Tamodi Lodge

near Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route & Eastern Cape, South Africa Book from

Reviewed by Jo Duxbury
A romantic B&B in the hills above Plett, with a handful of luxurious suites and tranquility that seeps into your soul
It’s hard to put into words just what makes Tamodi so special. The architecture is impressive, the décor epitomises African bush elegance, and the staff are friendly and intuitive. The views are spectacular, and the peace and quiet is wonderful. But there’s more to Tamodi than that. Everything has been created to give guests the best possible experience, from the welcome drink on arrival to the huge freestanding tubs in the 4 indulgent suites (one set in its own super-private cabin). The result is not just a beautiful place to stay, but an ambiance that will make you wish you didn’t have to leave.

At the heart of the Garden Route, Tamodi sits on working stables near the coastal holiday hotspot and whale-watching hub of Plettenberg Bay. It’s the perfect base for exploring, and Nature’s Valley, Tsitsikamma Forest, Knysna and Sedgefield all make easy day trips. But if you end up feeling so relaxed that the most energetic things you do are sit on your private deck and float in the infinity pool, we won’t judge!

Highs

  • A superb setting with fantastic views over the Outeniqua Mountains, which change constantly with the light
  • Great value considering the level of luxury and beautiful design (soaring thatched ceilings, glass walls that connect you with the forest)
  • A very short drive from sweeping beaches
  • Plenty of space to relax, including a vast deck with a pool, and lounges with towering fireplaces
  • The little touches: a handwritten welcome note, fresh flowers, scented candles, towels hand-tied with raffia, staff remembering how you like your coffee

Lows

  • It’s a little isolated (15 minutes outside town) and no meals other than breakfast are served, so you’ll need to drive out for lunch and dinner
  • Breakfast is from 8.30-9.30am, which might be a stretch for late risers
  • Open-plan bathrooms might not suit everyone (though toilets are separate)
  • No children under 8 are accepted - the focus here is romance and relaxation
  • Full pre-payment is required prior to arrival

Best time to go

Tamodi is beautiful at any time of the year. Summer attracts those looking for a beach holiday, while winter (May-October) is perfect for hikers and nature lovers. The peak summer season is December to March, and the population of Plett triples for the 2 weeks around Christmas, making restaurant reservations and parking trickier than usual.

Our top tips

Sleep with your shutters wide open and wake to the sun rising over the purple-layered Outeniqua Mountains and the misty, forested hills.

Great for...

Beach
Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique B&B
  • 4
  • Breakfast only (restaurants within a short drive)
  • Ages 10+ only (except by prior arrangement)
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room: Standard Suite

Rooms

Tamodi has just 4 guest suites. Décor in all is elegantly African, with warm colours, carved wooden screens, colourful textiles and interesting art. It's made that little bit more special by fresh flowers, a handwritten welcome note, and pretty decoration on everything from towels to loo rolls. Bathrooms are open-plan.

The 2 Standard Suites sit in the main lodge. Don’t be misled by the name - they’re lovely. Both have kingsize beds (or twins on request), private decks with pretty views, vast freestanding baths overlooking the trees, walk-in rain showers, and more storage space than you’ll ever need. The Honeymoon Suites come on an even larger scale and are worth the splurge, with teak four-poster beds, soaring ceilings, sofas, and indoor and outdoor showers. One is set in the main lodge; the other - our favourite - sits in a separate cabin a short walk away, in a spectacular forest setting that offers maximum romance and privacy.

Features include:

  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Dvd player
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Nespresso machine in Honeymoon Suites
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

Breakfast is the only meal served, but it’s a really good one. Help yourself to cereals, fruit and yoghurts while the staff whip up cooked options; the daily specials (smoked trout omelette, scrambled eggs with bacon, avocado and balsamic vinegar) are particularly creative and tasty. Ask for the amazing freshly made juice with a zing of ginger, too.

Menus for the area’s best restaurants are provided in the lounge to help you decide where to go for lunch and dinner. Popular Italian joint Enrico’s is 5 minutes down the hill, right on the rocks at Keurbooms Beach. Its pizzas are legendary, as is the baked fish. Our highlights in town include artisan bread and coffee at Le Fournil, and the green apple gelato at Ice Palazzo. There are also winery restaurants within easy driving distance - Bramon Wine Estate, 10 minutes away, is a lovely place for a lazy tapas lunch. Alternatively, stock up on bread, cheese, olives and other treats at the Thyme and Again farm stall between Tamodi and Plett, and have a picnic on your deck; tea and coffee are always available at the B&B, and there’s a well-stocked wine cellar.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Wine cellar
Eating:
Activity: Keurbooms Beach

Activities

  • The area is paradise for nature lovers, hikers and bird-watchers - nearby Tsitsikamma Forest, Nature’s Valley and the Robberg Peninsula all have trails of varying lengths, and Tamodi’s owner Owen often takes guests for 2-hour guided walks (normally free of charge)
  • Go horse riding. Tamodi’s stables act as a local riding school only, but staff can arrange treks nearby
  • Beach fans can sun themselves on Keurbooms Beach (just a couple of km away) or Plett’s Lookout Beach, swim in their safe waters, and spot dolphins and whales from the shore (preferably at sunset, with a cocktail in hand)
  • Boat trips to see marine mammals up close are available in town, too (June to November), as are sea-kayak safaris and diving
  • Adrenaline junkies can launch themselves off the highest commercial bungee jump in the world at Bloukrans River Bridge (30km), or go canyoning, ziplining and abseiling (10km away)
  • Animal lovers will enjoy the nearby elephant and monkey sanctuaries, the Birds of Eden sanctuary, and walking with cheetahs at the Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness and Rehabilitation Centre
  • The scenic town of Knysna is a half-hour drive from Tamodi. Visit the Knysna Heads, where a lagoon empties into the sea through a narrow gap between 2 headlands, and stop at The East Head Café for great food and lovely views (be sure to buy a bag of its legendary biscotti)
  • Hugely popular farmers’ markets are held on Saturday mornings in Sedgefield (65km) and George (105km)

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Abseiling
  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Bungee jumping
  • Canyoning
  • Hiking
  • Horse-riding
  • Kayaking
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Whalewatching
  • Wildlife
  • Wine tasting

Kids

Tamodi’s decks, open-tread staircases and quiet, serene atmosphere are not suitable for young kids, and only those aged 10+ are accepted (except by prior arrangement). There are no extra beds.

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

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Rooms
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Food
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Service
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Value
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