Forest Manor Boutique Guest House

Welcome to Forest Manor- 5 Star Accommodation in La Lucia

Forest Manor is a contemporary, luxurious 5 star boutique guest house, situated in the lush suburb of La Lucia, Umhlanga, in the vibrant city of Durban. This sophisticated residence portrays a touch of stylised eclecticism, and is built around a magnificent Milkwood tree. Although strikingly modern, Forest Manor draws inspiration from the natural beauty of the province, and each room has been inspired by an indigenous tree.

Ideal Location

Forest Manor is a stone’s throw away from the beach and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. It is in close proximity to La Lucia Shopping Mall, Virgin Active gym, La Lucia Ridge Office Parks, Gateway Shopping Centre and the Umhlanga Hospital. We are surrounded by some of the world’s finest golf courses, and are a 20 minutes’ drive away from the Moses Mabhida World Cup Stadium, the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) and the King Shaka International Airport.

5 Star Luxury

Forest Manor is one of four 5 star guest houses in the La Lucia/ Umhlanga area. Our staff ensure that guests enjoy unrivalled comforts and attention to detail.

Forest Manor’s accommodation comprises of two executive rooms, Waterwood and Natal Fig, and three superior rooms, White Seringa, Zulu Milkberry and Forest Mahogany. Milkwood is the family unit, which can accommodate two adults and two children. The Manor Suite is the executive facility, consisting of its own personal lounge, and a conference facility suitable for boardroom meetings hosting as many as 10 delegates.

The executive bedrooms are fitted with comfortable Queen Size, extra length beds, which are made up with hypo-allergenic bedding and cotton Percale linen. All the other rooms are fitted with King size extra length beds. The rooms are all fully air-conditioned and supplied with ceiling fans, mini fridges, hospitality trays, electronic safes, iron & ironing board, Flat panel TV’s, DSTV, DVD players and Wi-Fi connections. All the rooms are en-suite and offer heated towel rails, hair dryers, exclusive bathing products, luxury towels and bath robes fit for royalty.

Fantastic Guest House Facilities

Whilst staying with us, guests are invited to enjoy our modern lounge area with state of the art entertainment systems, including high definition LCD TV’s, and full DSTV.  Our bar area is stocked with the finest wines and spirits for discerning guests who would like to relax and unwind with a sun downer at the pool. Our lavish pool area, overlooking the designer-built koi pond, is also the perfect setting for a delicious breakfast, which is included in our tariff, served alfresco on the patio or in the airy dining room.

Looking for luxury 5 star accommodation in Umhlanga? Forest Manor offers guests a unique experience, in a guesthouse that is strikingly modern, yet draws inspiration from the beauty of KZN.

*Children of all ages are welcome.

Forest Manor Facilities

At our 5 star guest house in Umhlanga, we take immense pride in the manner in which we do business as well as the variety services that we provide. Our friendly staff are constantly striving to offer the best of the best to our valued guests, while still creating a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere.  As a result, we are pleased to offer the following facilities and services:

Room Facilities

Forest Manor offers rooms that are spacious, comfortable, and have all the amenities needed for a relaxing and memorable stay. Everything you need will be right at your fingertips! No matter which of our luxury rooms you book, you’ll find that they are equipped with the following:

  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fans
  • Hair and Body dryers
  • Electronic safes
  • Extra Length, Queen or King Size Beds
  • Cotton Percale Linen
  • Hypo allergenic bedding
  • Exclusive bathing products in all rooms
  • Heated towel rails
  • Laundry (charge dependent on item and service required)
  • Flat screen TV’s / DVD / CD / DSTV
  • Mini fridge in bedrooms
  •         Hospitality tray of Tea & Coffee facilities
  •         Iron and ironing board

Guest House Facilities

There is no need for guests to spend all their time in their rooms. Guests are invited to relax in the common areas of the guest house, and make use of the facilities provided throughout, some of which include:

  • Braai facilities
  • Pool located in landscaped garden
  • Sun loungers at pool
  • Swimming pool / Beach towels
  • Full Liquor license
  • Honesty bar
  • Library of books & magazines
  •        Wi-Fi connectivity

Additional Facilities

At Forest Manor, we like to ensure that each of our guest’s stays is special and memorable, and for that we are willing to go the extra mile. Some of the additional facilities on offer at our 5 star guest house in La Lucia include:

  • Airport and local area transfers (charge applicable as per service provider)
  • Credit card facilities
  • Full a la carte breakfast available daily
  • We cater Halaal, vegetarian and Gluten free options for breakfast on request
  • Boardroom hire (charge applicable)
  • Boardroom breakfast, treats and lunches on request (charge applicable)
  • Daily newspaper available in reception
  • Secure parking
  • Car wash on request (service provided for free, however a gratuity for the staff member would be appreciated)
  • Car hire arranged on request (charge applicable as per service provider)
  • We are 20 minutes from Durban and the ICC. We are 5 minutes from Umhlanga town. We are 20 minutes from uShaka. We are 10 minutes from Gateway.

*All Items, unless indicated, are provided free of charge.

We understand that certain guests may have distinct needs. If you have any special requests, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us and our staff will do their best to accommodate you.

Forest Manor Rooms

At Forest Manor, our rooms are split up into 4 different categories, namely: Executive Rooms; Superior Rooms; Family Units and the Executive Suites. While all of our rooms are modern and elegant, each room’s décor and theme draws inspiration from a different, indigenous tree. As one of four 5 star guest houses in La Lucia, we aim to provide rooms that are truly exceptional.

Executive Rooms

The two Executive Rooms, Waterwood and Natal Fig, are slightly smaller than the Superior Rooms, and are Forest Manor’s most inexpensive options. While these rooms are somewhat smaller and more affordable, they still meet all the standards of a luxury 5 star guest house in Umhlanga. The two Executive Rooms are both equipped with Queen Size, extra length beds and en suite bathrooms, as well as all the facilities needed for a comfortable stay.


The Waterwood Executive Room draws inspiration from the Pondo Waterwood, a rare and beautiful tree that is indigenous to the Kwa-Zulu Natal area. The neutral colour scheme of the room, and the tasteful décor that pays homage to the beauty of South Africa, makes it easy on the eyes and the perfect room to relax and get a good night’s sleep in.

Waterwood can accommodate a maximum of two guests. The room provides guests with a comfy Queen Size bed, fitted with Cotton Percale linen and hypo-allergenic bedding. To keep you cool in the Durban heat, the room has both air conditioning and ceiling fans. Guests definitely won’t find themselves bored with the flat screen TV in the room, which is linked up to a DVD player, a CD player and DSTV. Additionally, Waterwood comes with a mini fridge, hair dryer, free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee facilities, electronic safe, iron & ironing board.

The modern, en suite bathroom should delight guests with its fluffy, luxury towels and bathrobes. The bathroom is fitted with a shower, heated towel rails, body dryer and exclusive bath products.

Natal Fig

The Natal Fig Executive Room is one of the most elegant rooms at Forest Manor. The room takes its inspiration from the Natal Fig tree, or “Mutuba” as it is known to locals, a truly majestic tropical tree, with aerial roots and wide branches. The tree’s influence is clear in the Natal Fig Executive Room, which boasts lovely green décor accents and sturdy wooden furniture.

Natal Fig accommodates up to two guests and provides a comfortable Queen Size bed that has hypo-allergenic bedding with Cotton Percale linen. There is a ceiling fan and air-conditioning to keep you cool, and a flat screen TV with DSTV, DVD player and CD player to keep you entertained. On top of this, Natal Fig also offers tea and coffee facilities, iron & ironing board, free Wi-Fi, hairdryer, electronic safe and a mini fridge.

Stepping into the en suite bathroom is like a breath of fresh air. The bathroom is light, sunny, modern and spacious, with a large shower, basin and mirror. Fluffy bath robes are provided as well as luxury towels, which are hung on a heated rack. Additional luxuries include exclusive bath products and a body dryer.

Superior Rooms

The Superior Rooms at Forest Manor are slightly bigger than the Executive Rooms, giving guests more space to lounge around in. The other advantage is that the Superior Rooms have baths and showerheads, while the Executive Rooms only have showers. There are 3 Superior Rooms to choose from, which include White Seringa, Zulu Milkberry and Forest Mahogany.

White Seringa

The White Seringa Room, named after an indigenous tree famous for its white flowers, is the perfect choice for guests who value calm and tranquillity. The room has a white, beige and grey colour scheme to emulate the bark and flowers of the tree that holds the room’s inspiration. The room is tastefully decorated, with just the right mixture of modern, classic and traditional pieces.

The White Seringa Room can host two guests at a time, and offers a comfy, extra-length, King Size bed. This bed is fitted with luxury Percale cotton linen and bedding which is hypo-allergenic to make for a superb sleeping experience. In this spacious, airy room, guests will have access to air-conditioning, a ceiling fan, mini fridge, iron & ironing board, flat screen TV with DSTV, CD player, DVD player, tea and coffee facilities, free Wi-Fi and a hair dryer.

The spotless, en suite bathroom is just as luxurious, and provides a heated towel rack, fluffy bathrobes and towels, a shower/bath and exclusive bath products.

Zulu Milkberry

Welcome to Zulu Milkberry, a room which is clearly inspired by one of Kwa-Zulu Natal’s most popular trees. The Zulu Milkberry tree is a small yet sprawling evergreen tree that is commonly found on the East Coast of South Africa. The Zulu Milkberry Room has traditional, Zulu accents in the form of wall art and furniture, but has a clear, modern vision in the design too.

Prepare to get a great night’s sleep in Zulu Milkberry’s extra-length King Size bed that’s fitted with Cotton Percale sheets and hypo-allergenic bedding. Adjust the temperature to your liking with the air-conditioner and ceiling fan, and keep yourself entertained with the flat screen TV offering DSTV, a DVD player and a CD player. Other facilities that the Zulu Milkberry room offers include hair dryer, free Wi-Fi, mini fridge, iron & ironing board, electronic safe and tea & coffee facilities.

Relax in the bath or take a shower in the en suite bathroom, and use some of the luxury bath products that have been made available. Once you’re done, you can dry off with one of the luxury towels that have been heated up by the heated towel rack, or the body dryer and finally wrap yourself in the fluffy bathrobe.

Forest Mahogany

Drawing inspiration from the tall and strong Forest Mahogany trees, this room definitely makes a statement. The Forest Mahogany Room has a bold look and feel, with its white walls, dark wooden headboard and accents of green and red. It is one of the largest Superior Rooms, and even has a couch for guests to relax on.

Like the other Superior Rooms, Forest Mahogany boasts an extra-length, comfy King Size bed that is fitted with Cotton Percale Linen and hypo-allergenic bedding, ensuring that our guests get the best rest possible. You can control the room’s temperature with the air-conditioning and ceiling fan, to get it just right for you. Sit back and relax with the flat screen TV that offers DSTV, a DVD player and a CD player. Additionally, guests can look forward to free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee facilities, electronic safe, mini fridge, hair dryer, iron & ironing board.

The Forest Mahogany en suite bathroom is truly well-appointed. There is a spa bath to enjoy, as well as a shower, heated towel rack, exclusive bath products, a body dryer, fluffy towels and luxury bathrobes.

Family Unit

At Forest manor, there is only one family unit available and comes in the form of Milkwood, a spacious 2 room unit that can easily accommodate a family of four. Unlike family rooms at other lodges, Milkwood still has all of the 5 star guest house appeal.


Milkwood Family Unit, inspired by the tall and sprawling Milkwood trees that populate the area, has understated décor with a neutral colour palette- making for a sleek and appealing unit. The unit is light and airy, and is the perfect choice for a family of up to four people.

Milkwood is Forest Manor’s only family unit. It comprises of two bedrooms and an adjoining bathroom. The larger bedroom has an extra-length, King Size bed, with the second room having two extra-length single beds. All linen is Cotton Percale and bedding is hypo-allergenic. The rooms also offer ceiling fans, air-conditioning, tea and coffee facilities, hair dryer, mini fridge, flat screen TV with DSTV, DVD player, CD player, free Wi-Fi, electronic safe, iron and ironing board.

Milkwood’s bathroom is one of Forest Manor’s biggest bathrooms and boasts a luxury, spa bath. There is also a shower as well as a body dryer, exclusive bath products, towels on a heated towel rack and fluffy bathrobes.

Executive Suite

Due to the large number of business people frequenting Forest Manor, we have extended our facilities to cater for delegates, meetings and other executive purposes.  As a 5 star guest house in Umhlanga, we feel that boardroom facilities are appropriate and we encourage our guests to make use of them.


Host a meeting in elegance and style at Forest Manor’s boardroom facility.  Attendants can make use of our secure parking facility before they are escorted to the tastefully designed boardroom. The boardroom boasts a classic black and white colour scheme, broken only by striking wooden accents.

The room can host as many as 10 delegates and is made comfortable by the air-conditioning, luxury seating and business lounge. Presentations can be made on the retractable projector screen. A digital projector is available upon request, for an extra fee.  

The boardroom also offers a flipchart, free Wi-Fi and fax services. We have covered all the finer details and have even provided pens, notebooks, iced water and mints. If there is anything in particular guests require for their meeting, they are more than welcome to inquire with us.


Manor Suite

The Manor Suite is by far the most luxurious option at Forest Manor. It is perfect for the business person who wishes to host a meeting, as the boardroom facilities are included when booking out this suite. The Manor Suite sprawls across almost an entire floor and gives the guest access to a huge bedroom, the boardroom, the boardroom cocktail bar, patio, lounge and luxury en suite bathroom.

A bed better than the extra-length, King Size bed, with Cotton Percale linen and hypo-allergenic bedding, will be hard to come by. Adjust the temperature of all the rooms to your liking with the air-conditioning and ceiling fans. The flat screen TV has all local channels as well as DSTV. There is also a DVD player and CD player.

Additional facilities include an iron and ironing board, hair dryer, mini fridge, electronic safe, tea and coffee facilities, and free Wi-Fi.

The open-plan en suite bathroom is fitted with a spa bath, shower, two sinks, two mirrors, luxury towels, a heated towel rack, a body dryer, fluffy bathrobes and exclusive bath products.

Forest Manor Guesthouse



T: +27 (31) 572 5400 | C: +27 (82) 535 1056

62 Forest Drive, Umhlanga, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, 4019.