I've been going to San Lameer for the last 28 years or so, and you can imagine, I think it's a pretty incredible place! I know that my thoughts may be subjective, but after reading the last horrible review of it, I thought I HAD to write and give my view.
San Lameer is a relaxation haven away from the world. For those a little nervous of visting SA, this is a very safe place, and a place you would feel comfortable letting your children wander around and discover on their own.
It is made up of a central hotel, and then lots of villas dotted around the place. They are only allowed to develop about 40% of the vast plot of land, so much of it is lush greenery, some as part of the 18 hole Golf course or 9 hole mashee course, the dune walk, or around the lagoon. As part of or near the hotel complex there is a restaurant which is ok, 2 pools, a Spar mini-supermarket, a clothes shop, a library, a children's jungle gym, a bar and various available sports (tennis, squash, a gym, pedalos for the lagoon).
There is a huge amount of wildlife that share the space with you including buck (impala and duikers), lots of monkeys, legovans, dassies and a huge range of birdlife. One of my favourite pastimes is to listen out for the kingfishers and try and take a photo of them catching fish from the lagoon :)
I agree that some of the accommodation might be dated, but some of them are brand new and outstanding with incredible views out onto the sea. And yes, there are cockroaches - but this is a lush area, and I think it would be near impossible to eradicate them. Saying that, I didn't see any on my last visit either. So...make up your own mind. They are well furnished normally, so you can eat in easily or at restaurants either in San Lameer or outside (there is a nice fish restaurant on the beach, although it is rather pricey for what it offers).
The beach is beautiful, and is a blue flag beach, so has standards to maintain. There are miles of gorgeous beach to walk on and I've never had any problems walking around there. The swimming conditions aren't perfect, but quite fun for jumping in and out of the waves, and there are also shark nets (for those who are a little nervous swimming with sharks!). There is a tidal pool for those who want a proper sea water swim and fantastic rock pools for children (and adults!) to explore - I've even seen a Ray in one of the pools!
Basically, this is a place that you come to regenerate your batteries. It is peaceful, natural and well equipped for coming and not moving for a couple of weeks. It is great for all ages - I loved exploring it as a child and love to go there now to relax and get away from it all. I hope that if you go, you can enjoy and love it even just a little as much as me!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- San Lameer Resort Hotel & Spa is situated on the iconic San Lameer Estate near Southbroom on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast. The hotel itself is situated on the banks of the tidal Umhlangamkulu Lagoon and Guests have direct access to pristine Blue Flag Indian Ocean beaches. The intimate hotel offers 40 rooms and suites elegantly decorated in contemporary Indonesian style. In this exclusive and secure beach and golf coastal reserve, guests are surrounded by beauty, luxury and tranquility. The centrepiece of San Lameer’s magnificent domain is the 18-hole championship golf course which has recently hosted the SA Womens Open. For the non-Golfer there are a myriad of facilities and activities on the estate to keep you occupied, not least of all the award winning Camelot Spa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Peermont Mondazur At San Lameer Hotel Southbroom