South Africa is known for being a great holiday destination by both local and international tourists alike. From ultra-luxurious safari lodges with spas to treehouses under the stars, South Africa offers some of the continent’s most stunning holiday resorts and experiences. Perhaps go wine tasting on a private train, dip in the pool alongside elephants in Kruger National Park or relax at a spa retreat overlooking Table Mountain. Here are our favourite holiday resorts in South Africa.
This is a holiday resort that was born in a wild and untouched corner of South Africa, truly the stuff that dreams are made of. Four sublime hotels offer a wide range of accommodation from family cabanas to a lost city in the jungle. The activities are awe-inspiring, and include internationally acclaimed golf courses to the famous Valley of the Waves, water sports to casinos and just about anything you could wish for including game drives in the Big 5 Pilanesberg Game Reserve.
Monkey Valley Resort
Monkey Valley Resort is situated 25 minutes away from the Cape Town city centre. It is surrounded by a nature reserve as well as a forest of giant milkwood trees and offers access to the beach just 8 kilometres away. The resort provides uninterrupted panoramic views of the sea and nearby Chapman’s Peak. Amenities at Monkey Valley include a herbal sauna, swimming pools, a spa, and children’s play area. There are also a range of fun outdoor activities in the area such as birding, horse riding on the beach, a scenic drive along Chapman’s Peak, wine tasting, golfing, and more.
Sani Pass, Drakensberg
This popular hotel and leisure holiday resort offers an unbeatable getaway in the breathtaking Southern Drakensberg mountains. The location offers spectacular views and a treasure trove of delights, including a large outdoor swimming pool set in the lush gardens, a 9-hole golf course, spa and a variety of nature trails on your doorstep. Accommodation is in rustic thatched cottages or comfy rooms with satellite TV. Of course, the food is hearty and delicious – get ready for candlelit dinners, scrumptious afternoon teas and light lunches.
Zimbali Coastal Resort and Estate
You can’t get more exclusive, or beautiful than Zimbali, a magnificent estate on the northern KwaZulu-Natal coastline that offers every type of luxury and facility. It ticks all the boxes – it’s close to King Shaka Airport (16 kilometres away), the lively resort town of Ballito is five minutes away, and Durban is less than half an hour away, meaning that every stunning attraction in the area is within reach. Aside from a superb stretch of private beach, Zimbali offers numerous facilities, including a renowned golf course, spa, health club and Kids Club. Of course, it’s a five-star hotel, so dining and accommodation is exceptional.
If you’re planning your next vacation, you should consider adding one of the five above holiday resorts in South Africa as your destination. If you’re looking for an exciting new career opportunity, make sure you click through to our job section.