As a family with two young tenagers, this turned out to be a super place to stay and relax. Leon who met us on arrival set the scene by telling us to treat the palce like home - whnever we wanted to eat, eat. No strict dress code. Nothing was a hassle here. Horse riding when you wnated to, use of the quad bikes when you were in the humour, all set within the 'confines' of a 700hectare polo farm.
The main house, where you have your meals and the main pool, is very relaxed with loads of areas to sit around the fire or weather permitting on the covered veranda overlooking the pool.
The rooms are gorgeous and very tastefully decorated - (This is not a minimilists location) we had half a house on its own grounds with the kids upstairs by a separtae entrance with a magnificent bedroom for us downstairs and our own pool on our veranda.
While we were here, in early January, it rained for the 3 days we were here but it did nothing to dampen our enthusiaism for the place and the staff who were extreemly helpful - something we found in SA in general. There's loads to do in the area as well, you are just on the edge of Tsitsitakama national park which has some magnificent scenary and walks for all grades of outdoor types. You area slo beside Plattenberg and about 40 mins from Knysna
All of our meals were extreemly good and again available whenever you choose. One of the party is vegetarian and again there was a great sellection. They operate a defined menu each evening but if you want something else, just ask and its no problem.
Overall - super and yes we would recommend it to all travelers and we will return.
- 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