REVIEW: Umthunzi Hotel and Conference
Umthunzi Hotel and Conference is centrally located and a short 1.5hr drive from Durban. As with most places on the Hibiscus Coast you get the feeling you are in the middle of nowhere, where in fact there is a petrol station, restaurants and the Port Shepstone Country Club just around the corner.
Immediately when arriving we were drawn to the spacious interior of the upmarket reception and lounge area (with small library for a quiet read) leading to the restaurant with terrace deck and joining Lantern Bar area. We of course had to have an impromptu photo op on the very grand chairs. Checking in was hassle-free, the staff were welcoming and friendly. Our room was comfortable with en-suite bathroom, TV, coffee and tea facility, air-con and small balcony but wow, nothing beats that sea view!
Umthunzi has the capacity to host full house corporate banqueting. It is also host to various events during the year from Craft Beer, Wine and Spirit Festivals to Champagne Brunches. It is ideal for year end functions, conferences, birthdays, anniversaries, product launches and weddings to mention a few. Umthunzi welcome guests to contact them for customised packages to suit their needs.
Picture your wedding ceremony in the Milkwood Room (poolside) overlooking the Indian Ocean surrounded by lush palm trees. Your reception on the deck of the 30° South restaurant. To top it off, that salty sea breeze to cool you off.
With plenty of rooms available for guests to stay the night, we feel this venue is perfect for your BIG day!
We stayed at Umthunzi for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis, during their off-season but could easily picture the hotel abuzz with business men and women or holiday makers rushing off to breakfast, the pool or to spend a day building sandcastles on the beach (within walking distance).
Our first night sleep (in the aircon) was welcomed. The bed was comfy, linen crisp, clean and pillows to-die-for. We opted to eat out at Razzel’s Family Restaurant and Pub which is a stones-throw away and can highly recommend the Mutton Curry and Pie – the beer was good too. Our second night was a little nosier as we had guests who checked into a family room adjoining ours. This wasn’t ideal for us (personally) as the kids were a little noisy in the morning but if you are looking for a family vaycay, booking your wedding or conference here, we feel like this wouldn’t be an issue for guests. If however you are looking for a more romantic, quiet or secluded holiday perhaps booking into the Honeymoon Suite would be a better option for you or something along the lines of self-catering.
The hotel is a 40 minute drive to Wild Waters at Wild Coast Casino – the perfect day out with the family if you have had enough of the beach. If nature is your preferred method of relaxing, Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve is just around the corner where those brave enough can try their hand at the Wild 5 Adventures.
Address: 60 Commercial Rd, Umtentweni, Port Shepstone, 4235
Phone: 039 695 0852