The Ultimate Coffee Experience – Plato Coffee

All over the country, Plato Coffee is synonymous with premium coffee and good service. Hearing that the franchise was opening a branch in Ballito was the best news for a coffee-loving community. Situated in Simbithi Office Park, this spot is perfect for grabbing that morning coffee or making it your office for the day. Bringing that signature Plato Coffee aesthetic, the cafe’s design is simple and well-purposed for creating a relaxed atmosphere. Sharing the space...

A New You – The Hair Shack 

“New hair, who’s this?” is exactly how I felt after our fabulous experience at The Hair Shack. Right from when we walked in and were greeted with a warm welcome from the receptionist, Alex, we were transported into a relaxing atmosphere. Natasha was introduced to her stylist, Justen, who started with their consultation to chat about what she wanted to get done. Deon, my stylist, was excited to get started on my hair. Before that,...

Restaurant Review: Dumpling Bar

In our town, you can explore a world of diverse cultures and cuisines. One standout place is Dumpling Bar, a charming restaurant that immerses you in Asian culture, featuring stunning geisha art created by the talented local artist That Damn Vandal.   Recently, Dumpling Bar introduced new dishes to their menu that we couldn’t resist trying. Their Kimchi and Veg Dumplings, filled with the traditional Korean fermented vegetable dish, were a delightful surprise with their...

A Tour from Above: BAC Helicopters

We are truly lucky to live on the North Coast, with its great weather, ocean views, and community lifestyle. So, what’s a better way to further explore our coastline than from the sky? BAC Helicopters has widened its horizon from Virginia Airport to its newly completed, second hangar at their Head Office in Imbonini Helistop, which allows visitors to take to the sky on a wonderful tour of our coast.   Established in 1992 as...

Restaurant Review: Jimbo’s Burger Bar

Looking for a tasty meal? Head to Jimbo’s Burger Bar in Ballito, a new American-style diner with an authentic vibe. The place is decked out with pink neon lights, 3D art, arcade games, and even a 3D-printed pink dog at the entrance. Despite a small menu, the quality is top-notch, especially their three flavorful burgers.   Each burger has a choice of either one or two smash patties for an extra juicy experience. We had...

Discover Tranquility and Adventure

Nestled within the scenic landscape of the “Ballito countryside”, Yembeni Bush Lodge is just 25 minutes inland from our coastal town, providing the perfect balance of tranquillity and accessibility. The family-run lodge stands as one of the region’s best-kept secrets, offering a unique experience that combines the comforts of modern living with the great outdoors.   Yembeni Bush Lodge affords guests an escape surrounded by indigenous forest. The dedicated staff ensures every need is met,...

Coastal Cuisine

Beneath blue skies, where waves hit the shore, dine on treasures of the sea at one of Ballito’s great restaurants. Al Pescatore has been delighting customers with fantastic food for over thirty years, and we were so excited to try some of their delicious dishes. When we stepped inside, we were greeted by a stunning ocean view and the scent of salty air and mouthwatering aromas from the kitchen. If you haven’t been to Al...

TRANQUILITY IN THE MOUNTAINS

Located in the heart of the Northern Drakensberg, Montusi Mountain Lodge offers breathtaking views of the Drakensberg Mountains, valleys and rolling hills of the KwaZulu-Natal countryside, providing a perfect escape for those looking to unwind and reconnect with nature. The resort is situated on a 1,000-hectare conservation estate, which is home to a variety of wildlife, birds and plant species. Guests can enjoy panoramic vistas of the Amphitheatre, which is a massive rock wall that...

Take the Time for You

Lucille and I enjoyed an afternoon of pampering at the amazing Revive by Adele. The salon has been offering relaxation and rejuvenation to the North Coast for a few years, and they have settled nicely into their new home in the Sugar Village in Umhlali. The owner, Adele, has 18 years of experience, making sure you leave feeling pampered and centred. She believes that a lot of us don’t truly take the time to have...

Taso’s Bar & Grill Ballito

Living you the best of Ballito with a 180-degree ocean view and a delicious cocktail and food menu with a vibey yet relaxed atmosphere, Taso’s Bar & Grill Ballito truly has a perfect spot along our coast. We enjoyed a fabulous afternoon outside on their deck where you can sit and watch the waves crashing, while keeping an eye out for dolphins or whales.   To start, we had to soak up the sunny day...