Antonia Peck experiences both relaxation and exhilaration amidst the mountains and the roses.
There is a charming simplicity as day breaks beyond the mountains and the polo ponies gradually begin to graze on some of Kurland’s 700 green hectares. Established as a boutique hotel in 2000, Kurland Hotel is made up of a series of Cape Dutch style buildings nestled at the southernmost tip of the African continent. Guests are enveloped by the smoky Outeniqua Mountains and Kurland’s famous dusky roses upon arrival.
Dotted throughout the grounds are the twelve individually themed suites, designed by Baroness Dianne Behr. The rooms are furnished with a combination of family heirlooms and contemporary pieces to create a luxurious and homely environment. The decor varies throughout but always maintains a quirky decadence. An electric blue parrot peers out from its oil-painted canvas to view the china rabbits and silk lanterns adorning the hotel.
It is all too easy to enjoy the view from the rosebud-decked veranda with a lazy glass of local wine, Pecan Stream. However, this would be to neglect the fantastic opportunities Kurland offers to indulge in a spot of polo, golf, safari by horseback, sky-diving, bungee-jumping or scuba-diving.
There is also the chance to charter a helicopter or light-winged plane for a truly exhilarating experience of the indigenous Tsitskamma Forest. Foodies enjoy an endearingly comfortable culinary experience which includes hearty, home-made bread as part of a menu formed around seasonal produce from local farmlands. High tea is a particular favourite of The Luxury Channel and definitely not one to be missed!
Kurland Hotel, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, 6602, South Africa
Tel: 0027 (0)44 534 8082