Light recharges the body.

Days begin with the sound of polo ponies as they stir to graze, and swifts and swallows as they sense the dawn. The hours that follow are yours to explore and experience. Make Kurland the centre of a South African adventure.

Space is luxury

Kurland is consistently rated one of the best hotels in the world.
Its setting is unparalleled. A series of Cape Dutch style buildings, set in 700 hectares of gardens and polo fields, are linked by unpaved roads. From broad verandas, the horizon is green and wide, the sky broken only by hills and the Tsitsikamma mountains to the west. Relais & Chateaux selected Kurland as a member not only for its courteous service and cuisine, but also for what it offers the modern traveller; luxury, natural beauty and exceptionally high standards.


With only 12 suites on the estate, guests may retreat to the privacy and quiet of their ‘home’ for the duration of their stay. The decor includes collections of fine furnishing and linen, and no two suites are like. Take a book from the library and read in the shade of a terrace, cool off in a private plunge pool if you’re in a Superior Suite in the long seasons of warmth and sunshine, and photograph life on Kurland at first light...



Kurland’s Elegant Suites are airy and comfortable. Light, fresh colours, textured throws, wooden floors and the tempting comfort of over-sized armchairs turn these suites into havens. They overlook the pool area and feature private terraces.



The four Paddock Luxury Suites and two Rose Garden Luxury Suites feature private courtyards or verandahs respectively. Made up in fine linen, king-sized beds are the focal point of the bedroom. The measure of a luxury suite is often in its bathroom. Heated towel rails, a range of spa-bath products and white towelling robes are a few of the finishing touches.



Opulent. Spacious. Luxuriously appointed. Kurland’s Superior Suites enjoy their own exclusive privacy away from the main homestead. The attention to detail in decor, high ceilings and subtle lighting, create an atmosphere of quiet luxury. Bathrooms (with underfloor heating) and shower areas are large and windows overlooking the fields flood the room with natural light. These four suites have their own terraces and swimming pools. Beyond a low white wall, the paddocks and polo fields stretch to the hills and natural forests. Watch the sun set from these broad verandas with their traditional polished floors.


With a world trend towards family holidays where two or even three generations share exciting experiences, it makes sense for us to make you all welcome. Loft rooms above the 10 Luxury and Superior suites accommodate up to three children and have their own bathrooms and play areas. The rooms immediately make children feel at ease in their home-from-home. Outside, there’s a world of adventure and activities for them from tennis, riding and swimming to art classes, board games and indoor ‘camping’. At Kurland, we take ‘make believe’ seriously. When it comes to a menu, budding junior cooks are invited to join an exclusive chef ’s table in the kitchen, or choose from a blackboard menu in the playroom and courtyard. Older children are welcome to dine with their parents. Kurland also offers a child-minding service to give parents a quiet break from their energetic youngsters.

At Kurland, our menu is a moveable feast.


The beauty about Kurland’s proximity to Nature’s Valley and surrounding farmlands, is that our chefs are able to source seasonal fresh produce, often organically grown. Freshly caught line fish, large Cape lobsters, mussels and oysters offer you a taste of South African shores. A good breakfast will fuel your active days ahead. In summer, rich, ripe mangoes and strawberries are teamed up with thick natural yoghurt and honey from hives along the Garden Route. Farm eggs make for substantial omelettes filled with home-made cheese. Herbs and salad ingredients liven up the dishes designed to offer you a variety of gastronomic experiences. Take pre-dinner drinks on the main homestead veranda and then dine by candlelight and a log fire. But if the mood takes you, dine together in the library, at the pool area or your own private terrace. At Kurland, our menu is a moveable feast.

relax & experience

l Unwind on day one of your stay. Set conveniently in the grounds of the hotel, the spa offers a steam room and sauna, a full range of beauty and revitalising therapies, a gym and a plunge pool. l Relax and rejuvenate. The 700hectare estate offers ample room to explore your immediate surrounds. Follow secure jogging paths through the estate, amble through landscaped gardens or venture further afield on horseback, mountain bike or quad bike. l Touch base with your business. Kurland may be the centre of your South African world for a week or more but modern technology keeps you connected. l Every day at Kurland offers a new menu of experiences. Our hotel staff taps their professional network for experts who match your fitness level and can design an exercise menu for you.

l Tennis and swimming coaches, and Pilates and yoga instructors may be arranged at your request. l For aspiring polo players, no estate in South Africa offers Kurland’s line-up of professional players willing to improve your game. In season, top international tournaments make headlines and Kurland’s Pavilion, adjacent to the main homestead grounds, buzzes with players, patrons, polo enthusiasts and guests. l Out of the annual season, The Pavilion makes the ideal venue for private functions and wedding celebrations. At Kurland, your days need never follow the same routine.

An adventure beyond Kurland’s gates...

Kurland is at the epicentre of one of the Western Cape’s most vibrant tourist precincts, the Garden Route. l For an exhilarating perspective of the indigenous Tsitsikamma forest, or coastline, fly light fixed-wing planes or helicopters. l Our experienced staff will design an itinerary to suit your adventurous spirit, from a local experience to a charter flight anywhere in Southern Africa. l Sky dive, bungy jump, scuba dive, surf or kayak. Or take life more gently. Picnic on kilometres of unspoilt beaches. l Improve your game of golf at any one of the area’s world-class courses, all within 30-minutes drive of Kurland. l We recommend a two-hour horseback safari with professional guides at the malaria-free Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve. l Monkeyland and Birds of Eden, the world’s first free-roaming primate sanctuary, is a living forest experience.

l At Tenikwa reserve, see cheetah and other indigenous cats in a natural environment or from a safe distance, and South Africa’s deadliest and most exotic snakes at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. l Kurland highly recommends a Cruise the Crags route that takes visitors on a meander to buy art, ceramics, fabric and wine. Support local industry and take home hand-crafted mementos

Three of the most exciting and unforgettable tours bring you closer to nature, and Africa’s indigenous creatures.

l Elephant Sanctuary allows you to touch, feed and ride the bush on these giant creatures. It’s an interaction that’s rare and memorable. l In whale season, chartered tours take visitors to sea to view these mammals who come to the warm waters of the Cape to calve their young. Spot Southern Right Whales, Humpbacks, Bottle Nose Dolphins, seals, sharks and sea birds... l Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours take you 30 metres above the forest floor from platform to platform by harness. At tree-top height, you become one of the forest creatures... And at the right time of day, in the still of the forest, you may catch sight of the rare and elusive Narina Trogon or the Knysna Loerie.

email: l tel: +27 (0)44 534 8082 l fax: +27 (0)44 534 8699 Kurland Hotel, PO Box 209, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, 6602, South Africa



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