Nestling on the southern bank of the Bitou River in Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape, the four-star Emily Moon River Lodge is a small, exclusive Lodge with accommodation for just 16 adult guests and two children over the age of eight years.
It is here in this magnificent setting where luxury and peace are found in a river valley, where the views encompass a wetland, winding river and distant mountains. Each luxurious suite at the lodge is a separate lodge for two people, with their sitting areas, private viewing decks and spacious, fully appointed bathrooms.
Emily Lodge has eight different lodges for two adults per unit, plus one family lodge sleeping, two adults and two children. All rooms are private, spacious and sumptuous with a decor one might term as chic African contemporary.
The Lodge also offers guests a chance to stay in the self-catering house that can accommodate six people or more.
The Emily's Restaurant exudes the essence, spirit and feel of Africa with beautiful collector's pieces in every nook and cranny. The chef extraordinaire produces an eclectic menu for candlelit dinners and fun lunches around the swimming pool area relaxing, having a cocktail and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
The vibey little bar and sundowner deck are where a great buzz happens before dinner and a large log fireplace for after dinner Irish or just a cosy little chat.
The chef has personally selected the wine list after a lengthy tasting process. His final selections have been made with his food and potential pairings in addition to that in mind.
Diet and experimentation with flavour are the chef's passion followed closely by his passion for wine and its role in the complimenting and balancing of a meal. The chef at the lodge has chosen winemakers and estates that share this passion, not necessarily big names but instead offering a broad spectrum of options across the price range, with each having been carefully considered relative to his menu.
The James Room accommodates up to 100 guests and offers a projector, screen, good sound and a laptop computer. Katy’s Bar with its beautiful views of the valley is ideal for breakaways and lunch or dinner.
The lodge is in proximity to beautiful beaches, shops, golf courses and other restaurants and conveniently positioned for covering a large area of the Garden Route.
The retreat's location has a unique outlook over the Bitou Valley and Wetland with the winding Bitou River running through it. There is abundant bird life with flocks of geese and ducks, water birds of all sizes and descriptions, the riverine bush that attracts many species of birds, and the brightly coloured sunbirds that come in large numbers to feast on the nectar from flowers in the garden.
The Garden Route of South Africa features many well-known golf courses in Mossel Bay, George, Knysna, and Plettenberg Bay.
Garden Route golf courses: