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Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa

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Pretoria, South Africa
Reviewed 2 December 2016

Awesome location, perfect for the kids and to switch off and relax. Food was average. Can recommend using the nanny for full day and not hourly. Drinks are not cheap. No ATM if you need to draw cash urgently. Fishing/Hiking paradise.

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Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 30 November 2016

I can't think of a single negative thing about our trip to Umngazi, except that the drive is long and hair-raising at times.....so next time we'll fly in! This is the perfect holiday destination. The setting, staff, rooms, food, wine choices, well stocked shop, gardens, birds, river cruises, cows on the beach, endless horizons.....it's all quite perfect.

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Durban,South Africa
Reviewed 29 November 2016

This was our first stay after so many years of hearing good things about Umngazi. All expectations were met - a beautifully set hotel in an unspoiled location. Newly renovated rooms with breathtaking views, hearty meals and a friendly relaxed environment made for a perfect relax! The Spa was outstanding and treatments top class! We left reluctantly and will be...

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Southbroom, South Africa
Reviewed 29 November 2016

We loved our recent stay in one of the gorgeous, brightly coloured, newly, renovated bungalows which was ideally situated one the bank of the lagoon. The food was superb and very nicely presented, the service was excellent from the reception, to the bar, to the dining room, to the room attendants. We did the sunset cruise which we enjoyed and...

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Germiston, South Africa
Reviewed 28 November 2016

I have been visiting Umngazi since 2005/6 and has always been extremely impressed and surprised at the Resort. Personal touch, accommodating and caring. The facilities are of an extremely high standard without being clinical. It is home away from home where everyone feels like best friends and family. The catering is outstanding across all 3 meals per day as well...

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East London, South Africa
Reviewed 28 November 2016

I had a beautiful stay at one of the units at Emlonyeni, very private and refreshing. The room had the most beautiful view, the sound of the sea had a very calming effect. The food was amazing, I absolutely enjoyed it.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 27 November 2016

A wonderful five day experience meeting up with friends after having shared a holiday at Umngazi 25 years ago. Inviting and comfortable, meeting all our expectations. Staff all very friendly and efficient. Location beautiful but inaccessable. Our Green Room door dinner experience did not come up to our expectations.

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Eshowe, South Africa
Reviewed 25 November 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Found ourselves planning our days around the superb meals.....with tea and cake and pub snacks in-between! Walks on the beach were lovely at low tide. Unfortunately we couldn't complete a sunset cruise due to an approaching electrical storm, however this is a must for any nature or bird lover. I will definitely return

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Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 24 November 2016

we have been longing to visit Umngazi for many years and eventually managed to make a reservation. It was wonderful and management even accommodated us for an extra night because bad weather forced us to stay longer. Would love to go again. Theresa

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Leonding, Austria
Reviewed 23 November 2016

Our 2nd stay within 2 years. A lot changed, the redecorated and painted the whole place and for the Emlonyeni Bungalows they built a deck with small pool next to the breakfast house. Very nice. The fireplace in our room was smelling and we were upgraded to a Ntabeni room without any problems. What a view up there! The place...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Beachfront
  • Free Internet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Tennis Court
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Free Parking
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  • Laundry Service
  • Babysitting
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Banquet Room
  • Conference Facilities
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Tucked away on the Wild Coast, in the heart of Pondoland, and encompassed by a rocky coastline, indigenous forests, secluded coves and breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, lies the award winning Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa - an award winning family resort & spa. The thatch-roofed bungalows are situated amongst the indigenous gardens which provide the perfect setting for a totally relaxed holiday. Weekly fly-in packages are available Friday to Friday from Durban where you fly at 500 feet above sea level along the beautiful coastline - a wonderful way to start your holiday. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa

Address: i, Port St Johns, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port St Johns
Hotel Class:4 star — Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 69
Also Known As:
Umngazi River Bungalows Hotel Port St Johns
Umngazi River Hotel
Umngazi River Resort
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“I would say a sea-view is preferable to a river view.”
 of 5 bubbles EvaKateJane, 23 Mar 2017 | Read review
“The beach view rooms are the best but also the most expensive.”
 of 5 bubbles DianeG514, 22 Mar 2017 | Read review
“The Sea- facing rooms really are lovely.”
  • Room 48 on the left
  • Room 41a
 of 5 bubbles KyleMartin83, 21 Mar 2017 | Read review
“prices vary according to bungalow location”
 of 5 bubbles jerushah2013, 5 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Couples should try book in Emolyeni rooms - private and on the river with sea views”
 of 5 bubbles MegCr0sby, 20 Dec 2016 | Read review
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