Recently, I convinced both of my parents to fly to South Africa and spend a month exploring the country with me. One of our first adventures was a road trip to the Garden Route to Plettenberg Bay.
We stayed at the beautiful Emily Moon River Lodge, a boutique hotel on the banks of the Bitou River. The property has two incredible restaurants, rich indigenous gardens and splendid views of the river and wetlands.
Are you ready to experience the ultimate getaway along the Garden Route? Here's how to stay at Emily Moon River Lodge!
Get to Emily Moon River Lodge
The Emily Moon River Lodge is a must-see visit if you are planning a road trip to the Garden Route. I spent one night in the 7-day garden route and exceeded all my expectations.
If you do not have time for a road trip, you can fly to Port Elizabeth Airport and rent a car. It's a beautiful 2.5 hours drive to the property.
Emily Moon River Lodge
The Emily Moon River Lodge is a must visit for those exploring the famous South Africa Gardening Route. Situated on the banks of the River Bitou, it is the perfect oasis for nature lovers who do not want to ignore luxury.
You can spend your days relaxing in one of the two beautiful pools (both offering incredible views of the surrounding landscape), a full bar with a delicious cocktail menu and massive fires to curl up until the sun falls.
Emily Moon River Lodge consists of six luxurious luxury suites, eight luxurious suites and two family suites. My parents and I stayed at Family Suite 7 and it was the perfect size for us!
Our room was equipped with a spacious living room, large bathroom, wooden fireplace, fireplace, minibar, satellite TV and decorated with rare items collected from Africa and beyond.
If you have a bigger party, there is also the River House, 8 km away. From the main accommodation. It has six elegant bedrooms, seven bathrooms and four outdoor showers along with indoor and outdoor areas to enjoy the relaxing life of the river.
Food and beverage
If you do not have time on your way to spend a night at Emily Moon, you should definitely have room for lunch or dinner at the hotel's restaurant.
The chef, Alex Olivier, creates absolutely amazing food and his meals were one of the biggest snapshots for me on this trip. The restaurant prides itself on serving a tasty farm to eat meals, and most of the product is grown from the yard of the property – whatever else comes from organic farmers.
The menu includes dishes such as Karoo lamb rack, chicken butter samosas and Bali bowls!
Dinner is served from 6:00 pm. until 9:30 pm and you can go for lunch on Sundays from 12am to 2:30pm. If you are looking for some picturesque homeowners, you can also visit the Simon's bar above the restaurant.
It is known for serving some of the best arts puzzles in the Garden Route, and you can get drinks at semi-transparent prices from 18:00 to 19:00 every Friday! Choose local beers are R25 on the tap all night, and there is usually live some live music to get you available for the weekend.
If you stay at Emily Moon as a guest, breakfast is included!
Activities at the Emily Moon River Lodge
Canoe: Take a relaxed kayak ride down the Bitou River. Along your journey look for the life of birds and take the beautiful scenery – it is one of the best ways to enjoy the garden gardens of their wetlands.
Mountain biking: If the canoe is a bit slow for you, go mountain biking around the coastal and mountainous area. There are a variety of paths that vary in difficulty for each level of fitness.
Full Body Massage: Enjoy a full body massage in the comfort of your room. Using traditional techniques to restore body's natural balance and well-being, as well as organic essential oils in South Africa, a full body massage will let you feel completely and completely relaxed.
Visit the beach: Although the beaches are not directly owned by the hotel, Plettenberg has beautiful beaches that make excellent water sports or relaxation. The centerpiece is the central beach, the starting point for marine safaris, diving maps and ocean kayaking.
See the sunset: In my opinion, one of the best places to stay at Emily Moon River Lodge wakes up and takes the views as the sun rises above the scenery. It's 100% worth the early wake up call!
I had an incredible time at Emily Moon River Lodge! Everything surpassed my expectations and I highly recommend the hotel to those who make their way along the Garden Route.
Hotel: Emily Moon River Lodge
Location: Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Accommodation: Luxury, Boutique
Price Range: $$$ – $$$$