The Best of Summer


Every summer has its own story and some summers (like this one) are so saturated with sunshine and sublime moments that we wish we could exist in their pages forever.

The summer of 2016 marked a beautiful chapter in the story of Emily Moon. Many memories were made in Simon’s Bar and Emily’s Restaurant over lazy lunches, sundowners and candlelit dinners.

The lodge was packed with travelers from near and far enjoying our riverside pool, walking through Emily’s grounds and paddling on her river.

Here’s a glimpse into summer 2016!

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Yoga Retreat | May 2016

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This May, Emily Moon becomes the backdrop to your tale of both escape and mindfulness. We are excited to announce that we will holding a Yoga & Relaxation Retreat from the 13 – 16 May 2016! (Click here for more info) Imagine 3 days of luxury, yoga, meditation, relaxation and exploration!

Last August Eve Cunard lead our first Yoga & Health Retreat to celebrate Women’s Day. Eve trained as a yoga teacher in the UK, her practice shaped by the hands of teachers inspired by the late Vanda Scaravelli. Here’s what she had to say about the weekend and what you can expect to experience at our retreat in May!

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Kelly and Tyrone Elope!

Kelly and Tyrone, along with Nicky M Photography, visited Emily Moon for a pre-elopement shoot the day before they said “I do!”. The next morning the couple got ready at our lodge before heading into the Tsitsikamma Forest to elope!

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Plett on a Platter

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Many of you enjoyed the culinary talents and tastes of our local food destinations and chefs during Plett on a Platter.

At Emily Moon we revealed some of our kitchen secrets, inviting the public to take part in an exceptional two-course dining experience, as our head chef Ruaan van der Merwe and manager Alex Olivier demonstrated some of Emily’s signature dishes prior to plating the meal.
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Meet our Managers!


February 2016 will mark Alex and Candice Olivier’s two-year anniversary managing Emily Moon. This dynamic duo has taken our lodge to new and exciting heights. What you may not know is that despite his managerial role, Alex is an absolute foodie and more often than not can be found in the kitchen, joining forces with our chef team to whip up new and exciting dishes for our daily, changing dinner menu.
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Emily Moon’s River House

Live out a legendary holiday in Emily’s River House, our private self-catering villa, just minutes from Plett yet worlds apart.

The River House is a collector’s paradise, eclectically decorated with African art, found objects and furniture from around the globe. This spacious family home has all the luxurious amenities of the Emily Moon River Lodge suites, with 5 main bedrooms, 2 loft bedrooms for kids and 5 bathrooms and 4 outdoor showers.

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Birding & Nature Retreat

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Discover the beauty of the Garden Route!

During the summertime, the Garden Route shows off more than ever! Its diverse landscape blossoms anew, drawing the attention of nature lovers as well as exciting and uncommon birds such as the Narina Trogon, Cape Siskin, Victorin’s Warbler, Half-collared Kingfisher and Knysna Woodpecker. The Garden Route is home to over 300 species of birds with close to 30 species endemic to Southern African.

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Birding at Emily Moon

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Earlier this year, BirdLife South Africa officially certified Emily Moon as a “Birder Friendly Establishment”, and in April we held our very first birding weekend. Emily Moon’s breathtaking views overlooking the Bitou wetland and river are home to over 150 species of birds, with the Plettenberg Bay area offering birdlife within a count of almost 300 different species.

Over the weekend, birders explored Plett’s estuaries, forests, grasslands, fynbos, thickets and rivers, and saw a total of 122 different birds.
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W & L’s Winter Wedding

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Winter in Plettenberg Bay is the best-kept secret – July is actually our driest month. Leo and Wayne got married on a clear and sunny winter’s afternoon. For African art curator/vintage collector Leo, and quantity surveyor/vinyl collector Wayne, Emily Moon was a blend of everything they loved.

“It is the best example of how to combine different styles, architectural pieces and memories from different travel destinations and cultures to create a space that feels like someone’s beautiful holiday villa, rather than a cold formal hotel or wedding venue. Emily Moon’s staff made us feel like family, and we couldn’t stop staring at the amazing river views.” - Leo

Leo never dreamt of wearing a white wedding dress. Instead, with the help of Cape Town designer, Kobus Dippenaar, she decided on a classic, vintage cut in a daring, gold sequin fabric. Her bouquet was an eclectic mix of fresh garden flowers and succulents.

We hope you enjoy W + L’s wedding story as much as we did!

Images by: Dustin van Zyl

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