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Four awesome beach escapes

We’ve scouted the best in seaside sanctuaries from around the country.

1. South Winds

This is the ultimate escape-from-it-all bungalow, set right on the rocks in a marine reserve near Cape Point. Decked out in white and accents of blue, with bare Oregon-pine floors and simple rustic furniture, it also has a perfectly modern little kitchen. Meals on the protected stoep are as close to the sea as it gets. Sleeps 6, perfecthideaways.co.za beachescape1ed

2. Zinkwazi Beach House

The extended covered terrace is the heart of this calm and sophisticated home set amid wild tropical splendour on KwaZulu-Natal’s North Coast, with all focus on the palm-fringed beach. Sleeps 8, zinkwazibeachhouse.co.za beachescape2ed

3. The Lighthouse

This is the West Coast beach house fantasy everyone has – a kind of sandcastle in white clapboard, with amazing views, decks for reclining on with books and drinks, and a fireplace for evening or blustery day gatherings. A sauna and plunge pool make this Yzerfontein house a treat whatever the season. Sleeps 10, perfecthideaways.co.za beachescapes3ed

4. Baxter House

This charmer of a beach house in Simon’s Town mixes quirky finds in the best possible way. You’ll love its eclectic decor as much as you will enjoy gazing out to sea. There’s lots of space for special friends – board games optional. Sleeps 6–12, perfecthideaways.co.za beachescapeed2