A seaside getaway for the whole family

We know that no holiday is complete without your canine companions. The Plettenberg is a boutique, luxury hotel offering some of the most spectacular views imaginable. As a 5-star pet-friendly hotel in Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route, our goal is to ensure a memorable seaside getaway for the whole family.

Pet-Friendly Accommodation in Plettenberg Bay

Situated on a rocky headland overlooking the ocean, The Plettenberg lies within the heart of South Africa’s iconic Garden Route. This luxurious boutique hotel is ideal for families, within close reach of Plett’s many things to see, do and discover. For those looking for pet-friendly accommodation in Plettenberg Bay that provides all members of the household with an unforgettable stay, we go the extra mile to make you and your pets feel at home.

Travel is the perfect way to socialise your dog, providing new experiences and plenty to do. If you are looking for a short stay or planning a longer trip from outside of South Africa, it can be a challenging finding the right place for you and your pet. Holidays that you and your dogs can enjoy make every day rewarding, from the moment you rise for morning coffee to the time you head onto your patio to watch the sunset over the ocean. Spend your days exploring, enjoy exquisite dining, afternoon tea and fine wines, and enjoying the fresh sea breezes.

To make canine guests feel welcome, dogs visiting The Plettenberg are given a treat on arrival. Food and water bowls are provided, along with a menu specially dedicated to pet dining. Pets are allowed in our villas and rooms with a patio. Rooms are fitted with everything you and your dog needs, with luxurious amenities and inviting décor.

Please note that The Plettenberg caters to small and medium dogs. With the exception of guide dogs, dogs may join you in outdoor dining and bars but not indoors. Pets need to be kept on-leash in all public areas. To find out more about our pet policy, let our reservations agent know that your pet is joining you on your holiday.

Dog-Friendly Activities in Plettenberg Bay and futher-afield

Beaches, nature hotspots, mountains, and walking routes are just a few of the things making Plett the ideal dog-friendly location.

Walks & Dining

Plettenberg Bay is home to many dog-friendly cafes and restaurants, along with several walking routes. Dog-friendly outdoor dining spots in nearby Crags include Bramon Wine Estate, Bread & Brew café, Moss & Maple farm stall (inside seating is also offered), and Nature’s Way – a family-run farm stall set on a working dairy farm. Ask our reception team for more dining suggestions in the area. In the centre of Plett, Cairnbrogie Farm is well worth a visit. This working farm offers mountain biking trails as well as four dog walking routes. Please note that dogs need to be on-leash at all farms and dining establishments. Leisure Island in Knysna is home to many pet-friendly places around the island. Knysna is also home to many breathtaking nature reserves, including Steenbok Nature Reserve. Other things for you and your dog to discover near Plett include Saturday markets such as Harkerville Market and the Mosaic Village & Outdoor Market in Sedgefield. Please note that dogs need to be on-leash at all times unless the specific attraction permits off-lead dogs.


Plettenberg Bay is renowned for its incredible beaches, along with its rich natural heritage. The greater area has been classified as an Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) by Birdlife South Africa in 2015 to protect its diversity. Beaches are zoned to protect certain flora and fauna and offer dogs and people a variety of choices that do not have an impact on the environment.

Red zoned beaches do not allow dogs, leashed or otherwise. These beaches include Central Beach, Hobie Beach, and The Waves Beach at Keurbooms, opposite Mare Nostrum.

Orange zoned beaches allow dogs on leashes. These beaches include Sanctuary Beach, Robberg 5, Poorjies Beach 1, Enrico’s, Arch Rock, and Nature’s Valley Beaches 7 and 8.

Green zoned beaches don’t require leashes – dogs need to under owner command and supervision at all times, however. These beaches include The Wreck Beach, Solar Beach, Sanctuary Beach, Poortjies Beach 1 – 5, Strandmeer, Plettenberg Manor, The Dunes Resort, The Waves, and Nature’s Valley Beach 7 & 8.

Start planning the ultimate break with all members of your family in the heart of the Garden Route. Book your stay at The Plettenberg now for a pet-friendly hotel that instantly makes you feel at home.

A seaside getaway for you and your pets


Tel: +27 (0) 21 794 5535