I visited Durban for an extended weekend break from Joburg. Rather than stay in any of the hotels on Durban's main beachfront (Marine Parade / O R Tambo Parade), I opted for something a little off the beaten track. And since I had a toddler with me, a kitchenette was important, hence I was looking for self catering facilities. And I could not have done better than Breakers. The resort has the trappings of a hotel, with the added benefits of self catering. It is located at the end of Lagoon Drive in Umhlanga Rocks, adjacent to the Umlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve. Consequently, the beach is almost secluded, with just the right number of people from the resort and adjacent holiday rentals so as not to feel deserted. The resort has a private access to the beach, which is about 20 metres away. There also a great paved 2.5 km jogging track all the way to the lighthouse, for the more energetic.
For those not familiar with Durban and its surrounding areas, Umhlanga is like a posh suburb along the coastline. And Umhlanga Rocks is just the right distance from Durban (about 15 kms on the M4) so not to be too far. The other places like La Mercy and Tongaat are a little too far.
The resort has a small gym (which unsurprisingly, no one seemed to use), a great pool and water activity area with slides which was very popular and a small kids activity area. The resort grounds are quite spacious and have a outdoor play are for kids too, There is also a poolside bar and entertainment area, and a restaurant Blu, which I did not visit. At the the other end of Lagoon Drive, towards Lighthouse road there are a number of eateries and pubs that operate well into the night. Durban itself is an easy 15 miunute drive away on the M4.
The Resort has a timeshare section, and an owners section which can be booked directly. I was quoted R1200 by the resort for a studio unit, but got it for less from Lightouse Group (The booking fee however was a bit of a dampener). I enjoyed thetime spent at Breakers, and would recommend it to anyone planning a family trip to Durban.
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- Also Known As:
- Breakers Hotel Umhlanga Rocks