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Kurland Hotel, Plettenberg Bay 

Highway N2
The Crags
Plettenberg Bay
South Africa 6602
Tel: 27 44 534 8082
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Ten of Kurland's 12 suites have the words "Paddock" or "Rose Garden" in their name, which tells you a lot about the hotel's twin obsessions: flowers and horses. Hyacinth candles and roses freshly plucked from the stately gardens scent the baronial rooms in the 120-year-old main house, which is furnished with large settees and oil paintings. The palatial Relais & Châteaux property, set on more than 1,700 acres, has become one of the prime venues for international polo events, with four fields and a gorgeous white pavilion. Guests can ride 12 of the horses boarded on-site, but the other 100 are reserved for polo players. A wide porch where tea and cake can be taken overlooks the main lawn and pool, one of many water features that dot the property. The hotel sells itself as a family destination with en-suite playrooms and special activities (cooking lessons, pony rides), but those traveling sans little ones will be happy to know that younger children dine in a separate room.

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