I love traveling, it has always fascinated me…the allure and excitement of new places. Getting to incorporate travel into my work is unbelievable and such a joy. For me, when I’m away from home, one of the key things to make my trip /vacation successful and enjoyable is ,undeniably, the accommodation.
Traveling rather often, within SA, has afforded me insight into the world of hospitality and I have been able to compile, and keep in my travel Arsenal, a few of my go to, ‘must experience’, hotels and guesthouses, that never fail me. Now, I am always willing and excited to try something new, but there are, of course, those firm favorites, that we all keep coming back to. 🙂
Let’s be honest, though, to find the perfect place to stay that will suit your needs, budget etc, can be frustrating and rather daunting, especially with the tons of sights, conflicting reviews etc that bombard us online.
This is why I am so excited about this post and sharing my travel tips with you all. My number 1 and best tip in a word would be “Accommodirect”. This has been such a fantastic find for me. It is, quite literally, the 1 stop shop for all accommodation needs. Their site grabbed me, initially, as they have not only conveniently listed the variety of accommodations available in South Africa and across Africa (20000+), but also have verified reviews to consider, great quality images for each listing (important for every traveler), the costs, star ratings & extra features. And once you go through all the options available, you are able to make your booking right there and then through the Accommodirect.com sight. Time is always a factor for us all, and I love that I can take care of my travel plans quickly and efficiently in one place, but also that it has been easy, safe, secure and hassle-free.
The tale of 2 cities:
Cape Town and KZN are 2 of my absolute favorite cities to be in, within SA. There is an endless list of hotels and guesthouses to choose from while visiting either.
For this post, I have chosen a few of my top choices, that’s sure to make your next trip that much easier. Whether you are looking for a budget friendly spot or wanting a little more of a spoil, I have something for you;)
Let’s get holiday planning luvs…
With stunning mountain ranges, including Table Mountain (one of the 7 wonders of nature), some of the most breathtaking beaches & restaurants to rival the best in the world & fabulous accommodation, it is no wonder that Cape Town is on every travelers list of places to visit. As difficult as it was, I have narrowed down 3 of my choices for you to visit when in the mother city. There is something to suit all tastes and pockets, but each, absolutely beautiful.
The Mother City
Dolphin Inn Blouberg:
This little hidden gem, can be found in the heart of Blouberg. This guesthouse is comfortable and relaxing and only a short walk to the beach and restaurants. I love that they offer free wifi (bonus for a workaholic like me😜), a lovely breakfast each morning and the owner hosts are always at the premises ensuring such friendly and warm hospitality.
For the average cost per night (approx R750), this is an excellent choice for Cape Town travelers who need the best of both – comfort and accommodation that’s a bit easier on the wallet.
Bliss Boutique Hotel:
Be still my heart…this hotel is truly a must when in the Mother City. Bliss boasts luxurious rooms that have been finished with the finest fittings and furnishings. Guests have access to private beaches, that is within walking distance. Love is in the details, and here, one can feel the love and passion that has gone into ensuring guests comfort.
The average cost per night is R2250. This is an absolutely stunning little piece of Sunset Beach heaven, that simply must be experienced.
Simon’s Town Guesthouse:
This fabulous guest house is situated in the charming maritime navel town of Simonstown. The Simon’s Town Guesthouse has contemporary African themed rooms. When you walk in, you see only the finest quality furniture, drapes and linen, and your eyes can’t help but fall on beautiful artworks that hang on the walls. One of the other draw cards is that every room has a sea view, which when in a place as gorgeous as this, is such a gift.
Average price per night: R1500
Kwazulu Natal – Durban
Sugar cane plantations, natural harbor, rolling hills and stunning beaches are what greet you when you visit the City of Durban. Durban is home to me and holds beautiful memories for me. These really are some of the best hotels in the city :
The Royal Palm:
This hotel is a firm favorite amongst Durban travelers. It is so conveniently situated and extremely luxurious. The service and hospitality is friendly and warm and (ladies), shopping is just a few steps away with the Gateway Theatre of Shopping being just a short distance away.
The Royal Palm, to me, oozes style and opulence, with gorgeous interiors, satellite TV, Internet access, a fridge, private patios &&&, available to guests.
The restaurant at the hotel is also a must try, with unbelievably sumptuous cuisine that has guests always coming back for more.
The average cost per night: R1310
The Royal Hotel:
I have a special connection to this hotel. The Royal hotel has been around since I was a child and before. It is the epitome of class and luxury. Situated in the heart of Durban with breathtaking panoramic city views, it exudes five star sophistication.
A few things set this hotel apart, to me. The level of service and detail is immaculate, from DSTV to mini bars in all suites, to a butler service and a dedicated floor for those of us, women, who travel alone as well as non smoking floors.
The multiple restaurants and cocktail venues here are equally inviting, serving the most sublime meals and cocktails.
The average cost per night: R2500
Coastlands on The Ridge Hotel:
This hotel is actually my personal favorite. Everything about Coastlands makes me happy. The refined quality and superb attention to detail is just 2 of the many wonderful reasons why this would be my top choice.
Every room has been lovingly furnished to make this your best, most comfortable stay away from home.
Another highlight at Coastlands, is the food. The Restaurant here serves up some delicious food, to say the least with their desserts being the piece de resistance.
This is a must experience and not bad on the pocket either;) Average Cost per night: R1200
For more/all details on these accommodation options and much more incl. contact details, prices, for all bookings etc, simply go to http://www.accommodirect.com
There you have it, my luvs, all your travel/accommodation needs taken care of. I hope it makes your next trip that much easier, as it always does for me.
Wishing you all safe and adventure filled days.