“Use every second of the night to dream about all that you want to achieve in life and use every second of the following day to achieve every dream you saw the last night.”
These were the inspiring words that accompanied our bedtime chocolates with turndown at Sky Villa Boutique Hotel . That evening, my dream for the following day was just to enjoy the spectacular views surrounding me.
The five-star hotel commands an enviable perch on a lofty hilltop. Part of the Cape Summer Villas Boutique Collection, it boasts panoramic vistas of the Indian Ocean, the Tsitsikamma and Langkloof Mountains and the Keurbooms Lagoon, all part of the spectacular Garden Route. The breath-taking views are shared by the public areas and many of the bedrooms. From the moment we arrived at the hotel, our eyes were constantly drawn to the postcard-like scenes below us.
We were welcomed to the hotel by a friendly receptionist from Milan, Italy. She told me that although she had many options around the world, she had chosen to do her internship at Sky Villa Boutique Hotel after seeing pictures of the hotel and its surroundings. As we sipped our delicious mocktails on the outdoor deck, it was easy to see why.
The hotel has 14 rooms, each with its own private balcony. They face either the mountains or the sea. We shared two sea-facing rooms with our children. We were provided with Nespresso machines, Smeg kettles and bar fridges. Huge beds, soft furnishings and contemporary colours made our rooms a comfortable and stylish abode. The en-suite bathrooms had partially transparent glass panels, so that one could enjoy the view while showering.
I loved waking up before sunrise and sipping my Nespresso on the balcony, while enjoying nature’s artistry in the sky.
The public areas consist of a lounge area and the signature restaurant, and are dominated by pastel florals and an avian theme. Twin winding staircases lead from the reception area to the bedrooms upstairs. A glass floor in the lounge overlooks a special dining area in the underground wine cellar.
Lush indigenous gardens adorned with metal wildlife sculptures surround the huge swimming pool outside.
The sky bar and rooftop pool on the top floor are a great place for parties and events. That’s where you can enjoy what is known as "Plett's most beautiful view". The fitness centre is housed in a separate building.
There’s also an on-site conference centre and three wedding venue options. A temporary art gallery was set up in the hotel during our stay as part of a local art festival.
Seafood always tastes best near the sea and we relished spicy tiger prawns, crusted Norwegian salmon, and linefish for dinner, with creme brulee and chocolate springrolls for dessert.
Breakfasts consisted of a continental buffet accompanied by a hot breakfast. We had eggs royale and souffle omelettes with fresh smoothies. My children enjoyed the Madagascan toast. The meals here are made even more delicious by the delightful setting.
Plettenberg Bay is blessed with forests, river, and coastlines making it a nature and adventure-lover’s paradise. Sky Villa Boutique Hotel is a serene sanctuary only five minutes away from the buzz of the holiday town and the beach. During our drives around the town, we would just look up and see our hotel like a comforting beacon above us. A winding road will take you up the hill. Once you get to the top, the town with all its surrounding natural glory will be laid out below you. (Do visit the Mungo textile mill at the bottom which gives tours over the weekends too.)
With an on-site wedding co-ordinator, the hotel would be ideal for a destination wedding, honeymoon or romantic stay. As we discovered, it’s also great for a family stay.
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