Top Beach Resorts in the Eastern Cape and Garden Route

BY GRAEME LUND - JULY 9, 2015

Most people’s idea of a great holiday involves a beach and this is made obvious in the number of high rise hotels and apartments that line Clifton, the Copacabana and Miami. These internationally known destinations are home to some magnificent beaches, but are also plagued by crowds and high incidences of crime while parking is always a problem.

Here, in the Eastern Cape and Garden Route, we are blessed with even better beaches – wider, longer and a lot less crowded. Our beaches also have some of the best surfing in the world and are a lot less expensive to visit. In this edition of Home Food and Travel, we have looked for some of the best places at which to stay while enjoying the bounty of beaches in our province and we asked the owners and managers of these resorts to tell us what makes them special.

 

   

Kob Inn Beach Resort on the Wild Coast is more than a typical beach side resort and Violet van Zyl, the owner, has this to say; “This is a resort that is situated right on the sea.  Not close, not near, but right on the sea.  Our activities include horseriding, canoeing, fishing and just doing nothing! We offer full board with an amazing seafood buffet on Saturdays. There are three Wild Coast hotels that have been winners in the TripAdvisor 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award, and we are one of them!”

 

 

   

Jeffreys Bay is a well-known resort town and Anita Meijderd, owner of Dolphin View Guesthouse says; “The guesthouse has a quiet and peaceful atmosphere with breathtaking views over the ocean and the adjacent nature reserve, where more than 50 bird species are known to make their home as well as rock dassies and grysbok. We have a beautiful indigenous garden and heated pool so you can relax on one of our sun loungers while your children enjoy the jungle gym and trampoline”. This 3 star guesthouse has all the amenities to make your stay comfortable and each room is individually decorated with a cosy theme to give you the home away from home feeling. The guesthouse also features a cosy fire place and reading lounge for the cooler winter evenings.

 

 

  

Besides Still Waters is located in the heart of the magnificent Garden Route which makes this the ideal place to experience unsurpassed natural beauty, rich bird and animal life and a variety of activities for all ages. Rod and Hydie McDade, the owners, say; “We are keen to share the wonder of the starry nights and the serenity and romance of this lakeland treasure. Our very comfortable self-catering units have delighted visitors of all tastes, and, for special occasions we offer two lovely ensuite B&B rooms”. 

 

 

  

The Willows Resort & Conference Centre, located just 15km from Port Elizabeth, is a family’s dream destination with rugged, rocky outcrops, and a child’s paradise with endless rock pools to discover and explore. “The small, private beaches with tidal pools are perfect for swimming and lazing in the sun. A few steps from the beach, a few minutes from the city… We are close enough for out-of-towners to enjoy PE, and far enough for locals to break-away,” says Herman Nell, the General Manager.

 

 

  

Jabu Maseko, Acting General Manager, says; “Catch a great time with family and friends at the Fish River Sun, the Sunshine Coast’s tourism hot spot. Situated mid-way between Port Elizabeth and East London, ‘The Fish’ offers a full bag of golf, unspoiled beaches, and luxury accommodation for the family, nature trails, child-friendly activities and great dining”.