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Gooderson Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort
Pietermaritzburg
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17 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“Unwind and relax”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

Nice place to unwind and the mineral water is absolutely fantastic,and looking out onto the mountains is glorious, the rooms(bathrooms) needs to be updated a bit but good value for money! Take some time to feel the history as depicted on the walls, and just relax.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Francois R, General Manager at Gooderson Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort, responded to this review, 3 days ago
Dear MVette

Thank you for taking the time reviewing our resort and for your positive suggestions.

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Durban, South Africa
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43 reviews
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

My family and I visited Natal spa as day visitors in August 2013. We have visited quite frequently as kids love the hot springs. During this visit I have to say I was completely appalled and digusted at the sight of a young couple, and a couple in their obvious 50's, practically making love in the large hot pool, in full view of our 3 young kids. Its so sad that no staff are there to rectify the situation, and this happens ALL the time. Its quite sickening that we paid over R100 each, to sit and look at people who have no morals, and need a public place to fondle each other, with our children having to look on. I would suggest the management get a private pool area for adults only, so this does not happen again. If its supposed to be a lovers paradise then please advertise accordingly so we will not subject ourselves to a 2 hours long drive to get there.The pools were also very dirty for a weekend, and the trip was a complete waste of our money. We won't be visiting again any time soon, neither will we recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Francois R, General Manager at Gooderson Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort, responded to this review, 3 days ago
Dear ShashReshal2012

Thank you for taking the time reviewing our resort and for your positive suggestions.

Best Regards
General Manager
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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Reviewed 21 April 2013

since we last came 5 years ago it has been re furbished,it is lovely.all the rooms are great.wish we could of stayed longer than one night. all the staff were so friendly and went out of there way to help,nothing was to much trouble.if we have the chance to stay here again we would certainly choose Natel Spa.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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1 Thank susang55james
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Francois R, General Manager at Gooderson Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort, responded to this review, 3 days ago
Dear 1955503773

Thank you for your excellent review

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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed 14 April 2013

the hot springs have brought us back again to the spa - this time we stayed in the self catering units - they are basic but have everything you need - the units are studio style with a double bed and bunks all in one room - fine for a stop over and a dip but a little crowded for a longer stay not impressed with the food on offer - take your own food. the pools are the bigest drawcard

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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2 Thank crony-club
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Francois R, General Manager at Gooderson Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort, responded to this review, 3 days ago
Dear Crony-Club

Thank you for taking the time reviewing our resort and for your positive suggestions.

Best Regards
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2012

Natal Spa is a fairly large family resort that also caters for conferences and coach tour groups - it includes a hotel, timeshare apartments, self-catering and camping - it is off the main tourist routes and its Northern Natal feeder area has had hard economic times for the last two decades or so. The resort has kept going though and is now under the management of the Gooderson Leisure group. For the R770 per night (incl breakfast) rate I think I got my money's worth. A good place for some rest and recuperation with friendly staff.

Be specific about what kind of room you want - and I would suggest asking for a room away from the bar area, as it could be noisy if there are large conference or tour groups in the hotel. Also my room's bathroom had a bath, but no shower.

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled on business
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2 Thank CIVUH5
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Ryan Smith S, General Manager at Gooderson Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort, responded to this review, 10 December 2012
Greetings from Natal Spa,

Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review on Trip advisor.

I am thrilled that you were able to recuperate and enjoy some well deserved rest
Thank you for your feedback and your positive comments regarding the friendly staff and our offering of good value. I will definately pass these comments onto the team.

Im looking foreward to seeing you back at Natal Spa again soon, for lots more rest and relaxation.

Kindest Regards
Ryan
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 23 November 2012

We recently spent a weekend at this resort. For a three-star property it offers excellent value and a high standard of accommodation in the hotel. We also looked at the timeshare apartments, which are beautiful.
What really impressed us about Natal Spa was the high standard of service from all the staff, and the fact that every staff member, from cleaners to managers greeted us in a friendly way each time we saw them - NOT something that happens everywhere!
This older resort has been tastefully modernized, and the standard of general maintenance and housekeeping is high. We liked the decor, and the way the whole hotel always smelled fresh!
Meals were excellent with a huge choice at the buffet- something for everyone.
We also like the fact that young children were very welcome and the pricing policy is attractive to parents with young families. All the staff were excellent with the children, and parents could relax.
A special highlight was a birding walk with Simon in the early morning - he knows so much and we saw so many birds.
We came home form our weekend felling very relaxed, despite the long drive back to the city!

Room Tip: Choose one of the twin rooms facing the river- the sound of the water will lull you to sleep!
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
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1 Thank Marjorie D
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Ryan Smith S, General Manager at Gooderson Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort, responded to this review, 10 December 2012
Greetings Marjorie,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write to us.

I am thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you very much for your possitive feedback, I will definately pass your comments onto the team.

I can safely say that the investments we have made in staff training and upgrading our facilites have paid off.

Once again thank you for your feedback and I trust that we will be seeing you again soon at Natal Spa.

Kindest Regards
Ryan
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Property: Gooderson Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort
Address: Lot 191 Remainder Koubad Farm | Koubad Farm, Paulpietersburg 3180, South Africa (Formerly The Natal Spa Hot Springs and Leisure Resort)
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Paulpietersburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Paulpietersbur...
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Gooderson Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in 550 hectares of beautiful KZN bushveld amongst giant Cambrian granite boulders that are millions of years old, the Gooderson Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort has beautiful views over the Bivane River and abundant bird life. Legend has it that the river at Natal Spa's warm water and bubbles were the work of a large black snake with an underground lair. While that myth may have kept the ancient San people from the healing mineral waters, it certainly didn't have the same effect on Oom Piet Wessles or the generations of visitors who have stopped over at this oasis between Vryheid and Paulpietersberg. ... more   less 
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