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Areena Riverside Resort

4.0 of 5
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Farm 694 Portion 7 | East Coast Resorts Road, East London 5259, South Africa
Areena Riverside Resort
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We only had a morning to visit Areena, but what a great time we had! We took a quad bike tour which combined exciting riding with seeing wildlife up close. The highlight was seeing the many giraffe plus we got to meet Abby the giraffe. After touring the 350 hectare game reserve, we had coffee while the kids took a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

we did not stay here but it looked lovely however we did eat here twice and had a lovely, relaxing meal overlooking the river we were also kindly taken to meet Abby, the resident giraffe! thanks to all

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We stopped into Areena while staying at the delightful Yellow Sands Caravan Park nearby. We took an ATV wildlife tour with our kids and had the most wonderful encounter with zebra, gazelles, emu, ostrich, wildebeest, wart hog, Impala, and also got to meet the friendliest giraffe who let us feed and pet him. The kids loved it. Great experience and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

It's set in a beautiful area and full of fun activities. There is a wonderful restaurant and pub by the river. It's a little gem just outside East London. Worth a visit for a weekend getaway or time away from the city.

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East London, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

We went to Areena and stayed in the Timber Chalets on the river. You wake up with beautiful river views and go to sleep with a blazing fire on the rivers edge. It was absolutely beautiful. A few minor problem areas. But nothing that's going to completely ruin your holiday. I do recommend getting the chalet serviced (pay extra) on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This was the last place we stayed for our holiday in the wild coast! It was deffinately the best place. We had a pleasant, very nice to stay in clean place with friendly staff! I would recomment to friends and family (actually already have). The animals made my day, so nice to see so many rabbits and bucks walking freely... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I'd visit again, but there could be some improvement on the cleanliness of bathroom ie. behind bathroom door, yellow stain on tiles under bath taps, mirror not polished (had water marks) and taps could also do with a wipe or polish.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Very good and clean facilities. Wedding event very well organized and Restaurant and wedding venue excellent. Rooms are clean and activities in the resort very nice. Good accommodation facilities and clean. In general location and amenities appropriate.

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

It was a pleasure having you and your family with us, as you celebrated the valentines wedding of Pieter and Lucille. Looking forwards to seeing you here again. More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Beautiful position, excellent facilities, nice people, great for kids of all ages. Beautiful position, excellent facilities, nice people, great for kids of all ages. Beautiful position, excellent facilities, nice people, great for kids of all ages.

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

Thank you for sharing your Christmas holidays with us. I am sure our beautiful river setting was food for the soul and you started the year fresh and energetic. More 

East London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

On arrinal we found the timber chalet that we booked was not as clean as one would expect. We raised this issue with the staff and in no time we had a team of people cleaning, fixing etc. Our stay turned out to be fanatastic. The peace, serenity, bird life and fishing as well as being relatively close to the... More 

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

Our sincere apologies for the timber chalet not being up to standard on your arrival, but I am glad you brought it to our attention so that we could rectify the situation, and you could have a great holiday. Looking forwards to welcoming you back to Areena for your holiday this year. More 

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