South Africa’s Best Kept Secret
Our Hotel in Plettenberg Bay
Sweeping vistas of beach, forest and mountains set the Beacon Island Resort apart as one of the best Plettenberg Bay hotels for visitors looking for a holiday retreat in the Western Cape. This stylish world-class resort is on the Garden Route, making it an ideal base from which to explore this remarkable part of the country.
The hotel’s nautical décor with natural colours will set the tone for your seaside escape. Add in plenty of sunshine and the warm Indian Ocean and you are in for a truly relaxed holiday.
The hotel has been designed around the comfort of its guests. You’ll find the rooms well-appointed and cosy, a sparkling heated pool, a spa and a choice of wining and dining options. For guests who are travelling for business, the hotel is also well equipped with conferencing facilities and business-focused amenities to make your trip productive and relaxing.
Visit Plettenberg Bay
Plettenberg Bay is South Africa’s best kept secret for overseas visitors. South Africans flock to this seaside town that seems to be endlessly on holiday. Unspoilt beaches, a warm ocean and a charming town make Plett’ a standout destination even amongst the many choices of South African seaside resorts.
Not only is this town home to laid-back locals, but also many pelagic (open sea) birds; the mouth of the Keurbooms River is home to the largest seagull colony in South Africa. Cape fur seals are a regular sighting in the waves off the Robberg Beach – you might even find them swimming close by if you take a dip. Robberg Peninsula is a nature reserve to ensure all these marine beauties are protected. The reserve also provides visitors the chance to see the amazing creatures and plants that inhabit this area.
Plett’ has even more to offer outside of town itself. Its Garden Route location means there is plenty to see and do - take a horse ride through ancient forests, visit the elephant orphanage or take a ferry ride and explore the Keurboom River.
Our Top Recommendations
- Knysna Elephant Park
A world-class facility, this elephant orphanage is only about 12 minutes from Plettenberg Bay and is a must see on your journey of the Garden Route. The park prides itself on offering extraordinary elephant encounters.
- The Garden of Eden
About 15 kilometres from Plettenberg Bay towards Knysna you will find this magical garden. Take a walk on the wooden boardwalks and enjoy the charm of the forest.
- Garden Route National Park
This beautiful national park allows you to explore, on foot, the diversity of nature in this area. It is about 26 kilometres from Plettenberg Bay.
- Keurbooms River
Just a 5-minute drive from Plettenberg Bay. Here you can enjoy a range of activities in stunning surroundings – wind-surfing, kite-surfing or just relax on the sandy lagoon beach. If you go across the river to the Keurbooms beach you can find the protected Pansy shell that is an icon for Plettenberg Bay.
- Keurbooms River Nature Reserve
Upstream, in the Keurbooms River Nature Reserve, overlooking the stunning estuary, you will get to see this river’s namesake tree - the Keurbooms tree – as well as the chance to see the Cape clawless otter and small antelope.