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“Brilliant Family Holiday”

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Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Port St Johns
Certificate of Excellence
Cape Town
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20 reviews
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“Brilliant Family Holiday”
Reviewed 31 March 2012

Great place for family holiday! Stunning beach, wonderful service and great value for money. Well run by real professionals, who are passionate about what they do.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2012

This hotel is really geared for the family, not just the kids, but the parents as well; in terms of the room designs, the environment, the facilities and activities. There is always someone ready to take care of your little ones, so that you can enjoy your partner that much more! The showers I found to be interesting, basically you are having a shower outdoors, well, you are concealed by the bamboo, I sometimes wonder how effective that is for a person with some strong lenses!! But that's just part of the environment of kicking back, washing outside is amazing really! The road and the cattle can be intimidating, but worth it once you see the place, just checking into reception with a lagoon in the background is something, the mangrove trees nearby are just breath taking! The hotel owners also just worked on this powerful deal that incorporated the locals as their business empowerment partners, so that is also and always something to support!!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 February 2012

Gorgeous location.Not much of this left in the world.Great staff.Everyone courteous and helpful.A long drive but well worth the effort.Has the most beautiful beach for both swimming and walking

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2012

firstly i would recommend a 4 x 4 to get to this place. The road is not 100% smooth, it has potholes and there is a gravel portion which might be difficult to navigate when it rains. The road getting there is dark, do not travel at night as there is livestock roaming around on the road.
This place is beautiful, Gods' creation at its best. Private secluded beach, you can walk or take a boat to the beach. This place has bungalows that are beautiful, sea facing, lagoon facing or garden facing. It caters for children as there are play areas and activities for them. Meals are included in your stay and are buffet style with a wide variety of food. Drinks are not included and they are very cheap!!!
The spa is amazing. Overlooking the blue ocean, very tranquil with professional staff.
I highly recommend this place.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

What a wonderful experience. Our family of 4 has recently returned from a wonderful Christmas holiday at Umngazi. The staff are welcoming and so friendly. The atmosphere is one of 'home away from home'. The accomodation is simple,comfortable and clean, the views from the spa spectacular, the reliable nanny service enables parents to truly relax, the childrens' activities well thought through and loads of fun, but it was the food that was truly sensational! How on earth a chef could make buffet style dining amazing is a feat that can only come from a truly talented team. Congrats Umngazi! Thank you for a lovely holiday. The personal touches at this resort make it truly unique.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa

Property: Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa
Address: i, Port St Johns, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port St Johns
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Port St Johns
Hotel Class:4 star — Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 69
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 
Also Known As:
Umngazi River Bungalows Hotel Port St Johns
Umngazi River Hotel
Umngazi River Resort

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