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Plettenberg Park, Plettenberg Bay

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Plettenberg Bay
South Africa
Tel: 27 44 533 9067's insider take:

This private home was extended five years ago into a ten-room boutique hotel perched dramatically on the edge of a cliff. From the rocks in front of the hotel, stairs lead down to a small beach and a sheltered rock pool, and glass-walled showers in the corner rooms feel suspended in midair. The hotel, located at the end of a gravel road on the edge of Robberg Nature Reserve, is ideal for anyone seeking seclusion. But the place lacks forethought—for example, the main lounge area is cut off from the rest of the hotel. Still, it's easy to forgive, when you look out at the dramatic views of the ocean in front and the savanna behind you. A word of warning: In lieu of a formal restaurant, there is an on-site chef who takes orders and arranges for you to eat by the pool, in your room, or in the main lounge. While the food is good, it's worth heading into town at least one night to explore Plett's other eateries.

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