Umlilo Lodge

Umlilo Lodge

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4.5
#4 of 8 lodges in St Lucia
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Value
Umlilo Lodge is a 4 star guest house situated in the small village of St Lucia, the only private village in the world to be completely surrounded by a World Heritage Site. We offer 13 comfortable en-suite guests rooms in our tropical treehouse like lodge with a Smart TV and Netflix. Guests can choose to laze on the wooden deck by the pool, make use of our free WiFi or relax in our bar lounge with an honesty bar and full Digital Satellite Television (DSTV) which is surrounded by a fishpond. In the evenings guests can choose to enjoy Dinner at Umlilo Lodge ( on request) or wander into town to sample our local restaurants. You are spoiled for choice from 07:30 until 09:30 when we serve a healthy and delicious English and continental breakfast, which also includes fresh fruit, assorted yoghurt, cold meats, cheeses, cereal and much more. If you have an early morning, we are happy to pack your breakfast the evening before for you to take on your trip. Complimentary coffee and tea
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Hiking
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Car hire
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Canoeing offsite
BBQ facilities
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Room features
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Safe
Coffee / tea maker
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Seating area
Laptop safe
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to TGCSA - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa.
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans

Location

9 Dolfyn Avenue, St Lucia 3936 South Africa
Getting there
Good for walkers
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Grade: 81 out of 100
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Richards Bay Airport
Zulu Inyala Airport
58.9 km
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mallsc178828 wrote a review Jan 2022
2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked a stay at St Lucia this last December and the minute we walked into the courtyard we felt a sense of calm with the lush forest foliage in the yard. The rooms were well decorated with an exceptional portrait of a water buck that watched over us as we slept. I found myself examining the beauty of the animals face as we drifted off to sleep at night. The owners, Elfia and Lourens were exceptionally service orientated and ensured our every comfort during our stay. The breakfast included as part of the package was delicious and catered for every palette. A refreshing dip in the crystal clear pool surrounded by wooden decking was a happy reprieve from the warm tropical climate in the afternoons. A beautiful place to sit and contemplate life and to make plans for the coming year. A truly fabulous lodge where nothing was too much to ask, where you felt like you were in the middle of a forest but with all the creature comforts of home. I would recommend Umlilo to anyone. Elfia and Lourens have a wonderful family who all muck in to make your stay unforgettable. Charles, the chef even packed us a take away breakfast on the day of our departure! We absolutely loved it.
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Date of stay: December 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Michelle M wrote a review Sept 2021
Hilton, South Africa9 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stepping through the doors of Umlilo Lodge is like stepping into an oasis of calm and quiet. Set in amongst beautiful palms and a majestic flamboyant, you almost feel like you're staying in a tree house.
We had a lovely stay. Thank you Louwrens for being a superb host.
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Date of stay: September 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Jeremy H wrote a review Nov 2022
2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel is a really special place to stay. I felt like I was staying in the middle of the jungle with tropical trees and plants growing everywhere and a bubbling stream a metre from my room. The breakfast was really nice with a comprehensive buffet that would satisfy any requirements. The sloping walkways and spacious low threshold showers mean this place is particularly disabled friendly. Nice pool and safe parking also provided
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Date of stay: November 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Be aware that in rainy times the walkways can be slippery
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HertsJosh wrote a review Aug 2020
Much Hadham, United Kingdom124 contributions20 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wonderful owners, who host cook and manage this gem of a bnb, located within a few minutes walk of St Lucia town. Tropical gardens, a cascading stream and a well stocked Koi pond certainly relaxed us after a long journey. The rooms were spacious and well appointed and breakfast on the terrace was a treat. Lourens, Zoe and Elphia are gracious hosts and apart from their honesty bar, we also enjoyed a takeaway dinner in our rooms. This lodge is well run and little touches like these set it apart from the highly competitive market.
Recommended.
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: All rooms face into the tropical courtyard
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AlinaKhazeeva wrote a review Jan 2020
Dubai, United Arab Emirates101 contributions42 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in Umlilo lodge in December for 4 nights and extremely enjoyed it. We lived in the middle of the jungle 😂 there are bushes all around the guest house and it’s beautiful! Our hosts went above and beyond to make our stay perfect. We still remember an amazing dinner that we had there, it was delicious. The rooms are simple, but clean and well maintained. I highly recommend to anyone who is visiting St Lucia.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Pauline B wrote a review May 2023
France1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My friend and I had a great stay at Umlilo lodge. Warm welcome from the owner. We arrived in the evening and he kindly gave us information about what to do, so we could book and organise our stay efficiently. The room was big and very confortable. We enjoy a very good breakfast (we travelled 5 weeks in South Africa and this one is really at the top of the ranking ;)); and Charles cooked something special (kind of beignet) to take away when we were about to leave and this was very kind. The lodge is within a short walking distance to the main street of Santa Lucia which is handy and there is a nice restaurant with a terrace just around the corner, still in Dolfyn Avenue. I highly recommend this place!
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Date of stay: November 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Marcel R wrote a review Aug 2022
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We (family of three) had a wonderful time during our stay! The hosts are very friendly and helped with every request (e.g. Boat cruise, whale watching, restaurants,…) we had.
The room was fantastic and had everything we needed.
The breakfast is delicious and if possible you must try the “Traditional Dinner”.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Greg_DCF wrote a review Sept 2023
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Such a pleasure to stay at the Umlilo lodge, the grounds are so beautiful like a mini tropical forest. The staff were all so friendly and helpful, assisting us with booking activities. The lodge is located about 30 seconds walk from the main street in St Lucia, so it’s perfect for going out for meals and for getting picked up for trips/tours/safaris. Would definitely stay again
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Date of stay: August 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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johan2021 wrote a review Jan 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a road trip planned to get the family together after a difficult year and not seeing each other for a very long time. From the pictures on the website, Umlilo stood out as the perfect stay for our stopover in St Lucia. It certainly did not disappoint. Ambiance is peaceful and unhurried, the perfect place to take off your shoes and relax in a beautiful garden with water features and swimming pool. Central to walk wherever you want to go (just be careful for the hippos at night). Owners were friendly and went out of their way to help. We all agreed, our stay was too short, but after only 2 nights it felt like leaving behind family.
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Date of stay: December 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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morellipete wrote a review Feb 2020
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania10 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I was very impressed with this place. The rooms were good but not great. The shower was beautiful and the entire outside and seating area was insanely gorgeous. They obviously put alot of work into their landscape.
It's nice being able to leave the compound at night and see grazing hippos right outside. Great place and very beautiful.
The food was extremely good. I was very impressed and delighted. The honesty bar was great as well. We had a few drinks after dinner around the fish pond.
I will definitely return on my next visit to st Lucia.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jeremy H wrote a tip Nov 2022
2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be aware that in rainy times the walkways can be slippery "
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Doug W wrote a tip Aug 2022
5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We had an upstairs room which had a nice balcony to sit and relax."
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HertsJosh wrote a tip Aug 2020
Much Hadham, United Kingdom124 contributions20 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms face into the tropical courtyard"
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Carol J wrote a tip May 2018
London, United Kingdom78 contributions19 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room 8 has a lovely large double bed."
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Sampie8 wrote a tip May 2018
Mossel Bay, South Africa65 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room 9 was spacious and comfortable"
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PRICE RANGE
R 2,005 - R 2,461 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalSt Lucia
NUMBER OF ROOMS
13
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Frequently Asked Questions about Umlilo Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Umlilo Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Amala Massage & Gifts (0.07 km) and Cape Vidal Lighthouse (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Umlilo Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Umlilo Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Umlilo Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Umlilo Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Umlilo Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Reef and Dune, John Dory's St Lucia, and KAUAI St Lucia.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Umlilo Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Umlilo Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of St Lucia.
Are any cleaning services offered at Umlilo Lodge?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Umlilo Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Are there any historical sites close to Umlilo Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Veyane Cultural Village (4.5 km).
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