28 October 2018
Sybarites and nature-lovers will find equal delight at Ivory Beach Lodge, the Indo-African style home of Massimo and Nicci Negra. Built on a secluded beach, with vistas of pounding surf and densely-vegetated dunes, guests are accommodated 'in the cottage', a self-contained bungalow which floats in a leafy canopy of trees in the gently sloping garden. A footpath from the property leads onto the seemingly endless golden miles of mostly people-less beach. Organic thatch, wood, rough walls and pigmented floors blend seamlessly with luxurious furnishings. A well-equipped kitchen and decking along the seaboard side make alfresco dining a delight, with whales and dolphins making regular appearances. The property has a swimming pool and sun deck. This stretch of coast is dubbed "the golf coast" and Ivory Beach backs onto the fifth tee of one of the many excellent golf courses along the coastline. The Negra's award-winning trattoria, La Terrazza, is the obvious place to eat, a 10-minute stroll from the homestead. In July (or so!) millions of breeding sardines come to the coast, trailed by giant flocks of seabirds that dive-bomb the frothing feast. Thousands of dolphins join in too and there are tours out to watch the phenomenon. The South Coast is world-renowned for two particularly special dive-sites, "Aliwal Shoal" and "Protea Banks". Ivory Beach Lodge is well connected to a dive school/shop. Children under 12 by special arrangement only.