If you love a bit of summer in winter, then Umhlanga Rocks is an excellent destination for a little bit of winter warmth. Skip the Winter cold, feel younger and energized while you spend a few lazy days in the North coast sun.
The weather in Umhlanga Rocks in winter is pleasant with mild warm days. The ocean water is warm and inviting for a saltwater splash. The rock pools and tidal pools are clear and protected, ideal for snorkelling.
If a run or a long walk is your thing, the promenade and Umhlanga beach offer you a beautiful sunny space to set out for some fresh air. The beach promenade will lead you to the Umhlanga Nature reserve. A must-do hike through the protected nature reserve. If all this activity isn’t enough to warm you up, the swimming pool at the North Star Micro Hotel is heated. Fancy a warm winter pool swim?
Eight reasons to visit Umhlanga Rocks in Winter
1. Cure your dry skin.
Humid weather is good for your skin as it provides additional moisture to your skin. Humid weather is better if you have dry skin versus dry climates. You will thrive in moist conditions that serve as a natural remedy for dry skin. The added moisture can help your skin retain more water that will reduce the flakiness of your dry skin. The weather in Umhlanga during winter is mildly humid and pleasant to escape the dry winter climate.
2. Sunlight is essential for your health and well-being.
The health benefits of sunlight include generating the production of vitamin D and promoting good mental health. Sunshine strengthens your immune system, and it’s an instant mood booster. There are few things more enjoyable than a few hours on the beach.
Sunlight produces feel-good brain chemical serotonin, feelings of satisfaction and calm. This sunlight therapy effect explains why you feel so super happy after a day on the beach. Any activity on the beach leads to feeling good vibes, even a short walk splashing your feet into the shallow seawater.
3. Seawater is good for your skin.
A trip to the beach will leave you with a healthy glow and much-needed relaxation. Sea salt water also contains numerous skin-healing minerals like magnesium, calcium, and potassium that help absorb toxins in your body. Sea salt is a natural exfoliant and helps promote healthy skin cell production.
The salt in the ocean helps to slough off dead skin. Salt in the seawater and the coarse sand will reduce all dead skin on your body at the end of a beach day.
Ocean minerals help with exfoliation. The minerals open pores in your skin, assisting with an extra deep skin clean. Ocean salts help with your blood flow, which assists your skin in absorbing moisturizers.
4. The sound of the waves has a meditative effect on you.
Talk about relaxation, a beach nap under your umbrella, falling asleep to the sound of the ocean. That is Pure Bliss.
You can listen to the ocean for hours. The sea has a calming effect on your mind, allowing it to go into a meditative state. The sound of ocean waves creates a soft-focus state for your brain, allowing you to fall into a meditative state.
The relaxed, meditative state creates mindfulness linked to lower stress levels, improved mental clarity, relief from mild anxiety, and improved mood. So if you’re having a hard time relaxing, a trip to the beach will relax you.
5. Daytime napping makes you smarter.
What is better than a short nap after a lazy beach day? Not much, and if napping makes you smarter, bring on those power naps.
A gentle snooze is one of the charms of beach days. Studies show that a beach nap under your umbrella can be as beneficial as a whole night’s sleep. A quick power nap can dramatically improve your learning, memory, focus and creativity. Stealing a fifteen to twenty-minute snooze can help enhance your mood. For the optimal effect, aim for a power nap just after lunch.
6. Eat Ice Cream at the Beach
Eating ice cream on your beach break might not be suitable for your waistline, but it’s great for sharpening your mental power.
It gives you a burst of energy. Because ice cream is rich in carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, it helps your body produce energy.
When you eat Ice cream, it messes with your brain chemicals in a good way. A scoop of Ice cream stimulates Thrornbotonin, a brain chemical also known as Serotonin. The chemical helps you with sleep, learning, and enhancing your overall mood. Dopamine is also released when you eat ice cream, your brain’s natural mood booster responsible for joy and pleasure.
So grab your spoon, and dig in. Moderation is key. You can eat Ice cream on the beach and experience these benefits.
7. Blue space sparks feelings of calm and happiness.
Blue sky beach days put an instant smile on your face. The colour blue creates a calming and therapeutic effect. Studies show that looking at blue skies calm your heart rate. People who visit the beach and look at blue skies experience reduced stress and increased overall well-being. Walking on the beach looking at the clear blue sky and the blue ocean has a stimulating effect on you. Looking out onto the blue water is both relaxing and healing.
8. A Gin & Tonic can help you live longer.
Any good beach day ends with a Gin & Tonic for a lunch break or a sundowner. Juniper berries in Gin consist of essential oils and flavonoids that perform as powerful antioxidants to boost your health.
Find a good balance when you are on holiday to indulge in your favourite Gin cocktails and detox to enjoy a sound sleep. Balanced indulgence is the key to your Gin drinks enjoyment. There are few moments better than seaside therapy with a Gin and Tonic in hand while looking at the sunset sky over the ocean.
The North Star Micro Hotel is expecting your call.
Get rid of the lockdown blues and spoil yourself with sunny lazy beach days, sea salt water, blue sky, the sound of the waves and Ice cream eating relaxing days by the ocean. The North Star Micro Hotel snack platters are enjoyable at the Belvedere bar while you enjoy the sunset skies.
The afternoons are magic in Umhlanga.
A trip to the beach is more than a quick escape from the cold. A trip to the sea will leave you with a healthy glow and much-needed relaxation. It’s time to start booking your next beach trip to the North Star Micro Hotel, but don’t forget to wear your sunscreen.
Contact the team on T 076 611 4592 to prebook.
Send an e-mail right now to receive a quote and prebook your ocean-facing room. It is a luxurious experience at the beachfront property in the heart of Umhlanga rocks, with the beach only a few steps away from your room.
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26 Eastmoor Crescent, Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga, 4320