The most unusual beach residence on the continent, Pezula Castle rises from the cliffs above a crescent sweep of golden beach, its northern tip defined by the tea-coloured river emptying into the warm Indian Ocean. With the beach so empty as to be virtually private, and back-dropped by lush, dense indigenous vegetation typical of the aptly named Garden Route, the Castle feels totally secluded, yet is minutes from Knysna and its bustling restaurants and quaint shops. That's if you can bear to tear yourselves away from your royal lodgings: with just five suites in three separate castle units, it offers friends or family unheard of privacy, and the most romantic views of a beach that is regularly rated by insiders as the most beautiful on South Africa's 2500km coastline.
Location: Noetzie Beach, Pezula Estate (near Knysna), Western Cape.
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