The Grand Café and Rooms, Plettenberg Bay
Tel: 27 44 533 3301
Concierge.com's insider take:
The name of this central Plett spot may call to mind some sprawling, past-prime behemoth of a hotel. Instead, you'll find a quirky eight-room B&B attached to a boho bistro. The bookshelf-lined reception desk is in the restaurant, which overlooks the sea and what used to be Lookout Beach (until it was ruined by floods in 2007). The decor nods to 1920s café culture with ornate mirrors and chandeliers. Polished concrete floors and high four-poster beds modernize the look. Each room leads to an intimate courtyard, some with plunge pools or water features. The friendly staff often double as tour guides, directing you toward the best after-hours bars and local boutiques.
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:These eight simple but supremely stylish rooms are slap-bang in the center of town, overlooking the mouth of the Keurbooms River and a sweep of blue bay. The young staff know every secret in town, from late-night hangouts to where to go dolphin- and whale-spotting. Both the beach and a clutch of wonderful shops are a five-minute walk away. Each room is individually decorated and has its own unique assetan outdoor bathhouse, a private steam room, a Juliet balcony with full-on sea viewsand some have direct access to the pool deck. The seduction continues with in-room roses, a freestanding soaking tub, and an oversized wrought iron bed so high you'll need the velvet footstool to climb into it.2005 Hot List
When to go: Summer (Nov.March).
Which room to book: One of two "Grand Sweets"the biggest and with the best views
Amenities: Pool, Wheelchair-accessible