REVIEW: The Royal Palm Gateway Hotel


The Royal Palm Gateway Hotel in Umhlanga is not just any ordinary hotel. With 93 luxury apartments that are bigger than the average 1 bedroom flat, this hotel is an ideal retreat for both business and leisure.

Nick and I were fortunate enough to be invited to experience the Royal Palm Hotel – and what a treat it was. Walking into the room, my heart skipped a beat as I walked down a long passage only to be greeted by a large king size bed to my left, followed by a massive en-suite bathroom. The suite also included a lounge (how cool?) as well as a private balcony.

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I loved the fact that this hotel was situated right opposite Gateway Theatre of Shopping. We were able to walk across, without having to worry where to park and could have a glass of wine or two.

The food at the restaurant sure did not disappoint either. The first night, we opted for the room service. Nick ordered a delicious lamb shank while I decided to go with the beef fillet. Both were excellent choices and were paired off with chocolate mousse and malva pudding.

Did you know that the Royal Palm Hotel has a pillow menu? Yes, you read right! You can order your pillow according to your preferences. Luckily, my pillow was feather and I didn’t have to call for another one.

I had the best sleep that night as the room was at the perfect temperature, with the wooden doors encasing the room like a cube, blocking out the light.

Breakfast was served either as a continental buffet or straight off a menu. We decided to order and each had the Farmer’s Breakfast. Again, we weren’t disappointed!

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The Royal Palm Hotel is close to various attractions such as the Mangrove Swamps, Umhlanga Lighthouse, Hawaan Forests, and Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Trail. King Shaka International Airport is a 15-minute drive away.


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Looking for an unique Valentine’s Day getaway? Surprise your loved one with a romantic stay at the Royal Palm Gateway Hotel.

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast @ R2795.00 per room, per night (2 people)

  • Executive Deluxe with complimentary upgrade to Executive Suite
  • Romantic turndown with Champaign, chocolates and rose petals.
  • Romantic 3-Course Dinner for Two (Set menu – Starter, Main course, Dessert) includes a glass of wine.

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