Rooms: 3: two kings with bath and shower, one king/twin with shower.
Prices: From R510 pp sharing. Single supplement +R100 but in season full room rate.
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Meals: Full breakfast included. Dinner on request.
Directions: Follow N2 and R61 south from Durban towards Port Edward. About 5km north of town take the Torquay Ave/Leisure Bay turn off. Follow Torquay Ave to the crest of hill and turn L into St Ives Ave. Plumbago is 100 yards down on the R.
I think the coast of KwaZulu Natal gets better and better the further south you head and Leisure Bay is testament to that. It’s just stunning, and, buried in the banana plantations between bush and beach, is easily missed by those hammering along the N2 to more on-the-beaten-track destinations. Plumbago itself is on the crest of a hill on sandy St Ives Avenue (just off Torquay Avenue, naturally), a gentle stroll from the sea. It’s an airy double-storey home, hidden from its neighbours by the thick foliage of Libby’s indigenous garden, indigenous that is “except the rosemary and the lemon tree for G&Ts,” she admits. The birds are amazing and hop around right under your nose. Hosts Mick and Libby are as warm as a KZN summer, so as the birds chattered in the trees, we chattered (over lunch) at a long, central dining table made from an old jetty post. Downstairs the house is open-plan with large windows, high ceilings and soft, blue walls – the perfect antidote to sizzling summer days. Upstairs a wrap-around verandah keeps the main bedroom equally cool and if you do get over-heated you can just jump in the outside shower. There are endless sea- or land-based activities to keep you busy in the area, but with a beautiful beach on hand, well, I’d be just as happy focusing on some serious R&R.