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55 STAR BOUTIQUE HOTEL on Durban’s South Coast DAYS AT SEA BEACH LODGE ONE OF THE 100 BEST HIDEAWAYS OF THE WORLD 2013 The gentle murmur of the Indian Ocean is a constant lullaby. Here, close to the city of Durban in South Africaâ€™s â€œforgotten paradiseâ€, lies a true gem. Days at Sea â€“ a luxury hotel with just 6 suites, is a hideaway in the true sense of the word, a refuge for lovers of nature, first-class cuisine and fine wine. The European background of artist and photographer Dr. Guido Schoeldgen and his wife Annette, a fashion designer, is evident throughout. Clear-cut lines, refreshing pictures and sculptures with accompanying texts characterise the beachfront hotel. Each suite is a world on its own, a masterpiece of design in exquisite shades of aqua blue. The spacious pool set over the ocean is illuminated at night. Above it are the restaurant and lounge with projected images and music ranging from Pavarotti to CafÃ© Del Mar. The chef makes suggestions, the guests decide and then enjoy â€“ fusion cuisine, a combination of Italy and France with a dash of Asia, â€œcon-fusion cuisineâ€ as Guido jokingly calls it. The five-star boutique hotel is surrounded by three world-class golf courses â€“ Wildcoast, San Lameer and Southbroom â€“ and several leading game reserves, home to the â€œbig fiveâ€, are within driving distance. The team of the hotel deals in a cheerful yet discreet manner with queries or requests. With breakfast served in bed or on the private terrace, the hotel is a haven not only for honeymooners. The owners philosophy? â€“ thereâ€™s no such thing as no can do!
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