Stepping off the Garden Route into the Kurland hotel felt like stepping into a charming English country house hotel. In many ways this could have been deep in somewhere like the Cotswolds, except that there was an Elephant Sanctuary down the road and it was 25c in January!
We were upgraded to a Superior Suite which was luxuriously appointed, with a huge room, four poster bed, lots of space everywhere and a private terrace with plunge pool looking across Kurland's huge grounds, with a polo filed in the distance. The feel is definitely country-house, with the decor being on the chintzy side (but tasteful). The building s are surrounded by rose gardens and the whole aspect is very peaceful....until we got onto one of their quad bikes to explore the estate!!
The food was in keeping with the feel of the hotel, from the afternoon tea and home-made cakes, served on the veranda of the main building, to the extensive breakfast, and the beautifully prepared dinner. Probably not the very best or most innovative food in the Western Cape, but wholesome, fresh and plentiful - what you would expect from a country-house hotel.
The service was very personal, with lots of advice on local activities from the staff. The spa looked inviting, although we did not really have time to sample. The laid back atmosphere was a great antidote to the surrounding area, including Plettenberg itself, and was perfectly timed after a lengthy drive down the Garden Route.
Kurland is also perfectly located for the attractions to the east of Plettenberg, including the Elepahnt Sanctuary, Monkey World and Birds of Eden (all 5 minutes away from Kurland) and the natural wonders of Storms River and Natures Valley.
- 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