Need to know
Seven, including two suites.
11am (but flexible, depending on arrivals). Check-in, from 2pm.
Double rooms from $95.88 (ZAR1,316), excluding tax at 14 per cent.
Rates include a full English breakfast.
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.
At the hotel
Pool, terrace, small boutique, treatment room, library, free WiFi. In rooms, flatscreen LCD TVs, DVD/CD player, open fires, large bathrooms, Grand Africa toiletries.
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 black 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.
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.
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.
Beauty and massage treatments are available in the Grand’s treatment room: there are facials, manicures, reflexology, massages and body wraps on offer.
This retreat is better suited to adults: under-12s are not allowed, so it's the perfect place for a romantic escape.