the Plettenberg consists of two buildings with equally spectacular views of the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua Mountains. Our two swimming pools visually flow into the ocean and miles of pristine beaches are just two minutes away. Enjoy breakfast in our sunroom, whilst watching dolphins at play and migrant whales during the winter months.