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For many generations, Plettenberg Bay has been revered as a hot spot for family holidays, where everyone gathers together, at special times of the year, for a restful – and often raucous – reunion. Lauded for its long stretches of beautiful beaches, rocky peninsula hiking trails, and lush, tropical wilderness, the Garden Route’s star seaside possie earnestly answers to the call for holiday calm, amongst a community of like-minded, laid-back nature enthusiasts.
Such is the case with the owners of The Djinn Palace. Their beloved beachfront abode that’s been in the family since 1980 has been dotingly restored over the years, and relished as an heirloom for this and the generations to come. Ardently named after the romantic French novel, Wind, Sand and Stars – where the author cunningly illustrates all of the little things that make life worth living – this Plettenberg hideaway certainly embodies every aspect of that sentiment. Perched on the edge of a cliff, no more than 20 steps away from the waves, The Djinn Palace layers itself into tiers of terraces, courtyards, stairways, secret gardens, boudoirs adjoining luxe bathrooms, and a vast, open living space at the helm, with spectacular views of the ocean and the Tsitsikamma mountains in the distance. Much like a Mediterranean compound, the property traipses off down curving pathways of white-washed walls and creeping bougainvillea, secluded seating areas and herb gardens that lead into the private sleeping quarters. Down a flight of railway-sleeper steps, through the old Zanzibar doors, past the thriving natural coastal fynbos, and you’re on the beach.
Each room celebrates something sentimental about the history of the original 1950’s build, and its patrons. Made up like a bride’s ritual, there’s something old, something new, something recycled, something blue adorning all of the spaces. Silk saris from a honeymoon in Bali hang as curtains next to gilded ornamental chests. Beautiful old French shutters open out into a little garden with its outdoor shower. Rattan, empire beds and deep blue denim headboards. A marble bathroom with exposed rough stone. Balinese carvings, sun hats and kikois, reed carpets and Delft tiles, polished screed floors adjacent old oak. Granny’s paintings and cherished poetry. It’s a happy holiday feeling of familial love doused in fine taste, with the gorgeous light and breathtaking views making all of the statements.
When you’re not out wading about the warm ocean waters, or winding your way up a hiking trail, the Brazilian pepper tree beckons you beneath its branches, for an hour or two of tranquil research. The kids are lounging on the lawn as easy notes from the piano are played over gentle calls from the soft tropical birdlife. Cousin Susie is eagerly chopping up the fruit and mixing the right ratios of Pimms behind the mahogany bar. The long dining table and its sturdy wooden legs await the gathering of another evening’s feast. With the view opening out to the flight path of the gulls, the owner describes it as like being on a ship, in the pathway of the moon and the stars, completely enveloped by nature.
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Reviewed by Colleen Ogilvie
Sleeps 10 adults and 5 children
Pets only by prior arrangement
Based on 1 reviews
Guest reviews are written by our customers after their stay at Djinn Palace.
Please pass onto the owner that we loved the house.The outside hot shower where all the beach kit is stored is a real winner.The outside entertainment area was also awesome. Very lekker set-up! Great to have Watson and Maggie – very friendly and helpful couple. Made us feel totally spoilt, which was fun!We usually stay at our family house, which has incredible views, but being on the beach and being able to surf/swim within 30m was next level for us! And shout at our friends to come for a dop! We had an incredible stay.
Peak season (3 December 2020 - 13 Jan 2021)
R45,000.00 (Exclusive use of property)
Mid-season rate (14 Jan to 30 April & 1 October to 2 December)
Winter rates (1 May to 30 September)