Romantic escapes along KZN’s beautiful South Coast

Beautiful views … an enchanting meal … and endless pampering … the perfect combination for a well-deserved Valentine’s Day celebration with your someone special.

Beautiful views … an enchanting meal … and endless pampering … the perfect combination for a well-deserved Valentine’s Day celebration with your someone special.

After so many missed celebrations, some of us cannot wait to take advantage of eased restrictions by spoiling our significant other to a romantic escape in a well-located and memorable place. That said, we’ve got our sights set on KZN’s South Coast … boasting some really great venues that promise the romantic experience your loved one truly deserves. Here are some of the best to consider …

Blue Marlin Hotel, Scottburgh

With spectacular ocean views, this charming hotel offers three-star accommodation for visitors looking for an overnight romantic getaway. Enjoy cocktails sundowners at the Blue Marlin Bar, indulge in a delicious meal at the Lighthouse Restaurant, or take a dip in the sparkling pool. Details: 039 978 3361 or

Honeywood Forest Lodge and Spa, Sea Park

For the ultimate ‘gourmet getaway’, Honeywood Forest Lodge is the perfect retreat. The venue’s on-site acclaimed restaurant, The Cellar, serves delectable meals and its lush Forest Spa offers the ideal way to enjoy some romantic pampering. Overnight stays can be enjoyed in the chalets located less than 1km from the beach. Details: 039 695 1036 or

Royston Hall Guesthouse, Umtentweni

This beautiful historical manor house has a rich history dating back more than a century. Set within a private nature reserve adjacent to the Umzimkulu River, this is the ideal guesthouse for a romantic excursion. Make this an extra special Valentine’s Day by booking into one of the elegant honeymoon suites, and unwind while listening to the sound of nature. Details: 082 784 5851 or

Leopard Rock Coffee Shop & Lookout Chalets, Oribi Gorge

Located at the world-renowned Oribi Gorge valley, Leopard Rock is a rustic and warm escape where couples can enjoy a home-cooked meal on the 21-metre deck overlooking the rushing Umzimkulu River. There is also a wonderful garden and nature trails for a romantic stroll in this majestic location. Details: 074 124 0902 or

The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa, Oribi Gorge

For the ultimate luxury experience complete with world-class service and unmatched natural surroundings, there’s The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa. This boutique lodge is the perfect spot for couples to really unwind with some indulgent pampering at the Clivia Day Spa, fine dining at the flagship restaurant, Catharina’s on 15, and quality accommodation with glorious gorge vistas. Details: 039 687 4000 or

ANEW Resort Ingeli Forest, Harding

Situated in the foothills of the Ingeli Mountain range, surrounded by indigenous forests, is the majestic ANEW Resort Ingeli Forest. Couples can relax in one of the spacious country rooms with private verandas offering serene views. Drinks can be enjoyed in the beautiful Foresters Bar followed by a superb meal at Eagles Nest Restaurant with beautiful trails for a romantic excursion. Details: 039 553 0600 or

Days at Sea, Trafalgar

This five-star luxury hotel is a lovers’ hideaway, with its first-class cuisine and fine wine making it the perfect Valentine’s Day retreat. Every suite is a masterpiece of design, with the spacious pool set over the Indian Ocean simply inviting relaxation. The chef crafts fusion cuisine – Italian, French and a dash of Asian – for a delectably memorable meal. Details: 039 313 0013 or

For more stunning accommodation options, restaurants and romantic activities on KZN’s South Coast, download the free ‘Explore KZN South Coast’ app from Google Play and Apple stores, or visit

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