These South African summer beach getaways are worth it
Those who yearn for a beach vacation with all the luxury amenities may need to book their summer now. With a huge demand for beach properties in South Africa, travelers can shell out between R 10,000 and R 60,000 a night.
Luxury travel expert Helen Untiedt said wealthy travelers aren’t afraid to splurge on high-end beach properties in South Africa, with some spending as much as R 1 million on beach getaways. .
She said some travelers book accommodation for up to a month.
“South Africa is home to many beachside properties, but most are booked months to a year in advance. Sometimes it is difficult to keep up with demand. People love that they can stay in a modern, comfortable property with the beach right on their doorstep, ”she said.
Untiedt said travelers were pretty specific about what they wanted out of a beach vacation.
“Travelers who book this type of accommodation want beach access, good beds, fabulous cuisine with a large dining table, a pool, and activities the family can enjoy indoors when it rains. Basically they want an amazing location with all the luxury comforts, ”she explained.
Untiedt said the best beach property locations included Clifton and Plett in the Western Cape and northern KwaZulu-Natal.
Here are our top picks for beach properties:
Thonga Beach Lodge, KwaZulu-Natal
Dubbed one of South Africa’s most pristine beach huts, Thonga Beach Lodge is within iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The 24-bed property is a stone’s throw from the sea with a range of aquatic experiences.
If you visit between November and February, you can enjoy his tailor-made turtle tracking experiences. Other experiences include snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving, fishing, ocean safaris, guided walks, and cultural tours.
For those who want to be pampered, the spa offers a range of treatments aimed at “de-stressing and awakening your senses”. Rates start from R3 540 per person sharing a night. Visit www.thongabeachlodge.co.za/
42 Beachy Head Villa, Western Cape
The Plettenberg Bay Beach Retreat, conveniently located between Beacon Island and Robberg, ticks all the boxes for the perfect beach vacation.
The lavish property sleeps 18 in eight bedrooms and has an array of amenities to keep guests entertained. These include a jacuzzi under the milk trees, a 12-seat cinema,
yoga terrace, swimming pool, on-site sauna and roof garden. The piece de resistance is the private beach access – the perfect spot for lazy mornings sunbathing or sunset. 42 Beachy Head is tastefully decorated and offers postcard-perfect ocean views.
Rates start from R39,000 per night.
Beach Villa Wilderness, Garden Route
The luxury Beach Villa Wilderness guesthouse is located between George and Sedgefield in the Western Cape, along the Garden Route. The luxury accommodation has seven fully equipped en-suite bedrooms for rest and dining.
Located a short walk from Wilderness Beach, this house can accommodate 16 people and can be rented exclusively or in a room. The villa offers an all-inclusive bar area, swimming pool, lounges and is ideally located close to restaurants and shopping areas. Guests can arrange on-site massages, yoga training and a personal chef at an additional charge.
Guests who wish to venture out can take hikes in the Wilderness National Park, paragliding, wine tastings and fishing charters.
Rates start at R26,000 per night on an exclusive use basis, or R3,050 per room. Visit www.beachvillawilderness.co.za
Ballito Beach House Villa, KwaZulu-Natal
Inspired by Balinese architecture and offering views of the Indian Ocean, Ballito Beach House Villa can accommodate 10 people in five bedrooms. Part of the YOLO Spaces collection, the freestanding villa in Salt Rock is ideal for guests who want to rest and watch dolphins. Of course, if you’d rather venture out, the nearby attractions offer plenty to see and do.
The property has a range of high-end amenities such as a fully equipped state-of-the-art kitchen with a full range of top-of-the-line appliances, a wet bar, lounge areas, an outdoor pool, braai and picnic areas and free Wi-Fi. .
Tiffany Beach in Salt Rock is within walking distance. Rates start from R9,800 per night. Visit ballito-beachhousevilla.co.za/