Holidaying near the beach has always been relished by families visiting South Africa. Here, Exclusive Getaways lists a few charming family holiday accommodations near the beach, where sun and surf will do their marvelous magic for the whole family. These range from opulent sole-use villas and boutique-style lodges to perennially popular family-friendly hotels.


The Plettenberg Hotel, Plettenberg Bay
The Beach House at The Plettenberg, Plettenberg Bay

The Plettenberg is situated on a rocky headland in the spectacular seaside town of Plettenberg Bay. This splendid 5-star hotel offers breathtaking vistas and easy access to the Garden Route’s beaches and forests, animal sanctuaries, and a host of local adventures. The Lookout Villa and The Beach House are exclusive, private villa options, ideal for families wanting a privately luxurious space of their own.The Lookout Villa at The Plettenberg is the perfect option for families or groups of friends travelling together. There is open-plan lounge, dining area, and well-stocked galley kitchen inside, while a private swimming pool and garden encourage fabulous outdoor living at the coast.

The Beach House at The Plettenberg is a family’s holiday dream come true. With a spacious private deck and pool overlooking the beach and mountains, guests are assured of glorious views. Guests at The Beach House can enjoy all hotel amenities in the adjacent buildings, while being able to retreat to the luxurious privacy of the villa. There are two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a large sitting room with fireplace, a dining room and a small kitchen. The villa provides 150 m2 of living space. Mail us.

Number Eleven: The Milkwood Collection, Knysna

Number Eleven: The Milkwood Collection is situated at the Heads in Knysna, in a beautiful garden with walkways leading directly to the beach and lagoon. This is a five-star self catering villa with superlative lagoon views and light, modern living spaces. There are four en-suite bedrooms and an additional TV room/5th bedroom, making the villa suitable for up to 12 people. A large, open-plan dining room and modern kitchen are ideal for entertaining. Outdoors there is an infinity-pool and outdoor dining area, covered bar counter with both charcoal and gas barbeques. Mail us.

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The Old Rectory, Plettenberg Bay

The Old Rectory offers 5-star boutique hotel comforts in the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay. The hotel is perfectly positioned for family leisure, offering easy access to Plettenberg Bay’s magnificent beaches, to the Keurbooms Lagoon, to Robberg Nature Reserve, and and to the indigenous forests in the area. The immaculate suites can be configured for families and the hotel also offers conveniences for families with young children. Mail us.

The Bayview Hotel, Plettenberg Bay

The Bayview Hotel is centrally located in Plettenberg Bay, just a few minutes away from the beach. The hotel offers views of Lookout Beach, the Keurbooms River and the Tsitsikamma mountains.Family accommodation is available, and the hotel provides equipped play areas for children. There are two Blue Flag beaches within an 800 m radius, and nearby guests will find shops, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and nightlife, and a plethora of adventure activities. Mail us.


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Beach Hotel, Port Elizabeth

The Beach Hotel is a welcoming, 4-star family hotel in the friendly city of Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), situated right on the beachfront, directly opposite Hobie Beach and next to the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex. The hotel has 3 on-site restaurants: The CrestThe Verandah and Ginger. The spacious family room is equipped with a queen-sized bed and bunk beds. It includes complimentary wi-fi, air-conditioning, tea- and coffee-making facilities, flat-screen TV with selected Channels, and mini-bar fridges that can be stocked on request. Mail us.

Umngazi Hotel & Spa, Wild Coast

Umngazi Hotel & Spa has a breathtaking location at a river mouth on the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast – a holiday playground of rugged coastline, indigenous forests, blue waters and idyllic beaches. Catering well to families, the resort offers thatched bungalows set in indigenous gardens at the edge of the river. Leisure options include lounging on secluded beaches, spa treatments, walking and hiking, as well as snorkelling, boat cruises and canoeing, fishing, biking and more. For families there are interleading rooms in various categories. There is a dining room dedicated to children, as well as a children’s TV lounge, and creative corner. Mail us.

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Cape St Francis Beach Break Villas, Cape St Francis

Cape St Francis Beach Break Villas consists of six luxury villas set on the edge of sand dunes overlooking Cape St Francis beach. These beachside 4- and 5-bedroom villas are ideal for families or small groups wanting sole-use holiday accommodation – available on either on a bed and breakfast or self-catering basis. All of the villas have garden- and sea-facing rooms, the latter with views of the beach, Seal Point and the Indian Ocean. Open-plan living areas, private decks and swimming pools are features of all the Beach Break villas. With the beach and ocean on the doorstep, this destination offers the activities that beach holidays are made of. Mail us.

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