1Phinda Forest Lodge, northern Zululand
Glass-walled chalets sit right in the middle of a forest where antelope graze at the front door. Superb interior design, food, service and game drives.
2Isandlwana Lodge, Zululand battlefields
Overlooking the historic battlefields where Zulu and British forces clashed in the 1900s, this lodge built of stone, wood and thatch melts into the landscape. There is easy access to the memorial sites and informed guides help visitors relive the dramatic and tragic events of that era.
3Hotel Izulu, Dolphin Coast
Hotel Izulu is truly a slice of heaven ensconced in the heart of the Dolphin Coast. A mix of Tuscan architecture, African features and Balinese influences – there are 19 luxurious en-suite rooms on offer.
4Lynton Hall, Umdoni
This grand Victorian manor home and modern-day country hotel has been voted as one of the hottest hotels in the world. Lavish rooms, bathrooms, sea views and acres of manicured lawns add to its appeal.
Stay in a traditional Zulu ‘umuzi’ (homestead) and relive the days of King Shaka and his cronies. Guests stay in Zulu huts in the Great Kraal overlooking the Phobane Lake.
6Zimbali Lodge & Hotel
Situated on the Dolphin Coast, Zimbali offers up a five star hotel experience. The resort is known for its spectacular golf course and every luxury which is available on tap.
7SunCoast Hotel and Towers
Part of the popular SunCoast Casino and Entertainment Complex on the Marine Parade. The SunCoast Hotel & Towers offers up classic Art deco style of Miami’s South Beach. The new Balinese Spa complex is a major drawcard.
8Fordoun Hotel and Spa, Midlands
An lovely country hotel it boasts an award-winning spa, is part of the Midlands Meander route and offers indoor heated pools, a flotation tank and unique beauty treatments based on African and international product ranges.
9Selborne Hotel, Spa and Golf Estate, Pennington
This sumptuous property on the Natal South Coast, not only offers beautiful rooms and suites and an impressive table, but also a full 18-hole golf course with resident golf pro, a health spa, small gym and sauna facilities
10Cathedral Peak Hotel, Drakensberg
This is a resort hotel offering visitors the chance to explore the Drakensberg Mountains on horseback, on foot (or via helicopter) and enjoy sports activities such as tennis, bowls and golf against a visually arresting backdrop.