A common thread tends to emerge when searching for the top holiday resorts in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: activities to suit the whole family, swimming pools galore, playgrounds, games rooms, and of course the quintessential restaurants in which to enjoy the pleasures that South African cuisines afford. Further, these resorts provide you with the sandy, salty, and scented feeling of sun tan lotion that you only get when you’re on leave.

They’re the kind of holiday destinations that you may form lifelong friendships or you may indulge in a fleeting holiday romance. In essence, they offer nothing less than a well-rounded holiday hub with a focus on entertainment for all the family, if that’s your necessity. And overall, every passing hour is quality time that is nothing less than perfection.

Fairmont Zimbali Resort – North Coast, KwaZulu-Natal

You will struggle to find a more beautiful and more exclusive area of South Africa than Zimbali, which sits on the northern KwaZulu coastline. Not far from Durban Airport (10 miles), and only half an hour’s drive from central Durban and 5 minutes’ drive from the lively little resort town of Ballito, it’s the perfect location for those who want for everything during their holiday stay.


Zimbali offers plentiful facilities including a wonderful private beach, a highly renowned golf course, a spa and health club, and entertainment to keep the kids occupied day after day. The hotel is nothing less than five star rated, which in turn means that accommodation and dining facilities are, as you’d expect, exceptional.

San Lameer – South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal

If it’s the pristine lagoon that stretches into the resort’s very heart, the championship golf course, or the quandary of Blue Flag beaches, San Lameer guarantees nothing short of the idyllic holiday resort experience.

Located in one of South Africa’s most cherished sub-tropical settings, San Lameer holidaymakers may choose from hotel stays or villa rentals.

Pumula Beach Hotel -South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal

Pumula Beach Hotel, which resides in an idyllic subtropical locale on the southern coast of Natal, approximately 60 miles from Durban, is a favourite destination for families and couples alike, not to mention its appeal as a wedding and honeymoon destination.

The accommodation varies, offering views over the landscaped gardens or vistas over the Indian Ocean. The food, with its South African vibe, is superb, and children are well provided for by way of a plethora of fun events and even their own dining area. The beach is ideal for many activities such as swimming, volleyball, soccer, fishing, and for those with a more intrepid nature, there are also regular trips for whale and dolphin watching.

Dolphin Holiday Resort – Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal

If it’s camping you want, look no further than Dolphin Holiday Resort, which is situated approximately 30 miles from Durban, and just a few minutes’ drive from Ballito. The setting is peaceful, not far from the beach, in the depths of a sub-tropical forest.

The family-run resort is both welcoming and relaxed, affording a tranquil respite from the festival-focused town of Ballito. Guests can enjoy whale and dolphin watching excursions, in addition to a plethora of other outdoor activities that cater to all the family.

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