We were very happily surprised to find we had been doubly upgraded to a luxury suite here, complete with our own plunge pool. The hotel has beautiful grounds, with flowerbeds full of flourishing white and pink roses, and it was a delightful touch to find two vases of fresh roses in our spacious suite.
The main house is quite old with solid wooden floors and lots of blazing log fires. One evening we had a romantic dinner in the library, and the manager and the waiters had clearly gone to a great deal of trouble to make it a special evening for us.
We found all the waiters very helpful and friendly and a real credit to the hotel. The managers were also very helpful in advising on local tourist attractions and booking up for us. On our final evening we returned to our room to find the open fire had been lit, which was very welcoming and made our room very cosy.
We were puzzled that there weren’t more guests staying. (There were only 3 other couples staying whilst we were there, but the hotel apparently has 12 suites.) One reason may be the relatively high cost of dinner there and the limited menu. (Some of the main courses were R230 or R250.) Being used to the high cost of eating out in London, we were not unduly put off, and we wanted the convenience of eating at the hotel. But the prices were certainly higher than (and the quality and range of food not as good as) in other restaurants we had visited in Cape Town and Fransschoek.
Previous Trip Advisor reviews mentioned peeling paintwork. The management seem to have taken note of this as we spotted workmen painting window frames in the main house on our last day.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Kurland Hotel Plettenberg Bay