A home away from home in Durban

It’s been close to 2 months since we moved out of our home, and since then we’ve been living out of bags, moving from one hotel to the next. My focus is luxury travel, and after a while 5 star chain hotels just turn into a blur. I know exactly what to expect, and nothing really wows me anymore, which is kind of sad.

I had a slightly different experience at Teremok Marine in Umhlanga not too long ago. The hotel is a converted house, and it’s somehow managed to achieve the balance between the luxury you want from a 5 star hotel, plus the homeliness you miss when away from home.

There are only 8 suites, so you’re pretty much guaranteed privacy anyway, but there are lots of secluded balconies and little nooks that you can hide out in, which I loved. I’m so used to being confined to my hotel room, so it was really nice to get to enjoy the full house, including the lounge and kitchen areas.

I spent hours here catching up on work. It felt like my own little private balcony.
I spent hours here catching up on work. It felt like my own little private balcony.
The kitchen, which really feels like you're having breakfast in a friend's home
The kitchen, which really feels like you’re having breakfast in a friend’s home
The lounge area
The lounge area

In the lounge, there’s a coffee and tea station with homemade rusks and really good coffee. There are also treats like tarts, muffins or scones left out for you to enjoy the entire day.

Loved this space. Probably my favourite area in the house.
Loved this space. Probably my favourite area in the house.

In the evening, you can help yourself from the honesty bar or try some of the complimentary port.

Rooms are all unique, which I think is pretty cool. I stayed in the Durban View suite, which has an African theme, but I quite like the look of the other rooms too.

Milkwood 1
The Milkwood suite
The Durban View suite
The Durban View suite
The bathroom in my room
The bathroom in my room

The rooms really have every single thing you could think of or need, plus the hotel offers free laundry- amazing. This really is something hotels should look at improving- free laundry when on a long trip makes such a difference. Another homely touch- a huge library of free DVDS if you want to stay in.

The hotel really is a B&B so don’t expect lunch and dinner (although light meals can be arranged on special request). Breakfast, however, is super impressive with a personal touch. We enjoyed the egg wrap, yummy homemade cheese and tomato bread, plus delicious cappuccino. Teremok actually has its very own blend of coffee- they’re serious about serving up good coffee.

Another plus, the hotel has a free vehicle that can take you anywhere you want to go within Umhlanga, which is great if you want to go out to dinner and have some wine.

I also got to try out their spa, which only has 2 treatment rooms. It’s funky and not sterile at all, like most spas are. The spa stocks mostly Dermalogica products, plus also has some Mama Mio stuff. It doubles as a shop, stocking clothing and trinkets. I had a hot stone massage and looooved it.

One of the treatment rooms at the spa
One of the treatment rooms at the spa

I like to keep my reviews credible so will always try to highlight positive and negative aspects of an establishment, but honestly, there’s nothing bad I can say about Teremok. It’s like they’ve thought of every single thing a traveller could ever want, and have made it happen. Get this: when I left and was already at the airport, the receptionist phoned me and told me I had left some clothing behind. It arrived at my door by courier the next day in JHB. I insisted on paying but she wouldn’t let me. I’m pretty sure one can expect that kind of service consistently, and I know it wasn’t just because I was doing a review. I now do this sneaky little thing where I ask other guests what their experience is of the hotel or restaurant I’m reviewing. At Teremok, the guests I met were all regulars who stay there frequently when they’re in Durban for business. The one lady told me that whenever she checks in, there’s a Mars bar in her room (her favourite).

It’s these little touches that make a good hotel great and Teremok gets 5/5 stars for me.

Visit www.teremok.co.za 

*The BIGGEST thank you to First Car Rental, who sponsored me this funky car  that turned heads throughout my stay in KZN. First Care Rental provides affordable car hire in South Africa and has branches throughout the country, all offering quality vehicles at competitive rates.

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