The Jewel of the North Coast
Hotel Izulu was the very first 5 star property in Ballito and is considered the Jewel of the North Coast. Hotel Izulu has been presented with the ‘Best Hotel’ award by FEDHASA, based on hospitality of the highest standards with exceptionally well-trained staff that go beyond the norm in customer satisfaction.
Hotel Izulu has received prestigious awards for its Impilo Beauty Spa, which is a Clarins Gold Status Spa. The spa received this grading owed to the outstanding level of professional advice offered and administration of treatments. Founded on international criteria, the treatments provided by Impilo Beauty Spa therapists have exactly the same standard as those offered by a Clarins Gold Status Spa in Paris or Switzerland.
Created not only to nurture the body, mind and soul, guests are also presented with a wish list of unique and restorative facials and advanced skin therapies designed for individual needs by a team of dedicated professionals. The spa is a place of enlightenment where holistic rejuvenation combines with the warmth of the tropical sun and the joy of the Indian Ocean.
Crowning this unique property is Gigi’s Brasserie, headed up by an Executive Chef. Gigi’s menu of world-class cuisine, with added South African flavour orientations, broaden the palate appeal of the menu for the enjoyment of both local and international guests alike. A diverse menu recreates classical dishes in a more modern and healthy fashion. Dining is accompanied by a wide choice of rare and sought after South African vintages from the wine cellar - to be enjoyed by the bottle or glass. Guests can also opt to dine in the intimacy of their suite or at a table set in the charming wine cellar.
Hotel Izulu is committed to operating in a greener more eco-friendly environment. The hotel has an organic herb and vegetable garden which provides a daily supply of fresh vegetables for use in GiGi’s restaurant. The principle source of food for the garden is the output of the “wormery” - one of several “green” initiatives adopted by the Hotel.
An organic Orangery thrives in this climate and there is a range of citrus trees each planted in individual terracotta pots. Topiary is a prominent element of the garden, which has become a place for relaxation and reflection for guests. Designed to be wheel chair friendly the paths encourage exploration of the whole
garden where extensive signage explains exactly what is being cultivated.
Nestled on the Zulu Kingdom’s subtropical sugar belt, this 5-star boutique retreat radiates understated opulence and reveals a side of Africa that is little seen by the international traveller. Set in sub-tropical forest against a rugged coastline, this luxurious resort offers guests year-round sunshine, which can be soaked up by the pool - with staff to indulge your every whim … or on one of the glorious beaches nearby.
The property boasts 19 luxurious suites within a contemporary blend of Tuscan architecture, African features and Balinese influences. The different styles of architecture form a convivial mix and are most often described as “an African heart with an eastern spirit”. Five luxurious freestanding villas are spread out in manicured grounds and each villa offers two Executive Suites, two Deluxe Suites, a private courtyard and an 8-seater Jacuzzi.
Luxurious living manifests itself in the Royal Suite – the preferred choice of VIP’s and Hollywood celebrities. Sprawled across the entire top floor of Villa Ingelosi, it encompasses a bar, dining area, personal deck and Jacuzzi, which incidentally overlooks the Indian Ocean. The Royal suite is perfect for honeymooners; in fact, bridal couples will fall in love with Hotel Izulu! They may marry in bliss in the hotel’s chapel and then celebrate in style in the banqueting hall.
At the 2013 Diner’s Club Winelist Awards, the 5-star Hotel Izulu, Ballito, was awarded the impressive Diamond status, gaining a score of over 90%, for its new and extensive wine list. This is the third year that the Hotel has won an award and the first year it has gained the prestigious Diamond status.