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“Great location in a gorgeous place!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cabana Beach Resort

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Cabana Beach Resort
Ranked #3 of 18 Hotels in Umhlanga Rocks
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
55 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Great location in a gorgeous place!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2012

We stayed at Cabana Beach as part of a time share exchange with Marriott Vacation Club through Interval International. While it is not even close to being an MVCI level, it was just fine - clean, plenty of storage space, adequate kitchen, decent bed, etc. The resort is being refurbished in 2013 so am sure it will be even nicer then. Be sure to lock your windows as those vervet monkeys are cheeky little thieves! The washer / dryers are in the main lobby area so not private to the room but we didn't have to wait to use them - there were plenty. The resort is right next to the other outdoor restaurants in the area and we noticed only 3. Maritimo's was the best for dinner and the other 2 were fine for lunch. Nice promenade and lighthouse and pier. Amazing rocks and beautiful sea. Hotel pool very nice - we only visited the adult pool once as too busy touring the area - Drakensburg Mountains and the Battlefields (both well worth the long day trips) - but it was very nice and overlooking the beach. The weather was good - hot enough for us to want to sunbathe by the pool but not so hot you need to swim. We found all the stafff really helpful and friendly. Free parking. Easy and safe to walk into town - we had dinner a couple of times at Barbacoa about 5 min walk away - an Argentinian style grill. Would stay again and think it's perfect for romantic couples or famlies - they had something for everyone and it's a large resort so plenty of space for all.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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20 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2012

stayed in a duplex with 3 bedrooms and 3 balconies.
this is a huge duplex , the bedrooms are nice with 3 seperate bathrooms.
people who dont like to see monkeys should be wary.
the resturants are good, the gym , tennis cournt and steam room are excellent.
service is excellent
the only problem is there is no backup for when there is no water, which happened when i was there for a full day ( afternoon till late morning ).

Room Tip: be wary of monkeys
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ashley d
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sales12345, Director of Sales at Cabana Beach Resort, responded to this review, 12 September 2012
Thank you for your review and we are so happy you enjoyed your stay in the Duplex. Apologies for the problem with the water, unfortunately the Municipality had turned the water off for a few hours due to a problem in Umhlanga. We hope that you received your still water which we supplied to all of our guests.
We hope to see you again very soon.
kindest regards
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Calgary, Canada
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7 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2012

If you are looking for a no frills with exceptional value then this is the place for you. The staff is unbelievably friendly, our room was spacious and allowed for our entire crew to spread out. The pools were welcoming at 28 degrees and we even enjoyed a BINGO game poolside one day, all good fun and located right beside the beach should you choose sand over the pool.

Wilson & Graham will keep your kids entertained as there is a variety of different activities for them to do with those two. There are two strange things at this hotel for a North American, 1) there is only internet in the lobby which can be a bit hard if your trying to update your Tripadvisor on a near daily basis. As well there is very limited room service after 18:15 or 6:15 PM, something we are not accustomed to and two nights in a row we missed room service and had to make something ourselves in the lovely little kitchenette.

All in all this hotel will give you exceptional value with clean rooms and a very friendly staff, just don't expect the extras you may receive at a 5 star resort.

Room Tip: All rooms seem to face the bech so you won't have a bad time. If you have a baby stroller the s...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kirk_and_Jo-Anne
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sales12345, Director of Sales at Cabana Beach Resort, responded to this review, 12 September 2012
Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate the feedback.
With regard to the Internet access there is also Wifi in the Cabana Lounge area and Internet services in the business centre which is close to reception.
Our new restaurant Maritimos which opened in June does offer room service until 9pm daily but apologies if this was not conveyed to you.
We look forward to welcoming you back to Cabana Beach Resort!
kindest regards
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17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2012

All the conveniences of home, speaking to ease and comfort. Spacious, welcoming and practical, perfect. So many more amenities than traditional hotel rooms. Will see us again!

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jacquesdi
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sales12345, Director of Sales at Cabana Beach Resort, responded to this review, 13 June 2012
Thank you so much for your review and we are so happy you had a good holiday at Cabana Beach. We hope to see you again soon!
kind regards
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UK
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132 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2012

We have just returned home after staying in The Cabana Beach, and we had a fantastic time there.

All the staff were marvelous, and could'nt do enough for you

The rooms were spacious, and spotless, all with sea view, even when there was a taxi strike in Durban, and more than half the staff couldn't make it to work, the skelenton staff made you proud.

I will definately return to the Cabana, hopefully sooner rather than later.

Thank you all for a memorable stay.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2012 via mobile

I had a wonderful stay at the Cabana Beach, the room was very spacious and comfortable, the staff is absolutely top notch, very helpful and friendly. The pools were imaculate and I look forward to return after the major renovations bound to take place in 2013. The only complaint was internet, unfortunately there is only wifi available in the lobby and this was not cheap either. It would have been nice to have an internet connection in the room.

Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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Thank AmyVer
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2012

Thank You to the staff from reception, security, housekeeking,the kiddies pool entertainer, the towel guys and the porters. Your service was outstanding. The views are priceless. We stayed for 5 days in April 2012. The convenient situtation of Cabana Beach allows one easy access to car rental and supermarkets should one need. The granny pool located closely also is a great plus for those who want to play in a safe area of water, especially if you are scared of the huge waves. The sun rise is the most spectacular of all. It is something I love to do every morning when I'm along the coast on vacation.

Room Tip: Choose a room where you can watch the sun rise...........awesome
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank fathima h
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sales12345, Director of Sales at Cabana Beach Resort, responded to this review, 7 May 2012
Thank you so much for your review and we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Cabana Beach.
With regard to the dates given for the closure and refurbishment of Cabana Beach please note that these have been amended to : Closure from 6 April 2013 until 29 June 2013.
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Additional Information about Cabana Beach Resort

Property: Cabana Beach Resort
Address: 10 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga Rocks 4319, South Africa (Formerly Cabana Beach Lifestyle Resort)
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Umhlanga Rocks
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#3 Luxury Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#4 Romantic Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Cabana Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 217
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the heart of KwaZulu Natal’s exclusive Umhlanga Rocks, the Cabana Beach resort is a firm favourite amongst families who travel to the coast for an unbelievable holiday experience. Boasting a Mediterranean feel and overlooking the glorious Indian Ocean this award-winning resort offers guests every home comfort as well as a vast array of leisure activities. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Cabana Beach Lifestyle Hotel Umhlanga Rocks

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