A couple of weekends ago we were treated to a weekend away in Plettenberg. This was the 1st time I had been back since my teens, and went with no expectations. Well I came back to Jozi, reinvigorated and blown away by the beauty. Sometimes when I get caught up in the hustle and bustle of raising a start up (ReWare) I forget how beautiful our country is and the diversity of its landscapes.
Our (Bradley & I plus a few other cool peeps) weekend started with a direct flight from ORT to Plettenberg airport with CemAir and it’s only a 2.5 hour flight. Thankfully, no need to drive from George. We were met by our transfer at the Plettenberg airport that has the arrival, departure lounge & tuck shop quaintly housed in one building, what that means is no luggage carousel queues, Amen! Luggage came off the plane straight into our hotel transfer.
Off we were whisked for wine tasting at Bramon, where we had the most delicious warm bread, that is best enjoyed broken by hand with a slathering of butter.
We were then, once a little picked with wine, welcomed to The Plettenberg with a warm lemon grass scented moist towels & even warmer greetings by the hotel team. Our room at The Plettenberg was in the blue wing, a turquoise decorated corner premier suite on the first floor with sea views.
My attempt at a sunrise wake up was futile but we did make it for an early breakfast before a walk through two sanctuaries. The Monkeyland and Birds of Eden Sanctuaries, which took us a few hours to fully enjoy the various primate and bird species.
Beware the inquisitive & a little pokey parrot
A winter visit to these sanctuaries made it a particularly ethereal experience with the diverse ecosystems, the greys and the sun piercing through the forest canopy and the mist.
That afternoon we decided to stay in, enjoy the luxury of the hotel and spent it under the covers sipping a cup of tea and reading to the sounds of the waves crashing.
Day 3 Our final day we had an early start, sunrise views, a quick breakfast and then off to an adventurous albeit chilly Segway tour through the Tsitsikamma forest.
In spectacular fashion the sun came out on our final afternoon at The Plettenberg, which called for a last Gin & Tonic to end the weekend before hoping on our Cemair flight back to Jobusy.
The Plettenberg breakdown
Staff – led by general manager MJ are friendly and attentive. Friendly in a genuine way, who warmly greet returning guests with a hug.
Room – Traditional English style combination of blue, turquoise & cream palette with an all white bathroom, vintage touches and of course the pillow menu! As someone who suffers from allergies it was a breath of fresh air to stay in a hotel that used foam pillows as a standard. The pillow menu gives you options of 4 foam pillows with full descriptions & includes the 1,6m pillows for moms to be. Perfect for a babymoon.
The Food – ‘Seafood at The Pletteberg’ the in-house restaurant offers delicious breakfasts, lunches & dinners. The Plettenberg fish, and chips with mushy peas is a must try! On Friday evening we enjoyed a casual Friday dinner featuring tapas, a combination of Chef Antoinette Meyer’s new ideas and hotel favourites including the famous fish & chips. It gave us the opportunity to taste everything the hotel has to offer. It was delicious & playful!
On Saturday evening dinner was a real treat at ‘Seafood at The Plettenberg’, I devoured a seafood platter.
Why no food pics? Because it was so delicious that I couldn’t help but focus on the savouring it all.
Most notable – The spectacular views from every angle. Especially from our turquoise room in the blue house.
What I’d go back for?
1. The sand bar – for more time with the tipple
2. To enjoy more of the lounges in the hotel. The hotel is filled with formal and informal lounges, one sun filled lounge overlooking the pool another with a library feel overlooking the street to the sounds of a crackling fireplace.
3. Of course, the views
Activities in the surrounds:
1. Monkeyland and birds of Eden (just under R200 per adult)
2. Segway tours of tsitsikamma forest
3. Bungy jumping off of Bloukrans bridge (R850 for bungy)
4. Walk along Plett beach (gratis)
5. Enjoying the view from bed for an afternoon nap – priceless!
This weekend has put Plett firmly on my radar for future weekends away, especially in the winter, when looking for a combination of nature based activities and relaxation to the sounds of waves crashing. Next time you’re looking for a weekend away I would recommend The Plettenberg and Plett.
We weren’t on the weekend alone and you can see more views as well as amazing pics on EmmaJaneNation, or InMyBag.
*Our stay at The Plettenberg was hosted by the The Collection by Liz McGrath