Our great grandmother lived on a farm halfway between Somerset East and Port Elizabeth in the Great Karoo. Legend has it that the farm was a perfect stop-over for travellers. Ouma Maggie was always ready and happy to see the distant dust of an approaching cart. It is this tradition of true South African hospitality that we seek to extend to our guests as hosts at Christiana Lodge.
Welcome to Christiana Lodge
PLETTENBERG BAY | SOUTH AFRICA
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Elegantly easy-going beach-chic. Luxury 4-Star accommodation in South Africa’s
most spectacular Garden Route town, Plettenberg Bay.
he all-suite Christiana Lodge offers luxurious 4-star Garden Route accommodation in Solar Beach, a select and upmarket area of Plettenberg Bay. It is just a short 5-minute walk from the acclaimed Robberg Beach. Choose from a variety of spacious luxurious bed and breakfast rooms and self-catering options.
Whether you’re planning a romantic retreat or a family holiday, you’ll enjoy absolute privacy at our boutique guest house, thanks to our architect-designed space of light-filled interiors, clean lines and panoramic views over the pristine Brakkloof wetland of Plettenberg Bay.
The Lodge is a work of environmentally conscious design, that combines a love for the Karoo with a appreciation for our iconic beach town…
ith open spaces and natural light, colours of the earth and splashes of blue, modern finishes and clean lines punctuated by the character of wrought iron or aged cane, Christiana Lodge will transport you to a state of utter relaxation.
From the golden afternoon light that fills the house and the sounds and smell of the sea at Robberg Beach – just a short, 5-minute walk away – to unsurpassed wetlands views enjoyed from your private balcony, deck or even a plunge pool, this is a place to be carefree.
A Word from the Owners
A great deal of thought went into what we wanted to achieve with our design and décor… an expression of who we are and a home-from-home for our guests.
ur inspiration is the memories we have from our childhood, spent on our grandparents farm ‘Christiana’ in the Somerset East area of the South-Western Cape Interior – an area that is semi-arid and part of the Karoo. When we think back to our days there, we remember joyful days, filled with abundance.
It is this tradition of true South African hospitality that we seek to give to our guests by extending as far as we can the memories of our Karoo childhood through the architecture, the décor and our approach as hosts at Christiana Lodge.
We have sought to re-create the sense of space and light that one experiences in the semi-desert with particular features of the architecture: wide passageways, solid counter-tops, wider and taller than normal doors, high ceilings and of course – lots of windows to let in the light.
The Lodge has also been designed in such a way as to blur the distinction between interior and exterior in many areas, and is west facing to make the most of the spectacular sunsets and intense golden afternoon light that bathes Plettenberg Bay.
The spacious lounge and dining area extends to exterior covered decks overlooking the swimming pool, allowing the restful smell and sounds of nature to envelop the senses, while open deck areas and secluded nooks in the garden provide the perfect resting place from which to soak up the sun.
We have complemented this approach in the décor with colours that are reminiscent of the Karoo environment. Clean lines and minimalist, modern fittings are ‘broken’ with contrasting pieces – from aged cane chairs to an old chest, to unpainted porcelain light fittings and wrought-iron chandeliers.
The effect is a unique blend of modern, minimalist, contemporary African and old farm-house – with views over the ‘vlei’ (wetland), indigenous bush all round, and the sound and salt-smell of the ocean.
Words from our Guests
We really enjoyed our time at Christiana Lodge. The whole property, as well as the rooms, was fantastic. Everything is very modern and clean. Christa and her team helped us with everything we needed, from reserving a table for dinner to planning our day trips. We felt like everything was taken care of. The breakfast in the morning was great, and the location was great – very close to Robberg Reserve and only a 5 min walk from the beach.
This is how I can describe my two-night stay at Christiana Lodge. So much attention was given to the finer details, which made me feel extra special. The atmosphere is healing and nurturing…. to say the least.
The charming way how Christa is managing her modern lodge is one of the reasons, why we would definitely come back. The other reasons: very friendly staff, modern and spacious rooms, perfect breakfast, very quiet surroundings and a lot of excellent recommendations for activities and restaurants. We enjoyed our stay – thank you very much Christa!
A seemingly incongruous meeting place between an exterior wetlands environment and an interior style reminiscent of the Karoo right by one of South Africa’s most famous beaches, Christiana Lodge isn’t just unique. It’s downright astounding.