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Areena Riverside Resort

4.0 of 5 Cottage   |   Farm 694 Portion 7 | East Coast Resorts Road, East London 5259, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
Jenny K East London, South Africa
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I love Areena. I think it is a lovely family resort, with lots of animals wandering around, everyone relaxing, fishing and generally enjoying the shady trees and green lawn. We normally braai or have a picnic, but yesterday opted for the Sunday buffet lunch in the restaurant and I have to say - it was pretty disappointing. The starter consisted... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A group of us SUPped down the river from the Yellow Sands campsite to the Areena Riverside Resort, so we had a quick look around. The setting of the resort was beautiful - on a river in a kloof with lots of birdlife. It is part of a nature reserve, so on your drive to the resort, you can see... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a week at Areena over the December holidays. We stayed in the wooden chalets on the riverside. Really good spot for a family stay. Two bedroom one bathroom, small lounge and kitchen open plan. Small balcony, outside seating and braai area per chalet. Two chalets are back-to-back so you could get close to your neighbors. We knew ours... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for only 1 night and was appointed a very comfortable spacious cottage. Everything we needed was provided. Lovely setting right next to the river. Its about a 10 min. drive to the beach.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely location, makes you feel close to nature. Ostriches, buck roam around the camping sites. Two private toilet and two showers were available for 6 sites. Other sites had unisex ablution blocks and many of these sites occupants made use of our ablution blocks because they did not want to use the unisex facilities , it was peak season and... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a riverside camping spot, which was beautiful. The food at the restaurant was excellent and very good value for money too. However, we are disappointed with the attitude of the owner of the resort - THEY DO NOT WARN GUESTS OR ADVISE ON PRECAUTIONS they can take against the hairy caterpillar problem that the resort is currently experiencing.... More 

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Beacon Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We arranged an end of year function at the resort 29/11/2014, it was due to start at 16h00 in the afternoon. We were having a braai and deserts after for 30 people. Everything was arranged and paid for ahead of time. At around 16h00 I asked at the bar what was happening to be told that the area assigned to... More 

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Santpoort-Noord, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We stayed at the campsite just in front of the rive. It was quiet, out of season. Lovely place to stay. We had of the river, with all the birdlive. Next to us trees filled with weaversnest. Lovely to see al this activity. It is just a short drive to the wonderful beach, all for us alone, roaring sea, big... More 

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East London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We visited Areena on the 25/10/14 for one of their special event days. Although the resort planed very well, they could however not control some of their resident guests who should rather move back to Brakpan or Vereeniging or Randfontein or wherever they crawled out of. Woman who shout and scream in public and then wants to fight is something... More 

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AreenaResort, Manager at Areena Riverside Resort, responded to this review

I agree that the behaviour of the woman in question was not what we expect at a family event either, but unfortunately we cannot be held responsible for her behaviour, she was actually asked to leave, which she did. I apologise that you had the experience that you did, and hope that you change your minds and don't let this... More 

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The setting is lush with plenty of shade around the accommodation and recreation areas with small antelope wondering around amongst the buildings and guests. They have plenty of outdoors activities including a giant zipline across the river, river cruises, abseiling, guided quad bike tours through the game reserve to see the wildlife as well as shorter guided segway trips. This... More 

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Address: Farm 694 Portion 7 | East Coast Resorts Road, East London 5259, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > East London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Areena Riverside Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 19
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