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  • Towering modern European-style manor offers an elegantly opulent stay
  • Tranquil garden, large pool, attentive service and luxurious rooms to add to the relaxation
  • Beaches and amenities abound, nearby and in the region


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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 12 years and older

In Umhlanga


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Occupying a beautiful location overlooking the Indian Ocean, the elegant Valdior treats guests to a stay of supreme comfort and world-class service in the holiday town of Umhlanga. The palatial house has the opulent feel of a European manor, with magnificent paintings, chandeliers and soaring ceilings stamping their mark on the soothing white and cream colour scheme.

Bold styling and immense comfort characterise the six individually-decorated guest rooms, which have all been designed with the same careful attention to detail. In addition to air conditioning and ceiling fans, all rooms are appointed with flatscreen satellite televisions, wireless internet, minibars, tea/coffee trays and safes. The beds are dressed in pure percale cotton, with feather inners and pillows (hypoallergenic on request) assuring a blissful night’s sleep. Gowns and slippers, along with Charlotte Rhys bathroom amenities, add to the luxury. 

On the ground floor, Octavia is a queen luxury room with airy colours and a classically European feel, and leads to a bathroom with a shower. The other queen luxury room, Tiberius, is up on the second floor and has stylish silver and dark wood finishes appealing to travellers with a more modern palette, while the bathroom has a bath and shower.

Situated in the tranquil garden, the Augusta queen room is cosy and decorated with romantic reds. A kitchenette allows lunch and dinner to be prepared for enjoyment on the patio. The ground floor Julia room boasts a striking black and white colour scheme, and can be taken with either a King-size or twin beds. Claudia is a spacious luxury King/twin room on the second floor, boasting a Victorian bath and overhead shower, and a balcony with fabulous sea views. 

At the top of the tree in terms of luxury, space and positioning, Florentine also features a balcony where guests can relax on loungers overlooking the ocean. The King-size bed (twin option available) opens onto a comfortable lounge area, while the bathroom contains a Victorian bath and huge shower. The kitchen has a ceramic hob, a fridge and a microwave oven.

Mornings are ushered by a full breakfast, made particularly memorable by the spectacular nature of the dining room. Stretching up to the soaring ceiling, one wall is covered by a huge motif of a horseman, while the other is entirely made up of window panes that offer views over the garden and ocean. 

After breakfast, guests can plunge into the extra-large swimming pool, sip cocktails on the outdoor loungers or head to Umhlanga’s golden beach, which is within walking distance. The town’s restaurants and shops are also a walk away, while Durban and its dazzling array of attractions are a 10 minute drive from the guest house.

Uncompromising standards of service will be an outstanding feature throughout the stay, and tailor-made tours and airport transfers will be happily arranged.

Rates & Summary

Octavia (Queen Luxury Room)

Ground floor room
Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite shower

Tiberius (Queen Luxury Room)

Second floor room
Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath and shower

Augusta (Queen Garden Room)

Situated in garden
Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite shower
Outdoor seating area

Julia (Twin/King Luxury Room)

Ground floor room
Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower

Claudia (Twin/King Luxury Room)

Second floor room
Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite Victorian bath with overhead shower
Balcony with pool, garden and sea views

Florentine (King/Twin Luxury Suite)

Second floor room
Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite Victorian bath and shower
Lounge and kitchen
Balcony with sea views


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Continental and English breakfast included


Children 12 and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Valdior is situated in the seaside holiday town of Umhlanga, and offers top-class luxury accommodation and comprehensive services, catering to discerning guests who appreciate the finer things in life. Guests at this magnificent manor will particularly enjoy the sweeping ocean views and the extra-large swimming pool. The elegant décor and luxuriously-appointed rooms set the scene for a pampered stay close to the beach.


  • Towering modern European-style manor offers an elegantly opulent stay
  • Tranquil garden, large pool, attentive service and luxurious rooms to add to the relaxation
  • Beaches and amenities abound, nearby and in the region

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, fishing gear, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching/dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Nearby: beaches, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, Durban Beachfront, uShaka Marine World, golf courses, botanical gardens, bird park, horse trails, mountain biking, game reserves, urban adrenaline adventures, health club, entertainment and shopping complexes, Moses Mabhida Stadium, historical attractions.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave oven
  • Hot Plates
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • Not child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Nearest shops within 500m
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • Shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe




North Coast

KwaZulu Natal


Stretching some 110km from Umhlanga to the Amatikulu River, the North Coast is as diverse as it is spectacular. The old North Coast Road is the best way to access the region. It follows the edge of the Indian Ocean, crossing the lagoons and estuaries of the Umhlanga, Umdloti, Mvoti and Tugela Rivers. It then weaves through fields of sugar cane and patches of indigenous forest.

Over the years, the North Coast has changed from a few sleepy little towns of local farmers’ beach cottages to a hugely popular tourism centre. It draws hundreds of thousands of annual visitors and offers something for just about everyone.

The towns range from Zinkwazi, as relaxed and serene as anywhere on the entire South African coast, to the bustling Umhlanga with its big-town feel. In-between is Ballito, a holiday destination par excellence where tourists are welcomed and entertained. A host of other towns each have their own attractions.

As you’d expect, it is the beaches that are the biggest drawcard to the area and around which most of the action is centred.

Ballito in particular is a surfing mecca and hosts regular surfing competitions.

Other beaches all along the coast offer surfing, swimming and angling. Scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and boat trips can also be organised at most popular tourism towns, as can microlight flights.

Don’t for a second think that the North Coast is simply a beach and party destination. Nature is ever-present and many of the towns are surrounded by beautiful coastal bush or are close to nature reserves. Birdwatching is excellent and diverse, while blue duiker can even be spotted from the Umhlanga promenade.

Fascinating history also pops up when you delve a little deeper. King Shaka, that South African Napoleon, once ruled from a kraal in the area of KwaDukuza. A visitor’s centre, memorial and museum all celebrate and explain his life and reign. Another great Zulu man, this time a man of peace, grew up down the road in Groutville. Albert John Luthuli would later play a major part in the struggle against apartheid and would become the first African to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

The North Coast has always been the trendier part of KwaZulu-Natal’s long and spectacular coastline. It’s more developed, the hotels are bigger and it just feels like there is more on the go. There is an incredible amount to do, things to see and places to stay.

Look out for

Mount Moreland – every year an estimated three million barn swallows spend the South African summer at a wetland on Mount Moreland, not far from the coastal town of Umdloti. From around October to April, this huge concentration of tiny birds can be viewed coming in to roost en masse. Take a few drinks or a picnic and your deckchairs and have a sundowner while this immense flock fills the sky.

King Shaka Heritage Route – King Shaka forged the Zulu nation and ultimately shaped the future of South Africa. On this route you can find out a bit more about this fascinating character. You can visit spots such as Observation Rock, from where he watched his impis train. You can also see the pool where he bathed, the site of his burial, and the tree under which he is reputed to have been assassinated.

The Gateway Shopping Centre - on the other side of the scale is Gateway, a huge shopping centre in Umhlanga that caters for absolutely everyone. Rainy days can be spent watching movies, rock-climbing, bowling, driving go-karts and much, much more. There are obviously also plenty of shops and restaurants.

The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board – offers interesting insights into these denizens of the deep. Educational tours are held, as are regular shark dissections.

Birding – the North Coast is home to an estimated 460 bird species, including rarities such as finfoot, green twinspot, bat hawk and black coucal. It’s not necessary to visit nature reserves to spot them either, although you will have better luck at places like the Zinkwazi lagoon or the Harold Johnson Nature Reserve.

Adventure – scuba diving (or learning to scuba dive) is great for family bonding. The North Coast has a number of operators who offer this. Other chances for adventure include excellent mountain biking, quadbiking, paintball and horse riding.

Microlight flights – and helicopter flips give wonderful perspectives of this long and beautiful coastline. You’ll see how urban spread has affected the cane and bush, as well as just how much remains intact. Whales and dolphins are often spotted on such flights.

Dining decadence- be it high tea or a curry buffet at the sensational Oysterbox, a prawn feast at the Amatikulu Prawn Shack, or the Ballito Prawn and Jazz Festival.

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