Durban lies on the coast of the Indian Ocean in eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. The city got a makeover before it hosted the 2010 Word Cup for soccer. Now visitors can enjoy the lovely promenade that runs from the uShaka Marine World to the Moses Mabhida Stadium. While visiting Durban be sure to check out Marine World, a large theme park with an aquarium. Another attraction worth seeing is the Durban Botanical Gardens which feature hundreds of African plant species. But the main reason tourists love Durban is the Golden Mile of beautiful beaches. Fans of water sports will love the many opportunities for fishing, surfing and diving in the lakes or the ocean. To make your stay more enjoyable be sure to check into one of these self-catering accommodations in Durban.
1. The Capital Pearls Hotel (from USD 309)
This large resort sits on Umhlanga’s main beach. You can choose from studio, one- or two-bedroom apartments. All rooms feature a living room area with television and work desk, kitchenette that has a mini-fridge, microwave, coffee maker, sink and washing machine, small balcony and private bathrooms. You can find a restaurant and a bar on the property along with the fitness center, business center outdoor pool, spa center, convenience store, gift shop, and a salon. You are within walking distance of some great shopping at either the Granada Square Shopping Centre or the Gateway Mall.
The Capital Pearls Hotel
Address: 6 Lagoon Drive
Parking Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle
2. Belaire Suites (from USD 57)
The Belaire Suites sits on the North Beach and all rooms come with views of the ocean. Choose between one or two bedroom units with a seating area, kitchen facilities that include a microwave, mini fridge, coffee maker and sink, and a marble bathroom. Relax by the pool or in the shade of the garden, get a massage at the spa or just enjoy one of the best cups of coffee in Durban at the Cafe Jiran, that provides an outdoor ambiance. The beach is just footsteps away from where you can spend the day swimming or surfing. Or enjoy a short drive to the Durban Botanic Gardens or the Victoria Street Market where you can spend an enjoyable afternoon out of the sun.
Belaire Suites Hotel
Address: 151 Snell Parade, North Beach, Marine Parade
Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Golf course (within 3 km) Garden
3. First Group The Palace All-Suite (from USD 72)
This art deco styled resort sits on Durban’s North Beach. You can choose from a variety of different sized apartments that include studios to three-bedroom suites. All rooms include a living room area, dining table, full kitchen, the studios have kitchenettes and private bathrooms. All of the rooms also feature stunning views of the Indian Ocean. On those days you do not want to cook stop by the Pesto restaurant and bar where they serve up delicious Italian and Mediterranean inspired cuisine. The bar also offers a happy hour every afternoon. You can enjoy a full range of amenities at this hotel including the rooftop terrace and pool, the spa which offers a variety of treatments, shops, a fitness center that offers yoga classes and much more. The beach is right outside the door, also within walking distance is the North Beach Cafe and the Marine Parade.
First Group The Palace All-Suite
Address: 211 Marine Parade
Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Sauna Golf course (within 3 km)
4. Serenity beach apartment (from USD 39)
This ninth floor apartment is ideal for couples or small families. It has a cozy living room with a sofa bed, dining area, full kitchen with a washer and dryer along with a breakfast bar, one bedroom, and a bathroom. It is located across from the aquarium so all of the best attractions, restaurants, and shops are within walking distance. You will enjoy the beautiful views over Durban’s Golden Mile and the Indian Ocean.
Serenity Beach Apartment - Free Wifi/ParkingDurban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Top guest reviews
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5. Urban Park Hotel and Apartments by Misty Blue Hotels (from USD 47)
These self-catering apartments lie along the Umhlanga Ridge. Your choice of room sizes come in standard hotel rooms or studio to two bedroom apartments. The apartment rooms include a seating area, full kitchen with a stove and oven, satellite TV and a DVD player. On those days you do not feel like cooking, you can order up room service or dine at the Cosmopolitan which serves up traditional South African cuisine. Other amenities on the property include an indoor pool, fitness center, a bar that serves a small menu along with cocktails, and beach chair and towel rentals. You are within walking distance of some of the city’s best shopping including the Gateway Theater of Shopping.
Urban Park Apartments & Hotel by Misty Blue Hotels
Address: 60 Meridian Drive
Terrace Free WiFi Canoeing Designated smoking area Restaurant Water park Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Private parking
6. Suites 617 the Parkview Hotel (from USD 49)
The Parkview Hotel is located less than a mile from the Marine Parade. It has one self-accommodating unit, suite 617. The studio room has two twin beds, a small kitchenette with a microwave, mini-fridge and coffee maker, a bathroom and access to a patio area. There are an outdoor swimming pool and a bar off the lobby. You can also use the barbecue and picnic area or just relax in the garden. The hotel is a beachfront property and offers lounge chairs and towels for rent. The Panorama Cafe is within walking distance along with Beach Hurst and the Blue Lagoon. The front desk will happily help you arrange some of the water activities like fishing, diving, and surfing.
Suites 617 the Parkview Hotel
Address: 17 Boscombe Place Marine Parade, Durban KwaZulu Natal South Africa Suite 617
7. The Breakers 211 (from USD 104)
This modern hotel is located in the Umhlanga district and provides stunning views of the lake from many of its rooms. The apartment rooms available feature two bedrooms, a living room area, a fully equipped kitchen with an oven, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, and a private bathroom. Your room also includes a private patio that is perfect for enjoying your morning cup of coffee. Your family will love the onsite amenities that include two pools, one indoor and one out, a water park, wellness center, fitness center, picnic area with barbecue facilities, playground inside and out, and babysitting services. The Hawaan Nature Reserve borders the property and fishing is allowed in the lake, plus the beach is just a short walk away.
The Breakers 211
Address: 88 Lagoon Drive Umhlanga South Africa
8. First Group Oceanic (from USD 48)
This apartment style hotel is located near the uShaka Marine World. It features one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment units. Each apartment has a living room, a small kitchen with a microwave, fridge and coffee maker. You will find an Italian restaurant, La Vita, and a bar off the lobby. You can also relax on the rooftop terrace by the swimming pool or enjoy an afternoon in the game room. Families love the option to use the daycare and babysitting services. Other amenities include a casino, entertainment staff, and room service. You will be located near many of Durban’s attractions including the Mini Town Snell Parade and Durban Beach.
First Group Oceanic
Address: 20 John McIntyre Road
Live sport events (broadcast) Billiards Terrace Nightclub/DJ Special diet menus (on request) Lift Business centre Meeting/banquet facilities
Save some money while on vacation
Vacations cost money, everyone knows that. But if you book a room with a kitchen or even a kitchenette, you can save some money by cooking the majority of your meals. This means you have more to spend on attractions, activities or those souvenirs you are dying to take home with you. All of the accommodation on this list allow you do most, if not all, of your meal prep yourself.
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