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Fairlight Beach House
Ranked #1 of 8 Umdloti B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Mpumalanga, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
88 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“It depends on your room”
Reviewed July 31, 2012

This B&B has eight bedrooms and one family suite. Three rooms have mini-catering facilities.
Whether this is your establishment of choice, depends very much on your room. Our room was cramped; it even lacked a desk. But at least it had a small fridge, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi and an outdated TV-set with a poor choice of channels. Most rooms share a balcony, which is not our idea of privacy. However, most rooms offer a fabulous view of the breakers of the Indian Ocean, and ocean-going vessels that lie waiting for a berth in the congested port of Durban. Early risers have a good chance to spot dolphins frolicking in the surf.
The B&B is run as a small hotel with a surprisingly large staff complement, even by South African standards. Breakfast near the swimming pool consists of the usual comprehensive South African fare without being exceptional.
This is not a place for people who are feeble on their legs because you have to climb quite a few difficult steps to reach your room.
It is also essential to have your own wheels here.
Swimming in the sea just across the quiet road in front of the B&B is impossible. In fact, the local authorities forbid it. The sea is usually rough and the waves are huge, making it an ideal place for surfers of all kinds. A 15 minute walk over the loose sand of the clean beach or along a walkway takes you to a tidal pool at the Umdloti holiday resort proper, where swimming is safe even for toddlers - when the tide it out. There is also a lifeguard present there.
There are good restaurants, small eateries and shops within easy walking distance. The locals say that that it is safe to walk even after darkness. Umdloti is not too far from the city of Durban, tourist attractions and large shopping malls.
If you can, try to avoid the months of December and January when the coast is overcrowded with local holiday makers, and the weather is unpleasantly warm and humid.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Hanoi
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Reviewed January 13, 2012

We have just spent a wonderful week over the Christmas holiday at the Fairlight Beach House. We are a family with two small children and found the staff very child-friendly. The swimming pool is great for kids and the breakfast on the deck overlooking the sea is a wonderful start to the day.

We had two adjoining rooms over the breakfast rooms, at the back of the property. They were advertised as having obstructed sea views, so we were not expecting much. In fact, the rooms both had balconies and windows with lovely sea views. They are immaculately furnished, spacious, and very comfortable.

The beach is just across the street, but is not suitable for swimming with small children. There are, however, swimming beaches within a short drive either up or down the coast. This guest house is very well-located within easy reach of Durban without the crowds, and about a 20 minute drive from the fantastic beaches of Ballito. There are several VERY good restaurants within a five minute walk.

We had a wonderful time and would recommend this place to anyone.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Manchester
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2011

If you are looking for a beach vacation without the crowds - this is the place for you.
The beach house overlooks the sea and Umdloti beach is second to none.
We stayed for 2 days as we had a wedding nearby.
All the staff were really nice and host Bruce is most genial and larger than life.
Room overlooked the sea and was most comfortable. Breakfast excellent.
Swimming pool clean and inviting. Parking is secure behind electronic gates - a must in South Africa. Next time - we will stay for at least a week.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2011

From arrival to check-out, the staff was warm and attentive without being intrusive. The room, deck and breakfast garden are all pretty and well maintained. Our view was spectacular and the location is lovely. We had a guide and therefore no car, and our hostess arranged for the local restaurant to drive us back to the inn after dinner one evening. Our only complaint was the lack of any towel bars at all and the very minimal toiletry shelf space.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Wilderness
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Reviewed July 21, 2011

We had a lovely two days at the Fairlight Beach house. Our room was on the first floor in the corner and it was so pleasant. Seaviews from all sides. The staff were ever so friendly and we felt at home from the time we arrived. The room was adequately furnished, spacious and clean. Real treat was lying in bed watching the sea. A real perk is that it is so near to the King Shaka Airport, so there was no need to allow extra time for city traffic. It took us only 12 mins. to the airport. Will definitely be back.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed June 18, 2011

We stayed here for our last 3nights in KZN. Beautiful location opposite the surfing beach! The staff were friendly and helpful. 5 minute walk to good restaurants. Very quiet area so not for night owls but great for a quiet relaxing time. Not far from the new airport in Durban .

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Lodz, Poland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 445 helpful votes
Reviewed May 25, 2011

If you love to live almost on the beach, this is perfect accommodation for you.
We got the spacious room on the first floor with impressive view on the beach and boulevard along the coast. The room with kitchenette, was very light with huge windows and wooden board at the entrance. The bathroom rather average, with slightly shabby accessories.
The breakfast was served in the shady pool area and was good.
Umdloti is nice, small place, with beautiful beaches, attractive restaurants and bars in the shopping centres and is in a short distance both from Durban down town and international airport .

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Fairlight Beach House
Address: 1 Margaret Bacon Avenue | Cnr. South Beach Road, Umdloti 4319, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Umdloti
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Umdloti
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Fairlight Beach House 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fairlight offers every comfort in 7 individually decorated rooms and luxury apartment. This luxury four-star rated guest house caters for the individual to couples and families. Begin your day with Fairlight's famously indulgent full house or lighter continental breakfast. Each room in this distinctive guest house is serviced daily by Fairlight's friendly team. Furnished at the highest quality, a stay at Fairlight translates into guests enjoying warm hospitality with every home comfort. Fairlight's selection of double, self-catering and family accommodation come standard with a bathroom en-suite, DSTV, hospitality trays, ample cupboard space, bar refrigeration, hairdryers, ceiling fans and air-con. Complimentary Wi-Fi and secure parking are also provided. Enjoy the beach or relax around the lush poolside. Just 10 mins from King Shaka Int. Airport and close to golf courses, tourism/ leisure and business centres. ... more   less 
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