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Mei-Pen-Lai Umdloti
Reviewed 29 June 2014

It was our first holiday at the sea with our dogs and it was a wonderful experience for us all. The accommodation was spacious and clean and led onto a lovely garden for the dogs to run freely. The beach setting was ideal just across the road and we enjoyed our own beach each day as it stretched all the way to Umhlanga. The shops and restaurants were in walking distance and the dogs were welcome too. From the time we arrived, Rory made us all feel welcome and relaxed and always greeted us each day with a warm and friendly smile. Thank you for a wonderful holiday in a quaint and quiet town.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
3  Thank LindaKLR
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

My partner and I stayed at Mei Pen Lai for approximately a week in May 2014. We originally intended to stay for two nights but just kept extending our stay! The accommodation itself is basic but the owner has added special decorations from each of his travels which make each room special.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank jfeld0ax
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Reviewed 15 May 2014 via mobile

We found Mei Pen Lai to be reasonably priced and conveniently situated. The beds are comfortable and the facilities are fine. The decor is south-east Asian, and the whole experience is calm and restful. The beach is a few meters away and convenience stores are close at hand.

Stayed: May 2014
4  Thank Duncan A
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

We recently stayed at Mei-Pen-Lai in Umdloti, from the onset dealing with the owner was a real pleasure. We had never heard of this place before and due to last minute accommodation searching we came across this establishment.

We arrived at Mei-Pen-lai and was greeted by Rory who is the owner. He showed us the room (Room 3) and gave us the house rules and some information about the area. The entire house both interior and exterior is decorated in Thai style. There is a small kitchen with the basic cutlery, crockery, medium sized fridge and microwave etc. which is well kept and clean. The bedroom has storage space and a queen sized bed, and a well equipped bathroom which is clean, a bit old but neat. There is a filing station and convenience store about 200m away and the shoreline is about 5metres from the entrance.

There is also a limited DSTV bouquet with the movie and sport channels. The parking is safe behind gates and the garden gives off a island style feel looking out at the ocean. The only suggestion I may add is that the towels and Linen needs to be replaces as it is definitely weathered. Rory is an awesome host, very friendly and informative, he does his best to accommodate and assist wherever he can.

An overall good stay at a decent budget and well worth it and is highly recommended.

Thanks Rory

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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5  Thank Chavoos_ZA
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Reviewed 11 January 2013

Family & I had a wonderful stay RIGHT on the beach in Umdloti. Would highly recommend this cool beach front accomadation. Safe parking, 10m from the sand, hear the waves crashing, and the stores and restaurants are 200m walk away. We liked the casual holiday feel and the very reasonable prices! All the best to Rory for making us welcome and comfortable.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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6  Thank genieone
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Reviewed 10 November 2012

This place is tatty to say the least. The sheets were virually threadbare, the bathroom towels were used to cover the floor which flooded when you had a shower as they were too disgusting to use. There was not a shelf in the bathroom or space on the basin to place anything so a bar stool had to suffice. Despite being "budget accomodation" which it was was not advertised as on any websites, the kitchen was terrible. The toaster and kettle should have been replaced long ago. We were not comfortable using any of the items in the kitchen. The cutlery and glasses were way below "budget" and looked like they had been picked up from a garage sale. The garden area comprised a non-descript paving brick with grass struggling between it and doubled as the parking area. Every time someone entered the property you had to get the dogs inside in case they ran out the gate. It was not as pet-friendly as we thought it may be and the owner "Mother Goose" who lives above the three units was continually on the lookout for "infringments" making us feel uncomfortable and leaving us with no privacy. We felt continually watched by management. If the curtains are not closed you are a glass window away from the parking lot. The pets are not allowed on the bed which we were not aware of until we were told that "the linen wouldn't last if it had to be continually washed". If the dogs barked it was a problem. We dropped one of our own glass ashtrays and within a second "M G" was there.Felt like being back at school. We are two educated professionals in our forties who found it intolerable as we know how to behave ourselves. It took us a day to find alternative accomodation which was upmarket and indeed pet-friendly.

Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
11  Thank I D
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

this is my favorite place to stay in the Durban area. I do business in Umhlanga several times a year for a few days at a time. Umdloti is about 5 minutes away from Umhlanga but is nice and quiet and has a cool beach town vibe. Great surf and shore break body. I normally stay in unit 1 which is thai style, like the house, and has a view through the driveway of the ocean. Rooms are basic and very well priced. Good bet!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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9  Thank kyle r
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Address: 10 South Beach Road, Umdloti 4319, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Umdloti
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Ranked #6 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Umdloti
Number of rooms: 3

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