Manaar House Guest Reviews

“Manaar House is by far one of the best places I have ever stayed. Arriving with a warm welcome and you feel right at home. Highly highly recommend to all. Plus the breakfast in the morning was fantastic :D. Thank you Hermann, Jonathan and Michael. 5 Stars!”

“I big thank you to Hermann, Michael and Jonathan for being wonderful hosts. We loved our stay :D”

- Daniel Marsh via Airbnb - July 2019

Howick, Midlands, KwaZulu Natal

This was one of the most pleasant visits we had at a B&B in a very long time. My wife celebrated her 50th birthday and Herman and the staff made it really special for her.
The accommodation is comfortable, clean and well cared for.
Thank you for adding to a memorable occasion for us!

- Fearless67545369713 via TripAdvisor - May 2019

Johannesburg, South Africa

My Wife and I had a wonderful stay at Manaar house. The location was perfect for us: right by the beach and all the restaurants. All the hosts we met were very friendly and accommodating. They were there when we needed them, but allowed for privacy. The house was fully equipped with fans and aircon keeping the home cool. In addition, the pool and jacuzzi were an amazing addition to our stay and we thoroughly enjoyed having use of the facility. We would highly recommend staying here when going to Umhlanga! :)

- Kevin de Andrade via Airbnb - May 2019

Sydney, Australia

This Bed & Breakfast is just a dream! Such a gorgeous setting & Perfect Location for all the lovely restaurants and bars in Umhlanga Rocks! The Lovely Hermann & Michael made the stay for us in every way! They are so welcoming, friendly, helpful and always put a smile on your face! The best people to have good chat to and make you feel at home instantly - we did not want to leave!!!

We actually loved it so much we came back to stay here twice in one trip! The second time they upgraded us and it was such a special treat for us and sooo appreciated.

Breakfast was just yummy every morning, and such a perfect setting to start the day! There is also a lovely bar in the B&B! Everything is just great!

Do not hesitate to book this Bed & Breakfast, I promise you will not regret it!

Thank you Michael & Hermann for everything! We very much hope to see you again soon!

Love Jo & Luke

- Jo and Luke via TripAdvisor - March 2019


Dont even think of looking elsewhere....just book it. The room is modern and pleasing. TV had all the channels I wanted. Lovely hot shower. WiFI is excellent. Matress gets a 10 ! Drinks and chocs left in the fridge for your convenience. Literally 12 min stroll to the main beach (they even provide swimming towels). The Jacuzzi hot tub by day or at night is WON-DER-FUL. Breakfast served at the pool is delicious ....and 2 cups of coffee is a must, while you read the paper in this tranquil setting. I have already recommended to friends. Hermann and Michael EXCEL as hosts.....and everything you ask for, .....Hermann says "perfect".....which sums up the whole place.

- gdonal823667 via TripAdvisor - August 2018

South Africa

My wife and I had the pleasure of staying at Manaar House recently. I can honestly say that this is in my top 5 of all the B&B's I've stayed at and I've stayed at many. It certainly was by far the best of the three we stayed in on a recent trip to KZN.

We were upgraded to the family apartment which was awesome, everything about the accommodation was first class. Herman and his team do a magnificent job of running this establishment. It is immaculately kept, spotlessly clean and the breakfast was spot on.

Thank you Herman for making us feel so welcome and assisting me with navigating the driveway as I failed my rally drivers licence. Thanks to Siphiwe for washing the car and to the owners and staff who made a memorable stay. Pity it was only for one night

- primba872982 via TripAdvisor - May 2018

Johannesburg, South Africa

We had a fantastic time at Manaar House. The hosts were lovely, the breakfasts were divine, the room was comfortable and I really liked that our entrance was private. I'll definitely stay there again.

- Nikki van Reenen - April 2018

Johannesburg, South Africa

This place is run by two guys who have thought about absolutely everything you can think of that would make your stay pleasant. Hermann and Jonathan have managed to put together a place that is homely and very very comfortable. Small things on holiday make a difference. And they have thought of the small things. I would highly recommend this place and would certainly return.

- Khayam Muneer - March 2018

Great Britain

We have enjoyed our stay in Manaar House for 6 days in the self catering apartment, and we have really enjoyed it! It was lovely with the deck upstairs to sit outside, everything was there and the hosts are wonderful. The pool outside with the sitting area is lovely, easy to spend a full day just on the premises.

- GJ via TripAdvisor - February 2018


The minute we arrived we were greeted by friendly courteous hosts who made us feel welcome instantly. The rooms are elegant and clean, serviced every morning with fresh towels. We felt so relaxed and rejuvenated.

- Charnel via TripAdvisor - February 2018

Cape Town, South Africa

Unexpected stay, but what a pleasant surprise. A wonderful holiday feel and extremely helpful and friendly hosts. A very nice place for extended family and friends.The included breakfast was excellent.

- PN via TripAdvisor - February 2018


We had a wonderful time at Manaar House, thank you! The manager was attentive to all our needs, and made us feel totally at home. The beds are incredibly comfortable and the pool was stunning. I would highly recommend this to anyone spending the weekend in Umhlanga.

- Katia via TripAdvisor - February 2018

United Kingdom

Stayed two days after long drive from Lowveld. Jonathan and Herman are perfect hosts. The accommodation is top notch and breakfast by the pool is to die for. Really cannot fault it, 20 mins from airport, under 5 mins into Umhlanga great restaurants and a short run to Durban itself (but my advice is stay in Umhlanga! Durban is not what it was!)

- springbok1947 via TripAdvisor - January 2018

South Africa

Excellent location and facilities. Stayed here for 3 nights while on a quick business trip to Durban. Close to the Airport and did not have to deal with the traffic. Close to the local restaurants etc for evening entertainment

- James via TripAdvisor - December 2017

United Kingdom

Located in a highly sought out area, this accomodation was perfect for me- a solo traveller from an international destination- Manaar House is within a few kms from the airport! The communication leading up to my stay was prompt, professional and friendly as was the service when i arrived. Jonathan was there to meet me after hours to check-in and help with my luggage. The room was clean and fresh, very welcoming after a long flight. The set up very comfortable and self sufficient. In the morning I was greeted by the lovely Herman and enjoyed a beautiful full english breakfast and chit-chat before being on my way. I would highly recommend Manaar House to any traveler, business man or holiday maker!

- Melanie via TripAdvisor - December 2017


A holiday in Durban cannot be completed If you haven't experienced the excellent service, delicious breakfast and cosiness of this brilliant bed & breakfast. This BNB is safe and well located and provides sheltered parking. Thanks for an awesome time.. definitely check this BNB out!!!

- Muhammad Jhetam via Google - December 2017

South Africa

Thank you for your hospitality! Your establishment is nothing short of being a home away from home! Beautiful room, amazing staff - this is one of my best! My short stay was amazing.

- Vuyi - November 2017

Johannesburg, South Africa

Located in a highly sought out area, this accomodation was perfect for me- a solo traveller from an international destination- Manaar House is within a few kms from the airport! The communication leading up to my stay was prompt, professional and friendly as was the service when i arrived. Jonathan was there to meet me after hours to check-in and help with my luggage. The room was clean and fresh, very welcoming after a long flight. The set up very comfortable and self sufficient. In the morning I was greeted by the lovely Herman and enjoyed a beautiful full english breakfast and chit-chat before being on my way. I would highly recommend Manaar House to any traveler, business man or holiday maker!

- Melanie via TripAdvisor - November 2017

United Kingdom

We had such a lovely time, the owners were amazing, we were upgraded at no cost because there was space. The room was spacious and beautiful. breakfast was amazing, they waited for us in the kitchen as we woke up late, we are incredibly grateful. I will definitely be returning to the establishment. The welcoming and treatment received while there was truly amazing. The place certainly gives you a home away from home feeling. I would highly recommend it.

- Pumeza via TripAdvisor - November 2017

Johannesburg, South Africa

An absolutely lovely boutique house. Spotlessly clean, with ample space in the rooms, beautiful views, parking and an amazingly kind and gentle lovely pooch!!

The staff were all warm, welcoming, informative and happy to assist with all requests.
The location of the venue worked great for us, just a 10/15 min walk to the sea front.

The breakfast was great and ample options were available. Would highly recommend.

- Amy via TripAdvisor

Nairobi, Kenya

Excellent! Loved the friendly staff always ready to help and assist! Whether it was reversing my car or finding me a spare iPhone charger - overall just great!!

- Perri King - August 2017

South Africa

Awesome place! Well maintained, very neat and comfortable. The best we have stayed at.

- Ravi Vandayer - August 2017

South Africa

The staff were exceedingly friendly and helpful. Best we've ever had. Nothing was too much trouble. The breakfast was freshly cooked out by the beautiful pool and spa area.

- Dale - July 2017


I recently had a marvelous second stay at this excellent B&B.

Very well situated, close to the amenities and beaches of Umhlanga Rocks, this really is one of the most welcoming places I have the pleasure of visiting.

My room was comfortable and right off the pool deck, although the star of the show was the giant bathtub. Luxury!

Breakfast is very good and sufficient to keep me going throughout the day, however busy I am.

Hermann and Jonathan were wonderful hosts. Nothing is too much trouble and they were particularly helpful when I needed to urgently retrieve an item I had stupidly left in the safe after checking out. Thanks guys!

Unquestionably my 'go to' place in the Durban area.

- Andrew Beacham via TripAdvisor - June 2017

United Kingdom

The Guest House is located perfectly.....The rooms a delight... I was in Room 1...with all requisite finishes and more. The breakfast layout was fantastic.....The owners and operators great and warm wonderful South African Natal Hospitality....Thanks very much Jono and the Team...

- John Dixon - May 2017

Gauteng, South Africa

Manaar House lived up to our very high expectations. The hosts were friendly and accommodating and the place looked exactly how it appears on their website. It was a very comfortable stay in the duplex 2 bed self catering unit and would gladly return. Highly recommended. We stayed 5 nights and enjoyed our time in Durban!!

- Martha Chasakwa via TripAdvisor - April 2017


Friendly, welcoming and helpful staff. Great facility and nice breakfast. WiFi with the speed of light!!! Change of date and extension of stay accommodated. Thanks to Jonathan and Herman. great hosts.

- Kotie de Koning - April 2017

North West Province, South Africa

Unfortunately my stay was short - I decided to spend one night closer to the airport as I was unable to get a return flight to JHB on the day. My welcome was warm and friendly, room spacious, clean and well equipped. As I had to leave early the next morning to catch my flight, I opted to skip breakfast. However Jonathan insisted on making me a 'little something' before I left which was lovely. How I wish I could have lingered on the beautiful breakfast patio surrounded by greenery and knickknacks.

- Carole Tatham via TripAdvisor

Johannesburg, South Africa

I stayed here 3 years ago and this trip I found the welcome just as warm and friendly as before. The room was a good size, with catering facilities. A good size walk in shower and a comfortable bed. Breakfast was made to order, again with a smile. Would highly recommend.

- Stephen H via TripAdvisor - Feb 2017

South Africa

Hermann, our amazing host was super friendly and greeted us with a big smile. We got upgraded to the family apartment and it was superb! Everything we could have asked for. The facility is beautiful and clean, and very well equipped. We stayed there unfortunately only for one night, and had to leave very early in the morning to catch a flight, and Hermann was kind enough to leave for us a light breakfast in the room. We would definitely go back again.

- Lea - October 2016


I really can't praise this establishment highly enough - the first 10/10 I've ever given. Very comfortable, very welcoming and amazing quality and value for money.”

- Anonymous - October 2016

We really enjoyed our stay at this B&B. Jonathan and Herman cannot do enough for you, including going out to fetch us pizza on our first night, when we were all exhausted from our grueling journey. Monty, the gentle dog, is also pretty cool.

- Daren & Emma - September 2016

United Kingdom

I stayed here a little earlier this month with my family. An excellent spot, close to Umhlanga, Durban and all its delights, Jonathan and Herman made our stay a very memorable one. Make sure you see Lord Monty while there, one of the coolest dogs on the planet. Their breakfast is also a must have, and very muxh worth waking up for!

- Mike Jones - September 2016

United Kingdom

After reading all the previous reviews my hubby and I decided to stay here for 3 nights. Everything is true, Hermann and Jono were at our service to give us great recommendations on where to eat and to make our stay one that was welcoming and comfortable. Thanks again Andrea and Perry

- Andrea & Perry - September 2016

New Zealand

We stayed in the two-bedroom apartment for five nights. The apartment was spacious, clean and well decorated. We enjoyed the nice, comfortable atmosphere and very friendly staff. The location of Manaar Guest House is quite good, just two minutes to the beach by car and about 15 - 20 minutes to Durban. Breakfast was great with a good variety of food. Wifi was also available 24/7. If we go to Umhlanga again, we will definitely stay again at Manaar House.

- Markus - September 2016


The Manaar House is a lovely place. The pool, the jacuzzi and the room, they are beautifull. But in the end it's all about the people. And that's what makes the stay unique: the hosts are great! One of the best experiences in Africa!

- Jan-Matthijs - August 2016

I loved Manaar House! It was comfy and relaxing while also feeling like a special luxurious treat. The breakfast was by far the best I had throughout my entire trip. I wish there were more places like this.

- Jennifer M

Bamako, Bamako, Mali