For the ultimate in relaxation, hospitality and non-negotiable quality, the Kurland Hotel and Polo Estate is the ideal accommodation venue. This beautiful getaway is nestled along the world-acclaimed Garden Route, one of the continent's most scenic routes stretching from the Eastern Cape to the Western Cape.
This ideal positioning places the hotel close to many stunning beaches, resorts, mountains and forests; offering an unrivalled African experience. It is also close to the coastal villages of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, and the awe-inspiring Nature's Valley.
Kurland is a 5-star facility. It is relatively small with only 12 suites, guaranteeing personal attention and efficient service. The estate on which it is perched measures 700 hectares with views of the mountains and ocean for the ultimate in South African beauty.
While Kurland is an exclusive resort, it is ideal for the entire family. It is equipped with all of the services and amenities required and it is centrally located, making other tourist attractions easily accessible.
The climate of this particular section of the Garden Route is Mediterranean in nature. Balmy, sunny summers have warm evenings, while winters are cool and sometimes wet, but comfortable. This is not a malaria-risk zone, so travellers can feel safe and secure while visiting Kurland.
Kurland Hotel and Polo Estate is currently owned and managed by the grandson of the Baron that first purchased the land over 50 years ago. He named it Kurland after his birthplace in the Baltic. Today, Peter Behr runs the hotel with the utmost pride and respect in its heritage. It has been so successful under his caring hand that it was awarded Runner-up in the prestigious Tatler Hotel of the Year Award in 2002.
Kurland Hotel and Polo Estate exudes an air of luxurious relaxation and hospitality, designed to make guests feel welcome and at ease. It is ideal for children and families, creating an atmosphere of fun and happiness.
Professional, courteous staff are always on hand to cater to the desires of the esteemed guests and to advise on the nearby sights and attractions. Personalised service is complemented by gracious elegance and sophistication to ensure that our guests feel pampered at all times.
Part of the fun of staying at Kurland is its proximity to adventurous activities and sights. Whether guests opt for a day spent frolicking in the ocean, surfing or hiking or are more daring in their pursuits and opt for bungee jumping, sky diving or abseiling, they are assured of a memorable experience.
Each suite has been decorated individually, with a focus on elegance and style. Attention to detail is key to the outfitting of this hotel. The various art pieces, fabrics and furniture pieces were sourced from all over the world and are recognised as being both rare and valuable. As they are carefully positioned in each room, they work in harmony with the surrounds to create a charming air of all things chic and tasteful.
The Kurland Hotel has been recognised in Tatler's 101 Best Hotels of the World List for three consecutive years, and was accredited with the Condé Nast Traveller Gold List 2006 Status for ambience and design. These accolades are not taken lightly and the hotel continues to work towards excellence.
The beautiful rose gardens for which Kurland is known boast an explosion of colours and fragrances. The many different rose types are in bloom almost throughout the year. The new Rose Garden showcases the expertise of famous rose horticulturist, David Austin.
Kurland Hotel and Polo Estate is a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux.
Kurland Hotel is home to 12 individually furnished suites, each enjoying the facilities of an oversized bed, sizeable en-suite bathrooms, a sitting room, terrace, TV (with satellite), safe, mini bar, heated towel rail, telephone and heated floors.
Superior Suites enjoy the added luxury of a plunge pool while Luxury Suites are privy to a private courtyard and water feature. These two types of suites are also equipped with private loft rooms and en-suite bathrooms for children.
There are play areas for the children as well as a dining room exclusively for them.
The gourmet dishes served at Kurland promise only the freshest ingredients and the most decadent of South African flavours. Not only is the food of the best quality, but the South African wines are also showcased in their best light.
It is no wonder then that Kurland has achieved several awards for its fine dining experience, including:
South Africa's Top 100 Restaurants 2007 List - Dine 2007 Top 100 restaurants on the much acclaimed Diners Club International Dine 2007 Award list.
Diners can opt to savour these world-class dishes in the Library, on the verandah, in the courtyard, alongside the pool or on their own private terrace.
Kurland is perfect for the busy traveller needing a peaceful oasis of rest and relaxation. The Homestead is an evening venue that is cosy and comfortable, while The Sitting Room is perfect for pre-dinner drinks in front of the log fire.
The Homestead boasts three sitting areas from which to take in the South African air and sunshine; namely The Verandah, The Library and The Blue Room.
The Kurland Spa is designed solely with our guests' well-being in mind. Revitalise and invigorate while being pampered by experienced staff and superior products. The facilities include a sauna, private steam room, dedicated relaxation area, a gym, plunge pool and several therapy rooms. Alternatively, guests may opt to have their specific treatment performed within the comfort of their own suites.
The Kurland Hotel and Polo Estate welcomes families with children of all ages. The hotel and grounds are equipped to accommodate and entertain young and old alike.
Tailor-made activities are available for children, and facilities specifically for Young Guests are available throughout, including several dining areas. These are the Children's Dining Conservatory, the Chef's Table in the kitchen (invitation only), The Playroom or their own lofts.
The main suites are equipped with dedicated loft areas (with bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms) designed to accommodate children. These are equipped with play areas and toys. Babysitting services can be arranged by the hotel.
Being within these superior surrounds makes Kurland the perfect venue at which to enjoy your special day.
Kurland is the platform upon which natural beauty meets professional service with the promise that the wedding day of our esteemed guests is a memorable and opulent one. The wedding ceremony and reception can be hosted here, and guests will be treated to some of the Garden Route's best services and amenities.
Kurland venues accommodate weddings of up to 30 people, creating an intimate, romantic atmosphere around this important day. Popular venues include the gorgeous gardens, the ambient Courtyard, the stylish restaurant or the beautiful Verandah. The Kurland Polo Pavilion is another popular site and accommodates up to 60 guests, while marquees can be erected for weddings of up to 200 guests.
After a fantastic wedding day at Kurland Hotel (or elsewhere), honeymooners may be confident that their first nights together as husband and wife are best spent on the estate. The romance of this venue is achieved through its hospitality combined with its luxurious approach to accommodation. In addition, there are plenty of nearby sights and activities to make for a fun and busy honeymoon.
The Honeymoon Suite enjoys a private courtyard, private swimming pool and unbeatable views. Personalised breakfasts and dinners will be created for the couple, and these may be savoured in a number of romantic locations.
For that added special touch, the hotel will arrange romantic trysts for the couple.
The Kurland Polo Estate has hosted many large competitions and events, inviting the entire family to spend the day enjoying this elegant sport in breath-taking surrounds. The players and horses of Kurland have been awarded international status. Polo enthusiasts are advised to experience the "Plettenberg Bay Festive Season of Polo" and "Easter Polo Festival".
The Garden Route extends from Storms River in the Eastern Cape to Mossel Bay in the Western Cape. It is, therefore, accessible and safe. Kurland is 517km from Cape Town, 102 km from George Airport, 51 km from Knysna, 19km from Plettenberg Bay and 200km from Port Elizabeth in Nelson Mandela Bay.