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Best Places to Stay on the Dolphin Coast

Updated Monday, 11 March 2024

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’. Our Best places to stay on the Dolphin Coast, South Africa …

You’re in the right place if it’s sea views and oceanside living you’re after.

Almost all of our best places to stay on the Dolphin Coast, just north of Durban Accommodation, are in seaside villages like Ballito, Umdloti and Zinkwazi.

Most of them are self-catering holiday homes, others are gentle guest houses…

Bottlenose dolphin

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…

Howela Beach House in Salt Rock

Perfectly situated at the main beach of Salt Rock, Howela Beach House provides accommodation in Ballito for up to twelve guests.

Howela Beach House has secure parking and an intercom access entrance.

Howela Beach House

The Beach House Ballito

Situated right on the beach, this luxurious beach holiday home in Ballito offers spectacular, uninterrupted breaker- and beach views.

The Beach House is the ideal vacation home where you can relax and comfortably cater for and entertain your family and friends (sleeps 10 guests in 4 bedrooms).

The Beach House Ballito

Sabuti D55 in Ballito

Sabuti D55 is a stunning holiday home in Ballito located in the beautiful Simbithi Estate. This luxurious property offers a comfortable and relaxing stay for up to eight guests.

With its prime location, breathtaking views, and countless amenities, this home is the perfect choice for your next holiday getaway.

Sabuti D55 in Ballito

Milkwood 31 in Zimbali

Milkwood 31 is an air-conditioned holiday home in Zimbali with four en-suite bedrooms furnished with King-size beds. The living area leads onto the deck with a private swimming pool with amazing sea views.

Guests are welcome to make use of the estate facilities including the golf course, swimming pools, bar, restaurant, children’s play areas and more.

Milkwood 31 in Zimbali

Petite Provence B&B

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.

Petite Provence in Ballito

Baluwatu 9 in Zimbali

Baluwatu 9 is a fairway facing townhouse offering accommodation in Zimbali with amazing views. It sleeps 6 guests in 3 bedrooms.

Guests have access to the resort’s facilities such as swimming pools, tennis and squash courts, the 18-hole golf course, restaurants, coffee shop and all kiddies activities.

Baluwatu 9 inZimbali

21 Forestwood, Zimbali Coastal Resort

This self-catering stand alone holiday home in Zimbali 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.

Best Places to Stay on the Dolphin Coast - 25 Forestwood

Chantilly Resort, Zinkwazi

You’ll find this graceful homestead on Chantilly Farm set in amongst magnificent old trees and rolling hills of sugar cane.

These 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.

Chantilly Resort

Tinley Manor Beach House

Tinley Manor Beach House is only a 2-minute walking distance from the secluded beautiful beach with a lovely tidal pool which is a 10-minute sea view walk away.

The house is very private, surrounded by lush bush and trees. Perfect for families or friends travelling together.

Tinley Manor Beach House

Billfish Apartments, Ballito

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.

Billfish Partments in Ballito

Kearsney Manor, Stanger

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.

Best Places to Stay on the Dolphin Coast: Kearsney Manor

Coral Sands Luxury Apartment, Umdloti

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.

Best Places to Stay on the Dolphin Coast: Fairlight Apartment in Umdloti

Go Barefoot Holiday Home, Zinkwazi

Go Barefoot is a lovely self catering house that is situated close to the beach in Zinkwazi, a quaint village with an unspoilt lagoon that lies amongst lush sub-tropical vegetation.

The holiday home with five bedrooms. The living area leads onto the veranda with patio furniture and overlooks the swimming pool and garden. Secure parking is available.

Go Barefoot in Zinkwazi

Lagoon House, Zinkwazi

The Lagoon House is a luxurious holiday home in Zinkwazi situated on the banks of the Lagoon in KwaZulu-Natal. It accommodates eighteen guests in six bedrooms.

With lagoon and sea views, the house offers direct access to both, along with a built-in bar. The Lagoon House also features seven large furnished decks, a stunning rim-flow pool, DStv, Wi-Fi, and the support of two dedicated staff members to ensure the house is well-maintained while guests relax.

Lagoon House in Zinkwazi

The Eighteenth Two-Bed Lux Apartment, Prince’s Grant Golf Estate

The apartments sleep four guests each and consist of two en-suite bedrooms. The rooms are air conditioned.

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 list of best places to stay on the Dolphin Coast.

The Eighteenth in Prince's Grant

Zimbali View Eco Guesthouse, Ballito

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.

Best Places to Stay on the Dolphin Coast - Zimbali View

Umdloti Sands Beach View Apartment, Umdloti

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.

Sans Place in Umdloti

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.