The Grand Café & Rooms
- Style Sexy boho beach chic
- Setting Overlooking Plett lagoon
This most boho of beach boltholes is the natural downtime home of the Ibiza regular or Soho House devotee – The Grand Café & Rooms hotel is all about super-stylish shabby chic, capuccinos on the terrace and tasty bistro food. And did we mention spa treatments, great location in the heart of Plett and gorgeous sea views? This little beauty is truly somewhere you can have your cake and eat it…
Need to know
- Rooms Seven, including two suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $118.92 (ZAR1,228), excluding tax at 14 per cent.
- More details Rates include Continental breakfast.
- Facilities Pool, terrace, small boutique, treatment room and steam room, library, free WiFi. In rooms, flatscreen LCD TVs, DVD/CD player, open fires, large bathrooms, Africology toiletries.
- Poolside The small outdoor pool is perfect for a quick refreshing dip – it’s not quite big enough to get up a lap-swimming head of steam though.
- Check–out Noon (but flexible, depending on arrivals). Check-in, from 2pm.
Children This is a strictly adults-only retreat: under-16s are not allowed, so it's the perfect place for a romantic escape.
- Also Beauty and massage treatments are available in the Grand’s treatment room: there are facials, manicures, reflexology, massages and body wraps on offer.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms We love all the rooms, most of which have beach and lagoon views and balconies or patios, and all of which have gorgeous oversized beds stacked high with fluffy pillows. If we have to pick favourites, we’ll say Room 6, one of the biggest, with its red velvet sofa, dramatic archway and freestanding bath next to floor-to-ceiling sea-view windows; and the Boadicea Suite, tucked away in a quiet downstairs corner with a private courtyard, big mirrored cabinets and sisal flooring. Of course, if you really want to wow your Mrs Smith, you’ll book the Bath House – it has romantic side-by-side twin bathtubs, and a private courtyard with plunge pool and alfresco shower.
- Packing tips Beachwear: the sandy bays of Plett are a hop, skip and a jump away. Indiana Jones-style explorer gear, for, well, exploring and hiking in Tsitsikamma National Park. Something a bit more glamorous for watching polo at nearby Kurland.
- Also If you’ve set your heart on a sea view, go for one of the top-floor rooms (5,6,7 or 8). Well-behaved dogs are welcome at the Grand.
Food and drink at The Grand Café & Rooms
- Hotel restaurant The Grand Café is a stylist’s dream come true, artfully cluttered with giant candelabra, vintage copies of Vogue, huge vases of roses and wrought-iron chairs. There’s a gastro-farm menu of refined favourites, such as mussels and chips, fillet steak with Béarnaise sauce and summer-berry pavlova.
- Dress code Laid-back boho babe: little print dresses with sun-glinting gold jewellery.
- Top table When the weather’s fine, grab a seat at the alfresco trestle table.
- Last orders Breakfast starts at 7pm; last orders for dinner are taken at 10pm.
- Room service Not available, but the café’s open all day and drinks are available till late.
- Hotel bar The Grand Café is licensed so you can enjoy a few cocktails or a glass of wine on the terrace or with your meal from noon: the Grand Marguerites certainly slip down nicely…