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Kurland Hotel
Ranked #7 of 13 Hotels in Plettenberg Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 March 2013

My husband and I stayed at Kurland Hotel recently and had the most amazing time there.
The staff were so friendly and helpful, as for the food OMW just delish all round!!
Chef leon's food was so well presented and really good!!!
It was so nice of him to take the time and chat to us.
We highly recommend Kurland and so beautiful to have a wedding there.
We would love to renew our vows there someday......

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 March 2013

we were very disappointed, expecting this to be a 5* experience. Firstly, it is a good 20 mins drive outside Plett, which means escaping from the very mediocre food is difficult. Secondly, it is very tired, and standards of housekeeping are low- our carpet was never hoovered during a 3 night stay....our fellow guest seemed to be families with small children (which might explain the food) so it was difficult to relax with small kids running around screaming. Our list of complaints is so long as to be tedious. Suffice to say we will never be back.Pity, as it's a lovely location, and could be marvellous...but it needs a whole new management and ethos.

Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 March 2013 via mobile

We stayed in a superior suite for four days . The children loved having their own space and plunge pool and the suite was beautifully appointed and enormous. We had thought about staying in Plett itself but were very glad we didn't as this place provided a tranquil base from which to unwind for a few days at the end of a hectic two week trip. As other commentators have said you are close to all the attractions ( monkey world, tenikwa and the elephant sanctury ) and the beautiful beach at keerboum ( apologies for the incorrect spelling) but away from any mayhem. The pace is very laid back , it is very kid friendly which make a refreshing change from most luxury SA boutique hotels but the children have a great space away from the main pool We ate both at the main house and at Katerinas and the food was good . If I had to critic the place at all I would say that the service sometimes was less than five star at the hotel from some of the waiting staff. Twice room service tried to deliver food we had not ordered and often at breakfast orders had to be given more than once . The staff at Katerinas were however very efficient. This place would do well to have a point person or concierge who circulated at key times making all is running smoothly plus talking to the guests and suggesting activities for them rather like we had in Franschoek, but again that is a matter of personal taste. The test of any place is would you stay there again and our answer is happily .

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed 2 March 2013

This is the most fabulous place to relax not because the facilities are fantastic (which they are) but because of the feel of the place. It feels little changed from when it was a private home and you are treated as a house guest on a 1930's plantation as if time has stood still. Rooms are large, comfortable and well appointed service is evrywhere though never intrusive, food delicious with evrything you would expext and then some lovely home recipes I had the most delicious teacup full of mince with a chilly sauce and chutney (sounds horrible on the page but go and try it!) when the polo is on (christmas and easter) the atmosphere must be electric especially in Katrinas the totally out of character but hyper cool bar restaurant which would be huge success in London or New York but sits casually here next to one of polo fields.. The owners set high standards but don't take themselves too seriously. We traveled as a couple but would love to come back with all the family!

Room Tip: We had a room with a plunge pool which was glorious !
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 February 2013

Just coming home from a lovely lunch at Katarina's. Wonderful venue... best in Plett!? We are longtime guests at Kurland Hotel Restaurant for beautiful dinners , being Plett locals. First try of their rather more relaxed venue ... lunch time for the views, just stunning. Lovely food, fresh produce, attentive service. Di's sister charmingly looking out for everyone. We were a party of 8 and I can only highly recommend this place . We will definetely be coming back.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

We canceled our last night at our hotel in Knysna, just to make it possible to spent one night at Kurland Hotel.
Half an hour in the atmosphere here (the staff, the terrace, the dinning room, but not least the suites, convinced us, that we could not go all the way back to Denmark without this very short stay.
When you read the other review, it has all been written, so we will just confirm, that every single complement could not be expressed better.
The Management, the Staff, the Food, the Terrace, the Setting, but not least the Suites, where all out of this world.
We have travelled all over the world, at stayed on a lot on other great Hotels, but never felt this warm and personal atmosphere.
Neither have we seen so tasteful and at the same time daring decorations all over the place, and off course all the Roses.
We can only recommend the reader of these lines, to pay Peter Behr and his crew a visit.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

This exceeded all expectations. We are a family of five and had one of the beautifully appointed Superior Suites. Absolutely perfect. Everything had been thought of ... one of our children referred to it as home ! The boys went on the quad bikes and our little girl went on the shetland pony. We enjoyed delicious food and drinks on the terrace ... you really do unwind. The breakfast is probably the best hotel breakfast that we have ever had. The staff are extremely friendly and nothing is too much trouble. Beautiful setting and a beautiful place.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Address: Kurland Estate | The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Plettenberg Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Plettenberg Bay
#3 Family Hotel in Plettenberg Bay
#7 Luxury Hotel in Plettenberg Bay
#7 Romantic Hotel in Plettenberg Bay
Price Range: £219 - £535 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Kurland Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 12
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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