New art gallery at Sky Villa 

art gallery @ sky villa
Published: May 4th, 2022

New art gallery opens at Sky Villa Boutique Hotel

“The sky is the ultimate art gallery just above us” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Raw Africa Boutique Collection’s 5-star Sky Villa Boutique Hotel perched high on a hilltop overlooking Plettenberg bay with breathtaking views of the ocean, the mountains and the lagoon – a world-leading luxury destination that is a beguiling blend of cutting-edge design, lush indigenous gardens and warm hospitality – is adding another element to this blend.

“We are excited to announce that we’re establishing an Art Gallery at Sky Villa and we’re thrilled to introduce Michele Bestbier, the director of Art Source Africa, as the curator of the Gallery,” announced Paul Duverge, Managing Director of Raw Africa Boutique Collection (formerly Cape Summer Villas Boutique Collection) – a privately-owned hospitality management and marketing group that owns and operates independent accommodation offerings in the Western Cape.

Art Source Africa Director Michele Bestbier is an independent art advisor and broker. Originally from Johannesburg, where she consulted to large corporate and private collections, Michele owned an art gallery, Gallery@157 on Jan Smuts Avenue which highlighted up-and-coming and leading South African artists. 15 years ago she sold the gallery and moved to Plettenberg Bay, where some eight years ago she created an Art Map of artists of the Garden Route and Klein Karoo areas – and found a vast bouquet of the most excellent art right on her doorstep.

The Gallery@Sky will feature a fine mix of local artists from the Garden Route, plus a taste of art from Johannesburg, Cape Town and beyond. Art on display will offer a cross-section of media including painting, etching, photography, mixed medium, pastel art, hand-carved block printing and more. A superb sculpture garden is also taking shape, and there are plans to run monthly ‘Art Events’ at the Gallery@Sky that will delight the senses – a fine mix of art workshops, musicians, local wines, and special menus.

Sky villa pool
Swimming pool view at Sky Villa

“The artworks of the new Gallery@Sky will be carefully selected to enhance the ethos of this superb hotel, and hopefully will give Sky Villa’s guests great pleasure, and delight and surprise both art novices and the more sophisticated collectors”,  said Bestbier.

Some of the artists to be featured in the opening collection include Dallas Smith, John Moore, Malcolm Solomon

Brendan Leggat, Guy Thesen, Andre Van Der Merwe, Des Kleineibst and Beezy Bailey.

Always at the forefront of innovation in the hospitality industry the launch of the Sky Art Gallery is yet another step in our Collection’s continuing success story”,  said Duverge, “and with Sky Villa Boutique Hotel already a firm favourite of holiday-seekers, we hope that with the Gallery it will become one for discerning art-lovers as well.”

Contact Kim at Sky Villa for information and booking for the opening event:

Tel: +27 87 550 2967 or +27 82 767 3393
Instagram: @skyvillaplett & @rawafricaboutiquecollection
Facebook: @skyvillaplett & @rawafricaboutiquecollection

*In keeping with protocols regarding the coronavirus Raw Africa Boutique Collection is monitoring the situation, following guidelines and adhering to stringent health and safety cleaning protocols; the safety and well-being of guests and staff at all its properties being of the highest priority.

Michele Bestbier
Tel: 078 327 3459

Sky Villa Boutique Hotel by Raw Africa Boutique Collection

The 5-star Sky Villa Boutique Hotel of Raw Africa Boutique Collection (formerly Cape Summer Villas Boutique Collection) situated on a hilltop in Barons View Estate, Plettenberg Bay offers an uninterrupted 360-degree view of the Keurbooms River, Indian Ocean and the Tsitsikamma and Langkloof Mountains and is just five minutes away from the town and Plettenberg Bay Beach.

This luxurious boutique hotel offers the ultimate escape with its warm hospitality, cutting-edge design, light-filled interiors, contemporary colours, soft furnishings and lush indigenous gardens. Accommodation comprises 14 luxury rooms tastefully decorated, well-appointed with luxury amenities and all with their own private terrace. Boosting the accommodation has been the addition of Villa One @ Sky,  a stand-alone house with six en-suite air-conditioned rooms, a shared lounge and kitchen (only available to guests if they book the entire house), a pool and a braai/boma area. Villa One @ Sky guests have access to Sky Villa’s facilities The restaurant, open to the public offers seasonal menus and caters for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Adding an element of quality and freshness is the use of hotel-grown herbs and vegetables to all meals that will please the most discerning of palates. The hotel boasts a fully equipped gym, Sky/Zen pool with jets, bar, Sky Bar (operational during select periods), a fully stocked Wine Cellar, a Snooker Room, state of the art Conference facilities, and an Art Gallery and Sculpture garden. It also caters for weddings with three venue options. The Sky Villa Boutique Hotel is conveniently located within easy reach of many tourist attractions and the Plettenberg Bay Airport.

Outside seating area at Sky Villa
Outside seating area at Sky Villa

Raw Africa Boutique Collection 

Raw Africa Boutique Collection (formerly Cape Summer Villas Boutique Collection) is a privately owned boutique collection of exclusive accommodations in the Western Cape along the Cape coast to Plettenberg Bay. Properties, well positioned within close proximity to popular tourist hotspots offer luxury amenities and cater to the discerning guest. All the properties within the group have been carefully selected to showcase their surroundings and feature tastefully decorated interiors, the finest linen and 5-star service.

These include: 

  • Sky Villa Boutique Hotel and Villa One @ Sky with breathtaking views over the ocean
  • The Bungalow and the Bungalow Beach Villa right on Hobie Beach
  • Spanish Farm Guest Lodge in Somerset West with views of False Bay and surrounding mountains
  • 22 Eikehoff Apartment and The Den Apartments in the university town of Stellenbosch
  • Pringle Bay Villa, on the beach in Pringle Bay
  • Oubaai Villa situated in the Oubaai golf estate in close proximity to George airport
  • and Plett Summer Villas, an arm of Raw Africa Boutique Collection (established in 2019 to assist luxury homeowners in managing and marketing their properties through the expertise of a corporate hospitality management and marketing team)

Tel: +27 87 550 2967