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Beach Holidays

A grand beachside holiday never loses its appeal, especially when it’s on the alluringly warm Indian Ocean. Opulent, palatial and with all its five stars gleaming brightly, The Oyster Box in Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal offers all the glamour of a top-class beach holiday right on the ocean’s edge. Until 19 December 2013 you can have … Continue reading “That Oceanic Feeling … A Lavish Beachside Holiday with a Free Night at The Oyster Box in Umhlanga KwaZulu-Natal”

Soak up the best of Paternoster at the gorgeous Abalone House, sitting pretty beside the ocean in the delightful fishermans-village that holds good as one of the great charm-spots of the West Coast . It’s a sublime, boutique-style overnight stay, where you can take afternoon-tea-by-the-sea, and fine dine in a wonderfully cosy setting. 

“Fine art is the soul of Ellerman House, and our collection sets us apart from other fine hotels in South Africa.” (Ellerman House Website).  At its splendid, thoroughly exclusive and sea-possessing location at Bantry Bay, Ellerman House has an impressive collection of art,  making it a truly unique guest sanctuary for art-at-heart people who also … Continue reading “Art this not Fine? Ellerman House is The Destination in Cape Town for Art-at-Heart People”

It could be yoga in a pristine reserve that takes your fancy, or hot-footing it through the fynbos with the kids to find Easter eggs, or a weekend learning the secrets of Italy’s well-known passion-foods. These, and all sorts of other things besides, are coming up in De Hoop Collection’s special packages for 2013.

Ultra-divine and right off the well-worn track, Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the remote and beautiful shoreline of the Maputuland coast. It’s a luxury lodge resting discreetly in dune forest just above one of the most untouched wilderness beaches remaining on the African continent. Mabibi Bay is a magical place of coastal forests, lakes … Continue reading “Seamless Suntans, Luxury Living, Turtles and Tons More on an Unpeopled Shoreline in KwaZulu-Natal”

Flowers and fossils, braais and bokkoms, theatre and thingimijigs – the West Coast of the Western Cape is a scenic bonanza and has an array of things to see and do. It’s a wonderful area to explore, for visitors and South Africans alike. One of the major drawcards of the West Coast is that there are still … Continue reading “West is Best: Things to Do on the West Coast”

Cape Town is spectacularly well endowed with beaches, and many of them have the prestige of blue flag status. Let’s do a speedy scoot around the bays and beaches, the coves and sandy corners that are part of what makes Cape Town the love-affair city for travellers from all over the world.

  Southern Right Whales flock to the bays of De Hoop Nature Reserve to nurture their young. Bontebok – an endangered species – graze De Hoop’s lands in surprisingly large numbers. Eland and Cape Mountain Zebra are at home in the reserve too, along with ostriches, the scurrying yellow mongoose,  a variety of other mammals and a large array … Continue reading “Get Nurtured in Nature at Dazzling De Hoop”

Faraway, uncrowded beaches will always have an irresistable tug for honeymooners. On the Wild Coast, untrampled beaches are there for the taking. In fact, at Prana Lodge, honeymooners (and all guests) have private access to all of 21 km of unblemished beach. Private and exquisitely chic, the lodge is a sanctuary for romance, set beside the … Continue reading “This Way, Honeymooners! Special Package Far from the Madding Crowds: Wild Coast’s Prana Lodge”

Think West Coast and notice how braais and bokkoms scurrel for top seed along with flowers and whales. Recently, braai’s on the West Coast have gathered an extra bit of glitz at Abalone House, sitting pretty beside the sea in small-town Paternoster. There, they’ve been re-invented as sumptuous, five-star fireside feasts.

Celebrate our gorgeous coastlines by experiencing them afresh. Pack up the family and head for one these awesome coastal spots in the Western Cape:

South Africa is wide and vast, and abundantly gifted with gorgeous landscapes and fascinating wildlife. From safari hideouts deep in the wilderness to trendy urban playgrounds, from secret mountain getaways to vine-combed valleys and pearl-white beaches, the holiday options in South Africa are almost endless.