Top 12 Self-Catering Beachfront Accommodations In Umhlanga, South Africa - Updated 2023

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Nestled on the eastern shore of South Africa is the posh resort town of Umhlanga. A 15-minute drive from the main Durban city, this coastal residential town is one of the top tourist spots in South Africa, thanks to the greenery and the lifestyle which clearly invites holiday-makers to put Umhlanga on their bucket list. Tall building complexes and the beach and the promenade together make up the contemporary Umhlanga–and it is absolutely stunning. Ideal for couples and families both, the town has plenty of accommodation choices from, beachfront hotels to private vacation rentals. Although the list is endless, we have put together the top self-catering beachfront accommodations in Umhlanga, South Africa for your next visit.

1. Gorgeous suite overlooking Bronze Beach (from USD 133)

Each waking day at this suite will be filled with magnificent views of Bronze Beach and beyond, thanks to its sun-drenched patio and large glass doors and windows. Any medium-sized group will have a wonderful time in this rental, which comes with modern comforts such as smart TV and WiFi. You can be your own chef in the well-equipped kitchen that readily comes with a coffee and ice machine. Alfresco cooking and dining are also made possible by the furnished patio with a grill.

For refreshing dips, you may head over to the fifth-floor pool of the complex or maximize the quick access going to the shore. This Airbnb accommodation in Umhlanga also provides two beach chairs and a boogie board for you to further enjoy the coast and the glorious sunsets that come along with it.

Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
181 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire serviced apartment 6 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

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the apartment was lovely and the sea views are incredible we will definitely be back to stay
lovely apartment in spectacular location with exceptional sea views we had a lovely stay with our family
we had a wonderful stay in this fabulous apartment
this is a stunning apartment
everything was extremely clean including the linens and towels
the house was clean we were very happy
excellent hosts with an apartment in a great location and beautifully clean and comfortable environment
alan was a great host
the hosts are stunning
debs is a wonderful host
alan was a great host
alan and debs are great hosts
the location is perfect and close to the mall and several restaurants
perfect location with the beach literally on the doorstep
phenomenal location the apartment beautifully appointed we loved it
location is amazing this apartment has everything you need as a family
awesome location hosts and unit
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2. Upscale and contemporary retreat (from USD 180)

Stay in this charming three-bedroom apartment with modern interiors and amenities that will make you come back for more. Set in a tranquil and green area nest to Umhlanga rocks, this Vrbo house has a lavish living room with rich decor, sofas, and a TV. It also has a spacious dining area with a bar that further leads to a fully modular kitchen with modern kitchen appliances.

The apartment has a terrace and balcony with a seating area as well as a swimming pool. The bedrooms come with a double bed, full bathroom, TV, dressing table, and much more to make your stay a comfortable one.

1 review  
Apartment 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy :

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Our maid was so lovely and helpful
The house was well furnished
The gate staff were lovely
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3. Seafront apartment ideal for medium-sized groups (from USD 190)

A comfy beachfront accommodation in Umhlanga, this light-filled house welcomes you with a living room with chic furnishing, a dining area, and a full kitchen with an open-plan layout. It also offers breathtaking sea views right from the living room. The vacation rental has three bedrooms with queen beds and a private bathroom, boasting modern comfort for a memorable stay.

The home is tastefully designed with the latest interiors and is decorated with contemporary decor and lighting. Its proximity to the beach is the best part.

5 reviews   Wifi Available
Apartment 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

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The property was very clean and just as advertised
The owner met us and explained the property and how things work
We absolutely loved staying at SealaVie Filip the owner was very helpful and welcoming and even left us a bottle of wine juice and chocolate Beautiful view of the ocean from every room Super qu...
So many joggers on the beach Saturday morning we almost got trampled
It seemed very safe and the locals are fitness oriented
The beach is incredible and just a short walk from the apartment
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4. Beachfront two-bedroom accommodation in Umhlanga

Stay right on the beach in Umhlanga in this exquisite two-bedroom holiday home and walk downtown in a few minutes whenever you want. The home is furnished with a large living room with a separate dining area and offers modern living experience. The property overlooks the tropical greenery, the pristine beach, and the lighthouse form some of the best views you can get on a holiday. You also get a full kitchen with modern appliances to cook your own meals and enjoy luxury living. Some fantastic bars and restaurants are located next to the place.

Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
106 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

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the apartment very well situated with great views and amenities especially the air conditioning
the wifi connection works perfectly strong
wifi is good and there are lots of tv channels available
nice view of the ocean from the balcony and the rooms & bathrooms were clean
brad's apartment is absolutely gorgeous and very close to a lot of amenities and the beach
neat & clean space
the space was clean and was well equipped
clean and in ideal location
it was clean and comfortable and conveniently central
we booked the place for a week and it was exceptionally clean
host was very responsive throughout
brad was a wonderful host
host is nice and responsive
brad was a great host and very accommodating
we loved the choice of restaurants that brad the host recommended
great location to beach and airport
perfect location and great value
good location and easy walking distance to shops and beach
great location easy check in
a nicely furnished flat in a good location
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5. One-bedroom serviced apartments near beach

Located next to the beach is this serviced one-bedroom apartment with sea views. This vacation rental in Umhlanga lies close to major attractions of the town as well as the beach. The entire unit is located on the ground floor and there’s a lovely garden area or balcony with each apartment. The units come with a living area with an integrated kitchen that’s equipped with the necessary appliances and a spacious bedroom with a king-sized bed and an en suite bathroom with a shower. The property is located in a lively neighbourhood where you will love going for a walk.

Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
207 reviews  
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
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air-conditioning makes the rooms more comfortable
the view is wonderful and air-conditioning is available in the living room and bedroom
lovely sea views and a stunning apartment
central accommodation the air conditioning was great
the apartment had a gorgeous view
sparkling clean and a warm welcome awaits you
house is clean and stylish and has everything you need
the place was impeccably clean and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay
it is clean and comfortable with added extras which was a nice touch
the apartment is so stylish not to mention spotlessly clean
brigid was a great host that made us feel at home
wonderful hosts friendly and accommodating
she was very accommodating and ensured that i was well taken care of
thank you brigid you are an exceptional host
superb place and great hosts
great location super hosts
it’s very private and in the perfect location
the accommodation was beautiful and in a perfect location
close proximity to the city but not in the city; homely atmosphere; comfortable bed
great location right by the beach and stunning place
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6. Two-storey house for four near Umhlanga beach

Located in the tranquil Herrwood Park, in the Kingston Place complex, is this modern two-bedroom vacation rental. The complex has free WiFi and a common pool which you can use. The property lies close to two significant beaches and is surrounded by tropical greenery and a garden. The two-storey house has two chic bedrooms and baths, a living area–although there are multiple seating areas indoor and outdoor at this lovely house–and a full kitchen with latest appliances to prepare your own meals. The house is equipped with all other important amenities as well.

Umhlanga, ZA
4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

7. Budget studio next to Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve

Sitting right next to the Lagoon Nature Reserve in Umhlanga is this upscale studio apartment for couples and solo travellers. The apartments are decked up with modern décor and offer the experience of comfort living even in a studio. The bedrooms come with a double or two single beds, a kitchenette, and a living area with sofa and TV that leads to a balcony with views of the tropical freshness. The apartments offer other amenities like WiFi, parking, phone, and common swimming pool.

Umhlanga, ZA
3 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

8. Two-bedroom private rental near Umhlanga lighthouse

Located right behind the lighthouse and the rocky Umhlanga beach, amidst lush greenery, is this upscale two-bedroom apartment with swimming pool. This modern luxury home with all the comforts you could desire is beautifully decorated. Every corner speaks of character and class. You are welcomed by a garden and lawn in the front, then to the spacious living room with flat screen TV. There’s also a dining area with a bar, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a balcony or terrace to enjoy the scenic beauty that surrounds you.

Umhlanga, ZA
Apartment 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

9. Upscale private accommodation for four

Stay in this gorgeous and luxurious pet-friendly apartment next to the rocky beach. A wide range of bars and restaurants are located close to the property where you can dine, but you can also prepare your own meals in the fully-equipped kitchen. The holiday home has two light-filled bedrooms and one bathroom, and it’s ideal for a group of four. There’s also a fantastic living room with sofas, dining area, and a spacious terrace or balcony to enjoy breakfast with sea views.

Umhlanga, ZA
Apartment 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

10. Inexpensive studio in a residential complex near the beach

Situated right on the Lagoon drive in Umhlanga is this budget studio in the famous Capital Pearls complex. The posh residential complex is equipped with various amenities like elevator, swimming pool, air conditioning, and much more. The interior of the house is modern as is the lighting. The studio comes with a king-sized bed and a bathroom with shower and linens to make sure you have a comfortable stay. It also comes with a kitchenette with a coffee table and coffee maker for your meals and caffeine fix.

Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
45 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
very clean neat and quiet apartment
a beautiful space comfortable and clean in an amazing block
the hosts are great - attentive yet not intrusive
nabeelah was very helpful and responded to our every need
but overall a great place to stay at
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11. Modern unit close to lots of conveniences (from USD 85)

One of the residential apartments in the iconic Umhlanga Arch, this modern 14th-floor unit speaks of convenience in many ways. It enjoys a setting where retail outlets, artisanal food options, cafes, and rooftop bars are abundant. It even comes with a secure and private basement parking for guests arriving by car.

When you’re not busy with nearby diversions, you can simply stay indoors and revel in complimentary perks such as WiFi hooked on an uninterruptible power supply and smart TV with Netflix access. Preparing your favourite meals is also a breeze in the fully fitted kitchen. Whip up your go-to drink and watch the sky welcome the night from the balcony with sea and ocean views. What’s more, you can book for more than two nights and score a discount.

Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
48 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the apartment is great very clean beautiful view and has everything you need
the place was very clean
beautiful view clean apartment and really great communication for the managers of the apartment
amazing view place is clean and very modern
he was an excellent host and gave great recommendations
great spot and excellent host
the host was also very helpful since the beginning and responded quickly whenever we had any questions
ryan is an excellent host
easy check-in & friendly staff
i’m great i choose ryan’s place
central neat- perfect accommodation for a business trip
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12. Contemporary home away from home in Umhlanga town centre (from USD 72)

Just steps away from Umhlanga town centre, in the luxury of tropical nature, is this three-bedroom holiday home. The house is decorated with a modern finish and contemporary look in addition to being light-filled, truly offering a home away from home. There are three spacious bedrooms with double or twin beds, and a bathroom with shower, tub, and linens.

This light-filled and self-catering Airbnb in Umhlanga features a terrace or a furnished balcony with a seating area. It also has a living room with sofas and TV, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a separate dining area.

Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
147 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 4 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great open-plan apartment tons of room with all the amenities needed
a lovely modern spacious apartment with a lovely balcony overlooking the hosts garden
great modern apartment fully and stylishly furnished
breathtaking the apartment is exactly what you need if you're searching for a relaxed vibe in a beautiful location
nicely fitted kitchen and a main bathroom you can swing a horse in
spotlessly clean and everything in good working order
the place is clean stylish and homely too
clean central and everything you need
'the apartment' is very stylishly laid out and meticulously clean with everything that you need available
the pictures don't do this place justice its massive beautiful and sparkling clean
beautiful apartment & a lovely host
will book anytime amazing host and gorgeous space
brilliant hosts and fabulous apartment
thoroughly enjoyed our stay there and adine is a great host
adine was a wonderful host always eager to help and easy to communicate with
a place you wish to stay in every time you in mhlanga
great place great location great host
beautiful house close to the heart of umhlanga with an incredible host
this is a beautiful stylish and user friendly apartment in a central location
amazing place blew us away
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Umhlanga, it is

You can find vacation rentals in Umhlanga for all budgets, from luxury stays to budget accommodations–many of them close to the beach promenade as well as right in the heart of the town. Next time you are planning a vacation, check out these self-catering accommodations in Umhlanga, South Africa, and save more by preparing your own meals.

Frequently asked questions about the self-catering beachfront accommodations in Umhlanga, South Africa

1. Which self-catering beachfront accommodations in Umhlanga have nice views?

For impeccable vistas, the gorgeous suite overlooking Bronze Beach and seafront apartment ideal for medium-sized groups are worth a stay. Meanwhile, this modern unit close to lots of conveniences may not be located on the beachfront but it also offers sweeping views.

2. Which self-catering accommodations in Umhlanga have parking?

To easily get settled upon arrival, make sure to check in at these properties with car parking: i) gorgeous suite overlooking Bronze Beach, ii) upscale and contemporary retreat, iii) seafront apartment ideal for medium-sized groups, and iv) modern unit close to lots of conveniences.

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