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uMhlanga Sands Resort
Ranked #5 of 18 Hotels in Umhlanga Rocks
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Will keep on going back!”
Reviewed 1 September 2010

We love going to the Sands! It is a wonderful and RELAXING holiday. You are right on the beach and there are so many activities for young and old to get involved in but you can also just do you own thing and relax on the beach or at the adult only pool. With a unlimited clean beach towel supply you always have a fresh towel to take another dip in the ocean or pool. There are restaurants & a coffee shop on site and a bar. There is a games arcade for the kids (and the big kids) a volley ball court as well as a kiddies pool and a adult pool. They also offer various excursions to shopping centres and local attractions. Their sister resort Cabana Beach (short stroll away along the boardwalk) has a fully equiped gym, squash courts and tennis courts which you use.
We love Umhlanga Rocks!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Centurion, South Africa
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2010

I must say...this place...The Sands Hotel has so many memories for me. We used to go once a year for 6 nights, from when I was 1 year of age (1983) for 16 consecutive years.

This Hotel had DSTV before most households did. It is like a biodome in there. Everything you need is there. Arcade, tuck shop, hari dresser, 2 pools (1 allows you to see downstairs into the lobby through the floor)

Also with room service from the Spur, and an added bonus, the room service from the Spur is also available at the Pool. With live entertainment and activities for kids everyday (I remember being 6 years old and meeting the Ninja Turtles on the Volleyball court),

I would reccommend this place to anyone going for leisure as a family! For an amazingly relaxing holiday, but also having fun with your parents/kids...this is THE place to go! 5 stars...and a big thanks for all the wonderful memories and for all the fun I had as a child there!! Dankie!!

  • Stayed October 2007, travelled with family
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1 Thank MariusJacobs
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Joburg
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33 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2009

I was a bit disappointed with out stay. The appartment for four is divided into the main bedroom which has a lovely seaview and TV, but our sons had the (very cramped) room with twin beds, one wall of which is quite literally the kitchenette, so they had the view of the microwave and fridge. Early evening can be noisy. Eventhough we were on the 9th floor, with the sliding door closed, the music from the kids' entertainment by the pool was extermely LOUD for a few hours each night. Service at the M & A cafe was among the slowest I have ever experienced in a restaurant anywhere in the world. However, I can recommend an aromatherapy message @ Donnas.

Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Lanark, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2009

This looks like a lovely holiday hotel and I guess it would be OK if you were on holiday but unfortunately I was there on business and the hotel just couldn't cope with people who were on a schedule. It took us nearly an hour to check in (I'm not exaggerating!) and the service throughout the hotel was generally awful. The food was pretty poor too (burgers, pizza etc).
The rooms were lovely, big and spacious with a kitchenette with fridge, kettle, toaster and microwave. The swimming pools, gardens and beach looked lovely too (unfortunately no time to enjoy them due to work).

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled on business
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2007

The Sands has just undergone an upgrade to the rooms are the results are great. The rooms are spacious and equipped with a fridge and microwave. The view is excellent overlookiing the lovely Indian Ocean. Umhlanga is really serene and a great getaway. The beach is nice (not as good as Durban) but all in all a wonderful holiday.

  • Liked — Rooms, Service and views
  • Disliked — The elevators had an awful smell
  • Tips/Secrets — Book early
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled as a couple
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Grand Rapids, MI
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2006

We landed in Johannesburg, SA & drove (on the right side of the road) to Durban - beautiful country. Although our week was a little cool (spring time), the weather was still beautiful. The hotel room we stayed in, while small for 4 people, was clean & well-maintained. It was spring vacation in South Africa, so more children than usual, but we never noticed. The South Africans are very friendly people & we enjoyed ourselves immensely. We would definitely go back to this oceanside resort. It is very relaxing. There is also a nice 5k jogging path that 'runs' along the ocean with some georgeous views. There were also some nice restaurants that are within walking distance of the resort.

  • Liked — The views of the Indian Ocean, clean rooms
  • Disliked — Smaller rooms
  • Stayed September 2004, travelled with family
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Botswana
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2006

We stayed at Umhlanga Sands Sun in August 2006. We had previously stayed there in 2005 and were so impressed we deciced that would be our annual Family holiday retreat. The resort is extremely child friendly, lots of activities for the kids, very safe and parents can just relax whilst the kids are at play. The Hotel has daily activities and is situated centrally to the reknowned Gateway shopping Centre so you can just slip out for a movie, shopping or a quick bite. Panarottis and Spurs are situated within the hotel and are convenient for a meal or light snack. The popular Ocean Basket is within walking distance from the resort and the meals are always mouthwatering !

The Hotel Staff are very helpful and friendly and the rooms are generally well kept and cleaned. Housekeeping are always willing to assist whenever there are shortcomings or
complaints .

We used the Umhlanga Cab service for transport and found their rates reasonable and they were safe to use and efficient.

we highly recommend this resort .

Stayed August 2006
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Property: uMhlanga Sands Resort
Address: 44 Lagoon Drive | Myezo Park, Umhlanga Rocks 5099, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Umhlanga Rocks
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#5 Luxury Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#5 Family Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#5 Romantic Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — uMhlanga Sands Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 117
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An idyllic resort located mere steps away from the pristine Umhlanga beachfront, the Umhlanga Sands Timeshare Resort is the perfect location for travellers looking for something out of the ordinary. Sporting easy access to all the major tourist attractions as well as fantastic facilities geared towards holiday activities, the Umhlanga Sands is a perfect destination for families seeking self-catering Timeshare accommodation in KwaZulu Natal. ... more   less 
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