For those looking to indulge in a luxurious experience complete with top-quality service, world-class accommodation and endless pampering, the KZN South Coast is the destination to visit. Within this #subtropicalparadise, with lush natural vegetation and the soothing sound of the Indian Ocean, there are a number of hidden gems to discover.
1. Selborne Park Golf Estate, Hotel and Spa (Pennington)
This ‘sophisticated haven of relaxation’ can be found nestled within the heart to the KZN South Coast. The freshly restored Selborne Park Golf Estate, Hotel and Spa provides guests with access to a championship golf course, fantastic accommodation and its world-class spa. A round of golf is accompanied by exquisite sea views with sightings of indigenous wildlife, with the refreshing Pennington Beach or outdoor pool the perfect place to spend a day in the sun. Those looking for relaxation can visit La Vita Wellness Spa which offers a range of massage and beauty treatments.
2. Honeywood Forest Lodge & The Cellar (Sea Park)
Those wanting the ‘ultimate gourmet getaway’ should consider this Sea Park destination. Honeywood Forest Lodge is located within captivating forest gardens home to all manner of bird- and wildlife. Located just a kilometre from the beach and a five-minute drive from Port Shepstone, Sea Park is the perfect place for a leisure trip. Nestled in the forest is Honeywood’s upmarket day spa that spoils guests with organic and eco-friendly treatments. The on-site restaurant, The Cellar, is also highly-acclaimed for its gourmet food offerings.
3. The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa (Oribi Gorge)
For a truly luxurious getaway in the African bush, visit this incredible lodge located at Oribi Gorge. The winner of the 2019 Lilizela Tourism Award for the ‘Five Star Lodge Category’ boasts unsurpassed hospitality, service and fine dining. Those in the mood for some pampering can visit the Clivia Day Spa which offers numerous treatments with spectacular views of the Oribi Gorge cliffs. The beautiful grasslands and indigenous forests are ideal for hiking, mountain biking and bird watching for those wanting some eco-therapy.
4. Coral Tree Colony B&B (Southbroom)
In the heart of Southbroom with deep verandas overlooking the adjacent golf course is the Coral Tree Colony. With the subtropical climate, lush vegetation and gorgeous beaches, this is the perfect escape from life’s demands. There are six luxury ensuite rooms with private verandas boasting exquisite views. Guests start the day with a full breakfast enjoyed in their rooms while watching the local bird- and wildlife or golfers battling the twelfth green!
5. Sunbirds Bed & Breakfast (Southbroom)
A short 350-metre walk from Umkobi Beach and 1 kilometre from Southbroom Golf Course is this magnificent B&B. For the avid golfers wanting a retreat, Sunbirds is also close to the internationally-renowned San Lameer and Wild Coast Sun golf courses. The venue consists of three luxury, king-sized rooms with individual patios and garden views.
6. Days at Sea (Trafalgar)
This five-star beach lodge allows guests to unwind while listening to the lapping Indian Ocean nearby. With just six suites, this is truly a hideaway for those seeking refuge in nature and luxury. Every suite within this beachfront hotel is a masterpiece of design with a spacious pool set over the ocean and direct beach access. The on-site restaurant serves fusion cuisine – a combination of Italian, French and a dash of Asian flavours. This boutique hotel is surrounded by three world-class golf courses at the Wild Coast Sun, San Lameer and Southbroom, as well as top game reserves in driving distance. There’s also the on-site spa located in a tropical garden surrounded by frolicking monkeys and birdsong. For those requiring a wedding venue, Days at Sea was awarded the prestigious New York MUSE Award 2021 for the ‘Most Romantic Wedding Venue’ in South Africa.
For a full list of KZN South Coast’s incredible venues as well as all the activities and sites, download the free ‘Explore KZN South Coast’ app from Google Play and Apple stores, or visit www.visitkznsouthcoast.co.za.