If your idea of a beach holiday is to sleep a few steps away from the sand, then The Bungalow in Plett should be the destination you choose for your summer vacation.
Location! Location! Location!
You REALLY can’t get closer to the beach at this laid-back (yet ultra glam) 5-star hotel on the legendary Hobie Beach in Plettenberg Bay on the scenic Western Cape Garden Route.
At The Bungalow, all that separates you from the beach is the small parking area in front of the hotel. It’s the type of chilled – yet stylish – retreat where guests sip cocktails on the deck with an uninterrupted vista of white sand, ocean and dolphins showing off mere metres away.
It’s my kind of place: a relaxed hotel where I could kick off my shoes and spend a month walking, swimming and reading books on the hanging nest chair outside my room. The island vibe attracts couples, families, surfers and foreigners who want the beach vibes and friendly personal service from a small hotel that offers 5-star luxury in all its seven sea-facing luxury rooms.
Shaded by beautiful indigenous Milkwood trees, The Bungalow also offers a tranquil, private area with a cosy fire boma.
The restaurant and bar with its timeless design complementing the natural beauty of the beach and the warm Indian Ocean offers an exceptional experience.
Sadly, I only spent two nights here – but whiling away my days barefoot in a sarong and my nights falling asleep to the sound of the sea – is something I could definitely get used to…
Sophisticated beachside living
The rooms are cool and breezy – think designer coastal décor with touches of bleached wood, exotic island mosaic-tiled bathrooms, sliding doors to patios – each with your own nest chair (I wanted to take mine home with me) and all the modern conveniences like desks with lots of plugs for phones and laptops (if you REALLY have a to do a bit of work), plasma TVs and of course the mark of any good luxury hotel – a Nespresso coffee machine.
If you are travelling with the kids, book a family room – with separate bunk-style sleeping accommodation combined with cleverly-designed privacy for the parents.
Choose the way you want to experience Plett
If you want to park the car, and not drive anywhere, The Bungalow kitchen is open all day (breakfast is included in the rates) on the pool terrace or the rooftop deck. I recommend the Eggs Benedict with a twist – poached eggs in Hollandaise sauce perched on top of two fish cakes. When at the sea, eat as much fish and seafood as possible, is my motto.
While we’re on the topic of seafood, don’t leave without feasting on the succulent prawns (are you drooling yet?). Their sushi menu is fabulous too and there are plenty of other options like pizza and nachos for those who are not seafood lovers.
The strip of beach opposite The Bungalow is an easy stroll to an array of sea-facing restaurants on Hobie Beach and the quaint village of Plett – with its plethora of boutiques, book shops, ice cream parlours, décor and souvenir shops is also in walking distance – up the hill.
For the more active, The Bungalow supplies kayaks, surf and body boards to guests, you can book a SUP (stand up paddling) excursion on the Keurbooms River, or do what our group did and hike the spectacular Robberg Nature Reserve (spotting sharks and seals from the cliffs on the 2, 4 or 9km routes).
The Bungalow Plett is part of Cape Summer Villas, a boutique collection of exclusive accommodations in the Western Cape and along the Cape Coast, from Mouille Point to Plettenberg Bay. Properties offer luxury amenities and cater to the discerning guest. Conveniently close to shops and restaurants and the Robberg Nature Reserve and with the Plettenberg Bay airport approximately 8 kms away, the hotel is fast becoming a favourite of ocean lovers and adventure seekers and guests are encouraged to consider The Bungalow as “your very own seaside bungalow”.
All4Women’s Sasha Wyatt-Minter was hosted by Cape Summer Villas in September 2019 for review purposes.