Need to know
11am. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Earlier check-ins are possible subject to availability.
Double rooms from $151.39 (ZAR2,174), excluding tax at 15 per cent.
Rates usually include a Continental or Full English breakfast and free return transfers from Plettenberg Bay Airport.
The main building is the oldest in Plettenberg Bay, originally built to house Dutch East India Company troops before it was bought by the Anglican Church in the 1800s.
At the hotel
Garden with decked area; access to the beach; spa with hammam and treatment rooms; free WiFi throughout; laundry. In rooms: flatscreen TV; minibar; Nespresso coffee machine; tea-making kit; free bottled water; underfloor heating; Moya toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
The Pool View and Garden View suites are similar in size and style, but the latter just edge it with their private gardens.
The saltwater pool is at the center of the garden, surrounded by decking and shade-giving trees. Sunloungers with parasols are dotted around the outside, and the alfresco dining area is just meters away, making it easy to keep an eye on young Smiths as they swim.
The Sanctuary Spa is in a historic, thatch-roofed building. The interiors are mostly white, and decorated with a smattering of tropical greenery; candles and vases of freshly cut flowers set the mood. There’s a hammam and three treatment rooms, all of them large enough to accomodate Mr and Mrs Smith at the same time. The menu includes various massages; skincare treatments including facials, manicures and pedicures; and couple-specific options like the intriguingly named ‘Moonlight Treatment’.
Elegant beachwear during the day; crisp white shirts and light dresses after dark.
All of the common areas are wheelchair accessible. The hotel also has two accessible rooms with larger bathrooms.
All ages are welcome at the hotel. There are no extra beds at the hotel, but cots (free, suitable for children two and under) can be added to rooms on request. Babysitting is available for ZAR200 an hour; a day’s notice is needed when booking.