In photos: 11 amazing beach cottages around SA

Posted on 7 September 2017

This was the Getaway team’s brief: Find the best beach cottages and houses close to both the sea and international airports. Three bedrooms or less, preferably with direct beach access or within 500m from the coast. Aaaand go.

The distance from major airports proved to be the most challenging. In some areas, there were so many options to pick from and in others we had to dig and dig. Thankfully, all our hours of searching came to fruition. We can confidently say that these are some of the top cottages and houses around South Africa. Ideal for your next, perfect, beach holiday – and you don’t have to drive for hours to get there.

This is a sneak peek photoblog of our favourite beach escapes. Find all of the best beach addresses in the September 2017 issue, out on shelves now.

The sunsets at this beach are wonderful: people walk their dogs, surf in the waves or sit and chat with friends as the sun slowly turns the sky to fire. This beach is less than a minutes walk from our chosen hut.

This cute little shepherd’s hut (on wheels) has been cleverly designed to include everything you need without feeling cramped.

Getaway’s editor, Sonya Schoeman, loved this wooden deck overlooking the bay.  After a cup of coffee and a read, she headed down to the clear waters of the marine reserve for a brisk swim.

This upmarket home has an epic main bedroom- a huge bath, and king-sized bed that stares at the sea.

Kati Auld wrote about one of the cottages, and doubled as the star in our latest TV advert (check it out at the end of this post).

We had a divine night here, braaing outside with a few candles and a pack of cards. Nearby are hidden coves and you might even spot some whales.

This cottage made our September cover. I thoroughly recommend a visit.

Most of our options have a private pathway to the beach to this view.

There’s a peaceful calm perforating the air of this cool beach cottage, and it’s just a short walk downhill to the beach.

Whether you want to watch the ocean from your bed or have a fish braai overlooking the rocks we’ve got the perfect options.


Watch the best beach moments from our trip


Find these breathtaking beach cottages in the September Getaway issue.

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Our September issue features 11 amazing beach cottages, two ways to see the Klein Karoo, a windswept 4X4 drive in Namibia, our guide to swimming in Greece and much more!


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