I was privileged to take a group of work colleagues to the Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge, for the weekend. (28 Jun 2013 - 30 Jun 2013). We flew down to King Shaka International Airport, on British Airways operated by Comair, where as always, the crew were friendly, attentive, and hospitable. After arriving in Durban, we hired a car from Europcar, which was confirmed prior to arrival, by Jodi Hinckley from Europ car, so when we arrived at Europcar - Kennedy at reservations, was aware of our booking, and thanks to Kinola Pather, had put a coment into the reservation, that we were five girls travelling together, and -... well, you know how many luggage pieces,we would take with, - so if at all possible, - if he could perhaps upgrade our vehicle type, to a larger boot, to accommodate us. Even though it was school holidays, and the office was fairly busy, Kennedy without any hesitation, managed to get us a Toyota corolla, with a LARGE boot space. Thank you.
We headed on to the Protea Umhlanga Ridge, where parking was conviniently situated under the hotel, and so we got the lift to the reservations and check in, - where again, the reservation had been confirmed prior to arriving, by Esme Davids from Protea Hotel group. (even though it was high season, she managed to work her "magic" and confirmed a reservation, for 5 of us, for two nights- thank you thank you thank you!) We were greeted by Nomfanelo, at reservations who kindly checked us in, and gave us our room keys.
We experienced a lovely weekend at the Protea hotel Umhlanga Ridge, where a full buffet breakfast, is available in the lounge area of the hotel, every morning.
We were taken on a room and site inspection, by Nthabiseng, who showed us the different rooms and amenities that the hotel has to offer,
The Hotel offers a swimming pool, which is situated on the upper level of the hotel, and also a "gym" -work out enclosed area.
It offers family rooms, with 2 separate bedrooms, a small kitchenette, and a balcony, where, if prior arrangements are made, an extra fold out bed can be laid out in the 2nd bedroom, for an extra guest.
This was truely a memorable experience.
As the ladies, that accompanied me, are from our travel department, and happen to make reservations for our top Executives, as well as the rest of the company,.... they experienced a weekend, where they not only benifited first hand, but will be able to offer my colleagues, and other work aquaintances, the superior hotel accommodation, that only Protea Hotels, always offer, when asked to request stay in Umhlanga.
special thanks to Esme Davids from Protea Hotel Group who made this all possible,
Jodi Hinckley from Europcar, and
Nomfanelo hotel reservations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge - urban tranquillity set in the hub of the Umhlanga Ridge New Town Centre. Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge offers the perfect base from which to explore the many holiday attractions along the Dolphin Coastline of which its rich Zulu heritage and popular game parks are but a few. The contemporary styled 205 bedrooms include 74 semi self-catering units comprising of family rooms and lofts. Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge offers a fresh and funky restaurant with outdoor deck, a roof-level swimming pool, bar and gym. Choose from our a la carte menu with an abundance of dishes from quick and easy snacks to the more sophisticated steaks and curries and watch the chefs prepare your meal! What’s a family holiday without fun activities and outings? The hotel is conveniently located opposite the Gateway Theatre of shopping, which boasts cinemas, Ten Pin Bowling, Go-karts, bumper cars and more. So make sure to put your fun hats on for an action packed holiday at Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge. We are also a short 15 minutes from King Shaka International Airport and 20 minutes from uShaka Marine World. ... more less
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