Plettenberg Bay is THE seaside town on the Garden Route. It moves a lot and offers many activities: canoeing in its freshwater lagoon, surfing along its magnificent beaches, canyoning in its surrounding mountains, hiking in Robberg National Park (our favorite park of the whole garden route) and there is even a monkey park that will delight children! In the evening, we highly recommend that you go see the phosphorescent plankton in the lagoon and go for a sunset drink at Emily Moon's bar! In short ... Whether it's a relaxing, sport or family day, there is something for all ages and for all tastes! To explore this region of South Africa without missing a beat, we recommend that you stay in one of the Best hotels in Plettenberg Bay listed below.
NB: Sleeping in Plettenberg Bay can become a problem in December as it is THE destination for Cape Town residents to spend their holiday season. So remember to book a room in advance.
113 on Robberg: the hotel with the best value for money for accommodation in Plettenberg Bay
We advise you to stay at the B&B 113 on Robberg. The Guest house is in a great location as you are a stone's throw from Robberg National Park, the most beautiful park on the Garden Route, and downtown Plettenberg Bay is just a short drive away. This small, quality B&B offers clean, comfortable rooms at very affordable prices. You have the choice between rooms with bathroom or small studio with kitchen for families. In the guesthouse category, there is no better in terms of service, location and price. It is from afar the best value for money hotel to stay in Plettenberg Bay in South Africa. The atmosphere is as friendly as at home and pets are welcome to have fun with their sausage dogs! During our stay, we wanted for nothing: the breakfast was very good and they have a nice little swimming pool next to the BBQ area.Check availability
Sunshowers Plett: the best Guest House to sleep in Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route
If 113 on Robberg is full, then we recommend the B&B Sunshowers Plett. This Guest house is located right in front of the lagoon of Plettenberg Bay which makes it the ideal place if you want to spend time at the beach (it is perfect for families). The majority of the rooms are small apartments with very spacious kitchens, they are well appointed, clean and have a great view.Check availability
Albergo for Backpackers: the best cheap hostel in Plettenberg Bay
The good plan at Plettenberg Bay is the youth hostel Hostel for Backpackers which is served by the Baz Bus. It is located right in the city center: you cannot be closer to the shopping streets, bars and restaurants and you have the seafront just 3 minutes walk away. For a very small price, you have exceptionally well-kept and clean accommodation for a backpacker. We really liked the atmosphere that the owners bring to the place. They have barbecues for travelers every night and you just bring your meat back and they cook it for you. Friendly encounters guaranteed! We also enjoyed the hammocks in the garden and the inexpensive bar at the hostel. Plus they organize lots of activities for you and gave us great tips for exploring the area. We do not hesitate to say that for us, it is the best hostel in Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route.
Namely : They also offer double rooms with bathroom so if you want to stay in the center of Plettenberg Bay at the best price and if the youthful and sometimes noisy atmosphere of a hostel does not displease you then we advise you to book here.
The + : they have secure parking.
Consulting : Next door, there is a French bakery which makes very good croissants for breakfast and excellent baguettes which we took to make sandwiches during our hike at Robberg National Park.Check availability
For further : Discover the best hostels to stay in South Africa
The Plettenberg Hotel: the best luxury hotel in the center of Plettenberg Bay
The Plettenberg Hotel overlooks the sea from a cliff 5 minutes walk from downtown Plettenberg Bay. It has been built in one of the best locations in town: close to busy streets and right above the beach. Its rooms are spacious and bright with spectacular ocean views from the Garden Route. The quality of services is excellent, as in all Relais et Châteaux. The hotel belongs to the same group as one of the best hotels in Hermanus: The Marine. In addition to its location, the hotel is known for having the finest infinity pool in Plettenberg Bay. It is the ideal place to admire the sunset. We also recommend that you reserve a table in their restaurant for dinner. It is very good and offers many seafood and fresh fish. The South African hotel also has a spa that provides good massages. Certainly more expensive than the previous options, this is justified when we know that it is recognized as the best luxury hotel in Plettenberg Bay.Check availability
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Best Plettenberg Bay Hotels on the Garden Route by Price Range
1. The Junction Boutique Hotel
The Junction Boutique Hotel is an affordable hotel in the center of Plettenberg Bay in South Africa. Recently renovated, it is modern and tastefully decorated. Even if it does not have a magnificent view of the garden route, it is located on the most lively artery of the city. Small and full of charm, it is perfect for going out at night for a drink and eating.
NB: Their breakfast is really great.Check availability
2. The Bungalow
The Bungalow is a very friendly beachfront Plettenberg Bay hotel. It is a more expensive one because of its prime location but worth getting up facing the ocean and having lunch on their terrace. Besides, even if you don't stay there, we recommend that you go there for brunch or lunch! The furniture is very beautiful and very designer. Here, everything is done to make you feel on vacation and keep only good memories of South Africa and the Garden Route!Check availability
3. The Old Rectory
The Old Rectory is a beautiful South African boutique hotel that we recommend if The Plettenberg Hotel is complete. It is of the same standard and just as wonderful. It is the crème de la crème of the best hotels in downtown Plettenberg Bay.Check availability
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Tsala Treetop Lodge: the best romantic hotel to sleep in Plettenberg Bay in South Africa
Located just outside of Plettenberg Bay, Tsala Treetop Lodge is lost in nature in the middle of the forest. All bedrooms are built on the treetops. They are extremely luxurious "cabins" with a private infinity pool. They are equipped with a bathroom with a large bathtub, an indoor and outdoor shower and the terrace overlooks the jungle with often monkeys visiting you. It's just magic… We had the impression of being a luxury Robinson Crusoe! If you are on your honeymoon or just want to spend a unique night high in the trees, then Tsala Treetop Lodge is a must do. It's expensive but it's one of the most beautiful and romantic hotels in South Africa. You will not regret it !
Consulting : Reserve the hotel restaurant for a candlelit dinner hanging at the top of the canopy.Check availability
Hunter's Country House: the best alternative to Tsala close to Plettenberg Bay
If Tsala Treetop Lodge is too expensive for your budget, then Hunter's Country House is a good alternative. Much cheaper but not cheap either, this South African hotel is also a haven of peace in the middle of nature. Located at the exit of Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route, it offers a romantic setting in which to relax. The rooms are very beautiful, spacious and tastefully decorated in thatched-roofed houses. The garden and the swimming pool are often visited by many small monkeys. Candlelight dinner is served outdoors under the stars. The beautiful surroundings and the services offered by this hotel make it a good choice for a wedding anniversary. You never stop being pampered! A real piece of paradise.Check availability
Emily Moon River Lodge: the best boutique hotel to stay near Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route
Known to all South Africans who spend their vacations at Plettenberg Bay, Emily Moon River Lodge is an institution. Many come there for a drink or dinner to enjoy the magnificent setting at sunset, for lack of being able to sleep there ... the best boutique hotel to stay in the region (although much cheaper than Tsala Treetop Lodge). The lodge is perched on a hill overlooking the river and its lagoon. The decoration is magnificent. The rooms are all different and very comfortable. The restaurant is renowned in the region. We couldn't recommend better… But this hotel is often full! So book well in advance if you've fallen for this idyllic spot on the Garden Route.
The + : The lodge lends bikes and canoes for the day.Check availability
NB: Plettenberg Bay water can cause diarrhea. We therefore advise you to buy this water purifier which is extremely convenient for travel and hiking (tested and approved in East Asia, Africa and even Guyana!).