WORTH A LOOK
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.