With the easing of the national lockdown regulations on 1 February 2021, South Africans are looking for ways to make up for lost time by experiencing the beauty of the country like never before. With international travel still limited, there is no better time to explore South Africa in all its glory, from the rustic wilderness of the many national parks and reserves dotted throughout the country to the world-renowned beaches of Cape Town, the breathtaking coastal scenery of the Garden Route or the majesty of the Drakensberg.
Says Alan Campbell, Group Brand and Marketing Manager at ANEW Hotels & Resorts, “While places like Cape Town and Kruger National Park remain the most popular, go-to options for locals exploring the country, we implore adventure or holiday seekers to take a look at more off-the-beaten-track locations to experience the country on a deeper level. Provinces like KwaZulu-Natal have so much to offer travellers looking for an authentic and life-changing adventure without having to go very far.”
ANEW Hotel Ocean Reef, ideally located in the small, charming town of Zinkwazi, offers the perfect getaway for KwaZulu-Natal locals and is also close enough to Gauteng for those looking to keep things close to home. According to Campbell, “We chose Zinkwazi as the location for our hotel as the town offers it all, from beautiful, natural landscapes to unique bush and beach opportunities you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.”
Perfect base to explore Zinkwazi
Situated just 85 kilometres from Durban, Zinkwazi is also well-known for its lagoon, an estuary of the Zinkwazi River, and incredible bird life thanks to its proximity to the Zululand Birding Route. This conservation project promotes birding tourism in the country and is home to over 600 bird species. The town also boasts several beaches along the coast that form part of a nature conservancy, where visitors can enjoy hours of swimming and sunbathing. Ferry rides along the lagoon are also available, perfect for peaceful bird watching and wine tasting, while golf enthusiasts have their pick of nearby golf courses, including Zimbali, the Durban Country Club and Mount Edgecombe.
Campbell continues, “ANEW Hotel Ocean Reef makes for the perfect base to explore this enticing and fascinating town. While we provide all the modern amenities expected of a world-class hotel, we also want to encourage our guests to get out there and discover the area, especially after the year we’ve all had. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city or just wanting to experience new and exciting surroundings, our hotel is designed to meet all your needs.”
“The hotel is situated right on the Zinkwazi beachfront, providing guests with direct access to the beach and lagoon via a private boardwalk. Since we didn’t get to enjoy beach time over the festive season due to restrictions, this private access is indeed an incredible feature of the hotel.”
Guests are encouraged to make use of the direct access to Zinkwazi Beach, known for its many water activities, with deep-sea fishing being unmatched. The property is also surrounded by indigenous coastal dune lands and milkwood forests, so expect comfortable 4-star luxury accommodation with gorgeous views of the surrounding areas.
The hotel itself is packed with various features, services and amenities to complement any stay. This includes an indoor and outdoor restaurant and bar, swimming pool, free guest WIFI access, 24-hour safe and secure parking, daily housekeeping, shuttle service and more. The beachfront property also doubles as a stunning space for weddings and conferences, offering two conference venues that can seat 70 delegates with its unique outdoor breakaways.
Says Campbell, “We wanted to develop a hotel that offers the amenities of a big hotel while providing the more personalised experience of smaller boutique accommodations. I think we’ve managed to really accomplish this at ANEW Hotel Ocean Reef. Our location also provides easy access to some of the most exciting activities in the surrounding area, including proximity to many golf courses, game reserves and heritage sites. Not to mention, King Shaka International Airport is located just 59km away.”
“If you’re looking to explore the gateway to KwaZulu-Natal, ANEW Hotels & Resorts’ flagship beachfront property is the perfect venue for local travel,” Campbell concludes.