Beach cottage ideas for an island-style getaway right here on our shores

Perhaps the most desired of all types of holidays: the island-style getaway. And what's better than sleeping, lounging and indulging in sundowners just a few steps from the water? 

I can't think of much. 

Spending a week in Mozambique a few years ago, I booked a bungalow for a friend and I at Baobab Beach Resort and Backpackers in Vilankulos. A far cry from many of the other four or five star resorts in the same area, but it was looking pretty favourable at around R350 per person/night. 

READ: An all-girl getaway in Mozambique fit for a Queen 

Right on the beach, all the basics are provided, like clean bedding, a roof fan and a mosquito net. Sometimes simplicity is the way to go when island-styling...

What are your local options?

West Coast

Church Haven, Kraalbaai is on the West Coast hidden away in the West Coast National Park, just outside Postberg Flower Reserve. 

READ: Cape Town's hidden beaches

Step from your front door to the lagoon or sit quietly in awe of the views. Here, the water is cool, but not freezing and days are calm and serene spent among the fynbos vegetation. 

Kommetjie 

Visit this beloved little gem of a beach town for some solitude. This shepherd's hut is ideal for two guests who love the surf and sand. 

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(PHOTO: Airbnb)

See more stunning pictures here.

Scarborough 

A firm-favourite with beach bums, this cottage is nestled amongst bush filled with bird life, overlooking wilderness with views of the sea. The perfect romantic hideaway.

Book it now. 

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(PHOTO: Airbnb)

Jeffrey's Bay

Who doesn't love J-Bay? Go for a surf or just a casual dip just a few meters from your abode. 

This Shack on Supers has spectacular views and is fit for the entire fam. 

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(PHOTO: Supplied) 

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