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Lidiko Lodge
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Like you were in the tropics...”
Reviewed 28 August 2014

Unlike the iSimangaliso wetlands, the main strip in Saint Lucia isn't particularly charming - it's very touristy and limited for options. Yet, Lidiko Lodge manages to perfectly combine the convenience of the main strip and proximity to the wetlands with the beauty of the natural surroundings.

The property is calming and lovely, you'll enjoy having breakfast on the front patio or reading a book by the pool. Speaking of breakfast, it's delicious! We only stayed for two nights but the morning spread was different on each day and the second morning they served a yummy quiche. The rooms are delicately decorated and the bathrooms are not only huge but host the most wonderful and warm shower.

All that being said, the best thing about Lidiko, by far, is the warm hospitality they offer. The Manager, Leona, is like a fairy godmother who makes all of your wishes come true with a wave of her wand.

My boyfriend and I drove 7 hours from Joburg to Saint Lucia, Lidiko lodge was worth it!

Room Tip: We stayed in two different rooms and both were exactly the same. I'm not sure you can go wrong!
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Voorhout, The Netherlands
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 26 August 2014

The Lidiko lodge understands what holidays and time off are all about. They help you with what to do and have great tips for things to do around. The staff is very friendly and fluent in English and Afrikaans which is handy for Dutch travelers as well

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

We arrived late due to a long drive and were made very welcome. The room was comfortable and lead on to the pool, only managed one swim due to the cool weather. The staff were very friendly, my only criticism was that there was no choice of eggs at breakfast.

Room Tip: Room close to the pool.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Zastron
1 review
Reviewed 19 August 2014

The stay was nice but too expensive compared to all the other accommodation on our trip. As an example we paid R2000 for a family room for one evening. i paid R700 for a family room in a hotel in Ulundi and R1300 for a family suite in Umhlanga over the same period.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Milan, Italy
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46 reviews
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Reviewed 15 August 2014 via mobile

Lidiko Lodge is centered situated in Santa Lucia. In few minute walking there are the main shops, restaurants, activities and info centers.
The house has a welcoming veranda, reception + lounge area and on its back there is a court + pool where the rooms are.
The room is not small, but the forniture is poor and a bit oldish as all the hotel. It's definitely more a 3stars than a 4 stars (no air dryer, no wi if in the room, no restaurant, no extra services like laundry/spa...) considering all the accommodations I stayed in South Africa of the same category. However looks like it's one of the best in this area.
However people working here are nice, kind and at disposal very helpful in planning activities for your stay.

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Larkspur, California
1 review
Reviewed 10 August 2014

Every other year, our delegation from a private school in USA, stay at Lidiko Lodge in St. Lucia. We are always so excited to get there and have never been disappointed with the services, accommodations, friendliness of the staff, and the overall spirit of Lidiko. We can't wait to return in 2016!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

Having read some of the more less favorable reviews of Lidiko Lodge I find it hard to believe these people stayed at the same place we did. Lidiko Lodge is lovely. Our room (number 3) was spacious, clean and of a very good standard. Fresh towels daily even though we were happy to reuse. The grounds are beautiful, it is like a little piece of paradise. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The reception was open till 9pm and had lots of places to sit and relax. Of our 4 night stay we only had breakfast on 1 day as we were up and out early. The breakfast was very nice and had plenty on offer. It is well situated on the main St Lucia road close to all the restaurants but not too close. We couldn't have asked for a nicer place to stay. It was a fitting end to a great holiday.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Lidiko Lodge

Property: Lidiko Lodge
Address: 95 McKenzie Street | PO Box 68, St Lucia 3936, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > St Lucia
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 32 Speciality Lodging in St Lucia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Lidiko Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set above the Great St Lucia Lake, Lidiko lodge is a 4* lodge, centrally situated in the village of St Lucia, surrounded by the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park (iSimangaliso Wetland Park), an UNESCO natural World Heritage Site. Lidiko Lodge offers 16 well-appointed air conditioned en-suite garden rooms decorated in a contemporary Afro-Colonial style. All rooms offer a private patio and lead onto the pool area or bird filled gardens. Free wi-fi is available in all the communal areas. ... more   less 
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