Plett nominated as Africa’s Leading Beach Destination 

Central Beach in Plettenberg Bay
Published: April 18th, 2017
Central Beach in Plettenberg Bay

Central Beach in Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay has once again received a nomination in the 24th annual World Travel Awards™ as Africa’s Leading Beach Destination. This is the 8th time Plett has been nominated for this prestigious honour.

World Travel Awards™ was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the World Travel Awards™ brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. Each year, World Travel Awards™ covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to celebrate the achievements and strengths of the travel industry, within each key geographical region.

Votes are cast by travel professionals and consumers, ensuring that only the most deserving businesses walk away with one of these prestigious accolades. Cast your vote at

It’s no surprise Plett has been nominated 8 years running. Plett also recently featured in the 2016 International Blue Flag results, having received Blue Flag status for five beaches during the 2016/17 season. This included Robberg 5 (8th year), Keurboomstrand (6th year), Nature’s Valley (5th year), Lookout (3rd year) and the newest to join Blue Flag status was The Dunes beach. Another Plett accolade included Offshore Adventure being recognised with Blue Flag Boat status.




Plettenberg Bay has some of the most beautiful beaches in South Africa. The town’s 20 kilometres of picturesque Indian Ocean coastline features pristine, unspoilt sandy beaches. Throughout the year, you’ll find beachgoers of all ages soaking up the sun and enjoying the many outdoor activities you’ll find in Plett. 



Celebrating their 24th anniversary, World Travel Awards is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade. In their quest to identify and reward excellence they invite those brands that are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence to participate in their annual programme. The detailed criteria and award process is available on The World Travel Awards international website



Blue Flag is the prestigious, voluntary eco-label for beaches, boats and marinas that is recognised as a trusted symbol of quality and is regarded by the World Tourism Organisation as the most well-known global eco-label.

The Blue Flag Programme, which has been running internationally since 1987, is focused on the conservation of marine and coastal habitats, and is designed to raise environmental education and awareness, and increase sound environmental practices among tourists, local populations and beach management. To achieve Blue Flag status, as many as 33 different criteria spanning over four aspects of coastal management have to be met: water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and services. The criteria are asset by the international coordinators of the Blue Flag campaign in Europe, the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education). Each Blue Flag site is compelled to conduct several environmental education activities during the year, and to practice effective and efficient conservation management. The detailed criteria and award process is available on Blue Flag’s international website