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“Fun;Fabulous,Fantastic;Friends Vacation”
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Anchor's Rest
Ranked #1 of 43 Umhlanga Rocks B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Gauteng
1 review
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“Fun;Fabulous,Fantastic;Friends Vacation”
Reviewed July 23, 2012

Anchors Rest gave us the opportunity to experience such amazing vacation; since it was out first vacation as friends the palce gave us the chance to bond as friends; their facilities and hospitality it is such beyond words. We just cannot stop sharing to other people about the place; we felt at home and yet being on holiday ; everything it is accessable and surrounding are just safe . Thank you to Peter and the Team for caring and their hospitality.

Siyabonga ;Thank you , Baie Dankie, Enkosi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Room Tip: All the rooms are excellent but we loved our garden and the view to see the house
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Benson2008, Owner at Anchor's Rest, responded to this review, August 9, 2012
We are so pleased that you and your friends had a wonderful time at Anchor's Rest. You were great guests and we so enjoyed seeing all of you relaxing and appreciating the facilities of our Guest House as well as those of Umhlanga Rocks.

We are looking forward to seeing you and more of your friends back at Anchor's Rest. Don't leave it too long - winter is a great time to stay here as we don't have a winter season - it stays warm all year round in our little piece of paradise.

Warm regards
Cilla, Peter and Sandy
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

We chose anchors rest as a much needed resting place after running the Comrades ultra marathon. Peter, Cilla and Sandy were perfect hosts, very helpful & friendly. Peter's recommendations for dining out were excellent. Our room gave us privacy in the beautiful garden, yet we were a short walk to the beach, restaurants, cafes and shops.
On returning to uk we realised we had left a treasured ultra marathon t shirt in our room. In response to our email, Cilla posted the t shirt to us with a lovely letter. Service with a smile!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Benson2008, Owner at Anchor's Rest, responded to this review, July 28, 2012
Thanks so much for your complimentary review. We are pleased that Anchor's Rest offered you the rest and relaxation that you needed after completing the Comrades Marathon. That is a gruelling Marathon indeed and we admire all of the dedicated runners who manage to complete it!

We are looking forward to seeing both of you next year for the 2013 Comrades. Good luck with your training and we are sure you will both be in excellent shape next year to successfully complete the "up run".

Warm regards
Cilla, Peter and Sandy
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

Fantastic location, gorgeous setting, spacious and clean rooms, comfortable beds and personalised service at its best!

Visiting Durban for the “Top Gear show”, we wanted a hotel / guesthouse close to the King Shaka Airport and the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

After contacting various different hotels / guest houses in and around Durban, we decided upon Anchor’s Rest, Umhlanga Rocks. Cilla managed to impress us with her kindness and willingness to accommodate us, as well as the fact that she responded to our e-mails in a very prompt way.

Hosts, Peter and Cilla catered for all our needs. We were also introduced to the lovely and helpful Sandy. As we arrived at the King Shaka Airport around 09:00, Cilla offered to take care of our luggage until we were able to check-in at Anchor’s Rest. She also printed our boarding passes for our flight home. Peter assisted by guiding us regarding the roads to the stadium, as many roads were blocked off.

We enjoyed a tremendous breakfast and our son loved the pool. Anchor’s Rest is very close to the beach, the shops and restaurants, as well as The Gateway Mall. A fantastic destination for all seasons, as it seems that Durban has no winter season.

Our stay at Anchor’s Rest: safe, quiet and peaceful – absolutely PHENOMENAL!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Benson2008, Owner at Anchor's Rest, responded to this review, June 20, 2012
It was an absolute pleasure having you stay at Anchor's Rest and we are so pleased that you enjoyed the weekend so much. The Top Gear Festival was fantastic and we hope that you will be back next year for the second Festival - we will definitely be going again.

I know Durban doesn't have winter and the fact that your son swam in the pool just goes to prove it. Hope Bloemfontein wasn't too cold when you got back home. Looking forward to seeing you all again in 2013.

Warm regards
Cilla, Peter and Sandy
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

The hosts, Peter, Cilla and Sandy are lovely people. We felt welcomed from the moment we arrived. It felt as though we knew each other from before. The place is lovely, clean, quiete, well arranged and everything works. The location is excellent, close to the shops, restaurants, and the beach. Its a perfect place whether you are on a business trip, or holiday. We would love to go back if we get another chance.

Room Tip: rooms facing the garden are excellent
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Benson2008, Owner at Anchor's Rest, responded to this review, May 18, 2012
Thank you for your review. We thoroughly enjoyed having you and your wife stay with us at Anchor's Rest. We really do hope that you will come back to South Africa for another visit and be able to see more of our wonderful country. Durban and in particular, Umhlanga Rocks is an exciting place to be. It is the best spot to be in winter, as it is the 'warmest place to be' as we don't experience a winter while the rest of S.A. shivers during the winter period. We look forward to seeing you again.

Warmest regards
Cilla, Peter and Sandy
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Saratoga Springs
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

We loved our stay at Anchor's Rest. The owner's are very hands-on and personable. They make you feel welcome right away. The rooms were lovely and comfortable. They were very accomodating and helpful in every way. We definitely will stay at Anchor's Rest if we return to Umhlanga Rocks in the future.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Randburg
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Reviewed January 25, 2012

The rates are very competitive. Lovely setting. Very tasteful decor. Not at all busy or noisy, no children which makes for a good rest. Peter and Cilla are wonderful hosts. Walking distance to the Village, not far from the beach. Definitely will return!

Room Tip: The two-roomed suite is perfect. Am keen to try the self catering unit next time.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Benson2008, Owner at Anchor's Rest, responded to this review, February 6, 2012
We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Anchor's Rest and that you felt so at home. The two roomed suite is ideal for families as you have separate bedrooms. However the self catering rooms have their own advantage, so do try one of these rooms next time.

It's wonderful when guests can appreciate how close the guest house is to all the facilities of Umhlanga Rocks and that you really can walk to the restaurants at night, as you did with your daughters.

We look forward to seeing you and your family again this year.

Best wishes for a great 2012
Cill and Peter Rose
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed January 24, 2012

I was immediately taken by Anchors Rest from the moment I arrived, it is a beautiful building in every aspect. The outside is stunning as are the communal areas, pool and rooms. More important even than that was the warm welcome I received from Cilla and Peter, they really do give you a warm feeling as if they are old friends that you have come to visit. The location is also great as it is short walk to the local bars restaurants and beach.
I was there on a business trip and it was a great place to relax and reflect on the day but I would also recommend Anchors Rest for family holidays. I am also told by my wife that I have to stop talking about this place and take her with me next time
Looking forward to going back there soon

Room Tip: My room was excellent and I said I wanted the same one next time, but I was informed that they have...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
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Benson2008, Owner at Anchor's Rest, responded to this review, February 3, 2012
Thank you very much for your wonderful comments. It was a great pleasure having you stay with us and hearing about your interesting travels. We certainly hope that you will bring your wife on your next trip to Umhlanga so that we can meet your other half.

Warm regards
Cilla and Peter
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Property: Anchor's Rest
Address: 14 Stanley Grace Crescent, Umhlanga Rocks 4319, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Umhlanga Rocks
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Umhlanga Rocks
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Anchor's Rest 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Anchor’s Rest is a small, friendly, relaxed guest house with the emphasis on peace, tranquillity and the personal touch. Whether you are on holiday or business, we will provide you with an ideal retreat and a warm welcome.Tropical gardens, sparkling pool, warm ambience and excellent service await you at Anchor's Rest, located in the centre of Umhlanga Rocks. An easy walk to the shops, restaurants, coffee bars, beaches and vibrant night life. The Guesthouse boasts four fully appointed en-suite bedrooms all of which are Wireless Internet enabled, with all the luxury and comfort for which we have become renowned.Each suite is delightfully furnished and has every modern facility, convenience and comfort - including air-conditioning and heating, king size bed with cool cotton percale linen, complimentary bathroom toiletries, hospitality tray, books and magazines for guests’ reading pleasure, personal safe and hairdryer. All rooms lead directly to the pool or garden and have private entrances.A full English or Continental Breakfast is served every morning.After a busy day sight-seeing, or sun tanning on the beach, relax around a sparkling pool, enjoying the magnificent weather and warm hospitality of the hosts. In the evening, bar-b-que under the stars, dine al fresco in the gardens, or stroll into Umhlanga to enjoy a variety of cuisine at any number of good quality restaurants.Secure off street parking is provided, airport transfers, car hire and private tours can be arranged. Solar heated swimming pool. Visa, MasterCard and Diners credit card facilities. Daily laundry service. Children 10 years and older are welcome. ... more   less 
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