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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
Durban Beachfront beach hotel with 4 restaurants, spa

8.0/10 Very good

211 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Parking available
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Gym
  • Air conditioning
63 Snell Parade, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, 4000

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About this area

What's nearby

  • In Durban Beachfront
  • UShaka Marine World - 9 min drive

Getting around

  • Durban (DUR-King Shaka Intl.) - 32 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • Jiran - 6 min walk
  • Circus Circus Beach Cafe - 7 min walk
  • Joe Cool's - 7 min walk
  • Wimpy - 7 min walk
  • Neo Cafe - 9 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 manicures and pedicures. Dining choices include 4 restaurants, and the 3 bars/lounges are great places to grab a cold drink. A poolside bar, a fitness centre and a children's pool are other highlights at this upmarket hotel. Fellow travellers 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 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 sanitiser 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 until 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 cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


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


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours a day)*

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

Travelling with children

  • Children's pool

What to do

  • Beach nearby

Working away

  • Business centre
  • 10 meeting rooms
  • Conference centre


  • 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 centre
  • 3 outdoor pools
  • Full-service spa


  • Lift
  • In-room accessibility (selected rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible public bathroom
  • Wheelchair-accessible concierge desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to lift
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible spa
  • Wheelchair-accessible business centre
  • Wheelchair-accessible restaurant
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge
  • Handrails in stairwells
  • Raised toilet seat
  • Low-height worktop and sink
  • Grab bar near toilet


  • English

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 curtains
  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Bath or shower
  • Rainfall shower heads
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • 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 specialises in international cuisine and only serves dinner. Open selected days.
Panorama Bar & Pool Deck – This restaurant specialises in international cuisine and serves lunch, dinner and light fare. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open daily.
Ocean Breeze – This restaurant specialises in international cuisine and only serves breakfast. Open daily.
Lingela Restaurant – This buffet restaurant specialises in local cuisine and only serves dinner. 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 sanitiser.

Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast.

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


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

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 that you 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 sanitiser, 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 an 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 on-site 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 centre.
Are there restaurants at or near Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani?
Yes, there are 4 on-site restaurants, featuring international cuisine. Nearby restaurants include Jiran (6-min walk), Circus Circus Beach Cafe (7-min walk) and Joe Cool's (7-min walk).
What's the area around Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani like?
Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani is located on the waterfront in Durban Beachfront, a short 14-minute walk from Durban International Convention Centre and 13 minutes' walk from Durban Beach. Travellers 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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