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Villa Calla
Ranked #20 of 43 Umhlanga Rocks B&B and Inns
Winchester, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Highly recommended”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2014

I stayed 5 nights at the Villa Calla in April to attend a conference and after travelling around KwaZulu-Natal I decided to return for another 2 nights before flying back home. Villa Calla offers all you really want: clean and well appointed rooms, good location in a quiet road close to the beach and restaurants (safe to walk even after dark), welcoming and efficient service, great breakfast, nice pool, kettle for tea/coffee in the room, hair dryer etc. As other reviews have already pointed out, Janelle runs the place very efficiently and is very friendly and helpful. I highly recommend the Villa Calla in Umhlanga Rocks.

Room Tip: I stayed in two different rooms, number 7 was my favourite, separated from the main house (together...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
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Thank Ludalua
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England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

We stayed at Villa Calla for a couple of nights and had a fantastic time, our host Janelle was extremelly friendly and helpful advising on local restaurants and places to visit. Rooms are very well equipped and breakfast was excellent. Lovely garden with swimming pool. If you are going to Umhlanga then we would certainly recommend a stay at Villa Calla.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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London
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23 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2012

I recently stayed in Villa Calla for 10 days with my daughter. We were greeted with a very warm welcome and taken to our pretty room.
It was spotless, very comfortable beds, pillows, thick white towels and luxury bathrobes. We had a small balcony that opened on to the garden with a swimming pool and comfortable sun beds.
The breakfast was extensive with fruit yogurt, home made croissants, and full english breakfast on offer.
The staff were delightful and nothing was to much trouble for anyone. We were welcome to stay relaxing around the pool and any arrangements we needed to make for taxis or restaurants etc were taken care of.
This was a truly fantastic guest house that I would happily recommend to anyone and a great location.

Room Tip: our room over looked the garden and was delightful
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Thank pinkbaglady
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Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2012

What a great place to stay and relax for a few days! Our hosts were wonderful. Very genuine people who were always willing to make our stay a truly memorable experience. I highly recommend.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Nicholas A
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2012

A superb venue before and after our Comrades experience. Well appointed rooms, great breakfast, nice pool and excellent location are some of the main selling points. However, the best aspect of Villa Calla is the wonderful hospitality of Janelle (the boss) and Calla (the husband) who make the stay special. Traditional hospitality, friendly service and an "open house" approach mean that guests are welcomed warmly. Its great value as well.

Highly recommended for all.

Paul Williams

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Paul W
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2012

First time to South Africa, to participate in the Comrades. We were made to feel very welcome and part of the family, great facilities, beautiful surroundings and location. Quiet, comfortable and relaxing and just a few minutes walk into Umlangha. It exceeded our expectations and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who is looking to visit the area. Calla and Janelle great hosts and friends we will be visiting again. Thank you for your hospitality and for such a warm and welcoming experience.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Soccerfit
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Cairo
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52 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2012

This bed and breakfast is very nice. first it is located in Umhlanga, which is on of the nicest neighborhoods around, 10 minutes walk to an amazing beach and to plenty of restaurants and cafes (on Chartwell drive)
the place itself is lovely, i loved all the small hotel-like touches (miniature shampoo, shower gel, body cream, soap), laundry bag in the closet, shower robes, welcome chocolates on the pillow :)
breakfast was good. It has a lovely pool, garden and braai area.
they also have free wifi.
the owner, Janelle, is really welcoming, friendly and lovely.
the only downside for me though, is that the rooms are not very well insulated. we were rather shocked when we were told that some people complained about us being noisy, as we're not the loud type at all! and just the day after, i could hear, from our room, people walking up and down the corridor, keys turning and doors opening and closing, sounds in the kitchen, the clatter of dishes and silverware, people talking, the phone ringing in the reception..., which is fine by me, but this shows that the rooms need better insulation!
and those old keys and locks could really use some renovation!
but other than that, it was a very pleasant stay :)

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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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 #20 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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