A Plett hotel among SA’s first to be recognised by Small Luxury Hotels of the World 

The Plettenberg Hotel
Published: April 29th, 2020

Two of South Africa’s Finest Seaside Hotels are the Country’s First to be Recognised by Small Luxury Hotels of the World TM

Small Luxury Hotels of the World TM showcases over 550 hotels in more than 90 countries. This curated collection of the globe’s premier anti-chain and anti-same hotels caters to the vivaciously independent traveler, seeking only the most intimate and intense hotel experiences.

Two of South Africa’s most spectacular seaside hotels, The Plettenberg and The Marine, are among the most recent additions to the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World TM platform, which is recognised over the world. Fewer than one in 20 applicants receives this accolade and all listed hotels have been personally visited and verified by Small Luxury Hotels of the World TM to ensure that each establishment offers an astonishingly intimate and personal experience to each and every valued traveler.

The Plettenberg Hotel
The Plettenberg Hotel overlooking the Lookout rocks in Plettenberg Bay.

Both The Plettenberg and The Marine form part of the illustrious Liz McGrath Collection; together offering travellers from across the globe unrivalled panoramic vistas of ocean, mountain and lush flora that are characteristic of the South African coastline. Nestled along the verdant Garden Route on SouthAfrica’s spectacular East Coast, Plettenberg Bay boasts an ever-temperate climate and golden beaches, making it the ultimate South African seaside escape. With 37 beautifully appointed rooms and villas and a world-class restaurant to boot, The Plettenberg effortlessly showcases the oceanside resort town that is affectionately referred to by locals as ‘Plett’.

The Marine Hotel in Hermanus, near Cape Town.

The Marine Hotel is located slightly closer to Cape Town, along a cliffy outcrop in Walker Bay, Hermanus, offering guests the exclusive opportunity to experience the world’s finest land-based whale watching between June and November each year.  These majestic sea mammals can be viewed from the comfort of an ocean-facing suite, or from afar on one of the numerous Overberg hiking trails. Like its sister hotel, The Plettenberg, The Marine values exquisite cuisine, and with Head Chef Tronette Dippenaar in the kitchen, travellers can expect nothing less than an array of culinary delights. Both seasoned and sporadic travellers alike can rest assured this duo of five-star hotels will offer nothing less than world-class excellence – excellence that has now received the exclusive endorsement of Small Luxury Hotels of the World TM.

About The Liz McGrath Collection

A warm welcome to The Liz McGrath Collection, comprising Relais & Châteaux member The Cellars-Hohenort in Cape Town, and Small Luxury Hotels of the World members The Marine in Hermanus and The Plettenberg in Plettenberg Bay – three iconic hotels that exemplify South African hospitality. Each of these 5-star hotels boasts a unique location, mesmerising history, splendid design, and amenities and services that are second to none.

What they share is the inimitable style of their creator, the late Liz McGrath. A self-taught, natural hotelier, the amazing “Mrs M”, as her staff fondly liked to call her, built her collection based on her great passions: décor, food and gardening. The result is three magnificent properties in exceptional locations that all create “a world away from the ordinary”: The Cellars-Hohenort in Cape Town’s leafy Constantia Valley, which is home to one of South Africa’s top restaurants, Greenhouse; The Marine in Hermanus, one of South Africa’s most spectacular seaside hotels; and The Plettenberg in Plettenberg Bay, the ultimate Garden Route destination.