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Blue Sky Mining Backpackers and Lodge
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Blue Sky Mining Backpackers and Lodge
Ranked #14 of 80 Speciality Lodging in Durban
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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39 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Very professional, well set up”
Reviewed 22 May 2014

We originally planned on staying a day or two, but kept extending our stay. They were busy, so every time we extended we had to change rooms, but that wasn't a problem. It meant we were able to experience different parts of Blue Sky mining. They have lots of ideas/knowledge about activities in Kwazulu Natal. They helped up book diving at the Aliwal Shoal, where we did a shark dive which was amazing.
They have two separate houses, each with their own communal kitchen and pools! There is a nice roof terrace and a fire pit.
The drinks are cheap! Only downside was that the bar closes at 10pm, but is understandable, as there are some dorms and privates near the bar and they do this to allow guests to have a good night's sleep. This was the best backpackers we stayed at in all of Natal province.
They also have plenty of parking available, free of charge.

Room Tip: Periwinkle Room is spacious, with an ensuite bathroom. It has a nice view overlooking the garden, an...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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BlueSkyMining1234, Manager at Blue Sky Mining Backpackers and Lodge, responded to this review, 26 May 2014
Hello,

Thank you so, so much for your awesome feedback regarding your recent stay at Blue Sky Mining!
It is great to hear that you did enjoy your stay with us even though you had been moved around a lot=)
NB: Would you be so kind as to please re-confirm the name of the room as per your recommendations as 'Periwinkle" room is situated next to office and does not have a garden/ocean view?
Thanks a lot in advance.
We are wishing you all the best and hope to seeing you again in future.
Romy
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Manzini, Swaziland
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16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2014 via mobile

Loved this place which is across the road from Warner Beach. Went with out 3 & 1 year old and they loved the place didn't want to leave . Food was good and staff very friendly. A place well looked after on a daily basis and many returning guests who have nothing but good things to say. This plZce should be called a resort not a back packers

Stayed April 2014
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Thank Daryl N
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BlueSkyMining1234, Manager at Blue Sky Mining Backpackers and Lodge, responded to this review, 27 April 2014
Hello Daryl and Leyla,

Thank you very, very much for your positive feedback regarding your stay at Blue Sky Mining Backpackers & Lodge!
It is great to hear that you and your children enjoyed your stay to the fullest!
Indeed, it is hard work and very time consuming to maintain the premises - however, certainly worthwhile doing by receiving comments like yours=)
We hope to seeing you again in future!
Wishing you all the best.
Romy
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Montreal, Canada
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229 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2014

My husband and I spent one week in this beautiful and well-run place.
The rooms are super clean and serviced on a daily basis. The food, especially the Indian bunny chows are superb. We were greeted by Fiona an amazing employee who we believe was the supervisor/manager as she looked after us during the entire stay.
Both the rock pools were kept super clean and the lounge and kitchen areas were in top notch condition. The grounds are very safe and the ocean views are simply beautiful.
My only negative or semi-negative comment was that unlike most other backpackers, Blue Sky does not offer a book exchange/library for those who want to real during their stay. They did however sell old paperbacks etc...at relatively high prices.
Other than that this place is great. Durban is less than 30 minutes away so no hassles and it was nice to get out of the city.
Truly a very very well run establishment.
Romy, I am sorry that we didn't meet although your communications by email for friendly..

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank McGill_Tripper
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BlueSkyMining1234, Manager at Blue Sky Mining Backpackers and Lodge, responded to this review, 27 April 2014
Hello Christine and Mark,

Thank you very, very much for your lovely feedback regarding your stay at Blue Sky Mining!
We are very pleased to hear that you were satisfied with room, grounds, facilities and services rendered at Blue Sky Mining!
And yes, it is a "MUST" to try a traditional "Bunny Chow" as it is one of the most typical meals in and around Durban!
Furthermore, thanks a lot for your honesty regarding the suggested book exchange facility - we will have a look into that=)
We hope to seeing you again in future!
Wishing you all the best,
Romy
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Bern, Switzerland
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 18 April 2014 via mobile

This is one of my favourite backpackers. The rooms and the staff are very nice. They serve good food for a good price. Between the houses lays a beautiful garden with two pools. The decoration of the house is unique.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank leandrae88
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BlueSkyMining1234, Manager at Blue Sky Mining Backpackers and Lodge, responded to this review, 20 April 2014
Hello Leandra,

Thank you very much for your awesome comment!!!
It is great to hear that you enjoyed your stay as well as the food served at Blue Sky Mining!
We hope to seeing you again in future.
Wishing you a "Happy Easter"=)
All the best,
Romy
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St Lucia, South Africa
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 February 2014

We've only stayed here for one night but we were VERY sad to go! Blue Sky Mining is an unbelievable backpackers. Friendly staff, a great restaurant and well stocked bar - at very reasonable prices! The rooms are very well maintained and from our side, really not one complaint! You REALLY have to go out of your way to find something wrong. The atmosphere and the view goes hand on hand - unbelievable. We can really recommend Blue Sky Mining. But please don't make the same mistake we did - you cannot stay for only 1 night...stay as long as possible, you really will not regret it!
Well done guys - we'll never forget it.
Jaenie and Gerda

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Gerda V
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BlueSkyMining1234, Manager at Blue Sky Mining Backpackers and Lodge, responded to this review, 3 March 2014
Hello Jaenie and Gerda,

Thank you very, very much for your lovely feedback!
It is great to hear that you guys enjoyed your stay to the fullest!
Hope to seeing you again in future.
Wishing you all the best!
Romy
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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53 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2014 via mobile

I spent one night at Blue Sky Mining backpackers and it really was a little piece of paradise. It has 2 heavenly swimming pools, a little shop where you can buy necklaces for as little as R20, a few minutes walk to the beach and local shops, and the rooms were very well decorated. I really enjoyed my night here and was very dissapointed that we could only stay for one night. Definitely make this a stop on your Durban adventure!

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Melj234
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BlueSkyMining1234, Manager at Blue Sky Mining Backpackers and Lodge, responded to this review, 17 February 2014
Hello Mel,

Thanks a million for your lovely comment!!!
We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to seeing you again!!!
All the best,
Romy and the Blue Sky Mining Team
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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32 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2013

This is def one of the better lodges/backpackers I have ever stayed at. 7-10min walking distance from the beach is totally worth it considering the view.

It has its own delicious restaurant, great activities/facilities, 2 pools and the staff are really great. Dont be mislead by the entrance, this property is very big and very well run. All rooms are super comfy and clean.

We stayed at a self catering that was perfect for 3 with an amazing view of the ocean even had a jacuzzi tub Highly recommended. Warner beach/Amazimtoti is not the best areas in the south but its totally worth visiting.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank JJakes30
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BlueSkyMining1234, Manager at Blue Sky Mining Backpackers and Lodge, responded to this review, 25 September 2013
Hello Jael and friends,

First of all, thank you very much for choosing to stay at the Blue Sky Mining Backpackers & Lodge in Warner Beach.
We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us!
Hope to seeing you again in the near future!
All the best,
Romy
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Property: Blue Sky Mining Backpackers and Lodge
Address: 5 Nelson Palmer Rd, Durban 4126, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
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Ranked #14 of 80 Speciality Lodging in Durban
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Number of rooms: 21
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