The McGrath Collection has unveiled it’s new-look interior for The Plettenberg hotel
The Liz McGrath Collection has unveiled new-look interiors at two of its three hotels. The summer lounges at both The Plettenberg and The Marine (Hermanus) have undergone a complete transformation, each boasting fresh and distinctly different interior design to reflect their uniquely individual settings.
Situated on a rocky headland in Plettenberg Bay, The Plettenberg is the ultimate seaside destination on the Garden Route and is widely known as the ‘best address in Plett’. Its sister-hotel, The Marine is an iconic landmark on the famous Hermanus cliff path, within walking distance to the many attractions of South Africa’s ‘whale watching capital’. Both hotels share the coveted characteristics of unimpeded sea views, luxurious and comfortable accommodation, world-class cuisine, and warm South African hospitality to welcome all guests who cross their thresholds.
Interior designer Sue Bond has created a new look for both hotels along a mutually shared theme to produce beautiful, inviting public spaces by using colour, textures, wallpaper, objet d’art, as well as original South African works of art. Working within the existing structures, she started with wallpaper to bring colour and interest, setting the scene for layers to come. “In The Plettenberg I used a vibrant English floral garden pattern to bring fresh greens indoors. The fun Andrew Martin fabric on the sofas sits comfortably with masses of cushions, layered rugs on the floors, and original art. Oversized armchairs and inviting sofas draw you in to take a closer look at the focal feature, a triptych of the artist Olivier’s Irises. Lighting in the space was paramount with organic floor lamps placed to contain the area. Carved wooden mirrors reflect the pattern-on-pattern and widens the space visually.”
The main attraction in the sea-facing Summer Lounge at The Plettenberg, is a collection of vintage platters, boxed in Perspex with a grass cloth backing to repeat the colour of the branches in the wallpaper. A fun addition is two massive oil paintings of blue and white plates providing an optical delight when sitting at the pool looking into the hotel. “Ottomans, grouped seating, bespoke painted furniture, greenery and practical hard surfaces to balance a glass of champagne, all come together to result in a very special aesthetic that lifts the spirits of everyone visiting this iconic Grande Dame”, Bond says.
About The Liz McGrath Collection
The Liz McGrath Collection comprises The Cellars-Hohenort, The Marine, and The Plettenberg – three iconic hotels that are proud members of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Each of the three 5-star hotels boasts a unique location, mesmerising history, splendid design, and amenities and services that are second to none. The Collection features individually designed, sophisticated interiors, the most luxurious accommodations, award-winning gardens and world-class cuisine to exemplify South African hospitality.