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“Great hostess who puts great effort into attention to detail.”
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Villa Calla
Ranked #24 of 43 Umhlanga Rocks B&B and Inns
South Cave, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“Great hostess who puts great effort into attention to detail.”
Reviewed May 13, 2011

Villa Calla is in an excellent position for walking access to the town and driving access to major routes.
Janelle is a wonderful hostess who looked after us extremely well. The rooms with separate access to the very attractive garden and pool are airy and well equipped. Good to have air conditioning as it was hot & humid during our stay.
Breakfasts are generous with a lovely selection of delicious things to eat.
Pool area very attractive and beautifully maintained as was every area of the B & B.
A must if we come back to this area. Perfect!!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Slough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 19, 2011

Our stay in Villa Calla with Janelle and her team was just the highlight of our trip in SA. Its great place to stay,breakfast food great,rooms nicely air conditioned and just a short walk from the sea.
If your staying just out of Durban try this place, you wont be disappointed.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Reviewed December 1, 2010

Our stay in Villa Calla with Janelle and her team was just the highlight of accomodations in our 3 week trip through SA!!!
Situated in a calm and very nice side street, this is the place to stay. Beautifully furnished rooms, great breakfast, silence and last but not least - lovely and very helpful hosts who did virtually everything to feel comfortable and make our stay remembered for a very long time.
Excellent value for money, too.


Janelle, thanks a lot for these 3 days, we hope to be back soon,
Mandy & Nico
Frankfurt/Germany.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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San Anselmo
1 review
Reviewed November 20, 2010

This was my very first trip to South Africa and it was very memorable for me! There were many reasons why I wanted it to be the "trip of my lifetime" and it was!!! The positive aspects of this B&B started before I left SF. I only decided to take this trip 2 weeks before I went -so when the Hostess and owner responded quickly to my email questions about the availablility of a single room and desire for a quick trip to a Game Reserve - with timely and clear answers and a guided tour I was relieved and thankful. I guess the uniqueness of this B&B was the friendliness, warmth and love that you feel from the hostess, staff and other guests while you are staying there- you were part of the "family". The owner continued to be helpful with travel and dining suggestions only when and if you wanted advice. A walk to the beach (3 blocks) and back followed by an excellent breakfast was a delightful way to start your day. The rates for a room were affordable, and they were private and clean and filled with all the necessities. The "common " room with books, tv, pool and available drinks helped me feel " at home". It was very hard to leave this cozy, comfortable "home" in a faraway land , I have promised myself -I will be back!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed November 9, 2010

A great welcoming hostess owner (Janelle), competent staff and great breakfasts in a well kept comfortable B & B in a very convenient location close to the local amenties. Excellent advice and help on what to do and help in arranging an excursion to the nearby game reserve. Comfortable room with reliable and free internet access. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled solo
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Thank Mike32655
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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 20, 2010

Janelle was extremely friendly when we arrived to check Villa Calla out. We were on a driving tour round South Africa and because we didnt know when we would be arriving in each place we didnt book in advance. Janelle was very accommodating allowing us to look at a room and show us around without pressuring us to commit to staying. We left to go and check out some more guesthouses down the road but after seeing two decided not to waste any more time and head back to Villa Calla to secure the room. Price seemed to be very competitive compare to a number of the other guesthouses in the area. Breakfast was lovely and pool looked like it would have been great if the weather had been a touch warmer!

Janelle even arranged for an early breakfast for us on the day we were leaving as our flight was an early one to Cape Town.

Interesting comments from others below and I wouldn't agree with any of them. Yes you can here the staff preparing breakfast in the morning a little but they are doing that for you to enjoy a nice breakfast which is included in the price! Just get up and go out and enjoy all that South Africa has to offer!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed September 6, 2010

Very noisy establishment on a busy road, staff do not keep quiet, loud when speaking on the phone, as well as when watching tv. Rather rude staff especially owners. Totally overpriced, definately not value for money. Good location pity about the people.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
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Thank lastwest
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Additional Information about Villa Calla

Property: Villa Calla
Address: 36 Stanley Grace Crescent | 157 Ridge Road, Umhlanga Rocks 4319, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Umhlanga Rocks
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Umhlanga Rocks
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Calla 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Calla is a beautifully decorated home situated within a safe 5 minute walk from shops, restaurants and Umhlanga's Blue Flag beaches. All rooms have their own patio, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, safes, hairdriers, DSTV, tea/coffee facilities, toiletries, beach/pool towels and are serviced daily. Breakfast is served in the sunny dining area overlooking a sparkling pool. Calla and Janelle have a passion for people and will bend over backwards to assist guests. ... more   less 
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