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Thu
23
Jun
Hearty Spinach and Borlotti Bean Soup

20 min Prep 30 min cook Serves 6 Ingredients  1 good bunch of spinach 1 brown onion, chopped 2 celery stalks, chopped 2 carrots, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1ltr vegetable stock 100gr bacon or pancetta (optional) 1 can chopped tomato 1 can borlotti beans, drained and rinsed olive oil  salt and pepper to taste…

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Thu
23
Jun
Note from Keith and Nicole

Can you believe it that we are already in June and Umngazi Winter is upon us? I say Umngazi Winter because here at Umngazi we do need to keep reminding ourselves that it is actually winter. The mornings have been very crisp and the evenings very nippy but the days have been glorious. The pool…

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Thu
2
Jun
View of river from deck
What to Expect When Visiting Umngazi for the First Time

We always strive to offer attentive and efficient service to each of our guests, so they leave feeling appreciated, relaxed and content with their Umngazi experience. If you are planning your first trip with us, we can’t wait to welcome you! We have put together a list of essential information and what you can expect…

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Tue
3
May
Umngazi Hotel & Spa Activities

Umngazi Hotel & Spa is a beautiful destination where we encourage you to actively engage your sense of adventure! Outside exploring or inside relaxing, it doesn’t matter. This is the place of experiences that will leave a lasting impression on all who visit our breathtaking part of the Wild Coast. With the cooler months approaching,…

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Mon
4
Apr
Accomodation
Umngazi Hotel & Spa Accommodation Options

Your choices of accommodation are: Umngazi Hotel & Spa, a unique full-board beach resort located on the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape, South Africa is the perfect escape to relax, reconnect and refresh. Accommodation at Umngazi offers holidaymakers a relaxing refuge from the hustle and bustle of real life. The hotel boasts 68 thatched…

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Tue
22
Mar
Why Choose Umngazi for a Romantic Escape

Umngazi Hotel & Spa, a unique beach resort, on the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape is a hidden gem offering a truly relaxing and romantic getaway.  With wide open spaces, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, an ever-changing river, a variety of activities, a pristine beach, a wonderful spa and 3 delicious and wholesome meals per…

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Fri
25
Feb
Umngazi Hotel & Spa Unique Dining Venues

We offer two very unique and intimate private dining venues for special occasions and celebrations at Umngazi Hotel & Spa. We have the Green Door Wine Cellar and the Riverside Gazebo which are perfect for a small group of friends and family, or a private dinner with your partner or loved one. The Green Door…

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Fri
25
Feb
Experience Barefoot Luxury at Umngazi

A visit to Umngazi Hotel & Spa on the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape is a wonderfully unique escape, where you are encouraged to kick your shoes off (literally), let your hair down and completely relax while being pampered and indulged.  If you are looking for a destination where you can truly switch off…

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Mon
21
Feb
Almond and Walnut Baklava

Ingredients: 10 sheets phyllo pastry, thawed if frozen 3 cups (300g) chopped almonds 3 cups (300g) chopped walnuts 1 TBSP ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground cloves 2/3 cup (180g) butter, melted Syrup: 2 ¼ cups (450g) sugar 1 ¼ cups (310ml) water 6 TBSP honey 2 tsp lemon juice ½ tsp vanilla essence Method: Preheat…

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Mon
6
Dec
Outside dining at Umngazi
Dining at Umngazi Hotel & Spa

Are you visiting Umngazi Hotel and Spa for the first time? Our first-time guests have a lot of questions regarding our dining options, so we have decided to put a list together of everything you need to know to make sure you are ready for your stay with us! 1) Is the water safe to…

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Thu
18
Nov
Help save the Wild Coast…This is NOT OK!

Barely days after the conclusion of the COP26 summit in Glasgow, we are faced with an unprecedented ecological catastrophe, the like of which our local coastline has never seen. This potentially devastating survey, by means of seismic blasting, right at the heart of migratory whale routes, not to mention “the greatest shoal on earth –…

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Thu
7
Oct
Umngazi Out Of Season Beach View
Out of Season at Umngazi

Umngazi Hotel & Spa offers scenic beauty and breathtaking views throughout the year, summer being our most popular and busy season, however winter, autumn and spring offer just as many beautiful reasons to visit the resort. Take a look at our top 5 reasons to visit Umngazi Hotel & Spa during the out-of-season periods Out…

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Wed
1
Sep
Umngazi Beach Holiday Beach Walk
Note from Keith and Nicole

Summer and Easter came and went far too quickly and we are now coming to the end of  Winter – well, an Umngazi Winter. I am not sure if it is just life at Umngazi that seems to fly by but some days just seem to hurtle by. Our wonderful guests arrive and there is…

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Wed
1
Sep
Mildly Curried Carrot Soup

Ingredients: 1 kg carrots (peeled and diced) 2 lt chicken stock (use vegetable stock as an alternative) 4 garlic cloves (minced) 1 onion (diced) 2 sticks celery (diced) 400ml coconut milk 2 tbsp cumin seeds 1 tbsp coriander seeds 1 tbsp turmeric powder ½ tbsp nutmeg 1 bunch coriander 1 bunch parsley 1 chilli (optional)…

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Wed
1
Sep
Umngazi Resort Outreach with Smiling Children
Community Engagement

Despite not being able to host the Pondo Pedal (an annual event where we get to raise money to support the schools in the Umngazi  Valley) for the past two years, together with our guests we have still managed to raise a considerable amount for the MAKE THEM FEEL PROUD CAMPAIGN: A Great Place to…

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Wed
1
Sep
Umngazi Beach Holiday Cocktail
Aubrey’s Waterlemon Melonaide Cocktail

Ingredients 300g watermelon required (200g of the watermelon to be juiced – 100g of the watermelon cut up in blocks for cocktail garnish) 25ml vodka 25ml cup triple sec 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice Method Add the watermelon juice, vodka, triple sec and lemon juice into shaker with ice and shake well Take whiskey glass…

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Fri
23
Jul
Umngazi Beach Holiday
Exploring South Africa’s Eastern Cape on a Road Trip Along the Wild Coast

A wondeful article in the recent Condé Nast Traveler magazine, showcasing the wonders and adventures of a road trip along the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape.   https://www.cntraveler.com/story/exploring-south-africas-eastern-cape-on-a-road-trip-along-the-wild-coast

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Wed
5
May
melting moment biscuits on a plate with flowers on table
Classic Lemon Melting Moments

INGREDIENTS 250g butter, softened 2/3 cup icing sugar, sifted 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 2 cups plain flour 1/3 cup custard powder LEMON FILLING 60g butter, softened 1 cup icing sugar, sifted 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind METHOD Step 1 Preheat oven to 160°C/140°C fan-forced. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Using an electric…

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Wed
3
Feb
cocktail with ice and blueberries
The Oriental Spritzer

The recent liquor ban has encouraged us to explore our creativity and flair with our cocktail offerings The bar staff are having so much fun creating our virgin cocktails for all to enjoy. The Oriental Spritzer is a favourite… Ingredients: 1 Tot grenadine 1 Tot Elder Flower 100ml Tonic water 100m Soda water A sprinkle…

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Wed
3
Feb
Chicken and mushroom empanadas
Chicken and Mushroom Empanadas

Ingredients For dough: 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 ⁄2 teaspoons salt ¾ cup vegetable oil ½ cup cold water For the filling: 4 large deboned skinless chicken breasts chopped 1 brown onion chopped 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped 2 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped 125gr white button mushrooms, sliced 125gr portabellini mushrooms, sliced 60gr butter 50gr plain flour 150ml dry white wine…

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Wed
3
Feb
Managers of Umngazi hotel and spa
Happy 2021 to you all from the Umngazi family

Let us hope that this year is going to be calmer and kinder to us all and that after the craziness of last year we have all emerged stronger, more resourceful, more appreciative of the simpler and smaller things that life has to offer us. Umngazi has had a wonderful festive season and despite the…

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Wed
7
Oct
umngazi river estuary
What a start to our post lockdown Umngazi

It has been a month of excitement, elation, eagerness and emotional reunions. Our wonderful staff arrived two weeks before for training and to help us get Umngazi looking fabulous and fresh again for our first arrivals on the 1 Sept 2020. The day arrived with so much anticipation and excitement from us all and as…

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Mon
5
Oct
birds on the beach
Boating at Umngazi

The last few months at Umngazi have been quiet ones, in every sense. It has given us much time to pause and consider the impact we have on our natural surrounds. The peacefulness in the valley and the total lack of boating (probably for the first time in decades) has had a profoundly positive effect…

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Thu
7
May
Mothers day spoils text over image of umngazi coastline
No language can express the power, beauty & heroism of a mother’s love – Edwin Chapin

Love & Appreciation are always felt in the small things…here are some tips to spoil mom on mother’s day! Afternoon treat with a cup of tea Chocolate Hedgehog recipe: Ingredients Base 350g butter 350gr castor sugar 8 tablespoons cocoa powder 4 tablespoons desiccated coconut 2 egg, lightly beaten 1 cup broken walnuts 500g packet shredded…

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Thu
9
Apr
African Child
News from the Friends of Umngazi Trust

We are overwhelmed and humbled to write to you all about this exciting news. On 31 March 2020 we launched our second, Make Them Feel Proud – A great place to learn Campaign and have been astounded by the unbelievable response that we have had from our guests. We appreciate that the future is unknown,…

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Thu
9
Apr
Food at Umngazi
Pepperdew and Brie Stuffed Chicken Breast with Spicy Pawpaw Coulis

Pepperdew and Brie Stuffed Chicken Breast with Spicy Pawpaw Coulis Serves: 4 Ingredients: 4 Large Chicken Breasts (trimmed) 1 cup Pepperdews (chopped) 125g Brie (sliced) 1tbsp Olive Oil Salt & Pepper (to taste) 1 large pawpaw (chopped) 2tbsp lemon juice 2tbsp sugar 1 cup water 1 chili Method: Preheat oven to 200C/fan 180C. With a…

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Thu
9
Apr
umngazi hotel and spa managers
A Note from Keith and Nicole

As we write this letter to you all Umngazi is in lockdown in support of the national lock down requested by our President. We are fully supportive of it and have encouraged our staff to support and adhere to what has been requested by us all to #flattenthecurve. Umngazi has not been spared by this…

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Fri
6
Mar
Cute girl with beautiful face
Lift & Glow Treatment. Stand together with Umngazi against Gender Based Violence

Book a Lift & Glow Treatment at Umngazi Spa for R250 (20 Min) with R25 automatically going towards the Pinky Promise Movement. Pinky Promise is a non-profit organisation focussed on raising awareness and funds to fight against Gender Based Violence. The movement aims to help empower, educate and upskill women to become financially independent to…

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Fri
31
Jan
woman in bathtub drinking champagne
A Romantic Bathing Ritual, Inspired by an Old Tradition

Umngazi is running an in-house promotion during the month of February 2020 for their guests. Book now to celebrate the month of love and experience a traditional and seductive bathing ritual in a beautifully romantic setting at Umngazi Hotel & Spa. Promotion includes: 1/2 hour spa bath, including a bottle of bubbly R300 per couple…

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Mon
27
Jan
Summer Salad at Umngazi Hotel and Spa
Middle Eastern Cauliflower and Lentil Salad

Ingredients: 1 cauliflower, head and stalk 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger Pinch of cayenne pepper Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 400g (2 cups) cooked lentils 12 soft or dried dates, pitted 75g (1/2 cup) almonds, toasted 1 small red…

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