VIBRANT GREEN GUEST HOUSE
Check in: 14:00-21:00 ; Check out: 10:00
From R600 per person per night sharing *Incl. breakfast
From R890 per single *Incl. breakfast
Mackaya Bella is an established 4 star modern, eco-friendly bed and breakfast situated in Glenwood, a rejuvenated suburb of Durban South. Close to numerous restaurants, galleries, cafés and boutiques, the guesthouse is set in a peaceful indigenous garden allowing a quiet and calm space in which to unwind and relax.
Accommodation at Mackaya Bella consists of 6 luxury en-suite rooms for singles or couples, 2 single-bed budget rooms with small kitchenette & ensuite bathroom, and a family room situated a few metres away from the main guesthouse.
The guesthouse has a well-appointed lounge and dining area where breakfast is served daily, a swimming pool, as well as a deck that looks out onto a wooded park.
Mackaya Bella Guest House is Green Tourism Accredited and 2016 Green Champion!
ECO-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION GLENWOOD
LUXURY BED & BREAKFAST ROOMS
The guesthouse has 3 luxury rooms upstairs and 3 downstairs, each with its own vibe and colours. Some of the rooms have King size beds that can be converted into Twins (2 single beds) if needed. The 3 rooms downstairs have their own private entrances, and all rooms include creature comforts such as DSTV, study desks, coffee & tea trays etc.
The Family Room sleeps 2 adults & 2 small children only, and is situated just a few metres away from the main guesthouse. This lovely retreat has one bedroom with a King sized bed, which again can be converted into Twins (2 single beds) if you wish, a fold out double sofa couch (for kids only), a sitting-room, kitchen, and en-suite bathroom. It has its own security entrance which opens out onto a verandah that overlooks the swimming pool.
SELF-CATERING BUDGET ROOMS
Designed for singles only; the 2 self-catering Budget Rooms are certainly not Spartan, but just slightly less salubrious than the other rooms. Both rooms are separate to the main building, are serviced daily, include free WiFi and secure parking, as well as a buffet breakfast (cereal, yoghurt, fruit, toast, juices and tea/coffee). A cooked breakfast after that can be prepared for you at an additional charge. Each unit has a single bed, TV, toilet, shower, cupboard, desk, sink, microwave, portable stove, crockery and cutlery. Minimum 3 nights stay.
DINING & OTHER AMENITIES
A delicious breakfast is served every morning from 07:00 – 09:00 in the main dining room upstairs, with a buffet of cereals, yoghurts, fruits and fruit juices to choose from as well as a hot cooked breakfast with eggs and bacon, sausages, mushroom and tomatoes to follow. On weekends breakfast extends to 09:30.
Should you have any particular dietary requirements, remember to give notice in advance to accommodate your needs.
There is a laundry right on the premises and the staff love to iron; for a small fee your washing, drying and ironing will be taken care of so you can attend to more important matters.
Mackaya Bella is a multi-cultural guest house, so please don’t take offence to the Australian flag flying proudly next to the South African one. An Aussie “Sheila” lives here!
MACKAYA BELLA GUEST HOUSE: GREEN ACTS FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
Recycling, Green cleaning, Responsible body products, Local & Organic, Water Wise practices, Sustainable energy acumen.
It’s not just about being trendy and saving money; being Green is a way of life at Mackaya Bella. From the outset this Guest House has been conceptualized as a green orientated establishment; the current owners have continued on this path, quite a bit since purchasing the establishment in early 2015. They continue to strive to offer guests a relaxing and enjoyable stay while minimising their footprint.
Every effort is made to reduce, reuse and recycle. All glass, plastic, tin and paper are separated and recycled. They also collect all organic offcuts, food waste and garden clippings to compost using Bokashi; which provides wonderful nutrients to put back into the garden. All old electronic equipment is donated to the Electric Cemetery where it is broken down, then recycled and donated to worthy charities.
Bare Essentials supplies Mackaya Bella with locally designed and manufactured body products that are paraben free, predominantly organic and not tested on animals. They also supply their environmentally-friendly biodegradable cleaning products.
Rain water is harvested and used to water the indigenous gardens through an efficient micro mist jet irrigation system. The owners and staff collect grey water from sinks & showers and store this in Jojo tanks for use in the garden. Guests are also asked to conserve water. There are Water Saving signs in each room, asking not to wash towels every day unless absolutely necessary and keeping shower times to a minimum.
They have also invested in a great local invention by purchasing a Water from Air machine. Water from Air provides a sustainable, low cost, safe, clean and reliable water supply with a low environmental impact – a great alternative to established water sourcing and bottling plants.
Mackaya Bella greatly reduce their energy consumption with solar geysers; energy efficient appliances and LED lighting.
Part of the on-going commitment to reduce their carbon footprint is educating those around them. Staff are trained to turn off lights/TV’s/Air Conditioners, to use grey water for the gardens, report dripping taps, to gas ovens instead of electric, how to recycle and compost etc. The Mackaya Bella team not only help the guest house to become more energy efficient, but the ladies take this information home with them and share within their communities.