Our Top 10 Best Holiday Resorts in South Africa

With the country recently moving to Alert Level 1, now is the time to start planning your next holiday. If you aren’t quite ready for a trip abroad, it’s good to know that many travellers are opting for local travel and rediscovering beautiful South Africa destinations. This has the added benefit of kickstarting our economy and the tourism industry. The popular new slogan is Be a tourist in your own country. We think this is a wonderful idea 

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Hotels have reopened, refreshed their accommodation and installed all the health protocols to ensure a safe stay. One of the best options is an all-inclusive holiday, where everything is already paid for and catered for; all you need to do is sit back, enjoy it and have fun! So before you ask where all the best all-inclusive resorts are in South Africa, here are a few reasons why a resort hotel is a great local option: 

  •  Usually located close to beaches, lakes, game reserves or areas of great beauty. 
  • Excellent in-house entertainment for all ages 
  • Abundant sporting facilities 
  • Choice of dining options 
  • One-stop holiday for the whole family 
  • Safe surroundings within the resort complex 

But what does all-inclusive mean? Simply put – you can enjoy everything from dining to activities, accommodation to special hotel perks, without needing to worry about pulling out your wallet every five minutes. By booking an all-inclusive holiday package, you simply arrive and enjoy without a care in the world! 

Here is a list of some of the top 10 best holiday resorts in South Africa 
The Oyster Box HotelUmhlanga 

This iconic grand lady has direct access to the beach, an award winning spa, a private cinema and a choice of superb restaurants. Get ready for pampering! 

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Wild Coast SunKZN South Coast 

This ever popular resort offers golf, Wild Waves Water Park, Riverside Aqua Sports and Beach Bar, bowling, Segway tours, Aloha Village & Magic Company for the kids, a cinema, spa, casino and of course the sun-bleached beach.   


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Aha Alpine Heath ResortDrakensberg 

The 3 bedroom 6 sleeper self-catering chalets are perfect for family fun. There are endless activities for all ages including hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, Wow Kids Zone with daily entertainment program, spa, two restaurants and a Village Market. 

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Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger GateMpumalanga 

Set on the border of the Kruger National Park, you can view game from the pool deck. Be first at the park gate for a day in the bush or explore the famous Panorama Route. Then return for  a work out in the fitness center and a swim followed by dinner under the stars in the boma. 

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Mabula Game Lodge, Limpopo 

The Mabula experience awaits you just two hours from Johannesburg. Enjoy luxury accommodation, game drives, refreshing pool, dining under the stars including a selection of game dishes, wellness spa and a conservation center. 

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Sun CityNorth West 

This internationally famous resort is an easy drive from Gauteng but light years from home. There is a variety of accommodation types from family Cabanas to deluxe suites. Two world-class Gary Player golf courses are complemented by water sports, the thrilling Valley of Waves, shows, a spa and a casino as well as day trips into the game rich Pilanesberg National Park 

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Diaz Beach, Garden Route 

The beaches around Mossel Bay are an open secret and the Diaz Beach Hotel is right on the beach. The extensive Diaz Water Park is an all-day location for the family and there is a heated indoor pool for the cooler months. Enjoy dining on-site or visit the popular seafood restaurants nearby. 

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Premier Resort The Moorings, Knysna 

Knysna is home to the Oyster Festival but delicious seafood is available all year round. The resort, on the banks of the lagoon offers fishing, swimming and boating while nearby there is golf, mountain biking, hiking and bid watching in the mysterious Knysna Forest. 

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Lagoon Beach Hotel and SpaCape Town 

Situated on the sandy white beach in Milnerton the resort has the most amazing views of Table Mountain. Facilities include a spa, fitness centre, a beach bar and two restaurants. The fun spots of the Cape are right on your doorstep. 

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One&Only, Cape Town 

This deluxe resort is set right in the heart of the Mother City on the edge of the V&A Waterfront and overlooked by majestic Table Mountain. The resort has specialist dining, a spa, rooftop pool and direct access to the V&A Waterfront and all its daily fun activities. 

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If you’re looking for the best resort holiday or all-inclusive holiday deal, then let Thompsons spoil you with one of our great options. Whether you’re a family, group of friends, or a couple looking for a romantic getaway, there are resorts, boutique hotels and game lodges to suit all occasions! Chat to us today and we’ll do the rest. 

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