Durban hotels have come a long way over the past few years, with the return of the major hotel chains after many years of boycotts during the apartheid era. Durban was also one of the host cities of the World Cup 2010, and many 5-star luxury boutique hotels and bed and breakfasts have sprung up all over this great tourist destination to cater to those who would like that extra bit of pampering for their holiday.
The luxury five-star hotels in Durban, such as the famous Oyster Box, Royal Hotel, Beverly Hills Intercontinental, and the Fairmont Zimbali complex, cater to families, businessmen, and women, as well as your couples looking for luxury while they relax in the sun in South Africa's playground of Durban.
The Fairmont Zimbali Resort is the latest addition to the ever-growing family of five-star luxury hotels and resorts in Durban and is situated just north of the city but within very easy reach of the fantastic beaches of Umhlanga Rocks. The resort has its own golf course and spa and fantastic sea views from most of its rooms. Transport is also readily available to most of Durban's tourist attractions, such as Ushaka Marine World on South Beach, and day trips to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve can easily be arranged.
The new King Shaka International Airport is also very close by to both Zimbali and the Beverly Hills, and airport transfers to all of Durban's 5-star hotels can easily be arranged. Another famous 5-star hotel in Durban is the Royal Hotel located in the city center opposite the city hall. This is a Durban landmark and has been known for many years as the best hotel in the city.
The Oyster Box hotel is the old grand dame of Durban hotels and is in Umhlanga, right on the water's edge with panoramic views across the Indian Ocean shoreline, with a view of the famous lighthouse as well. In fact, at one point in history, the lighthouse was even operated from within the hotel. This historic hotel will take you back in time to a glamorous age, and no visit to Durban would be complete without a visit to this iconic hotel or better yet, book a sea-facing room and listen to the sound of the waves as you drift off to sleep, and wake up to the awe-inspiring sight of the sun coming up over the horizon.
Graeme Watson was born and bred in Durban and is passionate about the city becoming one of the world's greatest tourist destinations. To get in touch with Graeme, find his details here: http://www.thompsonsafrica.com/our-people/our-staff
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