Personalised Real Estate

Two real estate agencies merge and combine their efforts to improve the concept and perception of home and comfortable living. Blueprint Realty has announced its merger with LIVE Real Estate as a step into the future. They are committed to being a real estate agency with a thorough understanding of what it takes to help clients find their homes, and their track record for going beyond the call of duty speaks for itself.   This...

Connecting People Through Coffee

If you’ve driven through the beachfront over the last few months, you would have probably noticed the friendly faces gathering outside a quaint wooden shed propped primely on the corner of South Beach Road and Margaret Bacon Avenue at Fairlight B&B.   On a scorching hot summer’s day in Umdloti, Bruce and Michele Deeb, owners of a familiar and firm favourite, Fairlight B&B, sat down with me under an umbrella with a decadent iced coffee....

It’s About the Vibe

As pioneers in the social lifestyle venue category, News Cafe Umhlanga is delighted to celebrate its fifth birthday! Proudly held by Fournews, News Cafe opened the first store in Hatfield in 1995. News Cafe has grown into a multi-national household name nearly three decades later and remains synonymous with innovative thinking within the food and social market space. A proudly African brand, News Cafe has expanded to multiple African countries. In South Africa, ideally situated...

Local Paradise

Take a deep breath of ocean air, soak in the sun and enjoy some #goodtimesandtanlines at the Surf Motel. As you step foot into the Surf Motel, your mind flatlines and starts to play “Island in the Sun” by Weezer. I’m not kidding. The Surf Motel brand and concept was established in 2017, taking an outdated holiday accommodation and breathed a fresh, cool, modern surf look and feel. The motel fits its beach theme. Not...

Wanderlust

Most people don’t know of the true beauty that the Garden Route of South Africa has to offer. Local travel enthusiast couple, did the ultimate Garden Route road trip, and we get to read first-hand of their beautiful adventure. Wanderlust (noun): a strong desire to travel. Say hello to this fantastic couple from Umhlanga! Nick and Shelley are both 30-somethings with a massive love for travel. Whether it’s down the road from where they live...

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A casual beach bungalow inspired by the 1950s and 60s surf era, is the exciting new spot in the Umhlanga Village strip – The Beach House. Join us as I take you through the amazing afternoon we had at this sensational hangout. Photos: Matthew Moon We had the pleasure of visiting the recently opened restaurant for a long and lazy afternoon of grazing and experiencing everything that the popular new hangout has to offer. From...

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The Millenial Umhlanga

Looking back on the history of our beautiful town, we acknowledge what a wonderful place it can be to visit time and again as a prized holiday destination. Suppose you grew up anywhere in the North Durban area. In that case, you can probably still remember the ‘long’ drive from Durban North to Umhlanga. Once you passed Sunningdale, you literally drove through the sugar cane fields down into the Somerset Valley, up onto the Ridge,...

FABSTUFF December 2021/ January 2022

We’ve got loads of FABULOUS stuff you’re going to love in this edition!   Our favourites this edition! SIX DOGS BLUE GIN The first blue gin to be launched in South Africa, Six Dogs Blue is a classic dry gin with a slightly floral character, with hints of freshly cut lucerne and morning-harvested rose pelargonium. Its name derived from the blue pea flower (Clitoria ternatea), an antioxidant and alleged aphrodisiac in traditional medicine. The infusion...

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“It has been touch and go as to whether the 2021 event would even be able to take place this year,” says Alene Naidoo, Organiser of The Durban Botanic Gardens Trail of Lights. “Last year was such a disappointment, when we had to close early, due to adjusted COVID restrictions; but we have received the go-ahead from the relevant authorities and barring any major announcements from the President, we are optimistic that the 2021 show...

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Candy Cane Lane Holiday Light Drive-Through – A First for Durban Admittedly, the usual festive cheer that takes hold of Durbanites and visitors around December, has been a bit wanting over the past two years, with the COVID-19 pandemic scuppering the holiday plans for many.   The team that brings you KwaZulu-Natal’s largest holiday light show got thinking about a complementary experience that would cater to the many that would not be able to enjoy...