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Manaar House
Ranked #2 of 43 Umhlanga Rocks B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“5* Excellent”
Reviewed 14 June 2013

Chantal and I spent three nights at Manaar House, after a Wedding in Hilton, in the Midlands. The B&B was fantastic, and the beach was only a short stroll down the road, no more than a 10 minute walk. The breakfast was lovely, and it was nice to interact with the other guest in the morning.

The hot tub was very cool, and a spot of Durban rain did not put me off using it!

Jack, Mark and Tina were very friendly, accommodating and made our stay very special. Mark was even kind enough to drive us to town for dinner when it was raining, and our taxi was late.

We would stay again on our next trip to Durban in the future.

Thank you for making us welcome and for a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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ManaarHouse, Owner at Manaar House, responded to this review, 1 July 2013
Thank you for sharing your positive comments regarding your stay at Manaar House. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the breakfasts at Manaar House and your time relaxing in the jacuzzi. Thank you for choosing Manaar House for your stay in Umhlanga Rocks and we hope to have you to stay again in the future.

Warm regards to you both.

Jack, Mark, Tina, Wayne and the rest of the Team at Manaar House.
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 May 2013 via mobile

I recently stayed for 3 nights whilst on business in Durban. I've been travelling to Durban for many years and because of habit i've tended to go to the same place to stay however this trip i fancied a change. Well i can say i was very pleased i did. Tina and her husband Wayne, in the owners absense, were excellent hosts. on arrival i was greeted at the car and my bags swiftly removed and taken to my very nicely appointed room with outdoor private seating area. Every home comfort was accounted for in the room with a lovely contemporary bathroom including feature tub and walk in large power shower. Although the guest house is close to the m4 the noise level in the room was hardly noticable. Three very good night sleeps, delicious breakfasts and nothing was too much trouble including the offer to reverse the car out of the driveway each morning. I particularly enjoyed the relaxing jacuzzi after a long day on the road each evening too. It was just a shame it was winter otherwise i would have used the pool too. Already booked in for my next visit in September!! Thankyou Tina and Wayne.

Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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ManaarHouse, Manager at Manaar House, responded to this review, 13 June 2013
Thank you for your kind and positive compliments relating to your stay at Manaar House. We are delighted that Manaar House met with your expectations and we look forward to your next visit in September.
Kind regards,
Tina, Wayne, Jack, Mark and the rest of the team at Manaar House
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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Reviewed 10 May 2013

My colleague and I stayed at Manaar House for the first time and were bowled over by Tina's warm welcome and her professionalism. From offering to move our car up the driveway to making a dinner reservation on our behalf, her hospitality was impeccable. She made us feel welcome right from the start and it was a pleasure to stay there. The modern studio bedroom had everything we needed and was absolutely spotless. Thank you Tina, we'll definitely be back!
Karen & Glywnnis.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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ManaarHouse, Manager at Manaar House, responded to this review, 13 June 2013
It was lovely to meet you both and to have you to stay at Manaar House. Customer service is part of our culture and values at Manaar House and we were delighted to be of service to you.
We would love to see you again!
Kind regards,
Tina, Wayne and the rest of the team at Manaar House
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St Peter Port, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 May 2013

I stayed for just one night and found the hosts very friendly. The B&B is not particularly central but it's in a quiet neighbourhood. The room was very comfortable and the bathroom was huge! Breakfast was good quality and served early enough for me to get to a 8am meeting. A lovely setting and just wish I had had time to take a dip in the pool.

Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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ManaarHouse, Manager at Manaar House, responded to this review, 13 June 2013
Thank you for positive review of Manaar House and for sharing your comments. It is on the wish list that we could have our pool heated so that our guests can enjoy a swim in both winter and summer. We hope to see you again in the not too distant future.
Regards
Jack, Mark, Tina and the rest of the Manaar House Team.
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2013

We recently stayed for three days at Manaar house, as we were over from the UK for a wedding and wanted the less formal surroundings of a guest house as opposed to a swanky hotel and stuffy formality. We weren't planning on spending much time there so it seemed the perfect solution.
The weather was unseasonably bad but the comfort and attention that Jack, Mark and Tina provided more than made up for it. Our room opened up to the small patio which houses the small pool and breakfast area. It's all neatly packed in but so tastefully furnished that one can't help but feel in the lap of luxury. The room (4) wasn't huge but the bathroom was a good size with two basins, shower and bath and perfect for the two of us. The TV was really good with Sky sports etc and each room has wifi. The breakfast was beautifully cooked and perfect for an English sensibility.
The area was safe and the house, although close-ish to the main road, was very quiet and felt secluded. It's about a ten minute walk down to the beach but Jack and Mark are always willing to give you a lift if you need one.
Which brings me on to a special note which we will always be grateful for. While we were there a member of the wedding party was killed in a car accident. This sent shock waves through the whole event and resulted in members of the near family of bride and groom (including bride and groom) being hospitalized with serious injuries.

I'd like to thank Mark and Jack and Tina for being so supportive and helpful in what was a very stressful and emotional time for us. There was a sense of extended family, as if we were staying with some kindly uncles, and their lifts to the hospital and sincere concern in the tragedy was much appreciated.

I know this isn't the usual kind of review but it may give you a deeper insight in to the nature of a stay at Manaar house. If there were six green circles to fill up I would have done so.

But to end on a lighter note, watch out for the visiting monkeys. They like a nice croissant.

Room Tip: I think room 3 was a little bigger than room 4 but we never saw it.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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ManaarHouse, Owner at Manaar House, responded to this review, 26 April 2013
Thank you for sharing your experiences and review of Manaar House. I am truly humbled by your comments and can only say that it was a pleasure to have you to stay at Manaar House,

I am so sad that your holiday to South Africa was marred by the tragic car accident in which the wedding party were involved and sincerely hope that those that were hospitalised are now well on the mend.

Watch this space as Room 4 at Manaar House is being enlarged and in a few months time it will be very comparable to Room 3 in both size and comfort levels. You will have to pay us a return visit to experience this improvement.

Thank you once again for your review of Manaar House and we hope to have you to stay again in the not too distant future.

Kind regards,

Jack, Mark and Tina
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Cornwall, England.
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Reviewed 14 April 2013

The Manaar House offers service levels rarely encountered in top Hotels.Jack is the consummate host, with Mark and Tina ever in the background. Our 4 days in Umhlanga Rocks provided the perfect springboard of relaxation before the rigours of the rest of our holiday.

The proximity of the M4 freeway was an advance concern but in fact it had little impact upon the tranquillity of the verandah, pool and garden.

Our bedroom was 'bijou' but with a huge modern bathroom ( double bath,separate drench shower and double basins). However , there was a most comfortable seating area directly outside the bedroom ( see website) which rendered the accommodation almost a Suite.

We ate in some excellent local restaurants, recommended by Jack, - who then organised a cab to get us there and back. Max. single fare .with tip, - £5.

All in all, a great experience and tremendous value.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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ManaarHouse, Owner at Manaar House, responded to this review, 26 April 2013
Thank you for your feedback and review of Manaar House. It was a pleasure to meet you and your family and we did enjoy your company and having you to stay at Manaar House. Room 4 is being enlarged and refurnished in the next few months. Please come back to stay again and to experience these improvements.

Thank you once again for your favourable comments relating to your stay at Manaar House.

Our best regards to you and your family,

Jack, Mark, Tina and the rest of the team at Manaar House.
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 March 2013

Arranged to spend 3 nights in Umhlanga and selected the Manaar House from previous reviews - we were not disappointed.

Our room accessed directly to the pool/breakfast area in a well sheltered part of the property. The pool is enclosed with an impressive display of flora and the whole is kept scupulously clean.

The room included a standard double bed and could have been slightly larger. The bathroom on the other hand was spacious and inviting.

Room facilities included a safe and fridge.

Breakfast was plentiful and tasty.

The hosts, Mark and Jack, were extremely helpful and friendly and nothing appeared to be too much of a problem.

The property is situate a good walk from the town centre and beach but taxis are plentiful and cheap.

Three days was not a sufficient period to appreciate all that Umhlanga had to offer and there is a hankering to return. I would certainly choose the Manaar House again to facilitate this desire.

Recommended.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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ManaarHouse, Owner at Manaar House, responded to this review, 2 April 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share your compliments and review of Manaar House. Compliments and constructive feedback are always appreciated. We enjoyed meeting you and having you to stay at Manaar House and look forward to having you to stay again at Manaar House in the not too distant future. We would love to share with you the intended improvements that are planned for Manaar House. Best regards, Jack, Mark, Tina and the rest of the team at Manaar House.
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Property: Manaar House
Address: 16 Manaar Road, Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Umhlanga Rocks
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Umhlanga Rocks
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Manaar House 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Guests have the choice of B & B or self catering accommodation. 2 luxury en-suite double bedrooms with full en-suite bathrooms (separate bath & shower) and 2 well appointed self catering units with modern, fully equipped kitchens. All bedrooms / apartments have satellite TV, air-conditioning, telephone, FREE wireless internet facilities and their own private entrance. Self catering apartments are also fully serviced. Barbeque facilities are available. Swimming pool and hot tub. 2 minutes drive to the beach and Umhlanga Centre. 5 minutes drive to Gateway. Secure undercover parking. ... more   less 
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