Going on vacation with my family is something I look forward to and if we can get away more than once a year, I am very grateful. Our holidays usually involved the extended family as well and I really can’t imagine going on holiday without my loved ones. The memories we make are absolutely my most treasured moments.
This time around we had the opportunity to go to Salamander Resort (thanks to my sister) situated in beautiful Umhlanga – with tourists abound we were the locals taking in the sights and sounds of a place we hardly visit. It is amazing how many great places we overlook in our own cities ! This self – catering chalet comes with a fully equipped kitchen (microwave, fridge, stove and oven) so there is no need to live off fast food – although if you like, there are many places nearby. You will also find Gateway a few minutes away, so if you really need to indulge in some retail therapy and you have a rented car , you can pop into the mall.
The spacious lounge has a plasma screen TV and leads out onto a deck which has its own patio set together with two cushioned sun loungers, perfect for breakfast while you watch the surfers and holidaymakers walk down to the beach. When you are ready, put on some sunscreen, grab your beach towel (which is offered by the resort) and head to the sea. With it being literally just down the road , you have no excuse to get your tan on! Of course, in true South African style, we had a lekker braai and I think we all went into a food coma afterwards. We ate waaaay too much food.
There are 3 rooms in total – One (ginormous!) master bedroom with a King size bed which has its own bathroom which is super huge and a flat screen TV. The other room has twin beds and the one attached to the main bedroom has a single bed. Fresh white bath sheets and some beach towels are in the unit so there are more than enough for everybody. There is also a family bathroom so no queuing to shower in the morning.
I love that there are activities for the family and you can find these at the resort. We had a bit of fun playing table tennis and a few games of pool. I really sucked at pool when I was at uni so I kinda avoided it like the plague. This time though – I wasn’t too bad. Despite the occasional white ball being pocketed and missing the ball entirely, I did manage to win a game. hahaha.
The table tennis was just as fun and although I made a fool of myself in high school once by trying to get on the team (without knowing how to play) , it actually wasn’t that difficult and I was hooked! You will also find a Jacuzzi, sauna and squash courts to keep you (and the kids) busy as well as the sparkling pool located next to the entertainment area. We had some warmer weather towards the end of our stay and with the activity area not being super busy, we felt like we had the resort all to ourselves!
There is also a lovely little area near the pool complete with a larger-than-life chess set and some café chairs and tables where you could hang for some R&R 🙂
Our apartment was cleaned daily and made up, the staff were helpful and ensured our stay was very pleasant. I definitely would go back!
I could go on and on about this resort but check out their website here to see more. My photos are below: