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What a great setting the N'taba River Lodge has. Sadly we arrived after a recent flood which knocked out one of the swimming pools. Otherwise the place was back in service. Lodges were nicely decorated although in need of touching up here and there which I am sure they are attending too. Dinner...
First class accommodation right by the river awesome food and great service from friendly staff. The lodge is set in well kept gardens and the swimming pools were very clean as were the rooms. We relaxed so much on our 4 day stay.
... First the good... the property is gorgeous, well maintained and tranquil. It's exactly the sort of place you can see yourself doing yoga by the pool or tai chi on the lawn. But since I do neither of those things, I'll just say it's picturesque. There are two pools by the spa (*) and...

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NGER14 wrote a review May 2019
London, United Kingdom269 contributions54 helpful votes
What a great setting the N'taba River Lodge has. Sadly we arrived after a recent flood which knocked out one of the swimming pools. Otherwise the place was back in service. Lodges were nicely decorated although in need of touching up here and there which I am sure they are attending too. Dinner and breakfast was freshly prepared and served by friendly staff. Happy to return should the occasion arise.
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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yorky34 wrote a review Jan 2018
Kempton Park, South Africa22 contributions6 helpful votes
First class accommodation right by the river awesome food and great service from friendly staff.
The lodge is set in well kept gardens and the swimming pools were very clean as were the rooms.
We relaxed so much on our 4 day stay.
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Date of stay: December 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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esquimau wrote a review Apr 2017
Atlanta, Georgia48 contributions19 helpful votes
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Just had a weeks stay at N'Taba. First the good... the property is gorgeous, well maintained and tranquil. It's exactly the sort of place you can see yourself doing yoga by the pool or tai chi on the lawn. But since I do neither of those things, I'll just say it's picturesque. There are two pools by the spa (*) and restaurant/bar. The rooms are similarly nice. At first I felt like I was missing out of having the patio seating area that the ground floor rooms have, but once I got a chance to be in my upper floor room I realized I got the better deal. There more privacy on the upper floor and on a nice day you can leave the sliding door and drapes open and enjoy the fresh air without anyone looking in. The very high ceilings with the thatched roof also adds to the appeal of the room. While I never figured out how to use the ceiling fan (I'm convinced that I was missing a remote) the air conditioner was perfect for the cusp of fall, especially if you have it pointing at the bed. The bathroom is spacious and there's a separate tub and shower. There's good hot water in the rooms but in the morning it may slow to a trickle or even stop if too many are using the water. (I mean the entire shower stops, not just the hot water). This didn't last long and it always came back so it's more a quirk, but not a true issue.

So now the less good... the lack of decent wifi makes it near impossible to work while here, or do anything else internet wise. There is one network that's open to guests (the other must be for their camera system) but it (in theory) only is usable by the restaurant/pool area. I say in theory because I could never get internet on it even when connected to the router. Colleagues had more hit or miss use and some were even able to do full VPN/Presentation meetings over the wifi. Most frustrating is the wireless does not reach the rooms. The owner seemed annoyed that this would even be a concern because "it's rural here". Note to readers, rural might affect internet speeds or how much data they allow guests to use (I.e. probably not streaming shows all night long) but it has nothing to do with property coverage. That just takes additional routers to make a mesh across the property. It's purely infrastructure investment. Even small guest houses I've stayed at have multiple to reach across floors.

The bar only sells wine by the bottle and I never tried for hard alcohol. Breakfast was solid and what you'd expect from a property that includes breakfast. Dinner was also good but there's the quirk that they take the orders in the the evening before dinner and it's a fixed menu. The appetizer and dessert are set and you can choose between one of two main courses. And it's prix fixed so nothing available a la cart. As a result, I found myself more often walking to the lodges two doors down and having drinks and dinner from their restaurant which had a much much more expansive menu and affordable prices. While I don't mind paying more for dinner, I want my choices to be made off my cravings, not the limited fixed options.

For what it's worth, and peeking through the windows of the other adjacent lodges, N'taba has the better rooms, but for Internet, meals and drinks you're better off going next door. N'taba's management must realize this because in multiple places Onhs property are signs saying that "unauthorized food may not be brought in and consumed on the premises". This annoyed me probably more than anything else (well, except for the rural wifi comment). I've never stayed anywhere where a paying guest was told they can't bring their own food to their room. I don't know if this is ever enforced, but it just left a bad taste in my mouth seeing the sign.

I will say the staff at N'taba, other than my initial interaction with the owner upon checking in, were very pleasant and they are very careful to quickly learn guests names and address them by name when interacting with you. Again, a nice spa/resort touch.

*oh yea, the spa... I never got a chance to experience this. Before we arrived we had heard that all the spa staff had left the property but someone came mid way through our stay. A couple coworkers were able to get massages and services as a result, but depending on staffing your mileage may vary.
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Date of stay: March 2017Trip type: Travelled on business
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suegrealystudio wrote a review Jan 2017
Johannesburg, South Africa15 contributions
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We were extremely fortunate to have booked the Madiba suite which has a wonderful deck overlooking the river. Although the room is a little dark and the shower didn't work, we spent most of our time outside and the bath was big enough for two. The breakfast was great and the pool area quite lovely. We enjoyed a SPA bath where drinks were served.
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Date of stay: January 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: One of the best places to stay in Port Saint John's
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hgalt601 wrote a review Jun 2016
Durban, South Africa1 contribution
Together with some colleagues, I recently did some work in Umthatha. We decided to stay in the picturesque village of Port St Johns. We selected to stay at N'taba River Lodge for the week and I couldn't have been happier with our choice. After each day's work, and the rather perilous trip from Umthatha, it was a joy to enter the gates of the Lodge and immediately experience a sense of utter tranquility. There are rolling green lawns which focus your vision on two sparkling swimming pools and, just beyond that, the spectacular river. The Lodge boasts a wonderful deck on the river's edge, from which one can view the ebb and flow of the river. The Lodge very successfully merges Africa with Asia: the ochre-coloured rondawels are beautifully furnished with Indonesian-style wooden furniture and decor. The spacious rooms have all the amenities one could need. The food (served in a dining room a stone's throw away from the river) was scrumptious. Management couldn't have been more helpful, particularly in accommodating our need to leave at the crack of dawn every morning for Umthatha. The staff were extremely friendly and efficient. We made use of the serene Spa and came out feeling rejuvenated. A sincere thanks to all at the Lodge for making our stay quite phenomenal. I shall certainly return to this exquisite Lodge and its genuinely wonderful people. H. Galt
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Date of stay: June 2016Trip type: Travelled on business
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