Many people envision a safari when they think of Africa, but some of the world's most exclusive beach resorts can also be found along its coasts. Several possibilities are available if you want the ultimate in seclusion, leisure, and outdoor activity with immaculate white sand beaches beneath your feet.
These are some of the finest selections, ranging from private islands to magnificent resorts along South Africa's coastline.
1. The Oyster Box – Durban
This premium resort hotel is ideal for a beach getaway and lots of R&R. The nearby beaches, including La Lucia and Umdloti, are great for diving, surfing, and dolphin viewing and are located along the Umhlanga coastline, 20 minutes from downtown Durban.
There are two pools, one of which has a clear view of the Indian Ocean, a luxurious spa, gym, cinema, and three bars, one of which has a rooftop location with views of the lighthouse. There are two restaurants on-site, including a great buffet that can be eaten on the patio and an afternoon tea lounge.
2. Monkey Valley Resort - Cape Town
Monkey Valley is a quiet resort made up of thatched-roof log houses with huge balconies and many with sea views, tucked inside Milkwood Forest and affording a jaw-dropping view of Noordhoek Beach and the ocean. Some also feature pleasant fireplaces. The pool is like a secret oasis, concealed behind shade trees and surrounded by stone, with flowing water. There is a restaurant and bar on-site and direct access to the sand.
3. Thonga Beach Lodge – Mabibi
As an all-inclusive retreat with the finest of both worlds: the forest and the ocean, Thonga Beach Lodge in iSimangaliso Wetland Park provides lots of luxury and comfort. It is located on the pristine Kwazulu-Natal coastline, which is famous for its snorkeling, diving, and gorgeous sunsets. Enjoy peaceful walks on the isolated beach, cool swims in the pool, and reading on the balcony with a nice book.
4. The Plettenberg Hotel - Plettenberg Bay
The Plettenberg Hotel, located on a rocky promontory, provides spectacular views of the sea, the Tsitsikamma Mountains, and Keurbooms Lagoon, as well as the possibility of seeing dolphins and whales. There are two infinity pools with sea views, a spa, a boutique, a bar, and a restaurant serving modern seafood specialties.
Of course, you can always get beach towels and an umbrella and spend the day at the beach. Fresh-cut flowers, complimentary bottled water, coffeemakers, free Wi-Fi, and baths with heated floors are among the amenities in the sumptuous rooms and suites.
5. Brenton Haven Beachfront Resort - Brenton-on-Sea
This lovely beachside resort provides plenty of peace and quiet for relaxing in the sun and sand. You may roll out of bed and wander down to the beach for a tranquil stroll, swim, or rest and take in the surroundings. Horseback riding is also an option.
There's a lovely pool with a view of the ocean and an excellent restaurant serving everything from seafood to Mediterranean and vegetarian fare. Suites have a kitchen and a private veranda to enjoy the breathtaking sea views.