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3.0 of 5 Cottage   |   154 McKenzie Street, Saint Lucia 3936, South Africa   |  
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

Spent a wonderful few days in St Lucia and everything was orgainsed for us by Shelley. A trip through the iSimangaliso Wetlands, a Boat cruise on the Estuary, a safari with a wonderful guide through the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Reserves. We saw so many wild animals and birds - many close enough to pat. Even saw several endangered species. The hippos and mongeese and monkeys wandered through the property and around our cabin and there was even a leopard nearby.
Our accommodation was great and we were so well looked after. Hope to visit again. This ranked right up there with the best of Africa.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    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 June 10, 2012

After a long day of driving from Swaziland to St Lucia we arrived around 15.30. We drove through the main street, McKenzie Street, to sort out a place to stay. Sunset lodge seemed the best place to stay, even though it looked like it was a bit far from the main street. Fortunately they had a chalet for us. It is stunning. It is a logcabin chalet, two bedrooms, one double amd one twin. A fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom (shower in bath) and a livingroom with a comfy sofa, chairs and a tv.
The cottage has a beautiful veranda, looking out over the water. There is a swimmingpool too.
Apparently at night the hippo's visit the garden, although we haven't seen them.
It is not so far to get to the main street as we thought. Barely a 10 minute walk, but be aware of the hippo's at night. Again we did not see them, but they seem to walk through the streets at night. There are a lot of nice places to eat in town and there is a lot to do in and around St Lucia. Shelly, the lady in Sunset Lodge, tells you all about it when you check in and she can book all the tours you would like to go on.
It is not the cheapest option in town. We paid R750 per night, the most expensive stay during our holiday so far, but very much worth it!
If you want to book a boat-tour or a gamedrive trip to the nearby Imfolezi-Hluwluwepark, try Heritage tours, booking office close to the Reef and Dune restaurant. They have very good guides.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lutry, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

We stayed in Sunset Lodge in 2009. We stayed in a chalet, the chalets are built quite close to each other but since it was off-peak season, we had no problems with noise from the neighbouring chalets. There is a pool but we didn't use it. Location-wise, it is satisfactory and in fact, is surrounded by lots of hotels and lodges. There is a nice view of the estuary from the poolside. The owners have tried to create an Africa theme, putting up a Zulu shield on the entrance door of the chalet and African prints on the sofa and bedsheets, nice touches. There is a small kitchen. Overall, cleanliness of the chalet is average. Price-wise, this lodge is fine and they welcome children. The kids enjoyed playign with the owner's friendly dogs.

There are many B&Bs and self-catering options in St Lucia, I would probably try out these other options the next time I go to St Lucia.

St Lucia is an interesting place, the river cruise is great for hippo viewing. An evening stroll by the estuary is great for spotting hippo spurs. There is a nice seafood restaurant called The Ocean Sizzler Restaurant in town.

Room Tip: Try and get a chalet near the poolside, as it will offer a good view of the estuary.
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

Was disappointed when we first arrived as we were expecting better. Its was Ok for a couple of nights. We thought we would have better views. there was a/c which was very welcome. Staff were very noisy outside the room early in the morning. Swimming pool looked ok but we did not use it.
Did not see anything much better in St Lucia but ccording to other reviews there must be plenty better than this. Shelley, the owner, is pleasant enough but scatty/disorganised. This cost me money unnecessarily on booking from England. Sorry Shelley but I would not return.
St Lucia is a bit of a dump. The wetland park is good and the boat trip on the river was a bit pricey but well worth it (go late evening when cooler).

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

These lodges are nothing like as shown on the website. Small inside, shower over bath
in need of some TLC, built to close together, not suitable for older people or disabled. Very dissapointing and over priced. Suit young backpackers, but there are cheaper and better lodges in St Lucia.

Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Address: 154 McKenzie Street, Saint Lucia 3936, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Saint Lucia
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 30 Specialty Lodging in Saint Lucia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Sunset Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 8

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