Getaway (South Africa) - - THE FINAL CUT -

Green­fire Dol­phin Coast Lodge

This is the best-value B&B on this stretch of coast. Clean, func­tional, funky decor, gor­geous sea views and a great man­age­ment cou­ple make Green­fire feel more like stay­ing in some­one’s home than a guest­house. It’s on the ‘wrong’ side of Umd­loti, but once you’ve driven north past all the con­crete mon­strosi­ties, the road peters out into sub­trop­i­cal jun­gle – Green­fire is al­most at the end of this lush cul-de-sac. Tip: Room 9 has the best view. R1 500 double B&B. green­fire.co.za

Salt Rock Ho­tel

This place pushes all the nos­tal­gia but­tons – it was one of the first re­sorts built on this coast, and much of it re­mains ar­chi­tec­turally un­touched. If you like old-fash­ioned fam­ily ho­tels, this is for you; it has a pool, spa, ladies bar and beach bar. Book one of the stan­dard du­plex fam­ily rooms (which sleep up to five) on the sixth floor of the orig­i­nal ho­tel, or rooms 614 to 617 if you are only two peo­ple. All rooms have sea views. From R900 pp shar­ing B&B (R1 030 with buf­fet din­ner); chil­dren pay less. saltrock­beach.co.za

Canelands Beach Club & Spa

The bou­tique ho­tel right next door to glam Beach House Lodge (see left) might not be quite as classy in terms of decor, but it still of­fers the most amaz­ing lo­ca­tion – and ar­guably the best lap pool on KZN’s North Coast. It’s as in­ti­mate as a house, with just 10 en-suite bed­rooms but only four (the Su­pe­rior and Deluxe cat­e­gory) have sea views. From R3 220 double B&B, sea-fac­ing room from R4 485 double B&B. thecanelands.co.za * See page 73 and 74 for two other cot­tage op­tions in this area.

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