My accommodation for the last leg of my Garden Route trips has always been Knysna. This year I decided to butter my bread on both sides by sleeping in both Knysna (Thesen Island) and Plettenberg Bay at the beautiful Sky Villa Boutique Hotel, a five-star rated villa-style boutique hotel with 360-degree views of the ocean and Keurboomsrivier.
Plettenberg Bay (or “Plett” as the locals call it) is a popular seaside holiday destination on the Garden Route in the Western Cape Province and it’s situated just 33km from Knysna and 67km from Tsitsikamma National Park. Here you will find beautiful bays, Robberg Peninsula’s white sandy beaches, scenic Robberg Nature Reserve hiking trails, and plenty of wildlife.
This town enjoys a moderate climate and a relaxed majestic indigenous forest atmosphere. With fun activities such as animal attractions, swimming in white sandy beaches, bird watching, boat tours, cycling, fishing, golfing, scenic hiking trails, nature pool, nature walks, surfing, water sports, kayaking, whale watching, restaurants, and retail stores around the area, you will always find an excuse to go back.
SKY VILLA BOUTIQUE HOTEL
27 Baron’s View Estate, N2, Plettenberg Bay
Perched on a hilltop in Baron’s View Estate and overlooking the entire, beautiful Plettenberg Bay, Sky Villa Boutique Hotel is a five-star rated boutique hotel and part of the Cape Summer Villas Group. Cape Summer Villas Group is a boutique collection of Hotels and Villas located in Cape Town, the Cape Winelands, Stellenbosch, the Garden Route, and Plettenberg Bay offering a variety of accommodation options. Each of their property is well positioned within close proximity to popular tourist hotspots and caters to a wide array of guests and their needs.
Sky Villa Boutique Hotel has been on my list of must-stay establishments on the Garden Route for the past two years. I had planned to book a stay here last year but had to postpone all my Garden Route road trips due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. This modern boutique hotel features spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and Keurboomsrivier, a well-manicured garden, and contemporary sculptures by local artists.
Entering the luxurious entranceway, you will be mesmerised by the bold interiors and the staircase which draw you in. The luxurious feel, attention to detail, and creative décor continue throughout the hotel and rooms.
A great atmosphere and excellent service guarantee your comfort during your stay.
All suites offer standard hotel features such as air conditioning and heating, bathrobes, beach/pool towels, underfloor heating, complimentary toiletries, flat-screen TV with DSTV, heated towel rack, mini bar fridge, Nespresso machine, tea and coffee, private patio, pure cotton percale, safe, sun deck, and high-speed WiFi.
This room features a King-sized bed and en-suite bathroom with a shower, heated towel racks, and underfloor heating. The private terrace opens up to spectacular views of the Langekloof Mountains.
This room features a King-sized bed and en-suite bathroom with a shower, heated towel racks, and underfloor heating.
The private terrace opens up to breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.
This suite features a spacious room with a King-sized bed and an en-suite bathroom with a shower, heated towel racks and underfloor heating. The private terrace opens up to spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.
This suite features a spacious room with a King-sized bed and an open plan lounge area with a fireplace. There is an en-suite bathroom with a shower and a luxurious bathtub and includes heated towel racks and under-floor heating. The private terrace opens up to spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.
This suite features a spacious room with a King-sized bed and an open plan lounge area with a fireplace. There is an en-suite bathroom with a shower and a luxurious bathtub and includes heated towel racks and underfloor heating. The private terrace opens up to spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.
GETTING TO THE SKY VILLA BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Fly to George Airport from Cape Town, Johannesburg or Durban, hire a vehicle at George Airport and self-drive to the hotel (105km).
Fly to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) Airport from Cape Town, Johannesburg or Durban, hire a vehicle at Port Elizabeth Airport and self-drive (241km).
Drive from Cape Town – This is my favourite way to explore the Garden Route because the experience offers a diversity of picturesque towns and villages, scenic landscapes, dramatic mountain passes, indigenous forests, interesting caves, sandy beaches, wine farms, wildlife safaris and marine wildlife safaris including a little bit of Klein Karoo. Trust me, you don’t even need to worry about hiring a 4×4 for the trip.
A normal roadworthy vehicle is more than capable and there are petrol stations, padstals, wine estates, and restaurants along the road. A single trip will cover approximately 530km.
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK
Besides a variety of restaurants around Plettenberg Bay, Sky Villa Boutique Hotel has a restaurant that serves delicious food prepared by their team of in-house Chefs. The hotel uses locally produced ingredients (in season) from local suppliers and farmers.
The hotel also offers a wide range of local wines, beers and cocktails, and other alcoholic beverages from their restaurant or bars.
Sky Villa Boutique Hotel features two beautifully designed bar areas. The downstairs bar, located near the pool area, is the ideal spot for relaxing during the day while enjoying your favourite cold beverage.
The rooftop bar with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Langekloof Mountains is an ideal spot for sundowners.
Other facilities include a fully stocked wine cellar, a fully equipped gym, and two swimming pools (downstairs and upstairs). The hotel also caters for weddings, offering three different venue options.
FUN ACTIVITIES IN AND AROUND PLETTENBERG BAY
Fun activities in Plettenberg Bay include animal attractions, swimming in white sandy beaches, bird watching, boat tours, cycling, fishing, golfing, scenic hiking trails, nature pool, nature walks, surfing, water sports, kayaking, and whale watching.
If you still have time, visit a nearby coastal village, Nature’s Valley. Here activities include swimming with the sharks in the gully, sunbathe in winter (water temperature is around 18°C even during winter on warm days), spot dolphins with the point, spot otters from the Salt River, paddle to the bridge, Cycle the Groot River Pass, participate in the Triathlon, and hike Kalanderkloof.
WHEN TO PLAN YOUR VISIT TO PLETTENBERG BAY
Thanks to its geographic location, Plettenberg Bay, just like other towns on the Garden Route has a moderate climate with favourable weather all year round. Days are longer and the temperatures higher in the summer, making the months of December to April extra desirable. Annual Plett Rage is also hosted between January and February if you prefer crowds.
However, the whale season and annual Knysna Oyster Festival (10 days of fun and approximately 200 000 oysters) occur during the winter season. You can also take advantage of the discounted rates during the winter season.
From the spectacular views and friendly staff to the warm hospitality, I could not have asked for a more perfect and enjoyable place to relax and recharge. I am looking forward to my return and hope to stay longer without thinking about work and deadlines.