Imagine you want a little beach break on the South Coast, what would you want from your beach house? Ocean views from nearly every bedroom? Chic, calm interiors big enough for family and friends, that feel like home? Inside outside living space on a sweeping wrap around terrace? A five-minute walk down some private steps leading onto a peaceful beach? The Grande Vue on Bazley Beach would be the place that has all of it.
This beach break was actually a 40th birthday celebration for a friend and what an amazing way to celebrate another decade! I started the trip with a mid-morning flight, getting to the airport as soon as I could after teaching early classes. From King Shaka Airport, the scenic drive to Bazley Beach was about an hour and twenty-five minutes. Nostalgia was big for me, as a child my family often drove down to the South Coast and so many family road trips came flooding back to me. Between sugar cane fields, glimpses of the city, seeing the ocean, and the KZN jungle foliage it makes for a beautiful backdrop to long conversations.
Grand Vue is at the end of a little winding road that dips and rises before it arrives at a small eco estate. The house exterior reminded me of the American Cape Code style- all white, shutters on the windows, with a wrap around porch. I was so impressed by this guest house- it’s sleek and minimal with a few nautical notches. I was pretty thrilled that we were the first to arrive because I looked at every aspect of the place and saw it in it’s pristine state before anyone had put their bags down. What the owners of this tranquil beach house have created is a little coastal, a little country. The interiors have natural textures, prints that speak to surroundings and a cool neutral palette.
The Grande Vue has every creature comfort a city dweller could ask for. With multiple seating areas to admire the ocean views, you soon forget about wanting to use the WiFi anyway and I think we only switched on the TV when kids were over and needed entertainment. This beach break was celebrating a friend with a huge social circle, so The Grande Vue was ideal because it sleeps 12; 4 rooms have queen sized beds and 1 room has 3 single beds (great for kids). There is an enormous kitchen island for preparing and sharing feasts indoors and relaxed outdoor braai and chill area too. This meant that when friends and family who joined us or were staying at other guesthouses nearby came through, there was more than enough space. The self-catering beach house also has a fully equipped kitchen. We even found a little handheld chopping unit- the kind you’ve seen on infomercials. It comes in handy if like me, you tear up from chopping onions so quickly that halfway through an onion you can hardly see what your chopping.
The bedrooms are all spacious and so comfortable. Crisp, white linen, all white furnishing and wicker detailing make you feel like your on the beach before you get any sand between you toes. Speaking of which, as soon as we could we took a walk down to the private beach. How fancy pants does that sound? You can see the key sticking out of pocket because I’m not really so fancy. There was a decked path going down a steep trail, covered with dense foliage, trees and vines. It reminded me of photos friends had shown me of trips to Bali (never been there but seemed close!) At the bottom of the eco estate, you go through a little gate and find a train track. Don’t worry, the trains run very seldom so you don’t have to watch for a train most of the time. Another minutes walk and you’re on Bazley Beach.
You can see Grande Vue from the beach, in the photo above it’s the highest building. I love how it’s actually quite hidden into the vegetation and doesn’t stand out too much. Looking at it from this perspective, the seclusion you feel in the house makes sense. The residents of guests of homes along the beach all have private access but there is a public entrance a few km’s away too. It would a be short walk no more than 3 kms. The area had seen flooding a few weeks before we arrived so there was driftwood strewn all along the sand dunes. The perfect excuse for a bonfire! For the bonfire, our hostess made some snacks and a bunch of the guys dragged wood to be both our fire and our seats. It’s a great way to start the evening.
The Grande Vue is a rare find, I’ve travelled a lot in the last year and it’s the first place I’ve felt compelled to share in months! Here’s the nitty-gritty; The 5 bedroom self-catering house sleeps 12, with 8 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. The offseason price is R2,750 per night, comes with air conditioning and cleaning. You can find them on Air BnN where they have a 5-star rating, and rightfully so. I can’t wait to take some friends back to this spot.