Garden Route Roadtrip #5: Retro-Romance at The Grand Plettenberg Bay

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Morning lovelies! It’s Friday and I’m back with a little honeymoon dreaming to fill your morning!  This week we’re leaving Addo and venturing back along the coast to hip and happening Plettenburg Bay.  This trendy little coastal town is known as the ‘Riveria of South Africa’, attracting some of South Africa’s hippest residents, and during the long Christmas holidays is the place to be seen (remember November-February is Summer here).  The attraction? Plettenburg Bay itself is beautiful – it’s long stretch of golden sandy beach and perfect surfing waves and a child-friendly lagoon makes it the perfect spot for families old & young.  It’s long, and glamorous history hosting both National, and International superstars means it’s packed full of stylish bars, hotels and boutiques offering everything from seaside trinkets to expensive artworks from Plett’s most famous artists.

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Of course we chose to stay in one of the trendiest places in town, The Grand Cafe & Rooms, situated on the cliff-top overlooking the bay and popular with young Capetonians, locals and visitors alike – The Grand also has restaurants in Cape Town’s place-to-be-seen Camps Bay and up and coming Granger Bay, and sanctuary in Zimbabwe. With more of a trendy boutique vibe than hotel, I loved the atmosphere – all mood lighting and antique trinkets.  Our room, the honeymoon suite in fact, was just gorgeous!  Industrial and eclectic, with worn concrete floors and lovingly selected antiques, it had a wonderfully lived-in yet chic vibe.  The highlight was the plunge pool and private terrace – perfect for honeymooners!  Although the Spring sun was shining during our visit (sun-dresses and flip flops were back after a few days of warm jackets on safari!) the pool needed a few more weeks of sunshine to be warm enough to brave.  It did look inviting though!

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With the drive from Addo only a few hours, we arrived just in time to venture down to the beach to enjoy the sunset before heading back for a delicious dinner and cocktails by the wood fire.  We spent a couple of hours relaxing and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere, which I’m sure in the summer season takes on more of a party vibe!  The next morning, breakfast was served overlooking the bay. The perfect way to end our stay.

Enjoying our road trip story? To find out where we’ve been so far click here.  Next week we round off our series with a stunning stay in Stellenbosch, until then have a wonderful weekend!


Photography: Louise Beukes for b.loved


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.


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