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Kwalucia Private Safari Retreat
Ranked #1 of 29 St Lucia B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Mansonville
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39 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Home away from home”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

Fabienne and Serge really wants to make you feel at home before doing any paper work, they take time for a cocktail, point you to the local attraction and restaurant, the breakfast is excellent, the rooms are spacious and decorated in a Zulu style

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

Kwalucia exceeded our expectations by far...Serge and Fabienne were the perfect hosts and we could feel that they put their heart and soul into this place. The tropical garden is beautiful, the rooms all enjoy privacy and are perfectly clean and comfortable. The african decor is unique and makes the rooms feel warm and cosy. Fabienne will make sure you get a perfectly healthy and delicious breakfast so you can explore all the hightlights that Serge has passionately told you about. I can truly recommend this extraordinary B&B in a stunningly beautiful environment.
I'm sure we will be back!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Durban, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2013

I felt right at home at KwaLucia with Serge and Fabienne, who were always there for a chat, glass of wine or to answer questions about the area. The breakfasts were always delicious, and the wine selection incredible. This accommodation is hands-down the best St Lucia has to offer - clean, luxurious, welcoming and with a traditional safari feel. I recommend staying there for as long as you possibly can!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 14, 2013

This is a very unique hotel. The owners take tremendous pride in the property as well as the region that they have chosen to call home. Serge helped us plan our trip and enhanced our enjoyment with his infectious enthusiasm.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2013

This is such a great place, right in the heart of St Lucia allowing you to walk to the restaurants, but when you get in it is an oasis of quiet, and Fabienne (Serge was away) looked after us beautifully, and provided lovely and slightly different breakfasts.
Definitely a must if you want a top notch B&B.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Serge and Fabien are the perfect hosts. With their vast knowledge of the area, they will happily sit down with you to discuss activities and eateries.

The small gestures and attention to detail are what really made our stay, this was illustrated when, having decided to wake up very early one morning to get to the park gates, they provided us with a cool box containing breakfast. We also bought a bottle of Champagne and left it in the fridge and when we came back that evening we found two champagne flutes in our room.

For us, the secluded surrounding, the comfortable and sublime décor of the rooms and the host’s willingness to spend time with us made this one the highlights of our holiday in South Africa.

An absolute must - Our only regret was not staying longer!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed April 3, 2013

This is really a piece of paradise on the borders of the wilds of St Lucia. The rooms are beautiful and considerately built using local trades and craftsmen. The breakfasts are outstanding and the knowledge and hospitality of the owners Serge and Fabienne is incredible. This is about more than bricks and mortar - there is an infectious love for Africa ingrained in this place and while you may find yourself coming back to visit again - after some leisurely chats with Serge, you could equally find yourself staying for good. They recommended a trip to see the turtles with the most amazing guide whose name I have unfortunately forgotten - but you must ask - a total character and such a fantastic experience.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Kwalucia Private Safari Retreat

Property: Kwalucia Private Safari Retreat
Address: 17 Katonkel Av, St Lucia 3936, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > St Lucia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in St Lucia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kwalucia Private Safari Retreat is an exclusive African Safari Retreat born from the combination of the Zulu spirit and the passion for unspoiled wilderness. Located in St Lucia,the only private village in Southern Africa to be completely surrounded by a Natural World Heritage Site. St Lucia is part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, covering a area of 332 000 hectares . (Formely the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park).Kwalucia Private Safari Retreat has 4 exclusives African style en suite rooms all of which have private patio leading onto a lush romantic tropical garden with indigenous trees.Kwalucia is situated within a safe walking distance (just watch out for the hippos at night) from the main street where numerous restaurants are situated to cater all your desires. English,French,Dutch, Spanish and Catalan spoken.Owner management. ... more   less 

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