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Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had the most memorable stay, thank you to the staff and most importantly CHEF LAWRENCE!!!!!! . If you want time out of busy urban life - I recommend Umngazi River Bungalows - stress free zone. I will most definitely call again

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Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The bungalows are superb with plenty of room and wonderful views over the river to the sand dunes and sea. The large outside shower was great. The buffet food was all to a high standard especially the Saturday fish feast which included an unlimited supply of delicious cray fish. The staff gave us a great show one evening. The grounds...

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St. Gallen, Switzerland
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We loved the location, the setting, the food was good and the architecture of the cottage we stayed in appealing to us. We got the impression that that thanks to this resort locals had nice job opportunities. However, there is a big gap between some excellent staff and staff not yet apt to international tourism. This is generaly not a...

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Durban
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had the most relaxing wkend in a long time .. spa is awesome ! Though I do think for a 5 star .. the morning and afternoon teas can be much better and bfast should have cappuccinos / espressos free.. Need some more entertainment at night , nothing to do after dinner and need to redo the game room .....

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Norwich, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The approach road to Umgazi is very bad indeed. It gives one a very misleading impression of the final destination. A 4x4 would be preferable to avoid the stress of damage to an ordinary saloon car. The lady in the reception on arrival could have been more friendly and informative. Once we got over all this our accommodation was good,...

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Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been going to Umngazi for 8 years now with our kids who are now 14,12 & 4, it's our one holiday we can't wait to go on each & every year. It's the perfect family holiday - kids are kept entertained and the parents get to relax. Set in the most beautiful surroundings on a river bank with...

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GeneralManager81, General Manager at Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Tracey, Thank you so much for this incredibly kind review. It was wonderful to read how much you enjoyed your stay with us and even more so to read how the team looked after you. We really appreciate your ongoing support and look forward to welcoming the Family back for many years to come. Kind regards, Graham

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quite simply this, our 9th visit to Umngazi, met all expectations. By way of supplementing my past reviews, I comment as follows. 1. The quality of food (when adjudged in terms of a criteria of family as opposed to cordon bleu fare) again moves up from last year's seven, to a very good nine out of ten. There is no...

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GeneralManager81, General Manager at Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Terry, Thank you so much for your honest and kind review. Your comments are noted and will where necessary will be addressed with the teams concerned. Our apology for some error on your room charge billing, Simbo has looked into this and corrected this system fault. With regards to the service staff we have some new ladies that have...

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Umngazi holiday resort rated as one of the top 10 of Trip Advisor’s ideal destinations truly leaves me lacking faith in advertising. Here is my story: After seeing the resort advertisements in numerous magazines and the internet I made myself a promise that one day I will holiday there. I booked a four night stay at the end of October...

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GeneralManager81, General Manager at Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Umngazi Guest, It was indeed a concern that you did not enjoy your stay as much as we would have liked. We did upgrade you to a sea facing bungalow from a river facing out of the want to improve your overall stay, certainly not to make you uncomfortable or unhappy. Please do note that all your feedback made...

Maun, Botswana
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We just spent 9 days at Umngazi with our adult children and their partners as well as twin grand babies. This was our first visit but definitely won't be our last. Everyone was super friendly and helpful and in fact the managers Graham and Michelle went out of their way to assist us. The well priced wine list is deserving...

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Dear Cathy, Thank you so much for this kind review. It was truly a great pleasure to have met you all and to have hosted such a wonderful family such as yours. It was great to see you taking advantage of all that is on offer here at Umngazi and that you enjoyed as a family makes it even more...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had our Christmas holidays at UMngazi and once again they didn't disappoint at all Their rooms are now revamped and they really look nice with comfortable beds The food is just 5 star! Great taste and variety. Very friendly staff and good nannies. I think this is the best family place one can visit, visit and visit again in...

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GeneralManager81, General Manager at Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Donald, Thank you so much for this wonderful review, great to read that your holiday with us was everything that was expected and deserved. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best wishes, Graham

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Beachfront
  • Free Internet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Tennis Court
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
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  • Free Parking
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Laundry Service
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Banquet Room
  • Conference Facilities
  • Babysitting
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Tucked away on the Wild Coast, in the heart of Pondoland, and encompassed by a rocky coastline, indigenous forests, secluded coves and breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, lies the award winning Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa - an award winning family resort & spa. The thatch-roofed bungalows are situated amongst the indigenous gardens which provide the perfect setting for a totally relaxed holiday. Weekly fly-in packages are available Friday to Friday from Durban where you fly at 500 feet above sea level along the beautiful coastline - a wonderful way to start your holiday. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa

Address: i, Port St Johns, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port St Johns
Hotel Class:4 star — Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 69
Also Known As:
Umngazi River Bungalows Hotel Port St Johns
Umngazi River Hotel
Umngazi River Resort
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“Couples should try book in Emolyeni rooms - private and on the river with sea views”
 of 5 bubbles MegCr0sby, 20 Dec 2016 | Read review
“We got 6b - elevated so view of ocean and lagoon.”
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 of 5 bubbles diamondek, 22 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Ocean/River view”
 of 5 bubbles sizeka, 12 Aug 2016 | Read review
“If you are older and got kids choose the river/sea facing villas. For Older people not that steep to walk .”
 of 5 bubbles marieroos2015, 25 Jul 2016 | Read review
“River bungalows are closer to the dining area and therefore the children and are also warmer as they face north.”
 of 5 bubbles liebc2016, 21 Jul 2016 | Read review
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