About Emily Moon River Lodge

Experience the magic of Emily Moon River Lodge – a boutique escape located on the banks of the Bitou River in Plettenberg Bay, a popular travel destination in the Western Cape. Known for its spectacular setting and unique decor, Emily Moon exudes African charm with a touch of eccentricity. There are 16 individually-designed suites, each overlooking the flowing river, wetlands beyond and mountains in the distance. Owned by Mark and Christine Valentine, the lodge showcases treasures from their global explorations, adding a unique character to a nature-based stay.

Guests can choose to stay in one of six superior luxury suites, eight luxury suites, or two family suites, each decorated with personally collected artefacts that resonate with the spirit of Africa. Emily’s Restaurant, the popular on-site eatery, is a treasure trove of African textures and cultures, and is known for tasty meals in a fun ambience. Simon's Bar, located just above the restaurant, delights visitors with vintage boat engines and a wood-fired pizza oven against the stunning backdrop of the Bitou River. There's no better place for a sundowner!

Emily Moon River Lodge Setting

Located on the outskirts of Plettenberg Bay, a coastal town renowned for its blue-flag beaches and relaxed charm, Emily Moon River Lodge is a jewel along the Western Cape's Garden Route. With forests, mountains, and river valleys, Plettenberg Bay is a hub for adventure, culture, and culinary adventures. The Bitou River ecosystem is home to endemic bird species and indigenous flora, perfect for catching a glimpse of the local wildlife.

Emily Moon River Lodge celebrates these surrounds by encouraging guests to embark on local hikes in the nearby Robberg Nature Reserve and Tsitsikamma Forest, and also provides guests with kayaks should they wish to take a paddle along the Bitou. There's also a beautiful swimming pool and multiple river-facing viewing decks for soaking up the views.

Accommodation options at Emily Moon River Lodge

  • Family Suites

    Min 1 guest - max 4 guests
    2 Lodge Suites

    There are two family suites, each features a spacious living area, a well-appointed bathroom, a private wooden viewing deck, a fireplace or air-conditioner, wi-…

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    from R 3388 / per-person-per-night-sharing

    R2197 Low Season '24

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    Aircon
    Aircon
    Bath
    Bath
    Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool
    Verandah
    Verandah
    WiFi
    WiFi
    Private Deck
    Private Deck
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  • Superior Luxury Suites

    Min 1 guest - max 2 guests
    6 Lodge Suites

    Emily Moon River Lodge has six superior luxury suites. Each suite is private, and boasts a spacious living area, a well-appointed bathroom, a wooden viewing dec…

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    from R 4163 / per-person-per-night-sharing

    R3128 Low Season '24

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    Bath
    Bath
    En-suite bathroom
    En-suite bathroom
    Mini Bar
    Mini Bar
    Tea & Coffee Station
    Tea & Coffee Station
    WiFi
    WiFi
    Private Deck
    Private Deck
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  • Luxury Suites

    Min 1 guest - max 2 guests
    8 Lodge Suites

    There are eight luxury suites. Each suite is private, complete with a spacious living area, a well-appointed bathroom, a wooden viewing deck, a fireplace or air…

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    from R 3388 / per-person-per-night-sharing

    R2197 Low Season '24

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    Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool
    Bar
    Bar
    WiFi
    WiFi
    Interactive Dining
    Interactive Dining
    Toiletries
    Toiletries
    Writing Desk
    Writing Desk
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What's included

  • Accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Location

12

How to get there

  • 6 hrs

    Cape Town International Airport

  • Emily Moon River Lodge

    1 Rietvlei Rd, Plettenberg Bay, 6600

  • Check in at Emily Moon River Lodge

    14:00 on day of arrival

  • Check out at Emily Moon River Lodge

    10:00 on day of departure

Frequently asked questions

  • Are children welcome?

  • How far is Emily Moon from the centre of Plettenberg Bay?

  • Is there a shuttle available to get to the closest beach nearby?

Reviews

  • Amazing staff

    The staff were so friendly and helpful. We will certainly suggest Emily Moon Lodge to others and we plan to return ourselves!

    Conservio.com review

    C. de Lange

  • Enchanting Lodge

    Emily Moon is a truly enchanting lodge, where the owner, Grant, extends the warmest of welcomes. The views are breathtaking, and the food and service provided were of exceptional quality.

    Conservio.com review

    O. Roux

  • A Whimsical Location

    Loved this whimsical location! The food was incredible, and the service was outstanding!

    Conservio.com review

    J. Olivier

Emily Moon River Lodge impact highlights

Emily Moon River Lodge in Plettenberg Bay makes a positive impact on both the local community and the ecosystem. They prioritise local job creation by hiring community members for the lodge and its restaurants. The lodge also promotes nature engagement, encouraging guests to explore local reserves and outdoor activities. Incorporating African cultural decor enhances their eco-tourism appeal, creating a meaningful experience for international visitors. This demonstrates their dedication to sustainable practices while fostering economic growth, environmental awareness, and cultural appreciation. The lodge stands as a bridge between indulgence and responsibility, inviting guests to experience Africa's beauty while fostering its sustainable future.

Are you unsure of where to stay? Contact us to help plan your nature-based travel.

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