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Hotel Review: Kurland Hotel & Spa On The Garden Route in Plettenberg Bay


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For a real getaway retreat head to the stunning 5-star luxury boutique Kurland Hotel & Spa. Situated on the beautiful Garden Route in South Africa you’ll find the exclusive holiday destination all ready to make your holiday dreams come true.


The Tatler award-winning hotel is located in the foothills of the Western Cape Mountains within a vast and beautiful 700 hectare private estate. This estate becomes your home for your stay and is the location of many of the wonderful activities that are available to you. You don’t really need to leave the estate for entertainment but if you want to, there are breathtaking beaches on your doorstep, the Birds of Eden, Monkeyland, Tenikwa Big Cat sanctuary and Elephant Sanctuary are all within a 10-minute drive and you are just 13km from the scenic Grootrivier Pass.

Style & Character

The intimate hotel is packed with character; part rustic old world charm and part chic, contemporary style. The Cape Dutch style villas are beautiful and the vast private estate that surrounds them is a huge draw. It has its own polo club, the flora and fauna is simply incredible and even includes the award-winning Kurland roses.

Service & Facilities

The family who own the resort like to say they have a never-be-bored menu of things to do on the estate and this really is no exaggeration! You can horse ride, play tennis, mountain bike, quad bike, hike and to relax after all this, head to the beautiful outdoor swimming pool and let your cares drift away. And for some real indulgence, book a soothing treatment at the luxe spa where you can also make use of their hammam, sauna and plunge pool. It’s very family orientated and is a great place for kids; they have their own playroom, there are special children’s menus and there’s tons to occupy them on the estate.

The area enjoys a Mediterranean climate making it perfect to visit all year round. In the cooler months the fireplaces are lit everywhere you look and the place feels snug and cosy.

The hospitality and welcome at Kurland are exemplary. The staff are highly attentive and all the little extras go a long way to making you feel at home and making your time there stay with you when you really are at home! The afternoon tea is legendary, the bicycles and quad bikes can be rented for free and everyone you meet has a smile.


The 12 luxurious Suites are all individually designed beautiful spaces. The bathrooms boast both rain showers and baths with welcome touches too such as heated towel rails. All 12 suites are more than suitable for luxury travel but the 4 Superior Suites are perfect for more discerning guests. They are set a way from the main homestead making them feel that bit more private and giving them stunning views across the paddocks. Relax on your private terrace by your private plunge pool and enjoy the opulent furnishings and separate seating area; these suites are the epitome of sheer class. There is also an ultra-luxurious villa for 16 guests on the estate available for exclusive use and ideal for a special family event.

Food & Drink

It’s very evident that the owners are a real foodie family. The gourmet, award-winning restaurant is exceptional. The cuisine is contemporary International but with a traditional French influence shining through. The menu is changed on a daily basis so you can be sure that you are feasting on super fresh, in season ingredients. Dine in the beautiful traditional dining room, al fresco on the verandah, in refined comfort in the library, by the pool, in the courtyard, in the rose gardens, or even on your private terrace; wherever your heart contents they will make it happen.

Kurland Hotel & Spa

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