Tucked away just 15 minutes inland from Umhlanga and Ballito, the enchanting family-owned de Charmoy Estate offers the perfect mini-getaway spot to unwind and enjoy some quiet time and soul food.
De Charmoy Estate’s lush gardens, wide open spaces and island-inspired architectural designs will have you thinking you have travelled for miles to reach this destination despite it being right on your doorstep and perfectly positioned for both locals and travellers (just a five-minute drive from King Shaka International Airport).
2 The Chocolate Garden
One of the main highlights has to be the estate’s on-site restaurant and coffee shop, The Chocolate Garden. It’s a magical, chocolate-inspired garden that features chocolate-coloured plants, chocolate-scented flowers, chocolate mint and chocolate and vines.
The coffee garden and restaurant has a fully stocked bar and a menu that caters for breakfast, lunch and dinner (and includes chocolate versions of tomatoes, peppers, lettuces, herbs and the like). The focus is on freshness and the combination of chocolate and botanicals. It is very child-friendly with roaming giant tortoises and a secure play area.
3 Sugar & Spice Spa
The on-site spa is a great place for guests to unwind and relax in an intimate setting surrounded by lush gardens and enchanting aromas. The Sugar & Spice Spa features two quiet treatment rooms as well as a jacuzzi and sauna facilities and has been designed to promote relaxation, rejuvenation and wellness.
4 Four-star B&B accommodation
The estate has 16 beautifully appointed four-star air-conditioned rooms surrounded by tropical gardens. Each room has its own entrance and unique character and you can choose from the Honeymoon suite, family rooms or cosier king or queen rooms. If you prefer self-catering, the de Charmoy Estate also offers two self-catering units each with a kitchenette.
5 A tropical paradise
This home-away-from-home destination truly allows you to relax in a tranquil, tropical atmosphere and enjoy excellent service. There are several swimming pools and it’s easy to find a secluded spot in the garden, watch the birds and reconnect with nature.
Details: www.decharmoy.co.za, 032 5338187
Text: Monique De Villiers-Delport