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  • Classic elegance inspired by the romance of our Winelands region
  • Tropical beach holiday feeling in the balmy climate of the North Coast
  • Attentive service enhances your stay

The Vineyard on Ballito

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Ballito

 

-29.5393, 31.2126

About

Guests at The Vineyard on Ballito are treated to a unique luxury accommodation experience which takes inspiration from the romance of South Africa’s rich wine-making heritage and adds the benefits of a subtropical seaside location. 

Although far removed from the famed Cape vineyards, the guest house’s warm styling bears a close resemblance to that of a luxury winelands retreat. Guests can relax under a shady grapevine in the forecourt, whilst admiring beautiful views of the Indian Ocean from balconies and communal areas, enjoying the best of two very different but equally wonderful worlds.

Each of the seven individually-decorated rooms is named after an esteemed South African wine estate, with ornate chandeliers and original artwork creating a distinguished atmosphere. Conveniences such as full en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, tea/coffee facilities, telephones, minibars, wireless internet and satellite televisions are complemented by special touches such as fresh fruit, home baked treats and complimentary sherry.  

Two rooms (Backsburg and Boschendal) are situated on the ground floor, with Backsburg offering a view of the sea and a Queen-size bed. Boschendal features partial sea views and twin beds which can be converted into a King-size bed. On the top floor, Buitenverwagting (Queen-size bed) and Mount Rozier (twin or King-size bed) both have balconies with views of the ocean. Rhebokskloof is another magnificent twin/King luxury room with a balcony, but faces the pool.

Also on the top floor, honeymooners will find all the romance they are looking for in the decadent Meerlust suite, which has an extra length, four poster King-size bed and a Jacuzzi bath, with the balcony showcasing spectacular ocean views. Tucked away in the lush garden, the very private and spacious Morgenhof boasts a four poster bed, along with a lounge area and a patio where bird song and green views soothe the soul. 

More superb ocean views can be enjoyed during a delicious Continental and English breakfast on the guest house’s terrace, after which a selection of daily newspapers can be perused over a cup of tea or coffee. Top-class lunches and dinners are served in the dining room by arrangement, and throughout their stay, guests have full use of several relaxation areas, including a sun lounge and tranquil swimming pool area with deck chairs.

When the beach bug bites, guests can arrange a cooler box, picnic basket and beach towels and take a walk or drive to Willard Beach, which is perfectly safe for swimming. Ballito offers a wide range of entertaining sea-based activities, along with numerous fine restaurants and shops. 

Durban is just 45 km south of the town and boasts an abundance of attractions to suit every taste. To whittle down the options, The Vineyard on Ballito staff are more than willing to share their extensive knowledge of the area and make recommendations for activities, while tours and shuttles can be arranged on request.

Rates & Summary


Backsburg and Boschendal Rooms (Ground floor)

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size or twin/King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Full or partial sea view

Buitenverwagting and Mount Rozier (Top floor)

Sea facing luxury rooms 
Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size or twin/King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Balcony

Rhebokskloof (Top floor)

Pool-facing luxury room
Sleeps 2 in twin/King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Balcony

Meerlust (Top floor)

Sea-facing honeymoon suite
Sleeps 2 in extra length King-size bed
En-suite Jacuzzi bath and shower
Balcony

Morgenhof

Executive suite in the garden
Sleeps 2 in four poster King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Lounge area
Patio with garden views

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Continental and English breakfast included
Lunch and dinner by arrangement
Picnic baskets on request

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome in certain rooms.
Some rooms have high balconies which make them unsuitable for children.

Why Stay Here?

The Vineyard on Ballito is a luxurious guest house featuring six individually-decorated rooms, a swimming pool and a wide range of good facilities and personalised service. The guest house offers lovely sea views mixed with an atmosphere that draws inspiration from the romance of South Africa’s winelands. Cooler boxes, beach towels and picnic baskets are available for guests to enjoy an idyllic day at the beach, which is within walking distance.

Summary

  • Classic elegance inspired by the romance of our Winelands region
  • Tropical beach holiday feeling in the balmy climate of the North Coast
  • Attentive service enhances your stay

Privacy

Situated in the garden, Morgenhof offers particularly good privacy.

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 roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Nearby: beaches, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, Durban Beachfront, uShaka Marine World, golf courses, botanical gardens, bird park, horse trails, mountain biking, game reserves, urban adrenaline adventures, health club, entertainment and shopping complexes, theatres, Moses Mabhida Stadium, historical attractions.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming 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 (dinner by arrangement)
  • No Restaurant

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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North Coast

KwaZulu Natal

About

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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