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Emily Moon River Lodge

Emily Moon River Lodge

Emily Moon River Lodge is situated a few kilometres from the centre of Plettenberg Bay, away from the town and within natural and scenic surroundings. This property is a popular choice due to the beauty of both the property and its surroundings. The suites each have a private deck and are individually decorated with African and Indian artwork that the owners have collected throughout the years. Emily Moon is the perfect retreat for guests who enjoy a quiet setting within natural surroundings and is an excellent place to sit back, relax and soak up the sun.

Our rating: First Class

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The hotel consists of ten suites — six Luxury Suites, two Honeymoon Suites and two Family Suites, all of which are individually decorated and offer a mixture of modern and unique furnishings. Each suite features a large en suite bathroom with a shower and a soaking tub from where you can take in views of the surrounding scenery. Alternatively, you can sit on your own private viewing deck, connected to each suite's sitting room, to take in the views. Underfloor heating, Wi-Fi access, a cosy fireplace and a ceiling fan add to guests' comfort and convenience.


Plettenberg is a great location for a short stay as you explore the Garden Route. This coastal town comprises good restaurants and white, sandy beaches.

Food and drink

No trip to the Emily Moon River Lodge is complete without a trip to the renowned Emily’s restaurant. The dining experience is eclectic and the dining hall is decorated with African artwork, sculptures and photography. The restaurant overlooks the Bitou River and is open for lunch and dinner, offering an international menu and an extensive wine list. Meanwhile, Simon’s Bar is a craft beer bar and artisan pizza restaurant with a wood-fire oven.


The lodge can cater for families in their two Family Suites. Children will enjoy the natural setting of the lodge together with a range of activities they can enjoy at the lodge or a short walk away.


Enjoying a secluded and scenic location, Emily Moon's romantic setting caters for honeymooners and special occasions. The property has two dedicated Honeymoon Suites, which offer outdoor showers, great river views and complete privacy.

Facilities and activities

There are two swimming pools for guests to enjoy. Rates include a car washing service, morning newspapers and use of bicycles and river canoes.

Our opinion

Emily Moon creates a private experience for guests who enjoy tranquil and natural surroundings. Staying at this lovely, airy property will create a memorable experience.

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