Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Durban uMhlanga Ridge officially opened this month, making it the first Fire & Ice! by Marriott hotel in KwaZulu-Natal and the fourth in South Africa.

The property is nestled along the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal coastline in the sought-after seaside town of uMhlanga, just north of Durban. 

Previously a Protea Hotel by Marriott, the hotel has been completely rebranded to meet with the bold decor and contemporary feel the brand is known for.

"Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Durban uMhlanga Ridge will provide the quirky, modern vibe that guests and locals in this area are looking for," comments Volker Heiden, Area Vice-President for Marriott International. "The property reflects our agility and adaptability to identify and transform a property to suit an evolving destination."

“This entailed heavy-duty renovations, an aesthetic metamorphosis, and a complete change in operations," explains Peter de Klerk, the hotel's designer. "Fire & Ice! by Marriott hotels dare to be different − they are progressive and fun, and while each hotel is individual in its personality, it is this edge that unites them under the brand. We had to balance that in creating this beautifully sassy hotel.”

Guests are welcomed into a refreshed lobby that brings to life the vibe of the Fire & Ice! by Marriott brand, with mixed seating, a DJ booth and a TV wall. The new reception area features three pods and a dedicated guest relations desk.

The outdoor deck features a retractable awning, three exterior pods for relaxing and dining, and a swimming pool.

205 completely renovated chic guest rooms offer both comfort and thoughtful amenities, including complimentary Wi-Fi. Guests can enjoy a sumptuous buffet breakfast at the Breakfast Room on the first floor and choose indoor seating, one of the two private dining rooms or the outdoor deck.

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Durban uMhlanga Ridge will also host Friday DJ nights, featuring top local and national DJs, as well as comedy nights with some of South Africa’s top comedians.