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Review by Character Stays

Posted on: September 1, 2014, in Guest Review

Review by CharacterStays

The Wild Coast, as well as its inhabitants, has given a great deal to Umngazi and thus it seems only fair that a constant effort is made to giving back. Our efforts are not put in place for the sake of recognition, however it would simply be rude to ignore compliments filled with such kindness!
“Your one wild and precious life”
“The luxury you will find here is not the usual imported, urban, angular modernist kind. It is soft, curved, natural and intensely local.”
“I like Pondo hospitality – there is no simpering or gushing, only dignified generosity.”
“… And at Umngazi, the evident respect for local culture, the plentiful employment created by the resort for the surrounding community, and the multiple local income generating projects made possible by this place leaves me feeling inspired and hopeful.”
“True development is not about patronizing charity or handouts, but about inclusivity, ownership and employment which allows people the satisfaction to raise their own families well, and this is one of the best examples of that I have seen in a luxury holiday hotel. Both the women’s project and the Umngazi community support make me want to be a better person, to enjoy life to its fullest, while supporting others.”
“A cool breeze comes off the water. The skies are full of stars and it feels like I can touch the Milky Way. I swing my scarf to and fro as I walk and throw my head back to drink in the night sky. I feel wild and free and I am reminded of Mary Oliver’s questions:
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
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