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“Fine, but nothing special”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Umlilo Lodge B&B

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Umlilo Lodge B&B
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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19 reviews
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“Fine, but nothing special”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2012

We stayed at Umlilo Lodge over Christmas 2012. Whilst it was fine, I don’t think it was anything too special and am surprised by the reviews it has. On the positive, the rooms were comfy and breakfast nice, it is also set in pleasant gardens with a good pool. On the downside I would say that the rooms could do with refurbishment, the shower wasn’t great (probably because there were quite a few guests) and the toilet didn’t seem to work very well. Probably the most disappointing was that we didn’t really feel that much effort was being made to make our Christmas stay special. When we arrived we asked where we would be able to eat on Christmas day and were told ‘I don’t know the restaurants haven’t decided if they are opening yet’. A short walk in to town and asking at a few places showed that this info was not true, with almost all restaurants already having decided that they were opening! There was also no information in the room to help a tourist get to know the area and things to do which are not immediately obvious unless you have done prior research. For example it would be good to tell people that Hluhluwe Umfolozi is a 45 minute drive away and is about the best game park that I have visited in South Africa!
This grumbles may seem small, but I think that much more could be done to ensure that the guests are having the best time possible. Saint Lucia isn’t a great town and I worry that some tourists may only see that and not the beauty of the surrounding area, which has to be one of the most stunning places in South Africa.

Room Tip: The ones upstairs seemed have a nice balcony to sit out on with a sundowner
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

I LOVED the Umlilo Lodge. The family run lodge feels like a Balinese paradise with it's dark wood and running stream. The owners are incredibly friendly and helpful. There are only 9 units so it is quiet and very peaceful. There's even a pool. It was my favorite place that I stayed in while in S. Africa for 2 1/2 weeks.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2012

Very calm, and very nice lady to help us in whatever we need.
Good localization.
Will come back

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2012

Expected to stay in St Lucia for 1 night and found this wonderful place and stayed 3 nights. Friendly and attentive owners & staff who bent over backwards to help us enjoy the area and visit the best parks and beaches. Great breakfasts. The Lodge is on many levels with decking in between and is very relaxing. Rooms are great with large shower rooms with rain showers. Good value for money. St Lucia makes an excellent base for the area - there are a fair few good bars and restaurants in the town itself and its an easy drive into the game parks. The local beaches and walks are great & the sunset boat tour of the estuary to get up close to the hippos is well worth it. A great place, would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dunblane, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2012

10 of us from the UK stayed 2 nights on full board at Umlilo Lodge the service we received from Laurence and the team was first class, dinners [ including baking our own bread sticks on the charcoal fire] and breakfast were excellent. The rooms were clean and well fitted out and set in a very different jungle setting, the whole package combined to make ours a most memorable stay and we would have no hesitation in recommending you and using you again ......... thanks very much for making our stay so enjoyable.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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washington, d.c.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2012

I thought the Umlilo Lodge was a little gem of a place in St. Lucia. The proprietors were lovely and provided a huge perfect breakfast each morning which was so nice. It feels like you are living in a bit of a forrest, at night it can be noisy with the frogs birds running babbing water all about so if you require total silence as you sleep, this place is not for you. If you like the ambient sounds of nature, you will sleep like a baby. We were super impressed with the huge nice bathroom and shower. The room itself was pretty standard and while it won't take your breath away, it was very clean and a nice place especially for the price. I would recommend this hotel to friends.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bay Harbor Islands, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2011

Located a short walk to a wonderful market in a quiet tourist beach town. Watch out for Vincent the hippo walking down the street at night! I felt so safe and secluded in this property behind the tall walls tucked in what seemed like a forrest of its own. Bubbling creek runs past all the rooms and the local choir of frogs sings me to sleep. Room was amazing, beautiful decor, modern, up to date but with a rustic jungle cabin feel. Run by a wonderful family, amazing meals! Wish I could have stayed longer than 2 nights!

  • Stayed November 2011
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Additional Information about Umlilo Lodge B&B

Property: Umlilo Lodge B&B
Address: 9 Dolphin Avenue | PO Box 267, St Lucia 3936, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > St Lucia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 32 Specialty Lodging in St Lucia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Umlilo Lodge B&B 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Umlilo Lodge is located in St Lucia and surrounded by the Big 4 (no Lions) iSimangaliso Wetland Park; South Africa's first National World Heritage Site. Lake St Lucia is a large estuarine lake abundant with hippos, crocodiles, fish and hundreds of bird species. The area comprises rivers, lakes, marshes, mangrove swamps and huge sand dunes, protection the town from the Indian Ocean, beautiful unspoiled beaches with Whale Watching and Sea Turtle Tours in Season. Our rustic but luxurious Lodge offer 12 comfortable en suite guests bedrooms, All rooms have air - conditioning, 10 TV channels, mosquito nets, hair dryer, safety deposit boxes, refrigerator, complimentary tea & coffee facility etc. Guests can choose to laze on the wooden deck by the pool, make use of full internet in our info area as well as WiFi for guests who would like to bring their own WiFi devise. Relax in our bar lounge with honesty bar full Digital Satellite Television (DSTV) ... more   less 
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