An absolute beachfront boutique hotel in one of South Africa’s smartest resort towns; efficient, friendly and plentiful staff, elegant furnishings and superb food.
The Beverly Hills Hotel, part of the Tsogo Sun group, is one the grandest hostelries in Umhlanga Rocks, KzaZulu-Natal, and was the luxury property that launched the career of global hotel magnate Sol Kerzner.
The Beverly Hills has just 89 rooms and suites, each with a private balcony and an uninterrupted view of the ocean. It is a stylish setting and one of those hotels where the staff quickly recognise guests by name.
The award-winning hotel has become synonymous with elegance, gracious hospitality and intuitive service and boasts one of the finest hotel wine cellars in South Africa.
When you arrive your car is swiftly and efficiently whisked away; you are checked in individually at a private desk and given a room tour.
Facilities include complimentary wifi, a fitness centre, heated pool, a business centre, two restaurants (the buffet breakfasts and long weekend lunches are legendary here) with the option of also dining on a deck overlooking the water.
The busy port city of Durban is just a 15-minute drive, and a world, away.
This is the perfect spot to kick and relax for a few days after the excitement of exploring game reserves and excesses of the Cape cellar doors.
To put it simply, the Beverly Hills is opulent - and given the strength of the dollar to the rand, ridiculously affordable right now.
There is a porter service, valet service, and 24-hour room service - you get the picture.
Signature restaurant The Sugar Club is relaxed but with very high culinary standards - and super-slick staff.
Cocktails, wines and light snacks can also be enjoyed while taking in the ocean views. You can feel your heart rate dropping. Highly recommended.
I stayed one night as a guest of the hotel and would happily have paid with my own money to stay longer had it not been for a plane booking.
Beverly Hills Hotel, 54 Lighthouse Rd, Umhlanga, 4320, South Africa. www.tsogosun.com/beverly-hills +27 31 561 2211.
# The writer was a guest of TogoSun Hotels