- Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse
- Highmoor Rd., Kamberg
The five-star Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse in Central Drakensburg is located on the edge of Highmoor Dam, beside Little Mooi River, where the soaring Drakensburg Mountains rise upwards at the end of the garden area. It truly is a magnificent setting, offering its clientele splendid views of the mountains and the crystal clear waterfalls and streams. Perfect if you’re intent on tranquility and solitude.
This country retreat is about 4.5 hours’ drive from Johannesburg, and a couple hours from Durban. Dinner is comprised of a seven-course feast using mainly locally-source produce, and with the added delights of Norway salmon and cheese and hams from Italy.
Dundee & Battlefields
- Garden Court Blackrock
- Allen St., Newcastle
The four-star Garden Court Blackrock is situated in the midst of a KwaZulu battlefield ground, though there are no ghosts here. The hotel offers a wellness centre with spa and gym, as well as a casino and some classy dining facilities.
There are only 40 rooms, including eight standard single, 16 standard family, 14 deluxe family, and a couple of luxury suites.
- Hartford House
- Hlatikulu Rd., Mooi River
This five-star rated hotel is set on a horse racing stud farm (Summerhill), with a backdrop of Drakensburg Mountains. The hotel’s restaurant has won a number of awards over the years, including being voted number one restaurant in KwaZulu Natal by the Federation of Hotels of South Africa. It also carries the accolade of being on the Diners Club Platinum Wine List. Thus, if food and wine is your pleasure, you know where to come to.
The hotel is perfect for honeymooners and couples looking for a cosy and yet quiet retreat. And to add further joy to the already outstanding array of delights, a stay at Hartford House is surprisingly cheap.
North Coast – Umhlanga
- Endless Horizons Boutique Hotel
- Umhlanga Rocks Drive, Durban North
The five-star Endless Horizons Boutique Hotel is among KwaZulu Natal’s most popular tourist destinations.
Located above Durban North, the hotel offers a contemporary zen-like atmosphere, with its wide rock-clad columns, peaked roof structures, double-volume spaces, and timber detailing. An integral role within the design is that of water whereby stainless steel water features and long twin ponds flank the charming entryway.
If you’re not yet enchanted by the hotel’s offerings, how about viewing the evening’s sunset from the swimming pool – wine glass in hand, as the waters gently flow into the Indian Ocean.
There are merely ten room available, adding to the exclusivity of Endless Horizons Boutique Hotel.
South Coast – Margate
- San Lameer Resort Hotel & Spa
- Lower South Coast Main Rd., Southbroom, Durban South Coast
The four-star San Lameer Resort Hotel & Spa provides a coastal retreat for its guests. The accommodation is sumptuous, the restaurant offers high-quality foods, and there is an abundance of activities to suit both old and young.
The inviting Indian Ocean is merely a stone’s throw from the hotel, and the Blue Flag beach is ideal for swimming, surfing, and of course sunbathing.
Accommodation is spacious and stylish. Décor is clean and modern. The rooms all have well-appointed facilities with views of the river and hotel gardens.