As winter embraces the southern hemisphere, the migration of Humpback and Southern Right whales head to the sanctuary of Plettenberg Bay to calve and breed in our relatively warm waters. During the season’s whale viewing peak (June – November), you will witness these beautiful creatures visit the waters of Plett – from shore and from marine safari boat – and possibly from the comfort of your own room or from the breakfast table.
Picture this: you’re sitting on the patio, soaking up the morning sun with your coffee and the waves gently breaking as you take in the breathtaking Plett views. Suddenly, just beyond the breakers, the water turns white as a giant flipper slaps the water followed by the graceful flick of a tail. Enthralled, you grab your camera as the whale launches into a stunning display of breaching, spy-hopping and rolling just a short distance from your coffee cup. What could be better? Now, that’s winter in Plett!
Here are some top Plett accommodation establishments with sea views to glimpse the gentle marine giants of Plett. Cover Image by Ocean Blue Adventures
Arch Rock is a seafront guesthouse and one of the few situated along the tranquil Keurbooms Beach. Superb, uninterrupted views and easy beach access for an ocean-centred, relaxed holiday experience that you won’t soon forget. Make sure to take a walk to the famous “Arch Rock”!
Dolphins’ Playground beachfront Bed and Breakfast lives up to its name as an upmarket establishment ideally located on the famous Robberg Beach with panoramic views of the bay and the waves almost close enough to touch. Nothing quite surpasses watching the whales and dolphins frolicking while you eat your breakfast.
There really are no neighbours but nature at Milkwood Manor. Perched on the edge of the Keurbooms Lagoon with uninterrupted access to the lagoon and Blue Flag Lookout Beach, Milkwood Manor is an ideal escape to enjoy nature and tranquillity – right in the heart of Plett.
Located along the sweeping stretch of the Blue Flag status Robberg Beach, The Robberg Beach Lodge offers luxurious boutique accommodation with glorious views of the ocean, Robberg Peninsula and the mountains. Stylish and comfortable, the Robberg Beach Lodge is a superb choice for a luxurious whale-watching breakaway.
Charming Rus en Raas Bed & Breakfast has quite a history! The original building, now completely renovated, was one of the one of the first 2 holiday homes built in Plett. Located in the centre of Plett and just 5 minutes walk from the beach, with stunning views over the lagoon and mountains, you’ll get the “Plett experience” with all the modern conveniences.
Singing Kettle Beach Lodge, located overlooking the serene Keurbooms Beach, is so close to the ocean that you can hear the whales blow – definitely a spot for whale lovers. On-site restaurant, Enrico’s features a huge terrace looking out over the sea and, while it’s a very popular place to eat, it’s also a super spot to sip, savour and watch the whales!
Located in one of Plett’s quieter suburbs, Thanda Vista (meaning “Love the View”) is an exclusive and private bed and breakfast with the comforts of home and superb views of the lagoon and the ocean. A short walk will take visitors down to the water’s edge – simple Plett beauty and nature – and the breakfast room is an ideal place to enjoy the stunning views.
The Dunes is a family friendly hotel with an option of self-catering chalets that effortlessly blend luxury and family comfort for a memorable holiday. The Dunes features an on-site restaurant, games room and playground, and 2 swimming pools ensuring a fun filled holiday. If you’re looking for a whale watching holiday experience, The Sand Dunes Beach Front Villas are your choice at The Dunes for awesome ocean views, complete comfort and lazy afternoons in the sun.
Little Sanctuary offers a luxurious self-catering alternative in Plett. Little Sanctuary has gorgeous views of the lagoon, sea and mountains and has recently undergone an extensive makeover – with the addition of an extra floor to make use of the views, swimming pool and several entertainment areas – it’s the perfect place to relax, entertain and enjoy the whales.