About The Merry Crab Beach Lodge
The Merry Crab is a secure, informal holiday hideaway carved out of the lush, tropical Admiralty Reserve and only a pathway away from a beach so pretty, film-makers have used it for movie sets! The Merry Crab is among the most ideal locations from which to experience one of nature's greatest mysteries.
Fringing the Indian Ocean the resort, set in 4050 square meters of sub-tropical coastal forest, is approximately 75 paces from one of the prettiest and most unspoilt beaches along our coastline - a 15 minute drive from Margate Airport, an two hour drive from King Shaka International Airport and only a 10 minute drive from three championship golf courses.
Secure and secluded, it is unique in concept and was designed with attention to detail and utmost privacy in mind. The surrounding area is habitat to a myriad of birdlife as well as numerous species of antelope, monkey, genet cat, monitor lizards etc.
Strategically positioned to take best advantage of the Indian Ocean, the (bachelor pad), Studios, the (1 bedroom suite), Casitas and the (2 bedroom, 2 bathroom), Cabanas are especially designed for coolness, their white walls and 'stone-flagged' floor interiors, cool in contrast to the mud-tinged (cornflower blue door and window), exteriors.
Large paddle fans lazily stir the air inside. Each unit has its own private wooden sun-deck. The terracotta tiled roofs, obscured by wild palms and giant strelitzia, impart a feel of our Indian Ocean islands.
Fully equipped, you can be assured of superior beds, white linen, bath towels, crockery, cutlery, pots and pans, stoves, microwaves, fridges, kettles, toasters and limited MNet and built-in braais.
Every bedroom has its own built-in wall safe and remote control for the automated entrance gates. Secure parking is provided.
A Studio is one room (like a bachelor pad), with en-suite shower, limited bouquet DSTV, compact kitchen galley with bar fridge, sundeck and private braai / BBQ.
A Casita is a one bedroom suite, with en-suite shower, separate open-plan kitchen and living area with loungers, limited bouquet DSTV, sundeck and private braai / BBQ.
A Studio and a Casita together form a Cabana when the two foam-insulated doors linking them are opened. A Cabana is a two bedroom apartment with 2 en-suite showers, separate open-plan kitchen and living area with loungers, limited bouquet DSTV, sundeck and private braai / BBQ.
A 'Potjie Boma', a thatched enclosure, ideal for parties, braais and potjies.
Hidden high amongst the ancient (and protected), Milkwood trees is a birders' hide, a 'tree-house' which is also an excellent 'look out' post. There's a furnished lounge area under thatch which also houses a cosy bar. Wild I'lala palms tower over the adjoining pool, a sapphire by night, giving the illusion of an 'oasis'.
The resort enjoys tremendous good will, clearly apparent by the comments in the 'Guest Book' and many guests return time and again.