Although I was not a hotel guest at Kurland, I visited the estate with my fiance to scout for a potential wedding venue. When we drove up to the builiding over looking the main polo field, we were shocked at how the building looked in complete disrepair. For a supposedly 5 star estate, this building had rotten wood planks, well worn white paint that was chipping off everywhere. Inside it looked terribly outdated. There were no recent polo trophis or framed photos, it seems it's hey day was in 2003-2004.
The hotels famous rose garden was not impressive either. The pathways between the roses had so many weeds, and the roses looked like the needed to be pruned.
The owners really need to update the estate, I don't understand how this place can be rated 5 stars, when the spectacular Vineyard hotel with it's well manicured gardens and magnificant suites is only 4 stars. I think we will definitely get married at the latter, Kurland really needs a makeover.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ambassador to the finer things in life, Kurland is the ideal family and honeymoon retreat along The Garden Route. Situated in the foothills of the Western Cape Mountains on on a vast and beautiful private estate, complete with its own polo club, Kurland hotel is the stuff of holiday fantasies. This luxury boutique hotel, within reach of secluded beaches and a great variety of activities, has buckets of character, a never-be-bored menu of things to do, fine cuisine and staff who know the true meaning of the word ‘hospitality’.Over 50yrs ago Baron Peter Behr discovered a coastal paradise of exquisite beauty near Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route in South Africa and purchased the estate which he named Kurland after the Baltic province where he was born. In 2000, Behr’s grandson Peter, and his wife Dianne, transformed the family homestead into a Luxury Boutique Hotel which sits at the heart of a 1700 acre estate of stunning natural beauty, perfect for country pursuits. Today, Kurland is a peaceful and luxurious sanctuary which offers highly personalised service, fine cuisine and excellent facilities. Its location within the Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve allows guests the chance to enjoy equestrian activities, forest walks, unspoilt beaches, water sports, and extreme activities such as bungy jumping or sky diving. Kurland also boasts its own championship polo ground, private stables and tuition centre – perfect for guests who wish to learn to play themselves or simply sit and back and marvel at the professionals. Adult guests at Kurland will enjoy the hotel’s 12 luxurious suites, sumptuous interiors, peaceful library, gorgeous rose gardens and well equipped spa whilst parents will relax safe in the knowledge that the needs of younger guests are also very well tended to by Kurland’s experienced team of nannies. Children will relish in Kurland’s facilities – two, three and four bed loft rooms have been cleverly created above the main suites, each with en-suite bathroom and play area and they can choose to dine in ‘Children Only’ Dining Conservatory, Private Playroom or by invitation at the excusive Chef’s Table in the kitchen.Retaining its age-old reputation for great hospitality amidst spectacular natural beauty, Kurland has received a number of accolades including Runner-up in the prestigious Tatler Hotel of the Year awards. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kurland Hotel Plettenberg Bay