Escape the Chill

The Midlands MagazineOctober 6, 2023

Say Goodbye to Winter by Visiting the KZN Coastline!


Starting on the South Coast, Pumula Beach Hotel is located on one of the few select beaches in the country that enjoy Blue Flag status. Guests are spoilt for choice with various on-site facilities and those right on the hotel’s doorstep. Enjoy never-ending golden beaches, rock pools, surfing, excellent fishing opportunities, awesome kiddies’ entertainment, or a great massage from the hotel spa, to name a few. 


Dine for dinner and breakfast in the lap of luxury in their dining room. Lunch is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the open sky terrace and its spectacular views of the majestic Indian Ocean. They also offer not one but three spots to choose from to quench your thirst. 


Pumula Beach Hotel provides well-appointed rooms with ocean or garden views. Choose from 34 family rooms (from a three-sleeper all the way to a six-sleeper), 25 of which are inter-leading rooms, as well as 32 twin or double rooms. Contact to book your room.


Everyone knows that if you want to escape the winter weather, the Dolphin Coast is the place to go! Embrace barefoot elegance at Sala Beach House. This is an enchanting destination with plentiful beaches, unspoiled landscapes, and a temperate climate – the perfect surroundings for an uninterrupted getaway. Sala has panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, a picturesque swimming pool, as well as private access to a gorgeous, sandy beach and protected tidal pool at Thompson’s Bay. 

The main house perches on the seafront, featuring four guestrooms and three suites. There is also a self-contained three-bedroom villa with its own pool, living area and kitchen.


The on-site wellness spa welcomes you to unwind this winter. Be pampered by trained therapists and luxuriant facilities. Other activities in the area include snorkelling, coastal walks, deep-sea fishing, golf and surfing. Get in contact with them by emailing to book your stay.


We head down to ANEW Hotel Ocean Reef on the picturesque Zinkwazi Beachfront. This comfortable four-star hotel provides guests with a range of self-catering accommodation options with unbelievable views.


Immerse yourself in natural beauty with the hotel’s direct access to the beach and lagoon via a private boardwalk. Surrounded by indigenous coastal dune lands and enchanting milkwood forests, this spot is a serene coastal retreat.


The surrounding area presents a wealth of activities. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy numerous nearby golf courses, while nature-lovers can explore game reserves filled with wildlife. For those interested in history and culture, heritage sites abound. 


While currently undergoing renovations to the outdoor pool area and bigger restaurant, ANEW Hotel Ocean Reef looks forward to unveiling an upgraded space, promising an even more enjoyable stay. Email them at to experience seaside bliss.


We end off in Sodwana Bay. Mseni Beach Lodge is situated within the beautiful iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and marine protected area, which makes staying here a world-class marine experience. 


At Mseni, you’ll enjoy warm weather, exquisite beaches, spectacular sunrises, evergreen coastal forests, abundant wildlife, and tropical reefs teeming with life, including the seasonal migration of humpback and southern right whales between June and November. Their restaurant offers delicious meals and tasty cocktails with stunning ocean views. 


Relax on the loungers by the pool or stroll down their private walkway to a secluded beach. The ocean is warm all year round, making snorkelling and scuba diving the main attraction. Their dive charter – Amoray Diving – is ready to give you an unforgettable experience!


The comfortable accommodation is serviced daily, including two-sleeper Forest View Cottages, four-sleeper self-catering Family Cottages, and a lovely 10-sleeper Sea View House for larger groups. 

This is the perfect place to disconnect, with friendly staff and, best of all, great weather! Contact to book your stay in this piece of paradise.