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Blue Waters Hotel
At the northern end of the beachfront, away from the madding Promenade crowd, Blue Waters is a classic hotel. The quilted bedheads, velvet chairs and pleasant rooms, all of which are front-facing with balconies, are the type your Aunty Dot would love.
Protea Hotel Edward Durban
King of the seafront hotels, this is classic and comfortable, with fresh-polish smells and full-on decor.
Kosi Forest Lodge
The only private lodge in iSimangaliso’s Kosi Bay region, and surrounded by the sand forest’s Umdoni trees, this intimate 16-bed lodge offers a dreamy, luxurious – given the remote circumstances and lack of electricity – experience...
Zululand Tree Lodge
Seven kilometres outside Hluhluwe, and set in the Ubizane reserve amid fever trees, this romantic spot offers thatched tree houses. There are excellent specials that include half board and safari drives; prices are flexible, depending on the package.
Buller's Rest Lodge
It’s worth digging in at this smart thatched abode. There’s the snug ‘Boer War’ pub, scrumptious home cooking (R140 for three courses),and views from the attractive sundeck-cum-bar area...
This upmarket boutique hotel is filled with smart rooms of the ‘heavy drapes and floral furnishing’ variety (although the jute carpet is showing some wear), around a pretty paved and green courtyard area.
Ghost Mountain Inn
Ghost Mountain Inn is an old-school colonial place with a modern (and luxurious) touch, indoor-outdoor lounge areas and blooming gardens. It’s an excellent base for exploring the reserves...
This neat, converted colonial mansion overlooks a lush palm-tree-filled garden and has rooms that are smart, spacious and airy, with luxurious touches, such as fresh flowers and fruit, and satellite TV...
The Royal Hotel
Overlooking the City Hall, this five-star, slightly old-world institution is one of the city’s most historical and swankiest offerings and has hosted royalty and Nelson Mandela. There is a special floor assigned to female clients.
Thonga Beach Lodge
Popular among Europeans, Thonga Beach Lodge is an isolated and luxury resort-by-the-beach offering spacious huts, scattered through coastal forest...
Spion Kop Lodge
Spionkop Lodge was once the headquarters of the commander-in-chief of the British Forces. It is well known for the owner, Raymond Heron, a raconteur and battlefield guide...
Sodwana Bay Lodge
This resort has neat boardwalks, banana palms and pine-filled, slightly dated rooms. It caters to high-life divers and offers various dive packages. It’s on the main road on the approach to the park...
Tekweni Backpackers Hostel
This old dog ‘keeps on keeping on’; it’s a slightly saggy place that nevertheless attracts the party animals who like raucous, gregarious surrounds.
Blue Sky Mining Backpackers & Lodge
The best budget accommodation along this strip is Blue Sky Mining Backpackers & Lodge , a designer-recycler’s delight where you can sleep in a converted F250, spin out at the funky psychedelics, and chill by the pool. Seriously revitalising.
Carve your way to Secret Spot , a surfie hang-out nestled above Shaka’s Rock beach, for surf lessons, a bar area and a board-shaping bay. The dorms are a bit squishy but you probably won’t care after a day in the water. Surfing packages are available.
Leopard Mountain Game Lodge
Leopard Mountain Game Lodge is situated in the Zululand Rhino Reserve, located 50 km from Hluhluwe. It overlooks the Umsunduze River and the distant Lebombo Mountains. Each chalet decorated in African décor has a private plunge pool and deck...
Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani
Situated just 200 metres from the beach, along Durban’s Golden Mile, Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani overlooks the Indian Ocean. The hotel also offers 3 swimming pools and 4 restaurants serving a variety of dishes...
Hilton Durban Hotel
This 5-star hotel is located next to the International Convention Centre and 1 km from Durban’s beaches. It has an outdoor pool, a spa, a gym and 3 cocktail bars...
Holiday Inn Express Durban Umhlanga
Located in Umhlanga Ridge, just 400 metres from Gateway Theatre of Shopping, this hotel features Indian Ocean views from its outdoor pool deck. La Lucia Ridge offices are a 2-minute drive away...
Belaire Suites Hotel
Located right on Durban Beach, Belaire Suites Hotel offers apartments with Indian Ocean views. Durban Station is 1 km away, and the on-site Café Jiran serves award winning coffee...
Three Cities Urban Park Hotel And Spa
Urban Park Hotel and Spa is situated in Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga. Guests can enjoy a day of pampering at the Aqua Spa, or have a good work out at the fully equipped gym. Each chic self-catering apartment is air-conditioned...
Cathedral Peak Hotel
Nestled in the picturesque Drakensberg Mountain Range, a World Heritage Site, Cathedral Peak Hotel features a 9-hole golf course, a swimming pool and gym facilities...