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“Umlilo Lodge - a B&B in a green oasis in Saint Lucia”
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Umlilo Lodge B&B
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Berlin, Germany
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“Umlilo Lodge - a B&B in a green oasis in Saint Lucia”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

We spent two fantastic nights in Umlilo Lodge. The owners are very friendly and extremely helpful inorganizing and booking trips for their guests. They recommended us a very good boat-tour on the Estuary. Don't miss out the breakfast - it is an absolute highlight! The design of the B&B is very nice and makes you feel at home immediately. Children will have fun in the pool. With lots of plants and trees the garden feels like a little jungle. The lodge is located very central and close to some good restaurants.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

My friend and I booked a safari which had Umlilo Lodge linked to our accomodation. An absolutely great place to stay!!!
The owners were super friendly and really accomodating. A fantastic braii and babotti to die for ;)
I'm only sorry that we didn't get to say goodbye, as we had to rush away after our safari.

I would definitely recommend this as a place to stay for anyone in the St Lucia area!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2014 via mobile

We had a really nice welcome by the host who showed us to our rooms and talked us through our itineraries the agent sent her.

The rooms were very in keeping with the bush/treehouse/log cabin feel. Unfortunately the lighting was pretty dark in the room and very dark in the bathroom.

If you don't like creepy crawlies in your bedroom this place really isn't for you as there were centipedes in the room and bathroom each day and a number of dried out ones lurking around on picture frames. Unfortunately this is why the rating is a 3. A little less clutter and updating windows/doors could solve this. Although not sure if this is a St Lucia thing so I don't mark it down too much. Although definitely something that is not great for the squeamish.

Upside is it has a honesty bar which might be nicer if you are in larger groups. The breakfast like other reviewers said is good even for vegetarians (tell them up front) as the host had even fried up some veg samosas (local lingo: samoosas).

There is a swimming pool but it does have a lot of leaves floating on it which is cleaned daily but not helped by the number of trees in and around each log cabin room.

Not sure if I would book it again as the centipedes were a bit much but the rest was good, the general feel did make the place memorable and the host was very helpful & friendly.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hamble, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2014

A very good lodge chosen for us by the tour company. Comfortable surroundings in a beautiful location. Breakfast and dinner were very good and it was very useful to have the "honesty bar" to get either a glass or a bottle of wine. The proprietors were very friendly and the lodge was managed efficiently.Certainly worth coming to again.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

Umlilio's owners and especially the 'mom' was extremely friendly. Breakfast was average but nice. The mattresses needs attention. Overall a lovely stay.
Location is beautiful and the gardens pretty...










  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Wilhelmsdorf, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2014

Amazing B&B, wonderful rooms (lots of space, decoration, clea, just beautiful) and lovely owners. They help to organise tours, also in advance and everything was well organized.
We stayed just one night, but this was the best B&B on our trip.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hamburg, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2014 via mobile

We stayed at Umlilo for 4 nights using it as home base for exploring the area. South African hospitality at it's best is met at Umlilo. From the moment we checked in we were treated with utmost warmth and received help in every way including a home made birthday cake for my wife. The property is not brand new but well kept and clean.
We were in room 8 on ground level which was a little dark. I suppose the upper rooms receive more light. The rooms are generous and the large beds have mosquito nets. The garden is a tropic paradise with a decent pool for refreshing in the middle.
The lovely open bar was always deserted.
Breakfast was delicious including plenty of fresh fruit and a daily changing variety of hot dishes.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Umlilo Lodge B&B

Property: Umlilo Lodge B&B
Address: 9 Dolphin Avenue | PO Box 267, St Lucia 3936, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > St Lucia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 32 Speciality Lodging in St Lucia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Umlilo Lodge B&B 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Umlilo Lodge is located in St Lucia and surrounded by the Big 4 (no Lions) iSimangaliso Wetland Park; South Africa's first National World Heritage Site. Lake St Lucia is a large estuarine lake abundant with hippos, crocodiles, fish and hundreds of bird species. The area comprises rivers, lakes, marshes, mangrove swamps and huge sand dunes, protection the town from the Indian Ocean, beautiful unspoiled beaches with Whale Watching and Sea Turtle Tours in Season. Our rustic but luxurious Lodge offer 12 comfortable en suite guests bedrooms, All rooms have air - conditioning, 10 TV channels, mosquito nets, hair dryer, safety deposit boxes, refrigerator, complimentary tea & coffee facility etc. Guests can choose to laze on the wooden deck by the pool, make use of full internet in our info area as well as WiFi for guests who would like to bring their own WiFi devise. Relax in our bar lounge with honesty bar full Digital Satellite Television (DSTV) ... more   less 
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