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REVIEW: Garden Court Hotel Umhlanga

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A Luxurious Family Weekend Getaway

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Garden Court Hotel Umhlanga: Durbanite

The weekend getaway could have not started off any better. Our little family of 3 got to check into the Garden Court Hotel in Umhlanga. We were greeted at the entrance by a humble porter, who kindly took our bags and escorted us to reception.

As we approached the front desk, we couldn’t help but notice the contemporary decor all around with colours and textures that gave off that feeling of relaxation. After the receptionist greeted us and handed us our stylish key cards, we were guided up to our suite on the 4th floor.

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Garden Court Hotel Umhlanga: Durbanite

We entered the suite and had a little welcome package waiting for us. A nice bottle of Nederburg red wine definitely tickled our fancy, followed by a nice treat basket of fruits and chocolates, now that’s what I call a perfect midnight snack. The best part about the suite is how kid friendly they made it for our little 1 year old. A beautiful pink cot was placed in front of the bed, just for her. Not forgetting the little kiddies pack they provided with some kiddie treats.

The suite itself was so spacious and cozy. The space was perfect for our little one to play and crawl around in. Lets not forget, we cannot go without talking about our picturesque view of the Umhlanga coastline from our little balcony, truly beautiful.

The weekend at the Garden Court Umhlanga Hotel allowed us to explore as much as we could. The Mnandi Restaurant in the hotel, caters for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves a variety of light meals and refreshing beverages throughout the day. We got to try the buffet breakfast everyday, and let us say it did not disappoint. With a little business meeting taking place by the table next to us, we could see that this hotel is the perfect place for business visitors on the go.

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Garden Court Hotel Umhlanga: Durbanite

For our little one year old, I have never seen her so excited to be in the sand pit area, located outside by the pool of the hotel. There were little sand buckets and spades available to play with. Let’s not forget the large heated pool itself, perfect to swim in all year round, whether its hot or cold. They also have a little kiddies pool, which can be enjoyed by children of all ages. We, as a family definitely appreciate how kid-friendly Garden Court Umhlanga Hotel are. They made the stay so relaxing that we definitely felt like we were on holiday.

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Garden Court Hotel Umhlanga: Durbanite

If one parent was by the pool playing with the little one, the other got to have a little workout at the fitness center in the hotel. The hotel definitely make it easy for you to stay in shape. Whether you want to de-stress after a busy day, burn off some calories or just keep up your workout programme.

Overall, our weekend getaway was definitely one to remember. With so much around like the popular Umhlanga beaches being the main attraction for visitors and guests where they can just soak up the sun, go surfing or head out for some deep-sea fishing. We cannot go without mentioning Gateway Theatre of Shopping, which is just walking distance away, making it easily accessible for guests looking for some entertainment or shopping

Garden Court Umhlanga definitely lives up to their expectations of comfort, convenience and affordability for families, holidaymakers and business visitors. We can see why they were given the 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

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Honeymoon in the most romantic place in KZN

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Planning the ideal honeymoon can be exceptionally daunting, not to mention expensive, but if you’re looking local, and want to continue the romance long past your wedding day, Granny Mouse Country House & Spa is a definite contender! Renowned for being one of the most romantic getaway destinations in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, this idyllic retreat offers the perfect setting for a romantic honeymoon, with its tranquil atmosphere, breathtaking scenery, world-class facilities and attentive staff.

Granny Mouse’s accommodation is luxury at its finest, ranging from their secluded garden rooms, nestled in their spectacular gardens, to their sprawling deluxe suites with private balconies overlooking the Lions River. Each and every room has been designed with comfort and luxury in mind, and are equipped with large bath tubs and aromatic bath salts and oils for those intimate evenings in.

Following the excitement of the wedding, what could be better than relaxing in their on-site, state-of-the-art spa, which offers an extensive range of treatments and therapies, including hydrotherapy to replenish your mind and body before you have to get back to reality?

One of the standout features of Granny Mouse is a culinary haven, offering guests a diverse range of delectable experiences. From their fine-dining restaurant, Eaves, with its sophisticated menu of modern fusion cuisine, to their open-sky Bistro, providing a more casual dining experience, and their wine cellar, which is undoubtedly the perfect spot for a romantic dinner for two. These, coupled with their award-winning wine menu, will have you toasting to your new life together. No matter where you choose to dine whilst on honeymoon, the Granny Mouse team will pull out all the stops to ensure the most romantic of occasions.

In addition to the fantastic facilities, Granny Mouse Country House & Spa is also ideally located for exploring the surrounding area. From picnics in the Caversham Valley to wine tasting, or just taking a leisurely stroll around the local stores to choose some new items for your home together, the list is endless.

Don’t miss out on an unforgettable honeymoon. Book your stay at Granny Mouse Country House & Spa today and let their team ensure a romantic and memorable experience for you and your partner.

BOOK HERE

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9 Reasons 1 Licorna Beach is the Ideal Umhlanga Stay

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In the heart of Umhlanga Beach lies a beautifully furnished, newly renovated beach house. Being a double storey with views and access to the ocean, 1 Licorna Beach is the perfect luxury getaway.

Suitable for both business and vacation rentals, this beachfront property will give you the “home away from home” relaxed feel with a pool, garden, outside braai area.

This beach house can accommodate up to 6 guests, and comprises of 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area. Stay entertained with smart tv, dual view DSTV and free wifi.

We’ve listed 9 of the many reasons why 1 Licorna Beach should be your next stay in Umhlanga:

1. UMHLANGA PROMENADE ACCESS
Enjoy direct access to the Umhlanga Promenade: a stretch along the Umhlanga coast and nature reserve, perfect for walks or runs and home to restaurants, coffee shops, ice cream spots and local vendors.

2. DIRECT BEACH ACCESS
Go for a swim in the warm Indian Ocean or chill on the shore. With beach access and a choice of four beaches in walking distance, what more do you need? Make sure there’s a life guard on duty if you go for a dip!

3. UMHLANGA NATURE RESERVE​
Explore the coastal wildlife, birds and forest along the Umhlanga Nature Reserve wooden boardwalk and trail. Be sure to check out the Bike & Bean coffee shop at the Northside of the Umhlanga Promenade.

4. FINE-DINING RESTAURANTS
Spoil yourself with a dinner date at The Chef’s Table or the 14 on Chartwell, both just a stone’s throw away at Umhlanga Village.

5. FREE WIFI
Stay connected with 1 Licorna’s free wifi during your stay. Whether for business or leisure, you and your family or guests are covered.

6. DAILY HOUSEKEEPING
No one wants to do the dishes & sweep on holiday! What’s better than arriving back to your accommodation to find it’s been cleaned?

7. 24 HOUR SECURITY & SAFE PARKING
Safety is a priority at Licorna Beach. Relax knowing that you, your family & belongings are tucked away in a gated, access controlled estate.

8. POOL ACCESS 
The communal pool is available for a dip, if the sea isn’t calling. Whether you’re braaiing, chilling or just cooling off – it’s nice to have options.

9. SELF-CATERING
Explore new restaurants or enjoy the comforts of home cooking. Remember, you won’t have to do the dishes either. Don’t forget to have a braai while you’re at 1 Licorna.

To book your stay:
Cell: 083 492 3241
Website: www.1licornabeach.co.za

Address:
82 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga

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Want to stay in the heart of Cape Town? Here’s why The Cape Milner should be your go-to.

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For Durbanites, a trip to Cape Town is always enthralling. White-sand beaches, throngs of restaurants, and sea life sightings are just some of the things we look forward to when visiting our Mother City. Of course, the various accommodation on offer forms part of said hype – and can either make or break your experience!

Well, we’re here to tell you this: If you’re looking for a hotel that’s contemporary, comfy, central, quiet and not too costly, we’ve found the place for you. Not to mention its fascinating decor, great hospitality, and luxury charm that just wraps you up and keeps you snug throughout your entire stay.

The opulent Cape Milner building matches Cape Town’s Victorian aesthetic. But inside you’ll find a mix of art-deco, modern and African chic; much like the feel of modern Africa today.

As if wedged at the bottom of Table Mountain, the views from the rooms and lounges are spectacular. We particularly enjoyed dining out in the swanky Glass Lounge, where you can look up into the blue sky or night stars while you enjoy a hearty lamb shank below.

Our homely rooms overlooked the serene Milner Road, with its impressive avenues of trees. We were given complimentary macarons on arrival and enjoyed them with tea as we watched the rain pitter-patter on the tails of unbothered squirrels — how cute! The Milner Hotel really is a place you can enjoy come rain or shine.

The hotel was the absolute, perfect base from which to explore pretty much everything and anything. Just a few minutes drive away lies Bree and Kloof  – two favourites, Metropolitan streets for tourists and locals alike. Over the few days of our stay we visited many great spots, all within 5-10 minutes away.

We sank our teeth into cheesy pizza at the much-hyped “I love the dough” and tried out “Mochi Mochi” for dessert; we ordered fizzing and steaming cocktails from “Cause and Effect” at the V&A; and of course, we spent a fun-filled evening at the cheeky and illustrious “Beefcakes” in Green Point.

After each jam-packed day, coming home to our state-of-the-art bathtub and luxurious linen was the cherry on top. It fitted in perfectly with our diverse range of activities we had planned, and matched the entire style of our trip.

We didn’t want to leave!

And of course, we can’t wait to stay again…

To book your stay at the Cape Milner, contact

Tel: +27 11 516 4367
Email: res@extraordinary.co.za

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