Anchor’s Rest Guest House is the perfect beachside escape in Umhlanga

Anchor’s Rest Guest House

Intimate, friendly and relaxed, Anchor’s Rest Guest House is a peaceful Guest House in Umhlanga Rocks, where you’ll experience welcoming hospitality and total tranquility.

Based in the heart of Umhlanga, this 4-star Guest House is situated just a short walk from the beautiful golden beaches of Umhlanga.

Anchor’s Rest is the place to head for if your idea of heaven is a sub-tropical climate, sun-drenched beaches and golden sunsets.  Because of its ideal climate, warm seas and safe swimming beaches, Umhlanga Rocks has always been a preferred holiday destination, for both local and overseas visitors.

Just one block away there is a wonderful vibe in the ‘village’ with a great choice of restaurants offering local and international cuisine.

Accommodation at Anchor’s Rest Guest House

There are six different rooms to choose from, each one individually decorated so that you can enjoy a quality, relaxing experience during your stay.

Three of the rooms can be used as a bed & breakfast, or self-catering unit as they have well equipped kitchenettes, while the other three rooms are only used on a bed & breakfast basis.

All rooms are equipped with DStv, air-conditioner, plus ceiling fans, small fridge, safe, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities, and access to free Wi-Fi.

The Yellowwood, Strelitzia and Cheetah Rooms are the large, superior rooms. In these rooms you will find a king-sized bed, en-suite bathroom with a separate shower and bath, lounge area, private patio with sun loungers, and well-fitted kitchenette with top-notch self-catering facilities and an outdoor barbeque.

The Coral and Jasmine rooms overlook the sparkling swimming pool and have a queen-sized bed, large en-suite bathroom with separate shower and bath, and a veranda overlooking the swimming pool.

The Aloe Room includes a double bed, large en suite shower and a veranda that overlooks the swimming pool. The room is perfect for business travellers who prefer comfort and utility over luxurious fittings.

Facilities at Anchor’s Rest Guest House

Anchor’s Rest is surrounded by lush, beautiful gardens that you can explore to your heart’s content, as well as a sparkling swimming pool that you can use to cool off during the scorching sunny days. You’ll find a charming herb garden on the premises too, that’s used in creating the unforgettable breakfasts at Anchor’s Rest.

For those who choose to enjoy the bed & breakfast option, you can choose between a hearty Continental Breakfast or a full English Breakfast to start off your day.  If you have a ‘sweet tooth’ you can finish off your breakfast with waffles, pancakes or chocolate chip pancakes with grilled bananas and cream, or fresh fruit.

With the beach just a short walk away you can easily take a stroll along the golden beaches, or the well-known Umhlanga Promenade which offers joggers and walkers a great 5km stretch to get their heart rate up.  

And, of course, the service. The Anchor’s Rest team is a tight-knit force of wonder, with many of the staff having been part of the establishment for a decade or more. Adding the personal touch to your stay at Anchor’s Rest is made easy, thanks to the close supervision by hosts, Peter and Cilla. Requests for “a little something extra” in your room, from a bottle of champagne or something to mark a special occasion, are easily catered for. Perhaps that’s why this renowned Umhlanga guest house has been inducted into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame!

Secure off-street parking is available for your vehicle as well as a laundry service at a nominal charge. Airport transfers can be arranged at an extra cost for guests, as well as day, or overnight trips to explore the wonders of this unique part of the eastern coast.

We welcome children from the age of ten years upwards.

What do people say about Anchor’s Rest Guest House

Unfortunately I only stayed one night at this beautiful place. Everything looks really pretty and is looked after very well. Even I only stayed over for one night it felt like a South African Home to me. I felt so comfortable the whole time I wish I could have stayed longer. I’ll will definitely be back as soon as possible :)) I loved the pool, I loved the delicious food, I loved the room, I loved the kind staff, but the best part were Cilla and Peter (the owners) who welcomed us so lovely and cared about us very well. Those two have such a big heart and all they do is done with love! I promise you, you will definitely enjoy your stay at their home! I recommend it a 100%! (I already stayed at a few different hotels and apartments in Durban and this is definitely the best ) Enjoy 🙂 Kind regards – Amy TripAdvisor.

“As soon as we arrived we thought wow what a lovely place, everything about this place from the owners to cooks and cleaners were very good, if we go back this is the place we would stay again, I can’t recommend Anchor’s Rest highly enough, many thanks, Justin and Kerry.” – Justin TripAdvisor.

“Beautiful establishment. Good attention to detail. Attentive staff. Accommodating kitchen for those with severe allergies. I have recommended Anchor’s Rest to our Booking staff in the company for future reference. I will definitely be back.” – Rob TripAdvisor.

“A lovely guest house, close to restaurants and a short walk to the beach. Peter and Cilla made us feel really at home and were very informative about the local area, with recommendations of restaurants and helping to organise a shark cage dive for my two teenagers. Rooms were nicely furnished and spacious, and breakfast was great. We will definitely stay again if we come back to Umhlanga Rocks.” – Sarah TripAdvisor.

“Anchor’s Rest continues to deliver the best levels of service possible. Peter & Cilla are the most amazing hosts. The rooms have the best finishings and the finest details. Breakfast will be your best meal of the day if you eat here.” – Brad TripAdvisor.

Top reasons for staying at Anchor’s Rest Guest House:

  1. The Guest House is situated in the peaceful town of Umhlanga.
  2. The beautiful Umhlanga Beach is just a short walk away.
  3. The rooms are stylishly decorated.
  4. You can enjoy a hearty breakfast of your choice.
  5. The owners are helpful and friendly.

To find out more about Anchor’s Guest House, give them a call on 031 561 7380 or email Visit their website at Find them on Google Maps.


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