Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Muse over a simpler, more stylish time with the Oyster Box and Anchor's Rest

The early dusk sends its velvet ribbons through the mist and salt spray. Durban's iconic landmark sends a warm, inviting beam through the settling twilight, calling weary travellers to rest. Reclining opulently at its base, The Oysterbox, South Africa's best-loved restaurant shines as a beacon of its own, calling guests to sample the gracious hospitality

More than 60 years old, The Oyster Box exudes Olde Worlde charm redolent of a bygone era. Having been lovingly refurbished over the years, this grand old lady now boasts every modern convenience as well.

A popular highlight is the tea room, and an Oyster Box High Tea is the stuff of legends.
An afternoon of leisurely luxury begins with a table spread with every delicacy to grace the nostalgic afternoon teas of yesteryear: fresh-baked scones, delicious cakes, pastries and quiches, and dainty sandwiches will adorn your plate and soon have you convinced you've stepped into an episode of Downton Abbey. (Click here to book your table).

Round out your journey down memory lane with an evening spent lounging on the spacious balcony at Anchor's rest. Gracious elegance enfolds you as glorious views draw the eye and calm the mind. The crystal clear waters of the sparkling swimming pool are simply irresistible. Nothing rounds out a day of luxurious indulgence like a leisurely swim and sundowners on the patio.

It's the little things that leave an imprint on the senses, making a luxury get away one to remember. Discerning guests will revel in our attention to detail. Book today or call us now on 031 561 7380 to experience it first hand. Email enquiries@anchorsrest.co.za and we'll answer all your questions.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

The beauty of a holiday in Umhlanga is that it combines the best of most worlds. Nestled into one of South Africa's most beautiful coastlines, you're treated to wonderful waves for surfers, incredible coastal views, and nature's jungle-y encroachment wherever you look. At the same time, you're minutes form the world-class King Shaka International Airport and Africa's appropriately named mega-mall, Gateway Theatre of Shopping.

Even so, the wild is calling.

Aeons-old nature is on your doorstep. All it takes to immerse yourself is to take a walk on the wild side with a guided tour of Umhlanga's near-primordial lagoon land. Wooden board walks lend a Lord-of-the-Flies authenticity to your adventures as they lead you along the banks of the Ohlanga River. Buttressed by dunes many metres high, these dunes, grasslands and forests house hidden communities of indigenous fauna, from monkeys to small buck, incandescent butterflies and a profusion of bird life set to enchant even the least ardent bird watcher among us.

Start your escapade on the shore-hugging O'Connor Promenade, wending your way into the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Trail. The trail leads through beach and lagoon wilderness, earning a growing reputation as a nature-lover's hideaway. Strategically placed benches and picnic spots allow the ambling adventurer a break from the pace, and a chance to stop and smell the – well, wildlife.

For the history buffs there's even a stone-age seashell midden lurking at the entrance of the lagoon.

Round your adventures off with a return to the convenience of modern luxuries at Anchor's Rest.
Umhlanga's upmarket luxury and first world convenience are right at home in our opulent serviced rooms, lending a feeling of elegance to your leisurely escape. Our lounge area is a tastefully decorated home from home, complete with a fully stocked bar to cater to your post-exploration requirements.

Soothing neutral hues are subtly complemented by shades of classic gold and warm umber. Large sliding doors invite you out onto the sheltered balcony, where deep-cushioned chairs offer the ideal spot to watch the sunset while sipping sundowners. Or slip into the pool for a refreshing dip on the languorous summer days beckoning holiday makers to Umhlanga.

The bar's wide screen TV keeps you connected to current events, or affords the opportunity to unwind with a relaxing movie if you prefer. It's the perfect end to a perfect day in Umhlanga.

As dusk settles in, head for bed in one of our comfortable rooms, fully-equipped with every convenience for the world traveller.

Bookyour stay at Anchor's Rest and then enjoy the journey into the dawn of humanity by contacting Umhlanga Tourism on 031 561 4257 to arrange an appointment. Email enquiries@anchorsrest.co.za and we'll answer all your questions.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Combining the honey tones of two of South Africa's trademarks ...

The majestic yellow wood tree is the national tree of South Africa, and rightly so. True to the adage “slow and steady wins the race”, this slow growing tree forms a wood of exceptional quality, while decking its branches with the pale yellow-gold leaves that have earned it its name.

Our sumptuous Yellowwood Room is aptly named, offering an elegant and hospitable escape from the bustle of modern life. Well-appointed with a king-sized bed and a gold-hued living area, this peaceful private room is your perfect honeymoon suite.

Romantically-inclined guests can take advantage of our honeymoon package, which includes all the essentials for a romantic escape, from sparkling wine to scented candles, floral flowers to decadent chocolate. Bliss!

Waking up from a rejuvenating rest in your luxuriously proportioned Yellowwood Room bed, top up your tank with a delicious breakfast and then it's time to take in the sites and sounds of Durban. What better tribute to Durban's ingenuity and leisurely lifestyle than a sample of KZN's fantastic beer route? This great tour allows you the unparalleled opportunity to sample a range of unique and delicious beers, each with its own distinctive flavour. The tour takes you on an easy-going amble through the magnificent Zulu kingdom, letting you enjoy the wonders of home-brewed beer from smaller boutique breweries in park-like gardens and relaxed surroundings.

Home-cooked meals and chef-prepared delicacies are available at many of the micro-breweries, and are certainly worth the taste bud effort. The brewers and their teams offer a wealth of knowledge about both the beautiful area and the subtle nuances of the beer brewing process. Combine your adventure with a fascinating journey into the secrets that go into one of the staples of South African “chilling out”.
Our recommendations for Top Five Microbreweries include:
  • Robson’s (Shongweni) - Valley of a Thousand Hills – famous for their Durban Pale Ale, we also recommend the coriander spiced wheat beer. Delicious!
  • Quills - Botha’s Hill – offering no less than five distinctive brews, and often more, Quills at the 1000 Hills Chef School is rapidly becoming an institution in Durban's Outer West
  • Unity Brasserie’s Signature “Cow Bell”- Musgrave - Although not technically a micro-brewery, Robson's delicious Cow Bell Pilsner is brewed specifically for Unity Brasserie's collection, and rounds out the menu nicely. It's helpful to have great beer so close to your lodgings, too.
  • Nottingham Road - Midlands – perfect for the adventurer keen to wander further afield, this award-winning brewery is complemented by breathtaking scenery and craft shopping opportunities.
  • Mtunzini Brewery- Eshowe- if the north coast's rugged wildness is more to your taste, Mtunzini's Eshowe-based brewery is the place to visit. A scenic drive takes you into the heart of Zululand, where you'll be well rewarded by a pint of their award-winning English Bitter or Chilli Blonde.

Of course, no tour of KZN's beer route would be complete without a visit to South Africa's favourite: SA Breweries. This is a tour you'll be sure to remember. Officially tipped as the second biggest brewer in the world, SAB has operations around the country and the Prospecton operation boasts one of the Southern hemisphere's most modern breweries. Call 031 910 1111 to book your guided tour of SA Breweries in Propsecton.

Your day out and about sampling the delights of KZN artisanal food and drink and South Africa's finest is rounded out by the enticing prospect of another unhurried evening in the Yellowwood Room at Anchor's Rest, giving you the rest and rejuvenation your busy lifestyle needs.

Book your stay with us today or call us on (31) 561 7380 and get a taste of KZN's finest in accommodation and ambling adventure. Email enquiries@anchorsrest.co.za and we'll answer all your questions.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Dolphin and Whale Viewing

Experiencing the thrill of dolphin viewing on the shore of Umhlanga Rocks is a memory to be treasured. Spotting whales, whale sharks and other dolphins is far from uncommon in Umhlanga Rocks and it's a magical treat viewing these mammals in their natural habitat. 
Off the coast of Umhlanga you can enjoy watching playful dolphins frolicking in the wake created by your boat, with Humpback whales passing by in their annual migration to their breeding grounds in Hermanus.
Marine biologists have been whale watching for years with the aim of monitoring the breeding patterns and behaviour of the largest mammal in the world. You don't have to be a marine biologist to go whale watching.  Anyone can do it, thanks to experienced skippers and local tour companies. 

South Africa has some of the best whale and dolphin watching spots in the world. In some locations around South Africa fantastic views can be obtained from rock edges and cliffs, which is ideal for those who may suffer from sea sickness and don't want to go out in a boat. 

There are over 37 species of whales and dolphins in the seas surrounding South Africa, which is a great reason to come back time and time again to view these magnificent mammals to see something new each time.

A day spent in or on the water is a perfect outing for the whole family, watching these graceful creatures glide by, which will give you happy memories for years to come.

We recommend the boat trips organised by the Sharks Board as this gives you the opportunity to go out to sea and watch the shark safety gear being checked by experienced staff early in the morning.  This two hour trip is an extraordinary experience to also see Durban's beachfront in the early morning light with the sun just rising over the ocean. 

Sharks Board boats out at sea off the coast of Durban returning from a working trip

For dolphin and whale viewing we recommend Durban Charter Boat Bookings as they have a variety of boats available and can also take you out on sailing and boat cruises, as well as fishing trips.

A unique experience for anyone to see these magnificent whales close up

A magnificent whale breaching off the beach of Umhlanga Rocks
A playful dolphin showing the grace and agility they are so well known for
A pair of dolphins frolicking in the warm Indian Ocean water

Dolphins gracefully swimming in the ocean