Located a short drive into the countryside from Plettenberg Bay, Emily Moon River Lodge occupies a bluff, affording amazing views out over the Bitou River valley, a haven for many different species of bird. Owned by an art dealer, it is as you’d expect, furnished in impeccable taste. The style is contemporary but with influences and artworks drawn from across the world. It creates a very elegant feel that suits almost any taste. The restaurant, Emily’s, is a draw for locals from miles around, such is the quality of the food. During your stay, you’ll be looked after by Simon & Di, two of the finest hosts in South Africa. Simon, in particular, will take a lot of pleasure in helping you plan your days to get the most out of this part of the world he’s so knowledgeable and passionate about. Emily Moon exemplifies all that’s best about small, owner-run guesthouses in South Africa.