#FindYourEscape: Explore the Garden Route's luxury castle on a beach + 7 exclusive beaches in SA

2018-01-26 18:00 - Kavitha Pillay
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Noetzie Beach. (Photo: iStock)

Cape Town - Ever dreamed of staying on a castle on a beach - gazing into the blissful depths of the ocean while feeling the sand between your toes on a secluded retreat?

Well, those dreams can become a reality right here in beautiful Mzansi ... if you can fork out for a luxury suite at Pezula Castle on Noetzie beach, near the Garden Route's Knysna, which will go on auction in February according to Fin24.

The luxurious property, situated on secluded beach with a garden, consists of three castles offering five luxury suites. Apart from the secluded cove and pristine beach, visitors also get to explore a large variety of indigenous flora and fauna.

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Described by the late President Nelson Mandela as "an exquisite piece of heaven", some visitors say it "has a magical air about it and it feels as though you have been whisked away to paradise", while others calls it "beautiful and so elegantly appointed".

See what travellers shared on Instagram of the exquisite property:

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If you don't think your budget can cater for purchasing a piece of this local paradise, there's no need to stress as you can still pay it a visit and stay over at the castle. You can also explore one of many stunning exclusive and secluded beaches across SA.

Here are some exclusive local beaches to get you started:

Thonga Beach Lodge, KZN

Set in a dune forest along KZN’s Maputuland coast, Thonga Beach Lodge is a romantically luxurious lodge “with a touch of rustic charm”.

It is ideal for the eco-conscious traveller, as the suites were built to ensure minimal impact on the environment and the lodge plays a role in the conservation of endangered leatherback turtles that nest on the nearby beaches. The secluded beach, tucked in nature, is what makes it an exclusive getaway.

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Umngazi River Resort, Eastern Cape

Offering its visitors unspoilt beaches, Umngazi River Resort boasts adults-only sea-facing bungalows. It is nestled in the coastal bush not far from the main facility - connected by a rustic walkway - ensuring ultimate privacy and exclusivity.

Uvongo Beach, KZN

This secluded beach is often visited by holidaymakers who want to escape the crowds of nearby Margate or Scottburgh. It boasts a waterfall which runs into the ocean and is close to Durban. Nearby accommodation makes it an exclusive weekend getaway in the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal.

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Boknes, Eastern Cape

Boknes is one of the best kept secrets of the Sunshine Coast with a small town and only a few local shops. It is close to Cannon Rocks and Kenton-on-Sea, and a walk to the nearby Dias Cross is a must.

Water’s Edge, Western Cape

An off-the-beaten track beach is Water’s Edge in Simon's Town. The beach lies between Seaforth Beach and Boulders, and most people know nothing about it. When entering, it looks like going through a garden gate, but it actually leads to the beach. 

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Pebble Beach, Eastern Cape

A hike to this beach is a must - stick to the coast and head south from Amapondo backpackers for about 10km. You’ll hike up steep mountains, but the reward at the stony beach is worth it all.

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Preekstoel Beach, Western Cape

This beach lies in the West Coast National Park, which is what makes it more exclusive than the other West Coast beaches. The 25km stretch of sand also has a rusted shipwreck.

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