South Africa has some of the most beautiful and family friendly coastlines in the world. Kwazulu Natal is particularly popular due to it’s pleasant weather and warm water temperatures, year round. One of our favourite family vacation spots is Umhlanga and for the past two years, Breakers Resort has been our #1 choice.
Situated on the very end of the Umhlanga promenade, right next to the beautiful Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve, Breakers Resort offers everything a family needs while on vacation.
We usually stay in an open plan Studio apartment. These have a king size bed, one bathroom (bathtub with a shower), small kitchenette, a lounge with one sleeper couch suitable for children, some lounge chairs, a six seater dining room table and a TV with selected DSTV channels.
Eliana and Lia shared the sleeper couch and the resort provided a camp cot for Ava (be sure to book this in advance). We had a beautiful view of the ocean and resort. The unit is comfortable, cosy and perfect for a family with young children.
Things to do at Breakers Resort…
During peak season you can expect a fun daily program jam-packed with activities for the entire family. Think water ballon throwing competitions, poolside bingo, water aerobics, dog shows, magicians, a BBQ evenings, Live music, quiz night and more.
Off season things are quieter but a small hospitality team still tends to the children in their kids room on the ground floor.
Another huge bonus is the La Vita Day Spa! Also situated on the ground floor of Breakers Resort. Mr. Perfect and I took turns working in a massage, steam, mani and pedi during afternoon nap times. The spa is beautiful, with talented staff and top class treatments available.
The resort also has 4 pools! A large pool with sun chairs, kiddies pool with slides, water volleyball pool and a lap pool. Lay out on the wooden decks overlooking the forested lagoon, go trampoline jumping or mini-golfing and catch a bite to eat or coffee at Harry’s. (Lunch, snacks and beverages can also be served poolside.)
Best of all – the resort’s access to the beach!
Make your way out the security gate, down a lush wooden path onto the Umhlanga promenade.
With various access points to the beach you can decide whether you’d like to join the crowds on the main beach, walk a little further to the tidal pool or maybe go in the opposite direction towards the lagoon. It really is up to you.
We explored… Fishing amongst the rock ponds, looking for an elusive octopus in the tidal pools, building sand castles and hunting crab during low tide at the lagoon… We aren’t deep-sea swimmers and preferred sticking to the quiet beach just off the viewing deck at Breakers. The girls could wet their toes, ran in knee deep and got soaked in the shallows.
Everyday was simple, and pretty much the same…
Early mornings on the beach followed by a rinse off in one (or all) of the resort swimming pools. We enjoyed lunch from Harry’s – poolside of course – then nap time, afternoon exploring along the promenade and a sunset beach stroll home. We prepared dinner ourselves, ate together as a family, watched some bad cable, played boardgames and ended everyday snuggled together in our king size bed, reading bedtime stories.
It was amazing!
Fun places we discovered in Umhlanga
- Definitely set out a few hours one day to explore the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature trails. Be sure to remember the mosquito repellant.
- The girls loved seeing the Iconic Lighthouse and walking right to the edge of the Umhlanga Pier.
- Stop for coffee at ROX Coffee Company, right on the promenade. OPEN 6am – 5.45pm everyday!
- DON’T MISS a delicious ice-cream cone at The Italian Corner Gelateria – just off the main beach. Flavours vary daily and they are always sure to have a vegan option too.
- Fellow girlmoms, if you’re feeling fancy – book a seat for High tea in The Palm Court at The Oyster Box Hotel. Kids are allowed but will need to be on their best behaviour – booking is essential.
- If your little ones want to learn more about sharks – check out the Kwazulu Natal Sharks board.
- Or why not go Whale Watching with the Umhlanga Ocean Charters? We can’t wait for all the girls to be over 5 years old – definitely a bucket list experience we are looking forward to.
- Dependant on the age of your kids. Get your problem-solving skills going with a game of Escape Hunt! “Lost in Time” is recommended for children 12years+, but younger kids are welcome too, as long as they are accompanied by adults.
- Wanting to checkout a mall – Gateway is just around the corner.
Don’t mind driving…
- Visit the Umgeni River Bird Park – we haven’t been there but a few moms have recommended it.
- Visit Monkeyland near Balito – The world’s first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary.
- Ushaka Marine World truly has one of the most beautiful aquariums, not to mention the cool waterpark. Just be sure you arrive early.
These are just a select few of things to do in and around Umhlanga so, PLEASE DO SHARE your favourite spots in a comment below and I’ll be sure to add them to our list.
We can’t wait for our next family vacation in Umhlanga!
Special thanks to Just Jump for the girl’s adorable matchy-matchy swimwear.