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The ocean is calm and barely moving; a white sailboat centred in the blue canvas of sea, gradually and rhythmically, moves back and forth. The waves only gently touch the shore in the distance. No clouds, just clear blue sky. The fishermen on the shore enjoy their morning fishing; all is peaceful and tranquil. A couple returns from their leisurely sunrise stroll. Children squeal with excitement while running to the shore; a sandcastle toy kit in one hand and beach towel draped around their shoulders. It’s almost as if it’s a dream. How does the phrase go: ‘the calm before the storm’; well in this instance, it appears to be the calm after the storm?!
We may not know the lay of the land just yet, and as with the sea and its hidden dangers and unpredictability, so too the COVID-19 pandemic holds with it some further uncertainty. The moral of the story is about living in the moment, detached from the bothers of life at your home-away-from-home. It’s all about finding yourself visualising the ocean’s glorious vastness and listening to its metronomic music, to truly understand why it’s called the ‘fisherman’s paradise.' It’s about escaping to a place where one can find one’s bearings again in quietude and relaxation at Sandy Place.
Top Fishing Spots and Marine Life Sightings Near Sandy Place
Keep Calm & Fish On

Deep-Sea Fishing Charters have proved to be the winner this "last season", with batches of fish returning daily. Great numbers of Dorado were caught in December and early January, and reels screeched with Tunas, Couta and even some Sailfish coming out of late.

Deep-Sea Fishing Tips:
Adrenaline and excitement are usually the number one contributors to one losing a fish. Deep-Sea Game Fishing can be thrilling, however, there are many ways to avoid losing one’s ‘prized catch’ while out on a charter.

  • Listen to the skipper, he has many years of experience.
  • Once a bite is detected, get to the rod as quickly as possible.
  • Keep your line as taut as possible without too much strain on the rod.
  • Ensure there is no slack in the line whilst striking.
  • Gradually gain line, but do not force it.
  • Work with the sea current as far as possible.
  • Your skipper will chase the fish with the boat, making it easier to win space between the boat and the fish.
  • Once you have sight of the fish, inform the skipper.
  • Always remember that once the fish nears the boat, the fish will undoubtedly make a last attempt to get away.
  • Gradually reel in the fish without adding too much pressure to the rod.
  • Once the fish is close to the boat, lighten the pressure on the rod to land the fish.
Whale Watching
Whale Watching Season

Whale Watching Season starts in June and lasts until the end of November; when these gentle giants migrate to the shores of St. Lucia. Humpback Whales breaching is a common sight and definitely one not to miss out on.

Boat-based Whale Watching from St. Lucia offers you an opportunity to witness Humpback Whales, Flying Fish, Whale Sharks, and Dolphins.

The duration of the Boat-based Whale Watching trip from the St. Lucia coastline is approximately 2 hours long, out at sea.

Book your Whale Watching experience on your next Sandy Place trip, here.

Whale Watching

Did you know?
  • Humpback Whales are known for their haunting songs, which are complex sequences of moans, howls and cries that often continue for hours, according to National Geographic.
  • Each whale has a unique design that’s found on its underbelly. The white markings are like human fingerprints.
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Re-opening of the Mouth

The St. Lucia Lake has successfully connected with the sea again after almost a decade. This comes after a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectorial Task Team recommended to iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority that the system needs ‘nudging’ to support natural processes, as part of addressing the ongoing ecological and socio-economic challenges currently being experienced by various sectors. An action plan was created as a solution to resolve these decade-old estuary problems, which were divided into short-, medium- and long-term solutions to support the process. We warmly invite you to go see this remarkable phenomenon when visiting Sandy Place again.

St. Lucia: History and Where the Names Came From

St. Lucia was first named “Rio de Areias de Ouro” (River of the Sands of Gold) - in 1554, by the survivors of the Portuguese shipwreck, Saint Benedict. At this stage the Tugela River mouth was known as St. Lucia. Later, in 1575, the Tugela River was properly named Tugela and St. Lucia received its current name.

The next naming phase took place in 1822 when a British survey expedition visited the area. Lieutenant Vidal was the captain of this ship - the H.M.S. Leven. Cape Vidal was then named, as well as Leven Point. Later Mission Rocks was named in 1888, when a Catholic Mission was established on the Eastern Shores, approximately 10km north of the St. Lucia mouth.

The 19th Century saw extensive hunting for ivory, rhino horn and hippo. Fortunately, the ecological significance of the wildlife and fish resources were recognised and protected by declaring this area a Nature Reserve on 27th April, 1897. This Reserve included the Lake and some of the surrounding land. The original Reserve of 36 826 ha is considered the oldest permanently declared Reserve in Africa. In May of 2007, the new name for the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park was announced as being iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The new name, meaning "Miracle", came into effect from the 1st of November 2007.

A Resort Secret…

Should you take a stroll on the beach and come across a bed of mussels (always keep your fishing license handy) or if you by chance bought some fresh mussels from a local fishmonger, we would like to share a Resort secret… Here is a simple recipe to create a restaurant-quality Garlic Mussel Pot in a delicious white sauce - enjoy!

Garlic Mussel Pot (Serves 4)
Mural - Before

900g half shell mussels


  • 2 heaped teaspoons of chopped fresh garlic
  • 250ml roux or béchamel sauce
  • 250ml cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • A pinch of fish spice (optional)
  • A handful of chives (for garnish)
  • Fresh bread of choice (for serving)

1. Wash, de-beard and set-aside your mussels
2. Prepare your sauce by bringing the roux or béchamel sauce, garlic and cream to a simmer
3. Season to taste with salt and pepper
4. In a colander over a fresh pot of boiling water, steam your mussels for approximately 5 minutes or until the mussels open
5. Drain off all excess fluid from the mussels before adding them to the garlic cream sauce. (Remember to discard any mussels which do not open)
6. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes and top with chives
7. Serve with fresh brown bread or freshly baked loaf

In the Know with Sandy Place Upgrades!
New Corner Suite Couches

We are overjoyed to announce the arrival of our new Corner Suite Couches; a wonderful addition to our Apartments’ living space! The new couches boast a harbour grey fabric with a tint of pearl. The fabric used has been specially woven and treated for durability and ease of cleaning. Let us know what you think of them the next time you visit Sandy Place!

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Cyclone Eloise & Ongoing Operation of the Resort

Resort operations remain ongoing and ‘preparation’ has always been the keyword, but anticipation also goes a long way. With the announcement of Cyclone Eloise forecasted to visit the Resort, we jumped at the opportunity to ensure all gutters and drainage systems were cleared of any foliage. General maintenance was also conducted to the roofs in preparation for the cyclone.

Cyclone Eloise came and went, but thankfully the Resort and neighbouring areas were not damaged in her passing through. The region captured a whopping total of 772mm of rain, from the start of Cyclone Eloise on the 25th of January 2021 to the 16th of February 2021.

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Keep the Good Times Rolling...

The Sandy Place Team remains dedicated to providing an environment for creating everlasting holiday memories. Here’s what Sandy Place has been up to:

Father's Day
Festive Season 2020
Sandy Place was buzzing with excitement and activity throughout the festive season. St. Lucia was fortunate enough to be one of the few beaches open during this period. Our guests had a ball on-and-off the Resort with returning visitors, owners and a lot of new faces. The Christmas spirit was also in the air, with Reception all dressed for this special occasion. Upon arrival, each guest received a personal Christmas “gift” and a message of well-wishes from the Resort.
Father's Day
Valentine’s Day
Nothing could stop Sandy Place from adding a bit more “love” in the air during the month of love. Guests were welcomed to the Resort, which was flooded with heart-shaped decorations. Upon check-in, each guest received a token of “love”. The kids also received a little something to keep them busy, whilst the grown-ups immersed themselves in the romantic and tranquil setting surrounding the Resort.
Father's Day
Sandy Place hopped into the Easter weekend prepared and ready to treat our valued guests to some delicious goodies. The Reception’s windows were painted beautifully with an Easter themed mural to welcome guests. Upon arrival, each family received a jar filled with Angels’ scrumptious nougat biscuits and an entertainment programme packed with fun activities for the entire family to enjoy. The gardens were decorated with cutouts of bunny bums and also secretively tucked away in between the shrubs and tree forks: colourful Easter eggs - much to the kiddos delight!
Mother's Day
Mother’s Day
The Sandy Place Team made sure that all the moms checking-in at the Resort over the Mother’s Day weekend arrived to a beautifully decorated Reception. Reception was adorned with various sized notes wishing all the special ladies a happy Mother’s Day. The theme for the Mother’s Day celebration was succulents; various phrases playing with the word ‘succulent’ appeared on these notes, like: “My Life Would Succ Without You’ and ‘I’m a Succa for Love’. These notes were carefully attached to the fishing net that forms part of the ‘Welcome to Sandy Place’ signage. The Resort Team handed out a succulent plant with a mini note attached to it to all the moms as a welcome gift for them to take home.
Things-To-Do Around Sandy Place
Fat Bike Fishing
Fat Bike Fishing

Want to try a new adventure; how about Fat Bikes? Enjoy daily guided Fat Bike Rides on the various St. Lucia beaches or in the bush. Using a Fat Bike on the beach is on its own an experience, but it also assists in getting you to a more productive fishing area. Get to see the hidden gems of the St. Lucia coastline! Contact them at

EuroZulu Tours
EuroZulu Tours & Safaris

EuroZulu specialises in land-based safaris within the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. They pride themselves on providing high-quality service and an extraordinary experience for all their guests through offering a range of safaris, including night drives and birding tours. Please visit them on your next visit or view their website:

Expand Your Holiday Horizons

Uni-Vate Properties, an affiliated partner of VRS-Managed Resorts, is offering our valued Shareholders the opportunity to expand their Holiday Portfolio with these incredible ownership options. Browse a wide range of holiday weeks available at these prestigious destinations:

Mount Amanzi
Mount Amanzi

Situated in the heart of Hartbeespoort, Mount Amanzi is the ideal Resort for family and friends to make memories to last a lifetime. The Resort offers a relaxing holiday experience - quite literally on your doorstep, for those living in Gauteng. Experience the beauty and tranquillity that Mount Amanzi offers.

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Mabalingwe Nature Reserve

This pristine Reserve is situated near Bela-Bela in Limpopo. Mabalingwe is all about the distinct scent of the beautiful bushveld and lush grasslands that surround the Reserve, the smell of the fire and the aroma of your favourite braai items sizzling on the grid. It’s all about NATURE, FAMILY and FUN!

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Doornkop Fish & Wildlife Reserve

The gem of Mpumalanga; where unspoilt countryside stretches and rolls in every direction and cosy chalets overlook the gleaming dams and waterways is calling you home! The accommodation and activities at Doornkop Fish and Wildlife Reserve were designed with the family experience in mind.

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The possibilities for more precious moments and memorial experiences with family and friends is only a click away.
We look forward to creating more everlasting holiday memories with you!

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African Blessings

Jochebed Children's Village is the heart of African Blessings and the vision upon which the charity organisation was founded. Jochebed comprises of 16 cottages (of which two are currently complete, furnished and occupied) set on the African Blessings Farm. Rather than operate in the mannerisms of the traditional orphanage, each child is placed with a loving family and will grow to reach their full potential within a functional household on the property. There is a well-known African proverb that says "It takes a village to raise a child". It certainly rings true and we believe that the entire African Blessings Farm community and all living here are responsible for shaping and positively influencing the lives of the children; educating and raising them to be leaders.
This is only the start of our vision – help us reach our dreams of offering this safe haven to more children in need.

VRS Options

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  1. Deposit and Exchange your holiday from one screen.
    The Resort, the Occupation date, and the size of the unit will determine the number of Tokens you receive when you Deposit your holiday.
  2. These Tokens can be used to Exchange for another holiday destination, larger unit size or alternative dates at an Exchange Fee. 

Select from a wide variety of availability from some of the largest Exchange Companies.


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Sanitising of Apartments
All Apartments are sanitised prior to arrivals and sealed off for guests’ safety. Housekeeping services remain daily, except for Sundays, unless guests request otherwise.

Additional signage
In adapting to the new norm, COVID-19 has not dampened the Sandy Place Team’s spirits and as always we are ready to welcome our guests. Additional signage has been posted throughout the Resort, as reminders of the wearing of masks, and we kindly ask that all guests abide by these regulations.

Let us all enjoy a safe holiday environment!

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Important Notices
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* We would like to remind our valued Shareholders to kindly check and sign off on inventories upon arrival at your home-away-from-home unit. An inventory list is available in your unit; any discrepancies must please be reported at Reception.
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In Closing
Let’s end the first half of 2021 on a positive note and be thankful for precious time spent with loved-ones at your home-away-from-home. It's precious moments like these that should remind us that even if more stormy weather comes our way and even if we are in uncharted waters again, that as a community with strong bonds, we can overcome mountains. As the Japanese saying ‘ukiyo’,
meaning 'the floating world', goes: A world where one lives in the moment detached from the bothers of life. Let’s embrace time spent with family and friends in the moment. Enjoy the smaller things in life and find happiness from those around us. We continue to be ever-so-grateful for your ongoing support and cannot wait to welcome each and every one of you to Sandy Place on your next visit!
Warm Regards,
Marjorie Forssman
VRS – Managing Director 
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