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Emily Moon River Lodge

Whimsical meets tranquil in this Garden Route paradise

Emily Moon River Lodge

An intimate hotel that combines bohemian quirkiness with African accents, Emily Moon River Lodge was built, the owners say, by seafarer Harry Mallard as a home for his beloved Emily Moon, who sadly never saw it. Whether the legend is true or not, this charming destination near Plettenberg Bay is well-known by locals and popular with visitors. The decor is rich and treasure-filled, with oriental lanterns and fabrics, Moorish-inspired arches, a wall topped with carved, long-necked giraffe heads and antelope horns on the walls.The scenery is splendid, with those fabulous Plett beaches and winding Bitou River.

At the lodge

The hotel

Dining in the lodge's extravagantly decorated restaurant is an experience to remember, with the chef's home-style dishes including Karoo lamb, succulent pork belly and tomato and butter bean bredie. Enjoy your meal while gazing at the landscape and the rosy sunsets. Above the restaurant, Simon's Bar has a well-stocked bar and a pizza oven that's a real attraction (as is the Cuban-styled pulled pork pizza!). Seating areas with coffee-table books invite guests to settle down for some good holiday reading.

The rooms

Unlike the bright main areas, the suites are tranquil havens in natural shades. There are 10 separate units of varying sizes. Each has a spacious living area, bathroom with underfloor heating, a fireplace, minibar, satellite TV and viewing deck. Suites 1 to 8 have river views; 9 and 10 have private gardens and treehouse viewing decks. Five minutes from the lodge is The River House, a self-catering unit with seven bedrooms and five bathrooms – perfect for families.

On safari

Experiences

There's plenty to do along this lovely coast. Activities at Emily Moon include canoeing, hiking or mountain biking on nearby farm roads, and birdwatching. The adventurous could try their hand at river-tubing while quieter types may prefer to tan on the nearby beaches or relax by the pool. It's a two-kilometre walk to the beautiful Keurbooms River mouth and marshlands.

When to go

Garden Route by month

January

Season: Dry

February

Season: Dry

March

Season: Dry

April

Season: Wet

May

Season: Wet

June

Season: Wet

July

Season: Wet

August

Season: Wet

September

Season: Wet

October

Season: Dry

November

Season: Dry

December

Season: Dry

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