Review: Garden Court Umhlanga

A few years ago there was a Tsogo Sun advertisement on television, where a man arrives at his hotel and feels like he’s come home. I was reminded of that advertisement when I arrived at Garden Court Umhlanga . Although I had stayed at that particular hotel only once before, I had stayed at many other Tsogo Sun hotels– so much so that I felt that I was returning home to familiar high standards of comfort, hospitality and facilities. When the affable receptionist discovered that I had previously stayed there, she welcomed me back affectionately like an old friend or family member, leaving me with a warm, fuzzy feeling.

Garden Court Umhlanga


Durban was in the throes of a huge conference and good accommodation was scarce. I was fortunate to get a last-minute booking at this upmarket hotel in uMhlanga Rocks. Well-located for business and pleasure, it is only 15 minutes away from King Shaka International Airport, a short stroll away from the Gateway Theatre of Shopping mall and a short drive away from the beautiful Umhlanga beaches. The hotel has 204 rooms, including 8 suites, and 115 family rooms. It also has a restaurant, a fitness centre, two outdoor heated swimming pools and conference facilities. Free high-speed wi-fi is available throughout the hotel so it is easy to work there.

Garden Court Umhlanga


Our suite on the fifth floor was spacious. A bed dominated the centre of the room. It was flanked by a lounge area with a sofa, and a working area with a desk and a chair. There were ample wardrobes and drawers to store our luggage. We had a flat-screen television, a coffee machine and a minibar at our disposal. Rusks and cookies were provided with our beverages. A delightful gift box of Forest Fairies with a personalized welcome message from management awaited us too.

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Our suite

The en-suite bathroom had a bath tub and a shower, with complimentary amenities.

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Lounge area

Huge glass sliding doors led onto a private balcony with views of the lush greenery and the Indian Ocean. I found it relaxing to just sit on the balcony and look at the sea.

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View from my blacony

Dotted with palm trees, the pool deck was another great place to relax and bask in the warm Durban sunshine. The little ones were catered for with a shallow swimming pool and a sand pit filled with toys.  I recalled my kids spending a lot of time there on my previous visit. This time though, we had left them at home.

Garden Court Umhlanga

Mnandi Restaurant

Mnandi Restaurant is a vibrant, airy space which offers breakfast, light lunches, dinners and room service. Our delicious breakfast featured a wide variety of dishes, catering for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. I enjoyed fusion cuisine by combining my scrambled eggs with tomato chutney, ratatouille and lentil curry.

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Coffee and meeting area

Durban is known as the warmest place to be, with so much to do, and Garden Court Umhlanga is a modern, comfortable and conveniently located hotel  that won’t break your budget. If you need any more enticement to visit the coast, check out Tsogo Sun’s great Durban’s SunBreak Specials here.Garden Court Umhlanga

For more information visit Garden Court Umhlanga or book here.

See my other Tsogo Sun reviews here:

Drakensberg Sun

54 on Bath

Sandton Sun

Sabi River Sun

Riverside Sun

Gold Reef City Hotel

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