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This is what guests say about Lily Pond:

Beautifully set in the lush of the Tsistsikammma

Beautifully set in the lush of the Tsistsikammma. Conveniently on the way to Natures Valley. Nice staff, great food, big selection of Gin!

Corinna Bryan, February 2024

United Kingdom

This is the place you keep secret as it is so good.

This is the place you keep secret as it is so good. Staff especially friendly, food exceptional but the tops is the grounds. Several lily ponds with walks around them and into some woods. It is so tranquil you will want to cancel plans to go anywhere

Martin Walker, February 2024

United Kingdom

A Peaceful Retreat

Sent in beautiful surrounds with the lily pond the main feature, Lilly Pond Country Lodge is a superb venue in the Tsitsikama Nature Reserve. The layout is truly stunning with very comfortable and quite rooms, excellent staff and service. The restaurant is excellent although a limited choice with either a set 4 course menu or a choice of just of any of the four courses
on their own. Alternatives are a drive away!. The nearest beach Natures Valley/Grootrivier Estuary is a short drive away and is a wonderful beach. Nearby also is Monkeyworld and Birds of Eden - well worth a visit.

CliveL, March 2024

United Kingdom

Peace and quiet

This hotel was very different to the others we stayed at on our trip. It's really remote - a long way from Plettenberg Bay - but lovely if you want the peace and quiet and nothing around. Great to watch the baboons playing in the grounds! The staff were SO brilliant. We had a couple of little "glips" while we were there and they couldn't have done anything more to help you - they were absolutely lovely. The breakfast was one of the best we had on our trip - really nice room to eat and the food and service was lovely. The dinner was also really, really lovely - compliments to the chef!

183clared, March 2024

United Kingdom

A Memorable Stay at Lilypond

We booked into this fantastic hotel for two weeks in Feb 2024.It's perfectly located, only 10 mins from Nature's Valley and our friends and 15 to 20 mins from Plett.
With only 10 rooms the vibe is relaxed and peaceful.The hotel itself is low level and dotted with beautiful African art.The Gardens too are lovely.The rooms themselves are tastefully laid out and immaculately furnished.
Bronwan set aside room 4 for us, which is the quietest of the Garden rooms.It was wonderful in every way.The staff were courteous and helpful and the breakfast superb.We would not hesitate to stay here again when we're next in SA

Joewright172, March 2024

United Kingdom

Recent stay

What a delightful find in such a beautiful setting...so tranquil with the ponds and layout of the property...very friendly and welcoming owners and staff. And then beautiful beach on their doorstep in nature's valley. The food was great and enjoyed 2 evening meals too. Thankyou

Epetti76943, March 2024

United Kingdom

Amazing stay!

We had the most beautiful and friendly stay at Lily Pond Lodge. Everyone was amazing.
The dinner was delicious and the chef is an artist.
We had wonderful days and would always come back!
Thank you!
See you soon ;-)

nh88nk89, February 2024

United Kingdom


We were only at Lily Pond for 2 nights but wished we were there for longer. It was lovely and we loved every aspect. We would recommend Lily Pond to anyone who wants a quiet retreat that has high standards of hospitality and service.

JohnQ, February 2024

United Kingdom

Perfect stay in a wonderful environment

Such a peaceful place, delicious diners and a great staff we will remember forever. Ronwan and husband (great chef cook) Carol (een drukkie vir jou ;) Charming Roshwill and Leonardo you were great. Thanks!

Go32562435832, February 2024

United Kingdom

Great stay. Special thanks to all the staff.

Exceptional staff, good facilities, excellent location

Gary, March 2024

United Kingdom

Lovely property in stunning location

Beautiful property overlooking an immense Lily pond. Exceptional restaurant with good variety on the menu. Hosts were very attentive and helpful, would thoroughly recommend this property

Catherine, March 2024

United Kingdom

Comfortable stay and excellent food.

Beautiful location and excellent grounds. exceptional food.

Peter, March 2024

United Kingdom

A super place to stay

A stunning oasis with lovely host and staff. The room was a delight. The tranquility, immense, the staff courteous and so welcoming. The food was to a very high standard. What's not to like. Thankyou.

Ed, March 2024

United Kingdom

Lily Pond was a fantastic experience that I would repeat.

Beautiful tranquil location with nice room overlooking the pond. Unbelievable staff and I mean unbelievable. Attentive; friendly; knowledgeable. Dinner was spectacular and I recommend it. Overall a 6* experience. Load shedding was not impactful.

Brian, February 2024

United States

A beautiful setting

A beautiful setting and wonderful place to stay. Staff were amazing and breakfast and dinner very good. Would thoroughly recommend.

Janet, February 2024

United Kingdom

Lovely lodge, good food and welcoming staff.

Beautiful informal surroundings, amazing lily ponds and warm welcome. great

Nicholas, February 2024

United Kingdom

Great place to stay if you want peace and quiet, and lovely if you wish to walk in Crags

Staff very friendly and helpful. Dinner in evening of very high standard, as was breakfast
Location very remote and peaceful.

Ian, January 2024

United Kingdom

Very nice stay

Beautiful place to rest, the rooms are comfortable and the view on the pond is nice. Dinner and breakfast were excellent, and the staff is really helpful and available.

Elvina, December 2023

South Africa

I loved everything about it!

I loved everything about it! The food is great, the place is beautiful, the service is awesome. We really loved it!!

Julia, December 2023


An absolutely beautiful place!

Lily Pond is so calming and the staff are amazing! We were treated so well and the staff team did everything in their power to make sure we enjoyed ourselves, even researching places for us to go nearby. The forest surrounds give amazing views and the beach is just down the road but we particularly enjoyed the self drive boat trip on the river, suggested by the staff. Sunbathing by Lily Ponds pool with a glass of wine was really relaxing and the rooms are very comfortable too!

Christine 255, December 2023

United Kingdom


Such a peaceful place, luxurious yet low profile, personal, excellent service, great staff, kind owner (and kind family we met 😁). Proactive approach for dinner reservation before arriving, really appreciated! We will be back one day!

EdwinH, December 2023


Excellent place to stay fabulous accommodation food and staff - highly recommended

The rooms were clean and had everything you needed. The beds were super comfortable and gave a great nights sleep. The grounds were a delight to wander round. The food was amazing and the staff were incredibly friendly courteous and attentive. The owners meet and chat with the guests to check that all is well and information and advice is readily available for the local area and your onward travel. Great place to stay and plenty to do locally. One not to be missed I wished we could have stayed longer. Thank you for a great time
Angela Trevor and Tracey

AngelaWright08, November 2023

United Kingdom

Tranquil oasis in the Crags

We spent 2 nights here in November. Wonderful hosts and team. The rooms are classy and have all the extras. The pond and surroundings invite for a walk. A real hideaway! And then there is even a pool for which unfortunately we did not have time for. We enjoyed two dinners with apéros. The staff at dinner are friendly, attentive, and funny at the same time. Big thanks to both of them! 🙏🏼🙂
Margret and team were very supporting and great hosts.
The lodge is well equipped to cover for load shedding.

SwissTravelers2014, November 2023


Heaven in every way possible

Absolutely outstanding place whilst we travelled with another couple on our Garden Route trip. Could not fault the lodge. Beautiful rooms and scenery and food to die for. The service is second to none and you will not be disappointed. Our evening waiters Leonardo and Rish were excellent and a credit to the team.

Jazzer60, November 2023

United Kingdom

Excellent stay during our West Cape tour

We had an excellent stay during our West Cape tour.
Excellent service with very friendly interaction by staff and owners.
We enjoyed the time at the swimming pool by the lily pond as well as some nearby activities. Location is central to many activities.

JohanW318, November 2023


Hidden Gem

Spent 3 nights at the Lily Pond as part of our garden route travels . The property is a very secure hidden gem . Our room was overlooking the garden area/lily pond. The room was spacious and bed/pillows very comfortable. The pool area is lovely. The hotel isn’t very close to other properties/restaurants so we ate at the hotel on all 3 nights - we were not disappointed . The menu changed every evening and the food was excellent -the chef came to speak to each table at the end of the evening , which was a nice touch. The breakfasts were also delicious .
ALL the staff were welcoming and friendly- special shout out to Rosh & Leonardo ,our evening waiters - they were a delight - we built up a nice rapport with them. Both were very attentive & professional , whilst having fun with us . Thank you all for a lovely stay.

PamperPrincesses, November 2023

United Kingdom

Relaxing from start to finish

We were recommended the Lily Pond by a friend and were very glad that we stayed here. Beautifully serene place, with lovely architecture and gardens. The staff were welcoming and helpful and Bronwan, the manager went the extra mile, she was very warm and genuine.
The food was exceptional, the ostrich was sublime! We loved that the chef came out to make sure we were satisfied, he was great.

Yobints, November 2023

United Kingdom

Just like in the Garden of Eden

Very centrally located and the Tsitsikamma National Park and the town of Plettenberg Bay are only a few minutes' drive away. If you are looking for nature and the friendliness of a guest house, you will find it 100%.
The service and the food in the restaurant is superb and is second to none in South Africa.

Ralph B, November 2023

United Kingdom

Amazing / magnificent

Our stay at Lily Pond Country Lodge was marvelous! The rooms, the people, the food, the environment, a 'just like home-feeling'. Great place to stay! We would stay there again if we were in the neighbourhood.

Happiness54808743357, November 2023

United Kingdom

Just spent three wonderful days at the Lily Pond.

Just spent three wonderful days at the Lily Pond. What stands out is the excellent hospitality by the Dutch owners Margret and Niels (who also live on the premises and are very much involved in running the place) and their management and staff. They are all in tune with your needs and what activities would suit you and are happy to give you tips for nice outings. We did a beautiful beach walk at Nature’s Reserve, the 5 km hike at Robberg and had a little lunch and shopping stroll at Old Nick’s.
The only drawback might be that other restaurants are rather far away but luckily there is a good restaurant at the Lily Pond. Appetizers and drinks beforehand with cocktails made by the cocktail master Roshwill and his assistent Leonardo, with a wonderful view of the lily pond. Look out for their funky haircuts!

Annick P, November 2023


Beautiful gardens

Hotel highlights
Luxury, Great view, Great value

Trevor Love, November 2023

United Kingdom

Beautiful small boutique lodge

Beautiful small boutique lodge with a peaceful garden and superior service incl. a fine dining experience.

Stefan Wandelt, November 2023

South Africa

A Haven of Peace and Comfort at Lily Pond Country Lodge

Our stay at Lily Pond Country Lodge was an exceptional experience and undoubtedly the highlight of our trip to South Africa. From the moment we arrived, we were enchanted by the peaceful setting and the tasteful and elegant decor of the lodge. What truly made our stay unforgettable was the perfect combination of the tranquility of the surrounding nature and the high-end comfort offered by the lodge. Waking up to the sound of birds and falling asleep under a starry sky while enjoying discreet luxury was a real delight. We would like to extend our special thanks to Caroll and Bronwan for their availability and attentive listening. Thanks to their valuable advice, we were able to explore the region in a unique and authentic way. Their in-depth knowledge of the area and their sense of hospitality greatly contributed to the quality of our stay. Breakfasts were a treat every morning, with a variety of fresh and delicious choices. As for the dinners, they were simply sublime, a big thank you to Randall for his culinary talents. Each meal was an experience in itself, combining local flavors and creative touches. We also enjoyed the moments spent with the servers, whose humor and friendliness added a light and joyful note to our evenings. In summary, Lily Pond Country Lodge is a true gem, offering both a relaxing and luxurious experience. Whether it was comfort, ambiance, or gastronomy, everything was perfect. We highly recommend this lodge to anyone looking for an exceptional stay in South Africa.

Christophe, December 2023


Beautiful surroundings, could be even better with a few additional creatures comforts.

The location is super peaceful and the surroundings are beautiful. Very pleasant staff and helpful.
The Internet kept breaking but was being fixed and the load shedding meant that there were times during the day or night without electricity. This also means no water for toilets.

Dan, December 2023



Everything was sublime



Wonderful stay

We had a wonderful stay in Lily Pond Country Lodge. The staff was very helpful and friendly. Bronwan was the most dedicated manager we‘ve ever came across. She did a great job in giving us advices on daily trips. We had the opportunity to eat twice at the restaurant and the chef has created great menus for us! The waiters were excellent. We had a wonderful time! Thank you

Laurence, lu


A Hidden Gem

A hidden gem in the tranquil Nature's Valley, definitely worth discovering

Europcar Tempest Plettenberg Bay

South Africa

Quiet location with great grounds, but lots of concrete

Lovely location in the middle of farmland off a minor road, so very quiet apart from the frogs at night. There's along fire to welcome guests before dinner. The service is excellent and the room well equipped and large with a private patio overlooking the extensive garden. Breakfast was good. We were not keen on the almost minimalist design in places and the extensive use of bare concrete, which made our room feel colder than it should have been. close to Birds of Eden and Monkeyland, about 20 minutes drive from Plettenburg Bay


United Kingdom

Beautiful place with an incredibly delicious dinner

Unfortunately we stayed here only for 2 days; everything was just perfect.The daily dinner was something very special and is definitely recommended. A special compliment also to the entire staff for the excellent service.


A very pleasant surprise

We stayed at this beautiful lodge and gardens for 2 nights, weather was not very good which was a shame as the gardens and pool area looked perfect for glorious weather, our rooms had a fantastic view of the gardens and pond area with a private seating area, could not fault the facilities in our lodge.
We ate at the restaurant both nights of our stay and the food and service were excellent with a good selection of wines and cocktails.
We would recommend the Lily Pond lodge for anyone wanting a beautiful personal stay.


United Kingdom

Pearl in Plettenberg Bay

After being hospîtalised in Port Elisabet for a few days, we continued our holiday in Lily Pond. That was an excellent choice: very good food (the cook was flexible to follow my post-hospital soft diet), nice rooms and tasteful decoration! And excellent hiking advice. We really enjoyed it!

Katrien D


Gorgous Garden Route lodge

Gorgeous lodge with generously sized rooms overlooking pretty lily ponds. Lovely walks, exceptional five course dinner, and close enough to Plett for a day's shopping, but far enough to escape the bustle.


South Africa

Beautiful Country Lodge

Really lovely Country Lodge with the friendliest team imaginable! Food was amazing, prepared by the super talented Chef Randall, served by the absolutely charming Joseph. Carol and Bronwan looked after us like family and were so helpful with advice re places to visit etc. It was so lovely to meet you all. Many happy memories, thank you.

Janice & Steve

PS Bronwan - we brought some Six Dogs gin back with us - love it!

Janice & Steve

United Kingdom

Baby Moon

We went on a baby moon, it’s just the most magical and peaceful stay. Breakfast is amazing too!

Kelly Kolesky

South Africa

2 nights at Lily Pond

We stayed 2 nights at Lily Pond and it was just beautiful. The staff was so lovely, the room was super nice and the food was next level! Since it was not high season, we had the honor that the chef cooked only for us and it was just indescribably good!! Thank you to all the staff for an amazing stay, we will be back!




A unique place in Tsitsikama Park, a gem in nature. A magnificent view of the room, large, clean and very well decorated. A moment of happiness!



Such a beautiful hotel

We loved the rooms, finished to a very high standard. We overlooked the Lily Pond and it was a very peaceful setting in well maintained and planted grounds. Bronwyn, the Manager, was so helpful and friendly. Randall the Chef cooked us a delicious meal while Elsabe couldn’t have been kinder, making sure we had everything we needed. There is a lovely infinity pool area which we didn’t use this time as the weather was cold and our trip was short. Fires were lit and our room was heated for our arrival, great attention to detail. We will definitely go back as this is a real find.

Rooms: Very comfortable and spacious. Lovely interiors and choice of furnishings. Doors opening onto seating /deck area overlooking the pond.

Food & drinks: We had a beautiful meal, great chef.

Delia Keeling


Beautiful retreat

If you want a truly relaxing and restful place to stay with exquisite food, then this is the place to come! This tranquil location is also perfect for nearby attractions such as nature’s valley beach, tsitsikamma national park, monkey land, birds of Eden etc. The lily ponds and surrounding gardens are stunning - the perfect antidote! The rooms are large with individual patios from where you can look over the lily ponds enjoying a nice sundowner. The staff are super friendly and helpful with information on what to do and where to go. The food is delightful, with 4 course meat and veggie option every evening. The chef comes out at the end of the evening to chat to all the guests and ensure everything is ok. The only slight negative we found was the strange open plan bedrooms with integrated bathrooms - it made using the toilet interesting!


United Kingdom

Perfect getaway close to Natures Valley.

Very friendly and attending staff. Ww rented the Suite which was very nice decorated and with comfortable beds. We specifically enjoyed the outdoor shower.



Go there with your eyes closed!

I have to eat gluten-free, it's the one and only place where the chef had plenty of intentions so that I could fully enjoy my stay. Small gluten-free muffin for breakfast, same for evening meals, gluten-free starter main course dessert. I thank him very much for that. Heartwarming welcome. Nothing to complain about, place in exceptional calm, discreet and kind staff. Congratulations to all



A welcome return to this superb lodge

We returned to Lily Pond after an enforced absence of three years and we were not disappointed (apart from the inclement weather).
The owners, Margret & Neils Hendriks were on hand to offer us a very personal welcome. They have assembled a superb team including Bronwan, Joseph & Carol.
We stayed in one of their Luxury Suites which sits right on the lily pond that gives the property its name.
Highly recommended.


United Kingdom

A little gem

A beautiful and restful haven of a place to stay, full of little touches around the place. The owner is clearly completely involved in the running of the guest house and has exquisite taste. We found Lilly Ponds so photogenic and have many photos as memories of a delightful stay.
A bonus was seeing baboons foraging around the grounds.

Michael O

United Kingdom

A paradise oasis

A very tastefully furnished, huge room with a heavenly comfortable bed, very warm hosts and a good breakfast. The whole lodge with its lily ponds was a beautiful and quiet oasis. We felt very comfortable and would have liked to stay longer.



Great facility

Very nice facility. Many excursion possibilities! High quality dinner!

P.L. aus O


Holiday like home. We will definitely be back.

Nice, big room with high quality materials. Extremely good cuisine, nice pool area.




Lily Pond Lodge certainly has the wow factor, set within the stunning Natures Valley - a visit to the lagoon and beach is a must. Our room and hotel facilities all to an excellent standard. The view from our room was stunning, overlooking the pond. Such a joy to sit on our patio watching the baboons playing in the mornings. If you are a foody you will absolutely love it here. The five course evening meal was superb, as were the breakfasts. Worth bearing in mind that the lodge is in an isolated location but this is part of its charm. We enjoyed eating at The Lookout in Plettenberg Bay (20 minute drive) on the day we didn’t eat in the restaurant.


United Kingdom

Shimmering Nature

Lulled by the song of birds alone, a stay full of charm. We had a dream experience.
Culinarily, the chef works wonders. Tasty and sober cuisine delighted us. We definitely recommend the brand.



We were pretty happy with everything.

The owners are incredibly friendly and caring, the food is very delicious and you can choose from a variety of different meals, the rooms are comfortable and clean.

Kerem Sargut


Overnight with Clients

Excellent location, service and food. Thank you, Bronwyn,

Edward Mowers

South Africa

Gem of a place

We spent 4 nights at this beautiful lodge. The gardens and lily ponds are a tranquil oasis, and the room we had overlooking the ponds was spacious, private and very comfortable. Dinner in the evening provided the option of choosing between 2 main courses but the rest was set. Food was of the highest quality and we thoroughly enjoyed each one. Wine list is limited but good quality and excellent value. Location is ideal to explore the trails in the national park or the spectacular beaches. Owners are always on site and very involved in the running of the place. The staff are an excellent and attentive team. We plan to return!


United Kingdom

Wonderful Stay

We had a perfect stay at Lily Pond Country Lodge. Very helpful and and polite staff. Good meals an wines. Good service. Nice and clean rooms. Loundry was done quick, tidy and for good price. Margret, Nils and their staff are wonderful people.




A hidden gem on Garden Route near Plettenberg. Margret and Niels created a wonderful, peaceful place. Everybody was so friendly and helpful, the rooms nice and cosy and the food excellent. The Lodge is surrounded by a wonderful, cultivated garden. The staff was very attentive and pleased to give tips concerning trips and restaurants in the neighbourhood. From Lily Pond you can easily reach Knysna, Plettenberg, Knysna Elefant Park (Walking with Elefants was a great experience), Tsitsikama, and the nicest beaches



A great place to stay

Luxurious rooms that open onto beautiful gardens. Very friendly and helpful staff. Excellent restaurant serving high class food at reasonable price. Well situated for wonderful walks around Tsitsikamma. Highly recommend

Gail P

United Kingdom

Lily Pond

The Lily Pond Country Lodge is beautifully located in the middle of nature. The welcome upon our arrival was very warm, the staff and the owners have introduced themselves by name and we had the feeling to be welcome from the beginning. The hotel as well as the rooms are very lovingly designed. In the hotel's own restaurant, a 4-course menu is offered in the evening, for which one can make a reservation in the morning. We used this once during our stay - the dinner and the service were excellent and the price, which was a bit high for South African standards, was reasonable. On the other days we ate outside, twice at a wine estate and once in Plettenberg Bay. With a car you are very flexible and the lodge is a central and well located starting point for national parks or hikes. Breakfast at the lodge is very good, egg dishes are prepared on order. We would like to point out the great service. Regarding our planned excursions and activities, we were advised very kindly. A great place to feel good and relax by the pool and at the same time centrally located for all activities in the area. We would definitely come back again.

Florian Pachel


Tranquility at the pond

We had a lovely stay at Lily Pond for a week with ample advice from the staff on local areas to explore - within easy reach of Nature’s valley, Plettenberg bay and Stormsrivier. Local areas offer numerous walks and sites to visit - don’t miss out on Stormsrivier village, Nature’s valley or the local bird park - Lily Pond itself is gorgeous with the owners exceptionally kind and friendly.

Peter P

United Kingdom

Welcome return

It was lovely to return to Lily Pond after a four year break, and the warm welcome we received was quite special.
There have been some changes but the core quality remains unchanged; spacious well appointed accommodation, good imaginative food and friendly efficient service.
Thanks to Niels, Margaret and all the team.




It was more than perfect, the staff including chef and the cook did everything to make our stay unforgettable
Joseph let our wishes off our lips! our emails were even written in Luxembourgish by Bronwan ;-)))
our menu for New Year's evening will remain in our memory for a very long time!
Thank you for EVERYTHING

Claude H


Great higher class place (with only minor critics)

The place is very beautifl. Run by a very friendly and professional couple, this one is a higher class escape. I deducted one point for the reasons listed below, however, they are only my personal traveler view. On the absolute positive side: the stuff is extremely friendly and helpful, the rooms are spacious and the facilities are modern. The furniture is not old (it is African style, a lot of wood and rather dark, but not old). The beds are comfortable (pillows may be too big/high for certain people, but it is a taste thing). The pool area, the pond and the overall facilities are beautiful and accomplish the higher class / luxury approach. As the hotel is far away from other restaurants / dining possibilities, you will have to dine at the hotel. The kitchen is light, healthy and very tasty. Those, who have more hunger than the "foodie culture" can sattisfy, can easily ask for double portions, without being looked at like weirdos. Very professional.

On the critical side (as having the approach to be a luxury place also means to be critized a little bit more than other places): the place could have been cleaner. There was a lot of dust under the bed and we found rest of glas on the floor from the previous guest. As we were staying 4 nights, we did not have the impression that the place was vacuumed every day (which I am used from other places like this). The paper tissues have not been refilled after they went empty and there was no renewal of shampoo in the shower. These are smaller things, that make an overall great impression less excellent.

Valeria Hoffmann


Top drawer

Arguably the best lodge we have ever stayed at considering all things that matter on a holiday. Very spacious rooms with quality finishes and a view over the ponds. Close to activities and the beach. Dinner is premier 5-start quality in terms of presentation and taste. Friendly and competent staff with a GM and owners who are personally involved.


A very beautiful accommodation

A very beautiful accommodation with spacious rooms that have their own private terrace. The staff and the owners are incredibly friendly and make sure that you have an amazing stay. The chef prepares excellent meals. Lots of great walks/hikes nearby. Would definitely stay here again.

Kim Brandes


Fantastic Lodge

We loved it here.
Super rooms, fantastic grounds, excellent food and wine, great staff and owners.
The location is also wonderful, just 5 minutes drive from Natures Valley and close to Plett.
Josef, Bromwan, Margret and the lady who did the breakfasts were all superb hosts.
Given the quality of the Lodge the price is very good value, certainly by European standards.
If we return to the Cape, we will be back!

Mark B

United Kingdom

Amazing place to stay

We had a really good experience by choosing this location.The huge garden is well kept as the entire installations.The mainhouse with the bar,restaurant... was decorated with care and fancy.A cosy and distinguished place to stay.


United Kingdom


I am late submitting this review, but better late than never! You would go a long way to find hosts as friendly & welcoming as Margret & Niels. Their staff are also wonderful and, when we arrived earlier than expected, showed us to our room with great efficiency as the owners were still out. We spent 3 nights here and dined in every evening. The food, cooked by the owner herself with loving care, was delicious. We were a party of four, one of whom has dietary intolerances, and Margret went out of her way to ensure that she had as good a dining experience as the rest of us. Definitely to be recommended as a base for exploring this beautiful area.


United Kingdom


(Excellent) - Owners were lovely and made sure they introduced themselves to all the guests. Gorgeous garden and beautiful inside interior. The food was absolutely outstanding and a set 7 course menu was served every night. I really liked that most of the staff were employed for 15-18 years and loved working there. They were very knowledgeable about the hotel and surrounding area.


United Kingdom

A 4-star lodge with 5-star service!

A 4-star lodge with 5-star service, we slept in a beautiful suite (no7). Very tastefully decorated with everything you need. The lodge itself is similarly tastefully decorated. The owners are very nice and important authentic and themselves. The food, breakfast and dinner, was excellent and very tasty, the staff was very friendly and helpful in a sympathetic and individual way, a descriptive word is real! Pleasure and fun in what they do, hospitality! Everyone does everything they can to give you a pleasant stay, it is a fact that there is a power outage on a recurring basis in South Africa, but we work hard to ensure that the guest is inconvenienced as little as possible.

Good luck team Lily Pond ️



The most comfortable beds ever!

The most comfortable beds ever!
Wonderful service from the whole staff team, exceptional food and beautifully decorated throughout. The location is very tranquil and quite a distance from Plettenberg so you do need a car. 


United Kingdom

An oasis of calm

Lily Pond- from the moment of our arrival we were never greeted with anything less than a smile. We were allocated room 5 which overlooked a large Lily pond - it was lovely to sit and relax in this beautiful setting. The room had everything you could wish for, including a well stocked honesty bar. We had booked in for dinner and that was a delight - although there was a limited menu it was perfectly executed.
Breakfast was served on the lovely patio and again it was an absolute treat. This is not only somewhere we would recommend but somewhere we will return to.



Fantastic location, very welcoming

When we drove through the gate we were already touched by the beautiful place. What a beauty. A very large pond, full of water lilies where the lodges are partly located. A beautifully landscaped garden. The reception room, the restaurant and the lodge were decorated with so much love and care, beautiful! We were warmly welcomed and then the great Enjoyment could begin.
In the evening, a delicious four-course menu was served in the restaurant, a culinary delight that we enjoyed.



Amazing stay!

My 11 yr old and myself stayed here at the beginning of our South Africa trip. We stayed 3 nights whilst enjoying the Plettenberg bay attractions.
The hotel is surrounded by Lily ponds and gardens. The local baboons visited daily and the gardens offer bird and reptile life.
We had a lovely room with a private deck area by the ponds.
The large bathroom had a shower and bath. There was a coffee machine/drinks and stocked honesty bar.
The Wi-Fi worked well.
The service was top notch from the staff.
The best thing was the food offering. There was a 4 course menu which was changed daily. We were catered for as vegetarians and my daughter was able to have a kids Menu.
The bar offered a selection of drinks.
The breakfast was plentiful with fresh specials, cereal, fruit and cooked options.
The small splash pool was cold but situated in a lovely sitting area.
Overall a great stay and we would definitely recommend!


United Kingdom


It is a beautiful Lodge in a very nice location. The people there were so friendli and helpfull.
Everything is so nice arranged as they have a good eye for details. It is very quiet so you realy can listen to the nature. I loved it.



A brief but amazing visit @ Lily Pond

Lilypond is a truly breath taking location. Both the grounds and the rooms were absolutely delightful but the grounds are definitely the star of the show. I spent a number of hours just sitting overlooking the lily pond and soaking it in. Set 10 minutes drive away from the bustle of Plettenberg Bay in December/January, it was the perfect jump off point for our many excursions into this spectacular part of the Garden route. Niels and Margret were wonderful hosts with Niels personally taking responsibility for my caffeine addition.....
The food was was beautifully prepared and presented in their intimate dining area with both indoor and outdoor options. Breakfast was served every morning on the front terrace by the very friendly and efficient staff with a wide array of options.
All round, I couldn't recommend it strongly enough and we will definitely be back for another visit soon.


Qatar-South Africa

A wonderful experience in hospitality, accommodation and environment

Thank you Nils and Margret for the wonderful time we could spend at your location. We hope to come back one day again. Thanks a lot for your personal hospitality and the warm welcome we experienced of your very kind stuff.


United Kingdom

Lillifee… no: Lilypond… 🤗

Surrounded by nature only, you can recreate in a wonderful lodge with the highlight of three lilyponds and a huge, well-kept garden.
Thanks to Margret, Niels and their staff for a (too) short, but very pleasant stay near Tsitsikamma and Storm‘s River.
For a daytrip to Storm‘s River you will be sure our first choice again!

2 Sterne


Birthday breakaway

Wonderful stay in a beautiful location!
Friendly and attentive staff.
The owners Niels and Margret went out of their way to make us feel at home.
They were recommended to us by family members and we can understand why.
Thank you!


South Africa


Fabulous stay, beautiful rooms & landscaping. Very relaxing and you don't want to leave.....

Caroline & Jean-Baptiste

United Kingdom-France

One of a kind...

Fantastic location, delicious dinner the friendliest and helpful hosts we ever had.

Thank you so much!!

Iris, Stephanie, Justus & Thilo


Special Place

Avery special place and a great welcome from Niels & Margret. Friendly, peaceful & attention to detail is exceptional. We will hopefully be back and for longer this time. We didn't wanted to leave... Wonderful food & service, nothing to fault....  

Phil & Chris Gandy

United Kingdom

Birthday breakaway.

Wonderful stay in a beautiful location!
Friendly and attentive staff.
The owners Niels and Margret went out of their way to make us feel at home.
They were recommended to us by family members and we can understand why.
Thank you!


South Africa

Heerlijk genieten in volle rust.

Super fijn verblijf gehad bij de Lily Pond! Fantastisch eten en hosts en staff waren erg gastvrij. Hebben hier heerlijk kunnen ontspannen in een luxe lodge en kunnen genieten van de mooie omgeving. Dank ook voor alle aanbevelingen met betrekking tot wat te doen in de omgeving.




Geschmackvoll eingerichtetes, sehr großes Zimmer mit Blick auf schöne Gartenanlage mit Pool und riesigem Teich. Super-nettes Personal und sehr freundliche Besitzer, großartiges Essen. Hervorragende Betten.



Fantastic experience!

The design of the hotel is great. View is exceptional. Quiet and relaxing place, with high quality staff and very friendly owners. Nice food and music at the restaurant .
Definitely place to stay and highly recommended.



A brief but amazing visit.

Lily Pond is a truly breath taking location. Both the grounds and the rooms were absolutely delightful but the grounds are definitely the star of the show. I spent a number of hours just sitting overlooking the lily pond and soaking it in.
Set 10 minutes drive away from the bustle of Plettenberg Bay in December/January, it was the perfect jump off point for our many excursions into this spectacular part of the Garden route.
Niels and Margret were wonderful hosts with Neils personally taking responsibility for my caffeine addition.
The food was was beautifully prepared and presented in their intimate dining area with both indoor and outdoor options. Breakfast was served every morning on the front terrace by the very friendly and efficient staff with a wide array of options.
All round, I couldn't recommend it strongly enough and we will definitely be back for another visit soon.


Qatar-South Africa

Excellent Stay!

Our stay was absolutely amazing. The owners, Niels and Margaret supported by their super friendly and hospitable staff made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived. The food at the restaurant was really excellent. The well designed lodge near Natures Valley has a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere with a well kept large garden with the highlight of three lilyponds. We will certainly stay there again when we are in that area.


South Africa

Tranquility at it’s best

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Lily Pond Lodge. The hosts are extremely friendly and very helpful. Absolutely loved their property. So very tranquil and peaceful, you can’t help but relax. The food was exceptional as well as the staff. The surrounding area is also incredibly beautiful and we loved the hikes and the mountain biking. We would highly recommend stopping in at Lily Pond Lodge.


South Africa

Zurückgekehrt zur Lilypond Lodge!

Nach mehr als 15 Jahren sind wir zurückgekehrt zur Lily Pond. Wir waren so froh, Margret und Niels, die Inhaber und Manager wieder zu treffen. Die Lodge ist noch schöner geworden. Nach unserer Zeit im Buschcamper haben wir den Luxus der großzügigen Unterkunft und der schmackhaften Dinnermenüs von Margret genossen. Die schnelle und ordentliche Reinigung hat uns wieder fit gemacht für die Zivilisation. Der Trail von Natures Valley, einem verträumten Feriendorf, zur Salt River Mündung hat uns wirklich ins Paradies geführt. Dafür sollte man sich Zeit nehmen.



Overall our best stay in SA!!

The property is gorgeous and has stunning views, the restaurant food is of very high quality. The staff incl. the owners are present and are very welcoming and keen to offer local suggestions. I would for sure stay again, we loved everything!



Great stay in The Crags

We really enjoyed our stay at Lily Pond. The facilities and rooms are beautiful. We also had dinner there one night, which was delicious. 100% would stay again.


United Kingdom

Lovely time at Lily Pond.

Absolutely loved our time there. Margret & Niels are fantastic hosts and the staff are all very helpful and friendly. Well maintained, peaceful, restful and absolutely beautiful.


South Africa


We had THE nicest stay at Lily Pond Country Lodge. The food, the rooms, the style, the whole atmosphere and the kindness we experienced made our time so special. It really was the nicest lodge we stayed at during our three week travel through South Africa. Highly recommend!


UK (Oct 2019)


We loved this place. We enjoyed everything about it, from the quality accommodation to the delicious food and lovely gardens. We had a large, very pleasant room overlooking the lily pond, with comfortable bed, great shower and excellent breakfast. Super hosts, super place to stay.


UK Oct 2019


Lily Pond Country Lodge was the most beautiful place on our two weeks travel on the Garden Route in South Africa. Unfortunately, we spent only two Nights at this lodge. The service and the meals at breakfast and at dinner were excellent. A carafe with fresh orange juice on the table and so many fresh fruits for breakfast. The location is very beautiful, especially the lake with the water lily – a wonderful view while having a glass of wine. The room service opens the bed for night, placed a little chocolate and the car was cleaned every morning.
The people are always very friendly and you are welcome all the time. We felt like being in the honeymoon
You should visit definitely the Tsitsikamma National Park near Stormsriver and also Robberg Nature Reserve near Plettenberg Bay which are not too far away. The nature you can expe-rience at these places is simply amazing. But also Nature´s Valley nearby is a wonderful place whith an incredibly beach – very wide and so less people. Our journey has passed now almost one year ago but we are still keeping this experiences in mind and we will come back to South Africa once again.




This is by far THE BEST PLACE we've been to in SA and in general. The level of service is so high you won't believe it. The room is beautiful with gorgeous view to the pond. It was top clean with premium bedding. The in house restaurant is amazing. Food was delicious and service was perfect. The owners spend time with each guest every day asking them how was their day and what are their plans for the next days. Breakfast at tge garden was also delicious and made for order. Our car has been washed every day! To sum up: GO THERE! Great value for money and you'll have the best stay for sure! We spent 2 nights there and we were very sad to leave.

Andrew Webb

UK-Feb 2019


When we arrived at Lily Pond we immediately felt a feeling of calm. The lodge is in a beautiful setting. Our room, which the Lily Pond had upgraded was lovely, very large, peaceful, private and with lovely views. All the staff we spoke to had worked at the Lily Pond since it opened or very soon after which is a credit to the owners and it was obvious in the service they provided. A slight negative for the Lily Pond is that it is a little remote and it's a little too far to drive anywhere else to eat in the evening. Because of this we decided to eat at the Lily Pond each night and very quickly agreed that we were glad it was to far away from anywhere else as the 4 course meals we had were fantastic, superbly presented and high quality. Our only regret was that we had booked only a 3 night stay.

Trip wrote on 13 December 2018

lily Pond Country Lodge

We were delighted to stay here on our trip around the Western Cape. We were able to do some walking around Natures Valley which is quieter than Storms River but this must also be visited. The reception and help were first class as was the food in their restaurant.

David wrote on 5 December 2018



Stayed @ Lily Pond the second time, after been here during our honeymoon in spring 2017 already. Fantastic place, lovely and personal service, and lots of possibilities for activities and stunning beaches close by.We will definitely come back!

Culture wrote on 23 December 2018

Lily Pond Country Lodge

We were delighted with our stay at Lily Pond. The Proprietors were so welcoming and interested in all of their guests. The room provided was of a very high quality with great space. We had dinner on one night of our stay and the food was fantastic.

Jan wrote on 18 January 2019



Wished to have booked more than just one night, to have a chance to get deeper into the Lily Pond mode. Ambiance, interior, kitchen, hosts - everything top class. We will come again, but then longer....

Brad wrote on 24 November 2018

South Africa, via SafariNow

We spent two nights here to chill out after a hectic but enjoyable few days on safari. It was much better than our wildest dreams and the setting, accommodation, welcome and culinary delights were above the norm.We would happily recommend Lily Pond to anyone.

John Morris

United Kingdom, via SafariNow

We were really impressed with the lodge. The surroundings and the facilities were all faultless. The staff were friendly and incredibly helfpul, helping us to plan our days activities. We felt thoroughly pampered throughout our stay. Dinner was well prepared and served in lovely surroundings starting with drinks in front of a roaring fire.A really nice touch was on chilly evenings to find a hot water bottle warming the bed.Cannot recommend it highly enough - and such good value.

Olwyn Burgess

United Kingdom, via SafariNow

This place is just stunning. The decor and outside areas are beautiful. Our room was huge, comfortable with a stunning bathroom. It had everything we needed and more. The staff were amazing. I wish we could have stayed longer


United Kingdom, via TripAdvisor

One of the most beautiful areas in South Africa. So relaxing and tranquil. Great location. Very close to natures valley beach. Dinner was excellent and breakfast every morning was just as great. Staff are extremely helpful to make your stay great!


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