A night at The Plettenberg with the McGrath collection

A night at The Plettenberg with the McGrath collection
A night at The Plettenberg with the McGrath collection
A night at The Plettenberg with the McGrath collection
A night at The Plettenberg with the McGrath collection
A night at The Plettenberg with the McGrath collection
A night at The Plettenberg with the McGrath collection
A night at The Plettenberg with the McGrath collection
A night at The Plettenberg with the McGrath collection
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A night at The Plettenberg with the McGrath collection
A night at The Plettenberg with the McGrath collection
A night at The Plettenberg with the McGrath collection
A night at The Plettenberg with the McGrath collection
A night at The Plettenberg with the McGrath collection
A night at The Plettenberg with the McGrath collection
A night at The Plettenberg with the McGrath collection
A night at The Plettenberg with the McGrath collection
A night at The Plettenberg with the McGrath collection

Plettenberg bay is a well known coastal town on the popular garden route of South Africa. This little coastal village has a hub of activities and if whale watching is one of them, then it is the right destination for you. The only thing you need to decide is where to stay.

The Plettenberg is one of the three hotels in the Liz Mcgrath Collection. Know for their luxury and five-star experience, The Plettenberg doesn't disappoint. 

The Hotel is situated on a hilltop overlooking the ocean with uninterrupted views and is roughly a six-hour drive from Cape Town.  With it being the popular garden route there is plenty of opportunities to experience all it has to offer along the way! You also have the option to fly into the local airport should time be limited. 

The hotel is classically decorated with an ocean theme running throughout. Its no wonder with the views that it boasts. With a gourmet restaurant and boutique shop, between shopping and eating what more could you need.

Each room feels like the penthouse of some of the top hotels in the world. With walk-in closets, large bathrooms, a lounge, and the bedroom separate you will have space and comfort for your trip. 

The bedrooms have coffee stations, minibars and of course king size beds. Be sure to request a room with a view when you book! Overlooking the ocean will let a wave of tranquility wash over you! 

Dining at The Plettenberg is an experience not to be missed. The food is served at their contemporary restaurant Seafood and group executive chef Peter Templehoff and his team have delivered in all areas. The menu has the classics such as the famous cheese souffle that is a must along with several seafood dishes that draw on inspiration from the ocean and the bounty it has to offer. The view is magnificent overlooking the ocean and with glass panels, you are sure not to miss it! 

If you find yourself in Plettenberg - it is a hub of activities. You can experience whale watching or Sup boarding. You could wander to local wine farms and have long lunches or you could visit one of the several animal sanctuaries in the area. If you just feel like relaxing then finding your way to the pool whilst overlooking the ocean isn't a bad option either. 

The staff is always available to help should you require anything and have a fantastic knowledge of the area and all it has to offer! I know that next time I visit Plettenberg I would like to linger longer and experience it all. All I can say is that one night is simply not enough to experience not only this amazing hotel but Plettenberg bay! 

-Melissa 

Exploring the Kurland in Plettenberg Bay

Exploring the Kurland in Plettenberg Bay
Exploring the Kurland in Plettenberg Bay
Exploring the Kurland in Plettenberg Bay
Exploring the Kurland in Plettenberg Bay
Exploring the Kurland in Plettenberg Bay
Exploring the Kurland in Plettenberg Bay
Exploring the Kurland in Plettenberg Bay
Exploring the Kurland in Plettenberg Bay
Exploring the Kurland in Plettenberg Bay
Exploring the Kurland in Plettenberg Bay
Exploring the Kurland in Plettenberg Bay
Exploring the Kurland in Plettenberg Bay
Exploring the Kurland in Plettenberg Bay
Exploring the Kurland in Plettenberg Bay
Exploring the Kurland in Plettenberg Bay
Exploring the Kurland in Plettenberg Bay
Exploring the Kurland in Plettenberg Bay
Exploring the Kurland in Plettenberg Bay
Exploring the Kurland in Plettenberg Bay
Exploring the Kurland in Plettenberg Bay
Exploring the Kurland in Plettenberg Bay
Exploring the Kurland in Plettenberg Bay
Exploring the Kurland in Plettenberg Bay
Exploring the Kurland in Plettenberg Bay
Exploring the Kurland in Plettenberg Bay
Exploring the Kurland in Plettenberg Bay

Would you like to step back in time into a by gone era? A place where high tea is at 3 pm, polo horses surround you and the interior engulfs you in authentic warmth and charm. 
Meet The Kurland, a luxury boutique hotel offering gracious country living. A property just a stone throw from Plettenberg bay that will transport you back in time! 

Travelling from Cape Town, The Kurland is roughly a little over 6 hours drive out on the N2, the main highway running along the Garden Route. 
If you are flying into Cape Town International you will need to rent a car and trust me, it will be well worth it! The Kurland is situated between majestic mountains and pristine beaches of Nature's Valley. 

The hotel is situated on a 700-hectare private estate that has 12 gorgeous suites offering utter privacy and luxury. The hotel is child-friendly and has several options to engage your little one on your stay including playrooms filled with wonderful toys. 
With an on site spa and tennis court, there is something for Mom and Dad, an oasis to keep the whole family happy. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy you can take a drive with the quad bikes across the property or visit the Polo horses and grounds that are perfectly manicured! You will find the staff exceptionally attentive with every need being fulfilled at a moments notice.

The rooms are lavish with a touch of yesteryear. Each room has a unique theme running through the interior and boasts a fireplace that will keep you very cozy should you visit in the winter like I did. The bathrooms are spacious with under floor heating to keep your toes warm, which is a little touch I am obsessed with! I had possibly one of the best nights sleep I have ever had with a crackling fireplace humming me into dreamland and an engulfing king-size bed!

Executive Chef Leon Coetzee provides an elevated dining experience whilst keeping country charm. A modern take on classic dishes. 
If you are in the mood for high tea then why not enjoy freshly baked scones and cucumber sandwiches. I sure did!   

You need not leave the property during your stay as it caters to every conceivable want. You can go on a hike, visit the horses, go to the spa for the day or get involved in the action packed Polo events. This property offers something for the family, which is a wonderful change to most places that don’t really accommodate the little ones. It was great seeing such a family oriented destination that doesn’t compromise on quality. 

-Melissa 

Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay

Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay
Staying at The Old Rectory Plettenberg Bay

Picture walking into a historic building dating back to 1777 that has been fully refurbished with a timeless decor, original fireplace and stone walls. 

A stone’s throw away from world famous serene beaches that are home to the pretty pansy shell welcome to The Old Rectory, the latest addition to the exquisite Rare Earth collection. 

The property is situated in the picturesque town of Plettenberg Bay. A six-hour drive from Cape Town out on the N2 highway along the famous garden route. It's a gorgeous drive that show cases South African country side at its best. Passing towns that have some of the most breathtaking views and neat little restaurants and shops, it’s definitely a pilgrimage that you need to do at least once. I recommend tackling the 6-hour drive over two days with an overnight in Swellendam so you are able to soak up as much of the trip as possible. 
Each coastal town offers something unique and is worth exploring. 

The hotel's heritage building dates back to 1777 and was used as a rectory by the Anglican church until the current rectory was built in 1939. It has been restored to its former glory paying homage to the old with sections of the original stone walls exposed beneath glass panels, and a breath of fresh air in the modern interior design. The hotel still uses the original fireplace where you can sit and enjoy a glass of red wine while the fire crackles away. 

For the more festively inclined, there is a gorgeous bar area where you can enjoy cocktail hour on the perfectly appointed chesterfield couches. 
The patio has a wrap around deck and a pristine swimming pool that looked very inviting, albeit it winter.
The main affair happens to be the dining hall. This is the property’s heritage building and there is a strong sense of times gone by in the air. 

The rooms are well thought out with great attention to detail. Each room has a mini bar, coffee and tea station, tv and a king size bed. The bathroom is a gorgeous design feature that has under floor heating and a huge open shower accentuated by bright blue walls and cement floors. The interior is sleek with a neutral palette and perfect pops of colour. 

Dining at The Old Rectory is a classy affair. The food is simple and well-executed. The menu has something for everyone and is vegetarian-friendly. If you find yourself eating there - do try the gnocchi, it was my favourite paired with a glass of crisp white wine! 

Breakfast was delicious and some of the best-scrambled eggs that I have ever had! The offerings included stewed fruits and a preserve selection that was utterly delicious along with freshly baked home made bread (which no sane human could resist) 

The area is full of activities on offer, whether wine tasting is your thing (if so stop at Kay and Monty) or your preference is hiking and whale watching. Plettenberg Bay has several animal sanctuaries that are wonderful to visit. They have rescued many animals from circuses and zoos and have given them a home that is much more humane and a lot wilder than what the animals have experienced before. It is also home to one of the biggest bird aviaries in the southern hemisphere. 

If exploring isn't your thing and you would rather stay in then don't be shy, there is a Spa on site that will take care of all your relaxation needs.

The question isn't should I visit The Old Rectory, the question is simply, how long for?

-Melissa 

p.s press play below to view my first youtube video. A huge thank you to Lauren-Leigh Livesey for your collaboration! 

*This blog post is sponsored by Rare Earth Properties. All opinions are my own.