As we head into autumn, why not plan a trip to 'balmy' KwaZulu-Natal where you can still hope to soak up some sun? Relax, unwind and treat yourself to a holiday at one of these destinations catering for a range of budgets.
1. The Ridge Guest House - Jack's Corner, Richard's Bay
Boasts 14 en suite, fully equipped double rooms which leads out to the pool area and have breath-taking views of the ocean. Guests can enjoy a fully licensed à la carte restaurant and bar, as well as conference facilities which are conveniently on the premises.
2. One-On-Hely, Mtunzini
Home to a number of elegant double rooms with stylish en suite bathrooms. Each have private entrances and beautiful balconies with great forest and sea views.
3. Sunset Lodge, St Lucia
Situated on the banks of the St Lucia Estuary, these luxury self-catering log cabins are fully equipped and fully serviced. Sit and relax on your private deck, enjoy amazing sunsets, and even spot a few animals such as Hippo, Red Duiker and more. Plus, there is a lovely beach nearby.
4. Lalaria Lodge, Shaka's Rock
This stylish 5-star lodge has breath-taking sea views, a sheltered pool and an array of great facilities. The spacious deck overlooking the beach is the ideal place sundowners, dolphin spotting and whale watching (in season). Establishment facilities include: secure off-road parking, swimming pool, Wi-Fi, cocktail bar and braai.
5. Leriba Coastal Lodge , Ballito
This coastal Golf Lodge is situated on the breath-taking Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu-Natal at the famous Prince's Grant Golf Estate and offers luxury self-catering accommodation.
6. 37 Milkwood Drive - Zimbali , Ballito
This home comfortably accommodates up to 10 guests and is located within a short walk to Zimbali's Valley of the Pools and main beach.
7. Alante Lodge, Amanzimtoti
Boasting magnificent sea views, a serene environment and quality service. There are 18 lovely sea-facing and non sea-facing rooms for guests to choose from. Look forward to relaxing by the pools and indulging in sundowners on the deck whilst enjoying the sound of the waves breaking against the shore.
8. Botha House, Pennington
This luxury guesthouse is found alongside the warm Indian Ocean in the small coastal village of Pennington. Six individually decorated suites and a large tree-filled garden make for a relaxing retreat where guests can kick their feet up and truly unwind.
9. Le Paradis Lodge , Umkomaas
This 3-star lodge is situated on the South Coast between Umkomaas and Scottburgh. Accommodation comprises sea and garden facing self-catering units, with breakfasts served on request. Features at the lodge include one sea-facing and one garden-facing swimming pool and several barbecue areas. The lodge has a wonderful view of the ocean and is just 2 minutes' walking distance from Widenham Beach which is popular for swimming, surfing, snorkelling, fishing and hiking.
10. Centre Court B&B , Durban North)
Centrally situated, this 4-star B&B boasts 7 comfortable, air conditioned twin/double rooms. All rooms have private en-suite facilities. It is only a 14 minute walk from the exciting Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve.