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  • Elegant modern take on a Balinese villa
  • Private pathway straight to a pristine North Coast beach
  • A luxurious stay close to Durban's amenities

Cowrie Cove

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 14 years and older

In La Lucia


-29.7579, 31.0668


The owners of Cowrie Cove have created a little piece of Bali paradise in the suitably tropical setting of La Lucia. Built under huge indigenous milkwood trees, the guesthouse has an oriental flavour that blends well with interesting contemporary furnishings and unique antique pieces. Contributing to the exotic island feel, the beach is just 20m away, reached via a pathway cutting through the coastal bush and trees.

Accommodation is opulent and thoughtfully decorated and includes six standard suites, four with full en-suite bathrooms and two with showers only. The balconies and patios give you a lovely view of the tropical garden, while on colder days you can relax on the comfortable indoor couches. The spacious deluxe room has the added luxury of a King-size bed and spa bath in the full en-suite bathroom, and the balcony is well-suited for a romantic sundowner.

Percale linen, extra-length beds and the soothing noise of the ocean will ensure that guests sleep soundly, and all the rooms are equipped with every modern comfort needed for a hassle-free stay.

These conveniences include tea and coffee facilities, mini-bar fridges, safes, hair dryers, air-conditioning, flat-screen satellite televisions and wireless internet. Plenty of vibrant colours and intriguing artefacts give a distinctive and homely character to the rooms.

To build up energy for the day, guests enjoy a delicious, creative continental spread in the breakfast room or on the patio overlooking the pool. Any more rumbles in the stomach will be cured by a hot breakfast cooked to order before you set out to enjoy your day.

Being so close, the pristine beach is the obvious drawcard, and is a perfect setting for picnics, walks and swimming and fishing in the warm Indian Ocean. 

After taking the easy stroll back to the guest house, you can rinse off the sea salt in the swimming pool and laze on the loungers with a refreshing drink.

Durban and its plethora of attractions are within easy driving distance. With drawcards such as aquariums, water parks, shopping, scuba diving, golf courses, sports stadiums and historical sites, to mention a few, the city offers something for everyone, setting the scene for a fun-filled outing.

The guesthouse can make reservations for sightseeing tours and restaurants, while guests flying into Durban will appreciate the convenience of the in-house shuttle service.

Rates & Summary

5 Standard Suites

Each sleeps 2 in double bed
En-suite bath and shower
Balcony or patio with garden views

2 Standard Suites (shower only)

Each sleeps 2 in double bed
En-suite shower
Garden views

1 Deluxe Suite

Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite Jacuzzi bath and shower
Balcony with garden views


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Continental and cooked breakfast included


Children 12 and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated under milkwood trees in the tranquil Kwazulu-Natal village of La Lucia, the vibrant Cowrie Cove offers top-notch luxury accommodation and a meditative atmosphere perfectly suited to a seaside holiday. This modern Bali-style villa boasts a short private pathway leading straight to a pristine beach.


  • Elegant modern take on a Balinese villa
  • Private pathway straight to a pristine North Coast beach
  • A luxurious stay close to Durban's amenities

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, fishing gear, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching/dolphin spotting. 

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Beach access

Nearby: beaches, fishing, uShaka Marine World, scuba diving, golf courses, botanical gardens, bird park, horse trails, mountain biking, nature reserves, urban adrenaline adventures, entertainment and shopping complexes, Moses Mabhida Stadium, historical attractions.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Braai area available
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • Shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe




North Coast

KwaZulu Natal


Stretching some 110km from Umhlanga to the Amatikulu River, the North Coast is as diverse as it is spectacular. The old North Coast Road is the best way to access the region. It follows the edge of the Indian Ocean, crossing the lagoons and estuaries of the Umhlanga, Umdloti, Mvoti and Tugela Rivers. It then weaves through fields of sugar cane and patches of indigenous forest.

Over the years, the North Coast has changed from a few sleepy little towns of local farmers’ beach cottages to a hugely popular tourism centre. It draws hundreds of thousands of annual visitors and offers something for just about everyone.

The towns range from Zinkwazi, as relaxed and serene as anywhere on the entire South African coast, to the bustling Umhlanga with its big-town feel. In-between is Ballito, a holiday destination par excellence where tourists are welcomed and entertained. A host of other towns each have their own attractions.

As you’d expect, it is the beaches that are the biggest drawcard to the area and around which most of the action is centred.

Ballito in particular is a surfing mecca and hosts regular surfing competitions.

Other beaches all along the coast offer surfing, swimming and angling. Scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and boat trips can also be organised at most popular tourism towns, as can microlight flights.

Don’t for a second think that the North Coast is simply a beach and party destination. Nature is ever-present and many of the towns are surrounded by beautiful coastal bush or are close to nature reserves. Birdwatching is excellent and diverse, while blue duiker can even be spotted from the Umhlanga promenade.

Fascinating history also pops up when you delve a little deeper. King Shaka, that South African Napoleon, once ruled from a kraal in the area of KwaDukuza. A visitor’s centre, memorial and museum all celebrate and explain his life and reign. Another great Zulu man, this time a man of peace, grew up down the road in Groutville. Albert John Luthuli would later play a major part in the struggle against apartheid and would become the first African to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

The North Coast has always been the trendier part of KwaZulu-Natal’s long and spectacular coastline. It’s more developed, the hotels are bigger and it just feels like there is more on the go. There is an incredible amount to do, things to see and places to stay.

Look out for

Mount Moreland – every year an estimated three million barn swallows spend the South African summer at a wetland on Mount Moreland, not far from the coastal town of Umdloti. From around October to April, this huge concentration of tiny birds can be viewed coming in to roost en masse. Take a few drinks or a picnic and your deckchairs and have a sundowner while this immense flock fills the sky.

King Shaka Heritage Route – King Shaka forged the Zulu nation and ultimately shaped the future of South Africa. On this route you can find out a bit more about this fascinating character. You can visit spots such as Observation Rock, from where he watched his impis train. You can also see the pool where he bathed, the site of his burial, and the tree under which he is reputed to have been assassinated.

The Gateway Shopping Centre - on the other side of the scale is Gateway, a huge shopping centre in Umhlanga that caters for absolutely everyone. Rainy days can be spent watching movies, rock-climbing, bowling, driving go-karts and much, much more. There are obviously also plenty of shops and restaurants.

The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board – offers interesting insights into these denizens of the deep. Educational tours are held, as are regular shark dissections.

Birding – the North Coast is home to an estimated 460 bird species, including rarities such as finfoot, green twinspot, bat hawk and black coucal. It’s not necessary to visit nature reserves to spot them either, although you will have better luck at places like the Zinkwazi lagoon or the Harold Johnson Nature Reserve.

Adventure – scuba diving (or learning to scuba dive) is great for family bonding. The North Coast has a number of operators who offer this. Other chances for adventure include excellent mountain biking, quadbiking, paintball and horse riding.

Microlight flights – and helicopter flips give wonderful perspectives of this long and beautiful coastline. You’ll see how urban spread has affected the cane and bush, as well as just how much remains intact. Whales and dolphins are often spotted on such flights.

Dining decadence- be it high tea or a curry buffet at the sensational Oysterbox, a prawn feast at the Amatikulu Prawn Shack, or the Ballito Prawn and Jazz Festival.

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