Here comes the road trip! 5hrs and 45min to Plettenberg Bay from Cape Town... As we started our drive, I looked at the map and saw the Cheetah Outreach. This is a preservation center for cheetahs & other predators, with education programs & animal encounters. Of course we had to do it!
We continued on and pushed through to Plettenberg Bay. Arriving late, we stayed at Beacon Island Resort. After arriving so late we had no idea where exactly we were but waking up in the morning and looking outside it was gorgeous! Nestled right on a cove with ocean views all around, it was refreshing. Our next adventure was only a quarter mile down the road.
The Old Rectory is part of the Rare Earth Collection. Located in the heart of Plettenberg Bay, one of South Africa’s most loved coastal towns, The Old Rectory is an immaculately restored national monument built in 1777 and reimagined into an intimate boutique hotel. With only 18 luxury suites and only a short stroll from the beach, you can expect a personal, world-class experience with plenty to see and do including a spa, in-house restaurant and sparkling pool.
We were greeted by Claudene, the reservations manager. She gave us a tour around the property, explaining the history behind the boutique hotel. The staff was impeccably trained, each paid notice to detail and ensured our stay a wonderful one. The chefs catered our meals to our dietary restrictions, which I couldn't have been more grateful! The chef even prepared a beach picnic for us as well, we couldn't have been more catered to.
The spa was like a private sanctuary. We scheduled a couples spa treatment. You enter the steam shower and apply an exfoliation and a body mask. After 20 minutes, we moved into a massage room and received a couples massage. It was so tranquil and one of the best massages I've ever had! After the massage, they greeted us in the Spa lobby with champagne and followed with breakfast by the pool!
After our wonderful relaxation day, Claudene had presented us with some activities to do in the area. She had mentioned an Elephant Sanctuary where you can interact with elephants. Our guide was very knowledgable and even took a moment to tell us about how these elephants have been saved from labor workers, circuses etc.