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Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani

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3 outdoor pools
3 outdoor pools
3 outdoor pools
Suite | Minibar, in-room safe, desk, laptop workspace

Overview of Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani

Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani

4.0 star property
Upscale beach hotel with spa, near uShaka Marine World
8,0 out of 10 Very good
8,0/10 Very good

211 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Airport transfer
  • Parking available
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
63 Snell Parade, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, 4000
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • 4 restaurants and 3 bars/lounges
  • Full-service spa
  • 3 outdoor pools
  • Fitness center
  • Beach towels
  • Self parking
  • Children's pool
  • Pool bar
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee shop/cafe
For families
  • Children's pool
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Private bathroom
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Durban Beachfront
  • UShaka Marine World - 35 min walk
  • Durban Beach - 2 min drive
  • Durban International Convention Centre - 2 min drive
  • Moses Mabhida Stadium - 3 min drive
  • Umhlanga Rocks Beach - 14 min drive

Getting around

  • King Shaka Intl. Airport (DUR) - 33 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • Joe Cool's - 7 min walk
  • Milky Lane - 5 min walk
  • Standard Bank head Office coffee shop - 18 min walk
  • Circus Circus - 7 min walk
  • Vrushiks Vegetarian Foods - 4 min walk

About this property

Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani

Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani is a great choice for your beach stay in Durban. 3 outdoor pools provide a splash of fun, while guests in the mood for pampering can visit the spa to indulge in deep-tissue massages, facials, and mani/pedis. Dining choices include 4 restaurants and the 3 bars/lounges are great places to grab a cold drink. A poolside bar, a fitness center, and a children's pool are other highlights at this upscale hotel. Fellow travelers say great things about the beach location and local sightseeing.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Hand sanitizer provided
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 734 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2 PM - anytime
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age: 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Onsite self parking (ZAR 50 per day)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours)*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • 4 restaurants
  • 3 bars/lounges
  • Poolside bar
  • Coffee shop
  • 24-hour room service
  • Snack bar/deli

Traveling with children

  • Children's pool

What to do

  • Beach nearby

Working away

  • Business center
  • 10 meeting rooms
  • Conference center


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Beach towels


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Terrace
  • Fitness center
  • 3 outdoor pools
  • Full-service spa
  • Banquet hall


  • Elevator
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible public washroom
  • Wheelchair-accessible concierge desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to elevator
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible spa
  • Wheelchair-accessible business center
  • Wheelchair-accessible restaurant
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge
  • Handrails in stairways
  • Raised toilet seat
  • Low-height counter/sink
  • Grab bar near toilet

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 32-inch flat-screen TV
  • Satellite TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Free tea bags/instant coffee


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Special features


Guests can indulge in a pampering treatment at the hotel's full-service spa. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, Thai massages, and facials. The spa is open daily.


Grill Jichana - This steakhouse specializes in international cuisine and serves dinner only. Open select days.
Panorama Bar & Pool Deck - This restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves lunch, dinner, and light fare. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open daily.
Ocean Breeze - This restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast only. Open daily.
Lingela Restaurant - This buffet restaurant specializes in local cuisine and serves dinner only. Open daily.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of ZAR 595 per vehicle (one-way, maximum occupancy 3)
  • Early check-in can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability)


  • Self parking costs ZAR 50 per day

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Pool access available from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.
Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector on site.
The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.
This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

Elangeni Southern Sun
Elangeni Sun
Southern Sun Elangeni
Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel
Sun Elangeni
Sun Elangeni Hotel
Elangeni Hotel Durban
Southern Sun Elangeni Durban
Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel Durban
Southern Sun Elangeni Maharani Hotel Durban
Southern Sun Elangeni Maharani Hotel
Southern Sun Elangeni Maharani Durban
Southern Sun Elangeni Maharani
Southern Sun Elangeni Maharani
Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel
Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Durban
Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel Durban

Frequently asked questions

Does Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani?
Yes, there are 3 outdoor pools and a children's pool. Guests have pool access from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Are pets allowed at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani?
Yes. Self parking costs ZAR 50 per day.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is ZAR 595 per vehicle one-way.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani?
You can check in from 2 PM - anytime. There's a charge for early check-in (subject to availability). Check-out time is 11 AM.
Is there an onsite casino at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani?
No, this hotel doesn't have a casino, but Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World (17-min walk) and Sibaya Casino (19-min drive) are both nearby.
What is there to do at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani and nearby?
Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani has 3 outdoor pools and 3 bars, as well as a spa and a fitness center.
Are there restaurants at or near Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani?
Yes, there are 4 onsite restaurants, featuring international cuisine.
What's the area around Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani like?
Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani is located on the waterfront in Durban Beachfront, a short 5-minute walk from Blue Lagoon and 5 minutes' walk from Golden Mile. Travelers say that the hotel is in a great location.



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10/10 Exceptional

Everything was excellent
What a magnificent view
Zanele, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Kedibone, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

DJP, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Arnold, 2-night business trip
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8/10 Very good

The service was very good but on the last day I had to go at Maharani for the breakfast because at Elangeni it was already full for me its not fair because the breakfast at Maharani is not appertising and the Elangeni breakfast was very nice.
Nolusindiso, 2-night trip
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6/10 Good

Cleanliness, especially of bathrooms could be improved. The hotel was a bit overwhelmed with the large numbers of guests due to the Comrades Marathon so breakfasts were chaotic. Service was also impacted by this
Mrs M, 5-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Steven, 5-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

Ivor, 1-night trip
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4/10 Fair

The property used to be a flagship , but there is a dramatic decline in the immediate area and this is reflected in the hotel as well. For a premium brand such as Southern Sun International , it was very disappointing. The roo was clean , but the inofrfmation folder and in house dinning was not there. Until it was reqiested from receptoion. And then it was a flimsy printed paper, as if on a cost cutting excesise. My suggestion would be to go north and stay in the next city north of here and enjoy the environment as well as the hotels, far safer and the view is still the same of the ocean and beaches. With dinning around that is available by car or within walking distance, with out fear of being accosted/mugged/or car jacked. The picture indicated , shows an impressive hotel, but the façade and the building its self is no way representative of what is shown on the main page picture.
Alasdair, 2-night business trip
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8/10 Very good

Lungelo, 1-night trip
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