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Coastal accommodation in South Africa

The coastlines of South Africa are some of the most beautiful in the world. This week we’ve narrowed down the best South African coastal hotels where the beach is in reach!

You’ll find all types of accommodation along to the coast ranging from five-star luxury hotels and resorts to more humble seaside B&Bs which offer hearty breakfasts, personalised service and a warm family atmosphere.

Morgan’s Bay located in the Eastern Cape is a popular spot amongst locals and tourists. Morgan’s Bay is known for its sea cliffs, lagoon and long white beach. When visiting, The Morgan Bay Hotel, established in 1946 is a great place to stay. Located right on the beach and boasting views of the Indian Ocean, this boutique hotel is designed to make you feel at home.

Standard double rooms start from R1310 ($136 AUD) per night.

Morgan's Bay Hotel

Image source: The Morgan Bay Hotel

Morgan's Bay

Image source: The Morgan Bay Hotel

Hout Bay, located just outside of Cape Town is one of the busiest harbours in the Western Cape. A working fishing village, Hout Bay is popular with tourists because of its variety of fine restaurants, picturesque scenery and great shopping. In addition to this, Hout Bay is home to “Dungeons” – one of the sixteen recognised big wave spots around the globe and surfers travel from far and wide to challenge themselves.

The scenery, friendly people and the laid-back ambience will make visitors feel right at home in Hout Bay. The Hout Bay Manor is a 5 star hotel which originally opened in 1871 and which has had a recent 18 month refurbishment, reopening in 2007. There are 16 rooms at the Hout Bay Manor, all beautifully decorated starting from R3905 ($400 AUD) per night. The hotel is also home to Pure Restaurant and Inzolo Spa, so there is no reason to leave!

There are many B&Bs and self-catering accommodation options in the area as well. Makuti Lodge offers 5 charming, self-catering cottages with prices starting from R700 ($72 AUD). The Makuti Lodge offers all the comforts of home including a private garden, patio and fully-equipped kitchens in a cottage setting.

Hout Bay Manor - 2

Image source: Hout Bay Manor

Makuti Lodge

Makuti Lodge

Image source: Makuti Lodge

If you’re looking to splash some serious cash on your summer holiday – you can’t look past the Birkenhead House, which is also located in the Western Cape. Set on a cliff’s edge,with stunning views over the beach, Birkenhead House is a special place to watch the waves and surfers come in. Between June and November, the view includes whales, which swim right in front of the hotel. There are 11 luxury suites in the hotel with double rooms starting from R12,200 ($1,285 AUD) per night with rates including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Birkenhead House - Cliff

Birkenhead House

Image source: Mr & Mrs Smith; Birkenhead House

The Suncoast Towers in Durban is a stone’s throw away from Suncoast beach and is at the start of the Durban golden mile. Suncoast Towers offers exclusive, spacious, beautifully decorated rooms with attractions for every interest and standard rooms start from R1700 ($160 AUD) per night. The Suncoast Towers accommodation aims to provide a tranquil oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.

SuncoastTowers

Image source: The Suncoast Towers

Cape View Clifton perched high on a cliff above the trendy suburb of Clifton opened its doors in 2012. This is a truly spectacular, ultra-chic hotel located above Clifton’s 4 beaches, with spectacular views of Table Mountain and the 12 Apostles. There are 7 suites in the hotel (2 self-catering). This is an ideal spot for beach lovers and a good base for exploring the region’s national parks. It’s a short hop to the famous Camps Bay and Cape Town central is a 20-minute drive. The Junior Suite (3 bedroom) from Dec-Feb starts from R4620 ($485 AUD) per night. The large, luxurious suites with uninterrupted sea views from private terraces, in our opinion offer priceless views!

Cape View Clifton - Dining

Cape View Clifton

Image source: i-escape; Cape View Clifton

For more summer inspiration and the latest news and tools to plan your perfect South African summer holiday, join the conversation on our Australian or New Zealand Facebook page.

Coastal accommodation in South Africa

The coastlines of South Africa are some of the most beautiful in the world. This week we’ve narrowed down the best South African coastal hotels where the beach is in reach!

You’ll find all types of accommodation along to the coast ranging from five-star luxury hotels and resorts to more humble seaside B&Bs which offer hearty breakfasts, personalised service and a warm family atmosphere.

Morgan’s Bay located in the Eastern Cape is a popular spot amongst locals and tourists. Morgan’s Bay is known for its sea cliffs, lagoon and long white beach. When visiting, The Morgan Bay Hotel, established in 1946 is a great place to stay. Located right on the beach and boasting views of the Indian Ocean, this boutique hotel is designed to make you feel at home.

Standard double rooms start from R1310 ($136 AUD) per night.

Morgan's Bay Hotel

Image source: The Morgan Bay Hotel

Morgan's Bay

Image source: The Morgan Bay Hotel

Hout Bay, located just outside of Cape Town is one of the busiest harbours in the Western Cape. A working fishing village, Hout Bay is popular with tourists because of its variety of fine restaurants, picturesque scenery and great shopping. In addition to this, Hout Bay is home to “Dungeons” – one of the sixteen recognised big wave spots around the globe and surfers travel from far and wide to challenge themselves.

The scenery, friendly people and the laid-back ambience will make visitors feel right at home in Hout Bay. The Hout Bay Manor is a 5 star hotel which originally opened in 1871 and which has had a recent 18 month refurbishment, reopening in 2007. There are 16 rooms at the Hout Bay Manor, all beautifully decorated starting from R3905 ($400 AUD) per night. The hotel is also home to Pure Restaurant and Inzolo Spa, so there is no reason to leave!

There are many B&Bs and self-catering accommodation options in the area as well. Makuti Lodge offers 5 charming, self-catering cottages with prices starting from R700 ($72 AUD). The Makuti Lodge offers all the comforts of home including a private garden, patio and fully-equipped kitchens in a cottage setting.

Hout Bay Manor - 2

Image source: Hout Bay Manor

Makuti Lodge

Makuti Lodge

Image source: Makuti Lodge

If you’re looking to splash some serious cash on your summer holiday – you can’t look past the Birkenhead House, which is also located in the Western Cape. Set on a cliff’s edge,with stunning views over the beach, Birkenhead House is a special place to watch the waves and surfers come in. Between June and November, the view includes whales, which swim right in front of the hotel. There are 11 luxury suites in the hotel with double rooms starting from R12,200 ($1,285 AUD) per night with rates including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Birkenhead House - Cliff

Birkenhead House

Image source: Mr & Mrs Smith; Birkenhead House

The Suncoast Towers in Durban is a stone’s throw away from Suncoast beach and is at the start of the Durban golden mile. Suncoast Towers offers exclusive, spacious, beautifully decorated rooms with attractions for every interest and standard rooms start from R1700 ($160 AUD) per night. The Suncoast Towers accommodation aims to provide a tranquil oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.

SuncoastTowers

Image source: The Suncoast Towers

Cape View Clifton perched high on a cliff above the trendy suburb of Clifton opened its doors in 2012. This is a truly spectacular, ultra-chic hotel located above Clifton’s 4 beaches, with spectacular views of Table Mountain and the 12 Apostles. There are 7 suites in the hotel (2 self-catering). This is an ideal spot for beach lovers and a good base for exploring the region’s national parks. It’s a short hop to the famous Camps Bay and Cape Town central is a 20-minute drive. The Junior Suite (3 bedroom) from Dec-Feb starts from R4620 ($485 AUD) per night. The large, luxurious suites with uninterrupted sea views from private terraces, in our opinion offer priceless views!

Cape View Clifton - Dining

Cape View Clifton

Image source: i-escape; Cape View Clifton

For more summer inspiration and the latest news and tools to plan your perfect South African summer holiday, join the conversation on our Australian or New Zealand Facebook page.

South Africa’s best markets to snag a bargain!

Markets in South Africa are a visual and sensory feast. There are handmade crafts and art, home-baked food, unique gift ideas and lots more suited for all budgets. It’s a great way to take a little bit of South Africa back home with you whilst supporting the local community!

The Greenmarket Square Market in the heart of Cape Town’s business district is one of South Africa’s most vibrant markets. Vendors from all over Africa come to show off their hand-painted fabric, clothing. footwear and African crafts.

A trip to Greenmarket Square is a feast for the senses with a number of local performers entertaining shoppers making for a great day out.

Surrounding the marketplace are a wonderful selection of coffee shops and restaurants whose pavement tables are a great place to soak up the atmosphere!

The Greenmarket Square market is open Monday to Saturday 9am – 4pm but the best time to visit is on Saturday morning when the vibe is unbeatable!

Greenmarket Square

The Bay Harbour Markets are located just outside of Cape Town in Hout Bay, a historic and functioning fishing village. Hout Bay has long been a popular tourist attraction among both local and international visitors because of its great surfing (Hout Bay is recognised as one of sixteen ‘big wave spots’ around the globe), local colour and beautiful scenery.

The markets are in a functioning fish factory and take place every Friday evening and on weekends.

Their mission is to celebrate the vibrancy, spirit and diversity of creativity and culture that make South Africa such a unique country, whilst developing the creative and business skills of the vendors to build an uplifted community.

Shoppers can focus on the art, craft and fashion stalls or can sample the fresh local produce and pre-made meals all whilst listening to amazing local musicians live on stage each evening.

There are also more informal local markets near the beach in Hout Bay where you will find fantastic handmade South African arts and crafts. At these informal markets, you can often bargain with the seller about the price of the items you are buying.

Hout Bay vendor

Sellers with their crafts in Hout Bay. Image courtesy of Khaled AL-Ajmi, aka Khaled100

Food lovers in Johannesburg are spoiled for choice when it comes to delicious local and organic food markets. The Jozi Food Market  offers a smorgasbord of quality products, handmade with care in the local community.  The markets are open every Saturday morning in the lovely suburb of Parkhurst

Expect to find everything from raw honey and flavourful, homemade sausages, decadent sweet treats and heavenly fresh-from-the-oven breads.

Jozi Food Market

Photo courtesy of fiverlocker

The Neighbourgoods Market in Johannesburg is another option to excite your taste-buds. Housed in a modernist building that has a spectacular 15-storey wall mural by the famed artist Eduardo Villa, the market has a great vibe and offers tasty food, including paella, bunny chow (hollowed-out half-loaves of bread filled with curry), Balkan burgers, oysters, gelato and massive pancakes . This market takes place every Saturday from 9am in a parking garage; it closes at 3pm and can get quite full on warm days. There is also a rooftop seating area and vintage clothing stores.

For a taste of what you will find at the Neighbourgoods Market check out this amazing video…

For something a little different, visitors to Durban should check out the Victoria Street Market which celebrates Durban’s long history with India (Durban has the highest population of Indians outside of Asia).  Built to resemble a Maharajah’s palace, the Victoria Street Market is essential for those who want to experience Durban’s relaxed Afro-Indian atmosphere and pick up some great bargains.

A great way to experience the Victoria Street Market and the nearby Zulu Muti (traditional African medicine) Market is to take a guided walking tour which explores Durban’s Indian community and ends up at the Victoria Street Market.  Here you will find dealers of traditional kurtas and saris as well as ornately embroidered fabrics, and barrels of aromatic spices.

Victoria Street Market

The popular Victoria Street Market
© Image courtesy Niall McNulty

No matter which market you choose, the beauty of South Africa has long been a source of inspiration to the country’s artists and craftsmen and women, who are well known for the beautiful work they produce in both the cities and the rural areas, working with diverse and creative materials to produce both traditional and contemporary artworks.

South Africa’s best markets to snag a bargain!

Markets in South Africa are a visual and sensory feast. There are handmade crafts and art, home-baked food, unique gift ideas and lots more suited for all budgets. It’s a great way to take a little bit of South Africa back home with you whilst supporting the local community!

The Greenmarket Square Market in the heart of Cape Town’s business district is one of South Africa’s most vibrant markets. Vendors from all over Africa come to show off their hand-painted fabric, clothing. footwear and African crafts.

A trip to Greenmarket Square is a feast for the senses with a number of local performers entertaining shoppers making for a great day out.

Surrounding the marketplace are a wonderful selection of coffee shops and restaurants whose pavement tables are a great place to soak up the atmosphere!

The Greenmarket Square market is open Monday to Saturday 9am – 4pm but the best time to visit is on Saturday morning when the vibe is unbeatable!

Greenmarket Square

The Bay Harbour Markets are located just outside of Cape Town in Hout Bay, a historic and functioning fishing village. Hout Bay has long been a popular tourist attraction among both local and international visitors because of its great surfing (Hout Bay is recognised as one of sixteen ‘big wave spots’ around the globe), local colour and beautiful scenery.

The markets are in a functioning fish factory and take place every Friday evening and on weekends.

Their mission is to celebrate the vibrancy, spirit and diversity of creativity and culture that make South Africa such a unique country, whilst developing the creative and business skills of the vendors to build an uplifted community.

Shoppers can focus on the art, craft and fashion stalls or can sample the fresh local produce and pre-made meals all whilst listening to amazing local musicians live on stage each evening.

There are also more informal local markets near the beach in Hout Bay where you will find fantastic handmade South African arts and crafts. At these informal markets, you can often bargain with the seller about the price of the items you are buying.

Hout Bay vendor

Sellers with their crafts in Hout Bay. Image courtesy of Khaled AL-Ajmi, aka Khaled100

Food lovers in Johannesburg are spoiled for choice when it comes to delicious local and organic food markets. The Jozi Food Market  offers a smorgasbord of quality products, handmade with care in the local community.  The markets are open every Saturday morning in the lovely suburb of Parkhurst

Expect to find everything from raw honey and flavourful, homemade sausages, decadent sweet treats and heavenly fresh-from-the-oven breads.

Jozi Food Market

Photo courtesy of fiverlocker

The Neighbourgoods Market in Johannesburg is another option to excite your taste-buds. Housed in a modernist building that has a spectacular 15-storey wall mural by the famed artist Eduardo Villa, the market has a great vibe and offers tasty food, including paella, bunny chow (hollowed-out half-loaves of bread filled with curry), Balkan burgers, oysters, gelato and massive pancakes . This market takes place every Saturday from 9am in a parking garage; it closes at 3pm and can get quite full on warm days. There is also a rooftop seating area and vintage clothing stores.

For a taste of what you will find at the Neighbourgoods Market check out this amazing video…

For something a little different, visitors to Durban should check out the Victoria Street Market which celebrates Durban’s long history with India (Durban has the highest population of Indians outside of Asia).  Built to resemble a Maharajah’s palace, the Victoria Street Market is essential for those who want to experience Durban’s relaxed Afro-Indian atmosphere and pick up some great bargains.

A great way to experience the Victoria Street Market and the nearby Zulu Muti (traditional African medicine) Market is to take a guided walking tour which explores Durban’s Indian community and ends up at the Victoria Street Market.  Here you will find dealers of traditional kurtas and saris as well as ornately embroidered fabrics, and barrels of aromatic spices.

Victoria Street Market

The popular Victoria Street Market
© Image courtesy Niall McNulty

No matter which market you choose, the beauty of South Africa has long been a source of inspiration to the country’s artists and craftsmen and women, who are well known for the beautiful work they produce in both the cities and the rural areas, working with diverse and creative materials to produce both traditional and contemporary artworks.