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An intimate and delightful guest house experience at Sandals

After spending a busy three days at 2019 Travel Indaba, a night at the lovely and relaxing Sandals Guest House in Umhlanga Rocks was just what our travel consultant Nicole needed. After being on the go, the quiet and calm of the residential area in which Sandals is located was gladly welcomed…


Only a short walk from the beach and the famous Oyster Box Hotel, Sandals Guest House welcomes you with its warm ambiance that immediately makes you feel at home. Upon arrival, I was greeted like an old friend by owner, Malinda, who enveloped me in a massive hug and promptly had a cup of tea delivered to my room.

My suitcases were brought up, along with my cup of tea, after which Malinda advised that everything was conveniently in walking distance of the guest house - location here is everything! The spacious suite was beautifully decorated in earthy tones, and with a king size extra-length bed, I couldn’t wait to climb under the covers. The rooms are all equipped with tea, coffee and snacks, as well as a mini bar with wines, spirits, water and soft drinks. There is also a tea and coffee station in the dining area with a selection of cakes and guests are encouraged to help themselves whenever they want something sweet.

I had a quick shower to wash off the day and then headed to the Oyster Box for drinks with some friends. The Lighthouse Bar is just magnificent, with gorgeous sea views and plush couches where you can enjoy their famous cocktails or a glass of wine. I can certainly see why the Oyster Box is a must-visit when in Umhlanga, even if only for a drink or afternoon tea.

I arrived back at the guest house and struggled a bit with the front door, but Gavin, the other owner, quickly assisted me and explained that the recent rain had caused it to swell a bit. I had a brief chat with him before retiring to my suite for the evening.

The next morning, I helped myself to some pears in syrup with yoghurt and coffee, and chose a table in the breakfast area. As I sat down, I was served with the prettiest little glass bowl of fruit salad and offered a hot breakfast too. I unfortunately couldn’t stay long enough for that, but was sent off with some takeaway muffins for the road – Malinda, Gavin and their staff are really so happy to go the extra mile and I left feeling refreshed and impressed.

As I bid everyone farewell to head to my next destination, Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge in the Hluluwe area, I couldn’t help thinking I’d definitely be returning one day soon very soon to this guest house that now felt like a little piece of home.


Read about Nicole’s visit to Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge here.


Images by Nicole Whitehorn or from stock.