Sunny Plettenberg Bay is one of the most prestigious and popular coastal towns in South Africa’s Western Cape region. And one of the best places to stay there is The Old Rectory. Baroque Travel finds out all the details
A scenic seaside town on the magnificent Garden Route in South Africa’s Western Cape, Plettenberg Bay, called ‘Plett’ by the locals, is one of the country’s most prestigious coastal areas, where many people who live inland have invested in vacation homes that they visit on vacation during both summer and winter, as the weather is glorious year-round.
Whether you’re soaking up the sun on a choice of long golden sand beaches including Central Beach and Lookout Beach or enjoying the town’s excellent choice of top restaurants and vibrant nightlife, there’s plenty to do in this little slice of paradise. In high season, the cocktail circuit is a never-ending round of socializing, and for those who prefer a more energetic existence, let’s not forget parachuting, bungee jumping and exploring the exquisite forest area.
Plett also boasts 16 wine estates to explore, and numerous activities on offer during the very long summer season, which starts around October and ends mid-May. In addition, there’s Robberg Nature Reserve, a rocky peninsula where you can go on a selection of walking trails, the Nelson Bay Caves that date back to the Stone Age, a stunning free-flight bird sanctuary set in indigenous forest called Birds of Eden, an elephant sanctuary – and whale watching during the winter months.
So where do you stay in this little slice of paradise? There are numerous good restaurants and boutique hotels to choose from, but one of our favorites is The Old Rectory. Set in the heart of Plett, it’s an immaculately restored national monument built in the late 18th century that has been transformed into an intimate, luxury boutique hotel.
There are just 18 plush suites at this exclusive hotel, which is located a short walk from the beach, and the hotel itself offers guests a world-class experience. Facilities include a swimming pool, spa and acclaimed Mediterranean restaurant frequented by locals and visitors alike.
Accommodating only 36 guests ensures that service is exceptional, making The Old Rectory an ideal getaway. Rooms include king-sized beds, rain showers and an outdoor terrace or garden. Fourteen of the bathrooms feature large baths.
What sets The Old Rectory apart is its charming architectural details that feature centuries of history and heritage, as well as its luxurious amenities. It’s also ideally, close to many of the town’s well-known attractions.