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Sandals Guest House
Ranked #4 of 42 Umhlanga Rocks B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 6, 2014

Great people who own and host you...nothing is too much. I liked that its quiet and relaxed and It felt like home. Highly recommended. I would stay there again if the circumstances would allow. Close to many restaurants and on a nice quiet street.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Carloslf
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

Within a few hundred meters from all the pubs, restaurants and the beach, this guesthouse is a gem. The managers are extremely accommodating, yet you never feel you are encroaching on someone's privacy. In fact, this could qualify as a boutique hotel. Breakfast is an abundant options list with freshly squeezed juices, muffins and hot/cold choices. Beautiful, private, safe, comfortable.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank RasmusKJensen
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

It's rare that I am moved to write a review but our experience at Sandals Guest House last weekend was nothing short of superb. Run by Iain and Ingrid, Sandals ticks all the boxes that so many other five star guest lodges claim to offer, but don't deliver on.

Our room was really comfortable, clean and spacious. There were thoughtful touches like cold water in the fridge; fresh milk for tea & coffee and homemade rusks. The delicious breakfasts, which Ingrid and Lulu look after, are lovingly presented and definitely a highlight of the experience. Sandals is just a couple of streets away from Umhlanga 'village' and restaurants, and a short stroll to the beach. Iain and Ingrid are hospitable, knowledgeable about the area and exceptional hosts. I wouldn't stay anywhere else if you are going to Umhlanga or Durban for that matter.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

We completed our 18 hour trip to South Africa from Colorado at 9pm when we arrived at Sandals. We were dead tired. Iain was there to welcome us and get us settled so that we get some much needed sleep before a 10am pickup for our drive to Zulu Nyala. Ingrid prepared a wonderful breakfast for us before we had to depart. Even our short visit was filled with warm hospitality. One week later we returned for another overnight stay. It was the night of the World Rugby Championship. Our hosts were again very gracious. We wish the South African team could have won. Ingrid arranged reservations for us at the nearby Olive & OIl restaurant. After a leisurely walk along the boardwalk we found our way to O&O for dinner. Upon our return to Sandals, despite the SA loss, Iain was gracious as ever. He was up at 4am to help us transfer to our taxi to the Durban airport for the beginning of our next adventure in the Seychelles. We recommend them because they were very welcoming and offered great value.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Qdromann
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

I stayed at Sandals for 3 nights during a business trip. This is a beautiful and well maintained property. The hosts, Iain and Ingrid, are lovely people and welcomed us with a drink.
The rooms are nicely sized, clean and well equiped with fridges, kettles, tv and satelite.
Breakfast was delicious. We really enjoyed Ingrid's "Special of the Day". :-)
Wifi is complimentary.
The guesthouse is located close to the Umhlanga village (walking distance) and a close drive to Gateway and the gym. The beach is one block away.
Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the front facing rooms. Lots of windows and natural light.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Just back from a weeks stay at Sandals which we enjoyed so much. Lovely guest house, charming couple, Iain and Ingrid, running it and such attention to care and detail. Cannot be faulted. Will be back.

Room Tip: Only 4 rooms, all equally good
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Teresa C
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

This guest house was the perfect ending to our 12 day trip to South Africa! Iain and Ingrid made us feel right at home from the minute we rang the buzzer at the gate! Our biggest regret was not booking it for 2 nights to relax before traveling home. The room was luxurious and comfortable, and had everything you need. We enjoyed sitting at the bar and talking to Iain about Umhlanga Rocks, Durban and his tours to surrounding game reserves and battlefields. He had suggestions for dinner at a nearby, walkable restaurant and made reservations for us after we decided. The house is close to the beach/promenade and the restaurants/nightlife if you are looking for it. Not too close to interfere with a good night's sleep in their comfortable king sized bed! We had a night cap with Iain after dinner and then retired. Breakfast was phenomenal! The best eggs benedict ever, along with homemade breads and muffins. We took a city tour of Durban with Iain later and then enjoyed Ingrid's scrumptous carrot cake before heading to the airport. Iain and Ingrid went out of their way to accommodate our every need.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sandals Guest House

Address: 39 Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga Rocks 4319, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Umhlanga Rocks
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 42 B&Bs / Inns in Umhlanga Rocks
Price Range: $133 - $265 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Sandals Guest House 5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sandals Guest House is centrally situated in the quiet residential area of Umhlanga Rocks in the Greater Durban area, only 200 metres from the beach and one block away from the village where there is an abundance of top-class restaurants and coffee shops. Our 4, five-star luxury en-suite rooms are all uniquely and individually styled in warm earthy tones. For tranquility and some light stress relief, you can relax and soak up the sun around our beautiful swimming pool, whilst taking in the view of the sea from the expansive patio or enjoy a sundowner while watching the Umhlanga sunsets from our open bar area. High-speed WiFi Internet access is available throughout the guest house, so whether you are on business, golfing, touring or celebrating a special occasion, Sandals Guest House is ideal for those who enjoy that little something extra. For warm hospitality and a quality experience, we welcome you. ... more   less 
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