Best places to stay on the Dolphin Coast, South Africa ~ South Africa’s Dolphin Coast gives you endless summer with long stretches of beach washed by the Indian Ocean and sunrises that give new meaning to ‘waking to the dawn’.
You’re in the right place if it’s sea views and oceanside living you’re after.
Most of them are self-catering holiday homes, others are gentle guest houses…
Some are right on the edge of the sea, others are in the exclusive Zimbali Coastal Resort, just south of Ballito. Others still are in upmarket communities like Princes Grant and Salt Rock. Even Tinley Manor gets a look in.
Did we mention the bottlenose dolphins, after which the coast is named? They tend to feature often in schools across the horizon.
Head to the Dolphin Coast, South Africa, to unwind by the sea, the sun and the gentle breeze, the warm water of the sea, yours for the duration of your stay…
Best places to stay on the Dolphin Coast, South Africa…
We love this Ballito guest house on Mdoni Road with its French elegance evident in its bias towards sleigh and four poster beds, opulent furniture, patios and heavenly gardens. The owner even speaks French.
A four-bedroom self-catering home lies within a coastal forest close to beaches, nature trails, and lakes. It’s spread over two floors and sleeps eight. But it’s the swimming pool area that will really grab your attention.
This three bedroom, tastefully decorated, penthouse suite with its own balcony splash pool and views over the ocean lies within an eco-estate with its own wetland and river areas. Why wouldn’t you?
This self-catering stand alone home has some of the most incredible views from its verandah dining area. Plus it’s set within a coastal forest, its comfortably decorated house sleeping six in large upstairs bedrooms. And if it’s already booked for the dates you’re after, try 21 Forestwood instead. They’re both equally beautiful.
This charming guest house makes our list of best places to stay on the Dolphin Coast as it is full of character and personality – the kind of hospitality that is fast fading. The beautiful swimming pool and alfresco verandah dining just adds to the comfort of the experience.
You’ll find this graceful homestead on Chantilly Farm set in amongst magnificent old trees and rolling hills of sugar cane. Recently built modern ‘chalets’ are beautifully and thoughtfully presented giving you complete privacy for a romantic and gentle time away. The beach is only moments away by car.
Another beautiful Zimbali affair (you can’t help but love the elegance and beauty of this resort) offers one of the most awesome kitchens we’ve yet seen, and superb distant sea views. It sleeps eight, with two lounges and all modern conveniences.
This beautifully furnished guest house overlooks the ocean with nothing between you and access to the beach and mussel-laden rocks of the lagoon (Tinley Manor Hil’s can help with a license). Choose from several double or family rooms.
Ballito is awash with self-catering holiday apartments, but we’ve singled out these lovely units in a house named after fish – Blue Marlin, Sailfish and Swordfish. They’re quirky, pretty and comfy. There’s a pool on site, and the beach is just there.
This incredible colonial house just begged to be included in our list of best places to stay on the Dolphin Coast, even if it’s quite some way from the beach. The old English mansion was built in the late 1800s, a Heritage Site that once housed the original Kearsney College. 18 beautiful rooms to choose from.
There are many holiday apartments in Umdloti, a popular beachside suburb of Durban, but we’ve included this charming one here to give you an idea. It’s airy, light and sleeps four with a comfortable lounge and sea views.
Four luxury, spacious self-catering apartments just 400 metres from the beach, overlooking the soothing Pigeonwood Forest. We particularly enjoy the shady pool area surrounded by subtropical plants and sun loungers.
This characterful backpackers has an optimal position atop a dune forest high above the river with incredible views over the bay, out to sea and upriver across the misty hills. Careful, you may not want to leave.
A series of lovely boutique-style self-catering holiday apartments with open plan kitchens. You’ve got access to golf, the beach, paddling in the lagoon, the tennis courts or mountain bike trails, which is why they feature on our 2018 list of best places to stay on the Dolphin Coast.
Literally perched above Salmon Bay you can choose from penthouse style or pool deck accommodation on a B&B basis. The views alone are worth it but Willard Beach is nearby to add extra impetus to your choice.
This cute apartment is everything it says it is – small, comfy and perfect for two. Best of all, it has beautiful sea views and the one bed-roomed apartment is situated on a cliff overlooking the Umdloti Beach.
Beautifully decorated, this double storey villa comes with every creature comfort necessary for a luxury stay. A fully equipped kitchen, your own balcony, air-conditioning and access to the beach, courts, pools and the golf course.
Haven’t found what you’re looking for on the Dolphin Coast? There are plenty more where they came from – take a look through other Dolphin Coast Accommodation to find what you’re looking for.