Plettenberg Bay is often referred to as 'The Jewel of the Garden Route' and it only takes one visit to our special part of the world to understand why. We are incredibly privileged to call it home to three of our beautiful Rare Earth Retreats properties - our Country House, Kay and Monty and The Old Rectory. From sundowner spots, hiking trails and wine farms to beaches and spa treatments, there's so much to see and do in the area so here is a quick Plettenberg Bay holiday checklist.
Our Sanctuary Spa at The Old Rectory Hotel & Spa in Plettenberg Bay has been designed to revitalise and restore body, mind and soul. It's a place of absolute tranquillity and relaxation, welcoming our boutique hotel guests as well as anyone visiting or staying in this magical part of the world. Treatments range from massages and facials to manicures, pedicures and full body treatments. If you are in the Plettenberg Bay area or planning a holiday here, join us for a spa day and make the most of our Spa Special of the Month.
Each year, we are honoured to host a number of out-of-this-world weddings at The Outpost Lodge in the far north of the Kruger National Park. Dreaming of getting married under the great big African sky with the sound of the bushveld all around? The Outpost Lodge may be just the spot for your big day.
Known for their long necks, towering height and unique pattern, giraffes are one of Africa’s most iconic species and we are lucky to be able to spot them at The Outpost Lodge, Pel's Post, Tshwene Lodge and Ekuthuleni Lodge. Here’s the low-down on these gentle giants.
We couldn't be more grateful for our team of expert field guides at The Outpost Lodge, including Dean Oelofse who recently came face-to-face with an elephant when out on a walking safari. Thanks to his instinct, expertise and nerves of steel, our guests left The Outpost Lodge having had the most incredible experience, and a story to tell for many years to come. See the moment for yourself below and read on to hear what Dean had to say about it.
The Outpost Lodge and Pel’s Post rest high on a hill overlooking the Luvuvhu River in the wildest and most remote part of the Kruger National Park. Our 24 000 hectare concession holds as much as 80% of the Kruger National Park’s total biodiversity and boasts diverse terrain and vegetation, including vast tracts of uninterrupted mopane scrub and woodlands. Here we take a close look at the magnificent mopane tree.
The Welgevonden Private Game Reserve is just three hours drive from Johannesburg and we’re lucky to call it home to our two lodges, Ekuthuleni Lodge and Tshwene Lodge. With approximately 300 bird species to spot in this magnificent stretch of bushveld, Welgevonden is a bird lovers paradise. These are our ‘must-see’ birds to add to your bucket list.
Next time you visit us at either Tshwene Lodge or Ekuthuleni Lodge in the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, you’ll be able to unwind at our new spa. Restorative, rejuvenating and totally relaxing, we can't wait for you to join us.
If you've visited Tshwene Lodge or Ekuthuleni Lodge before, you may have met Kgadile Molekoa, one of our incredibly talented chefs. Those who know Kgadile, call him by his nickname – Laptop – a name given to him by his friends in high school for always being the one they would turn to for advice. Known for his world-class fillet, amongst many other signature dishes, we chatted to Laptop about his role, his favourite dishes on the menu and more.
We've had the privilege of hosting many incredible weddings at Kay and Monty Vineyards, just outside Plettenberg Bay. From the laid-back elegance of Raine and Cameron’s wedding to Ashleigh and Devan’s glamorous extravaganza - it is always magical to share in these special occasions and also to see the bridal couple's unique vision come to life. For all those looking to say 'I do' either later this year or next, here's a little inspiration from a few of our recent weddings.
Winter in Cape Town is something to behold. The weather may be cool, but the scenery is green and there are bright, wind-free beach days to enjoy. Whether you want to climb Lion's Head or take advantage of the quieter season and dine at some of the incredible restaurants we have on our doorstep, stay with us at Cape View Clifton and experience this magic time of year. Here are just a few reasons why we love Cape Town in winter.
Home to three of our properties in the Rare Earth Retreats portfolio, The Old Rectory Hotel & Spa, Country House and Kay and Monty, the Garden Route is a wonderful destination all year round – including winter! The summer crowds are gone, the whales are in the bay, you can still experience glorious beach days and there are some fantastic festivals to put in your diary. Here's our Plettenberg Bay Winter Festival Guide.