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    The Very Best Plettenberg Hotel

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    Last weekend was my birthday weekend.

    I’m a whole twenty eight years old, and I have to admit I was scared of getting older but I actually feel better than i’ve felt in years… I won’t go too deep into this now, but it really is true what everyone says.

    Back to the weekend trip.

    On Friday the 22nd July we boarded a 30 seater CemAir plane. (If you’ve never heard of CemAir, they’re a lovely airline that fly people to the less-serviced destinations like Plett for an example). They’re actually the only airline that flies directly into Plett!

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    After a short, scenic flight we were in Plett being welcomed by The Plettenberg hotel, a classically beautiful hotel with modern luxuries.

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    I can’t even remember the last time I visited Plett but I feel sure that i’ve been there before (having been on many family holidays in PE and Jeffreys Bay with our Eastern Cape family), so it was a completely fresh and new place for me to explore, and I was honestly surprised by it’s raw and natural beauty.

    The little town is set in a bay, with beautiful layers of beaches, seas and mountains in the distance.

    It was a cool, wintery weekend perfect for getting wrapped up and exploring the area, but also resting and living ‘that-hotel-fluffy-robe-life’.

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    Our beautiful room.

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    On the Friday night we had smorgasbord sampling of all their new tapas and high tea treats, their head chef really treated us to a lot of different bit size meals including their famous fish and chips, risotto balls and colourful macarons. They were all so beautifully presented and tasted as good as they looked!

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    Sunrise from our room on my birthday morning. I woke up way too early, forcing Dyl awake to drink tea with me and let me open presents!

    It was a very memorable way to start the day!

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    It was a beautiful day on Saturday so after a big breakfast we went out exploring, with a really rad group of people.

    We went to Monkeyland and Birds of Eden, which was such a highlight.

    Monkeyland is a beautiful, free roaming primate sanctuary. We were guided around the forest, with cute monkeys running all over the place! My favourites were the lemurs!

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    After the tour of Monkeyland, we went across to Birds of Eden which is also a sanctuary for beautiful, exotic birds. My favourites had to be the coral pink flamingos and the graceful black and white Swans.

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    A few of the rad people on our trip.

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    @scrumpyjackson below looking ominous.

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    That afternoon Dylan bravely headed out to explore the Knysna forest in the rain, while I bundled up in our beautiful room with a book.

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    Saturday night we ate in their main restaurant, The Seafood. I had the twice-baked cheese soufflé for a starter which was cheese heaven! For mains Dylan and I shared their seafood platter and the Cape Malay fish curry (always always go for local flavours, they never disappoint!).

    My curry also came with the very South African Malva pudding, with special birthday wishes written all over it (Thank you guys!).

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    On our last morning I decided I couldn’t leave without a visit to their spa! I had their signature facial (including a massage) which was 1.5 hrs of pure bliss. My therapist had the hands of an angel and I almost fell asleep twice during the treatment. 

    While I was being treated Dylan went on a walk around the Robberg nature reserve. Here are a few his beautiful pictures.

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    What a place!

    I suddenly envy all those people who ‘do Plett every December’! I’ll definitely be back soon.

    It was such a perfect, restful weekend away with an easy CemAir Flight back to Cape Town (this time on a 18 seater, where everybody has a window seat 😉 !)

    It was such a stress-free trip. Easy boarding, short flight and no waiting for baggage on the other end, because the captain literally hands you your bag when you land.

    I really liked this part, because so often you’ll go away for the weekend but the travel/journey part of it can be quite tiring that you end up feeling like you need another holiday right afterwards.

    Not this time though. I still feel rested and oh so grateful for those sweet 48 hours in Plett.

    Thanks to The Plettenberg for such a spoil, and for CemAir for the awesome experience of flying in your wonderful, little planes.

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