We stayed 4 nights at 305 on Ipahla and had such a wonderful, relaxing time. The location, service, amenities, staff etc are second to none and I cannot recommend highly enough a stay here.
The hotel is within easy distance of the airport and a transfer service was provided which made this very easy. Also within easy reach of Durban. On arrival the first thing that strikes you apart from the friendliness of the staff, is that you can see from the front door, right through the hotel and the lovely gardens, to the Indian Ocean. The location of this hotel is in such a beautiful setting, you'll be inclined to spend all your time here, despite having a wealth of things to do right on the doorstep.
Our room was ocean facing, which as the name suggests has a balcony with seats that provide magnificent views of the Indian Ocean. There is floor to ceiling sliding glass doors between the room and the balcony that when opened make the living space vast. I got up early the first morning and was rewarded with one of the most beautiful sunrises I'd ever seen.
The room was very spacious with a huge bed, tea and coffee facilities, safe, fridge, mini bar and its own lounge area, which was great for having snacks etc. The bathroom had a great rain shower as well as a jacuzzi bath, a good stock of complimentary items and was immaculate as was the rest of the hotel. There is a good flat screen TV but with views like that, I doubt you'll ever use it.
The dining/breakfast area is lovely, again with floor to ceiling glass sliding doors that are opened the majority of the time, allowing you to daydream with views of the gardens and ocean while you eat. Breakfast had an extensive range of hot and cold food on offer, as well as fruits and cereals. I can highly recommend 'The Dutchy' which I'd never tried before. We had breakfast every day as well as two evening meals which were as good, if not better, as eating in a very nice restaurant.
The gardens are very big, with a pool and lead down onto an extensive decking area with hammocks, tables and chairs. I spent a lot of time here as the views are stunning. I'd say you can see about 5km of unspoilt beach front from this area and on several occasions I saw pods of up to ten Dolphins swimming, usually at dusk and dawn. I know from speaking to the owner Ian (lovely, helpful guy with a wealth of knowledge and stories) that you can often see whales passing by, particularly during the sardine run.
There is also a pool, gym and conference facilities within the hotel, if you can drag yourself away from the great views.
The staff were all just great and made you feel so welcome that you didn't want to leave. Ian, as already mentioned helped us loads with where to go and what to do. We went on the most amazing one day safari to Tala Reserve where we saw Rhino, Zebra, Giraffe, Water Buffalo, Hippo, Springbok and much more. It's also within easy reach of snorkelling, diving and less energetic activities such as shopping.
Stephanie, the Manageress, is just fantastic. So helpful and always there, nothing is too much trouble, very professional yet gives the hotel a great feel good factor. Julie was very kind and helpful to us also and it was great to get to know them both. Thank you!
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at 305 on Ipahla and would love to go back some time. Whether it's for business or pleasure, you will not be disappointed at your stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 305 Guest House is an AA & TGSA accredited 4 Star luxury accommodation with unspoilt 180 degree sea views, facing natural forests and the Indian Ocean. Situated in the heart of South Durban, you can while your time away by relaxing on our deck looking out onto the sea & watching dolphins and whales! All our rooms are individually designed with unique colours and natural stone floors. Numerous choices of beverages for you to choose from. Your stay at 305 Guest House includes a variety of fruit, muffins, snacks and freshly made fruit salad & yoghurt at our Buffet Table for your breakfast. Choose either a scrumptious continental breakfast or a variety of other dishes such as an omelette with flourishings of cheese! Our dinners are cooked daily in our kitchen using quality AND quantity as a perk to your stay! PLEASE NOTE: Dinners are ordered at reception and either delivered to your room or served in our dining area. Our prices beat our competitors. We offer a quality service with a friendly atmosphere from all our staff! A Massage and Nail Spa on the premises allows you to be spoilt on your door step by our professional technicians. Gym to work out in whilst facing the Indian Ocean watching ships pass by and whales frolicking in the sea! WE do have an on site coffee shop that is open 7 days a week from 7am to 3pm. WE also do offer 2 x golf driving range nets for our keen golfers. 305 Guest House is one of the most talked about hotels in the area and a short walk to The Galleria Shopping Mall allows you to shop till you drop and see South African Culture. The Tala Game Reserve and the Lion Park is only a drive away. ... more less
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