Ballito has always attracted holidaymakers to its golden beaches and brilliant blue waters. The Indian Ocean is warm and inviting all year round. Dolphins play in the surf, while a vibrant underwater ecosystem just waits to be discovered in the clear rock pools along the coastline.

This beautiful holiday town sits just 15 minutes’ drive from King Shaka International Airport. 

Top left to right: Thembi, Happy, Sanelesiwe and Bongi our fabulous housekeeping team Bottom Left to right: Philile-Staff and training manager, Elsbeth- Founder and owner and Stephanie- Operational Manager

Here at Utopia Ballito, we are a small and hardworking team, dedicated to ensuring that you have a VIP experience with us from the moment that you book your holiday until you go home.

Elsbeth Terblanche started the company in 2016 and is a very hands on owner. She personally makes sure that all of her clients have a wonderful vacation on the Dolphin Coast.

All of the cleaning ladies have extensive experience in the hospitality industry within the Ballito area.

  • Philile, our staff and training manager, has been with the company since it started.
  • Happy and Thembi joined Utopia Ballito in 2018
  • Bongi and Sanalesiwe completed the happy team in 2019

Each lady takes care of just a few units allowing them to really get to know their guests and provide a high level of service at all times.

In 2019, the company had expanded to the point that Elsbeth could no longer handle all of the admin work on her own. Stephanie joined the team as operation manager and together they make sure that everything runs perfectly at Utopia Ballito.

Together, the team has over 30 years of experience in assisting holiday makers on the Dolphin Coast. All of the members of the team are hardworking, friendly, and honest. They all love working together to make sure that you have a wonderful holiday.


The Dolphin Coast is a literal playground for holidaymakers with a wide range of fun activities available for the whole family to enjoy. Active families will love the cycling and running trails, wakeboarding, putt-putt, laser tag, zip line tours, skate park, snorkelling, and surfing. There are four top-notch golf courses on offer in the surrounding area including the world famous Zimbali and Simbithi courses.  

Those with young children may enjoy a visit to Flag Animal Farm or Crocodile Creek for some fun animal experiences. On rainy days you can shop till you drop, visit the Luthuli Museum, expend some energy at the jump parks or see a movie at the Ballito Junction regional mall.  
Birders and nature lovers should make sure to explore the Harold Johnson Nature Reserve and Rain Farm Game Lodge.  


The coastal town is an excellent base for visiting the iconic game parks such as Hluhluwe-Umflolozi and world heritage sites including the St.Lucia Wetlands in the easily accessible Zululand to the North. Spend a day or two in city of Durban taking the cultural sites or enjoying a day filled with adventure at Ushaka Marine world. Take a day trip to the scenic Midlands Meander for good food and unique shopping experiences. 


Ballito is quickly developing into a ‘foodie’ destination with more than a hundred restaurants to choose from in the area. You can sip cocktails overlooking the ocean or enjoy artisan foods at the many night and day markets hosted by the popular Litchi Orchard. Check out the fantastic range of restaurants and bars at the Lifestyle centre for a fun “foodie” experience that are you are sure to love.   


Introducing, the owner of Utopia Ballito, Elsbeth Terblanche. 

It has always been a dream of mine to have my own business in the hospitality/tourism industry. Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would be in such a beautiful little utopia such as Ballito.  

My aim is to provide quality service to both the holiday maker as well as the homeowner. I am more than simply a booking agent, I see myself as a co-host and this is what sets me apart from other agents. My role is to ensure that each of our guests are attended to and has everything they need for the duration of their stay. Seeing our guests unwind and make memories that will last a lifetime is what fuels my passion for hospitality. 

It all began in 2016 when I was inspired to start a business with a difference, one that went beyond merely arranging holiday lets. Starting with our studio apartment, after which we added a family unit in a prime spot to our portfolio. We now have a number of units under our care and we are currently expanding our portfolio. 

At Utopia Ballito you are assured of finding the best accommodation available to suit your budget and needs, for the holiday you have been dreaming of. Our guests return year after year to feel the sand between their toes at their home away from home by the sea. Don’t put it off any longer – the ocean is calling.  

I look forward to hearing from you. 



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