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“Gem of the South Coast.” 5 of 5 stars
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Emerald Cove
1286 Marine Drive | Shelly Beach, Shelly Beach 4265, South Africa   |  
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Durban, South Africa
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Gem of the South Coast.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Emerald Cove is owner run and managed and is the true gem of the KZN south coast.
Very well appointed self catered units of various configurations, Very close to the beautiful , safe beach yet private . All amenities close by. Excellent value for money.
Your hosts Judy and Peter are tops, always ready to assist.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We stayed at Emerald Cove for 2 weeks, we were in the large 6 person chalet for most of it and moved to one of the smaller chalets when we decided to extend our stay at short notice, thankfully they had a vacancy for the extra couple of days. The chalets are well equipped, clean and comfortable, there is a Braai/BBQ area near the pool with a large table and chairs so you can braai and eat all in the same place. We stayed at Emerald Cove as it was close to our family, we had a few Braai's with our local family joining us, they are very accommodating and really helpful. We will definitely be staying at Emerald Cove again, it was a lovely place to stay for a small family and represents great value for money!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Port Shepstone, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

The warm welcome extended to us made us feel right at home, and when we were shown to our accommodation, we just knew that we had indeed made the right decision to choose Emerald Cove for our holiday by the sea. The chalet was comfortable, spacious and spotlessly clean. With the beach close by and the shops too, one could not find a better location. Thanks Judy.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pinetown in Kzn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

It's a "no-brainer", Emerald Cove is excellent value for money. We discovered this Gem of a Holiday Destination in 2006, and have been back every year at least two to three times per year ever since. We love the clean, well kept rooms. The small splash pool and of course the closeness of the beach and shopping centers. The tidal pool is close by and if you want an ice-cream it is just a hop skip and a jump away. We all Love Emerald Cove, including Granny and Grandpa. Enjoy your stay, it is worth it. Thank You Judy & Peter & pets.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013 via mobile

What a fantastic place to stay. Judy was an amazing host and I only wish we had more time to spend there. We were a group of 17 working in the area and used Emerald Cove as our base accommodation. Beautifully decorated houses, comfortable and just like home. All our girls loved the experience. Was great to be able to jump in the pool, have a braai all together in the outside area, and nip down to the beach when we wanted. Judy helped us with anything we needed and made our stay one never to forget. If you are in Shelly Beach, this is the place to stay!

Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Judy and Peter, thank you so much for going out of your way to be understanding, kind and helpful to us when we stayed recently. What a wonderful few days. Philip loved the deep sea fishing with Awesome Charters. I loved being so close to the beach, and we both appreciated the way you treated us as family. We'd love to come back for more this week!

Room Tip: Judy will make sure you have the correct room for you.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shelly Beach, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

As others have said, this is a great place to stay.

My wife & I have stayed there 4 or 5 times and Judy & Peter are still just as welcoming as the 1st time we went.

As a retired couple, we always visit outside of the school holidays, so we cannot comment for during the peak periods.

Emerald Cove has most things in its favour as it is a little oaisis of peace ,only a stones throw from the major shopping centre of the area.

Room Tip: The 'good rooms' depend on the size of your party! As a couple, we prefer chalet number 7...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Emerald Cove

Address: 1286 Marine Drive | Shelly Beach, Shelly Beach 4265, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Shelly Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Shelly Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beachfront, self-catering thatched chalets. On the shores of the warm Indian Ocean Emerald Cove is the perfect place to enjoy the pleasures of a beach holiday and explore the KwaZulu Natal South Coast. Swimming Pool, direct beach access, AA Highly recommended, and walking distance to restaurants and shops. Attractions of the area include: Oribi Gorge, whale and dolphin watching, 7 world class golf courses, many beautiful beaches, nature walks and hiking trails, and crocodile farm. ... more   less 
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