Teremok Marine


Location:

49 Marine Drive Umhlanga Rocks, 4320, South Africa

Rooms: 8

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Along the tropical belt of KwaZulu-Natal, nestled amongst the palm and giant milkwood trees lies Teremok Marine, a luxurious five-star boutique lodge which opened in November 2003.Every Inch of Teremok Marine clearly illustrates the meticulous attention to detail that has gone into creating the ultimate experience in luxury accommodation.

A feast for the senses, all eight suites are unique in design, layout and feel with small subtleties such as individual scent, mood-music and evening confectionary, creating an enchanting atmosphere.Prestigiously positioned on Marine Drive, just 1km from the ever-popular Umhlanga Rocks village, award-winning Teremok Marine provides a serene, home-away-from-home experience for the most discerning of business executives and leisure travellers alike.

A feast for the senses, all eight suites are unique in design, layout and feel with small subtleties such as individual scent, mood-music and evening confectionary, creating an enchanting atmosphere.

The concept behind Teremok Marine’s communal areas is an uncluttered one that holds unusual, unexpected surprises – a combination of things that make you feel inherently at home, yet you know that you are ensconced in a luxurious cocoon.The combination of textures and influences of Africa, zen, tribal culture, and modern chic blend seamlessly into one.

The large park-like setting allows an inviting view outwards and encourages guests to explore the finer details such as the peaceful reading corner with its views back towards the lodge, the comfort of a hammock and loungers around the pool or the serenity of one of the many water features.The layout of the garden echoes a design philosophy of less is more, of simplicity rather than clutter. The close relationship between the interior and the high visibility of the exterior from within, meant that these two areas had to be married together in a relaxing manner with a fresh approach.


The hotel offers a snack bar/deli. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast. An Internet point is located on site and high-speed wireless Internet access is complimentary.

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5.0
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Service & staff
5.0
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by Clarence L
from Pretoria, South Africa
5 Star Experience
Posted Oct 06, 2017

The service from staff from the moment we got there was just exceptional, warm welcoming, easy check-in and check-out, really good breakfast. Ninette, Steph, Philani and everyone that we interacted...More

5
by Tony M
from Johannesburg, South Africa
Consistency is the key
Posted Sep 12, 2017

This was our second stay at Teremok Marine, and after a great first experience, I can happily say that this experience was just as good. The location of Teremok is excellent. Close to the airport...More

5
by Erika U
from Hamburg, Germany
Look no more! Best hotel in Durban
Posted Sep 04, 2017

We spent one week at Teremok during our golfing trip to Durban. Thanks to TripAdvisor we found this real gem. From the first contact with Kim to book the room, until the last day when we said...More

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A feast for the senses, all eight suites are unique in design, layout and feel with small subtleties such as individual scent, mood-music and evening confectionary, creating an enchanting atmosphere.

Kotchka Vladykin had a love for the beautiful milkwood trees that are endemic to the area and may not be cut down without a permit.

The giant one which stands ever-watchful over the property, protectively wraps its branches around the former main bedroom sheltering it from the tropical heat.

This suite, with its breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, is unashamedly the perfect backdrop for romance.  Reminiscent of a modern day beach cottage it is sophisticated and uncluttered, yet at all times soft and inviting.

The overall dominating feature is the lime-washed four-poster bed wrapped in billowing organza, ribbons and crystals which add to its feeling of wonder. An unusual feature is the very high dark stained timber ceiling with a clerestory window which is softened by sweeping linen drapes.

The Juliet balconies inspired the décor for this ethereal suite and it is easy to imagine the two star-struck lovers taking refuge here. Perched on the uppermost floor, there is always a gentle sea breeze whispering through the trees, creating a mood which harks back to a bygone era.

A modern version of toile and a large draped headboard set the tone for this room in evocative shades of gold, copper and mink.

Layered and layered again, then embellished with organzas which are offest against a brilliant white backdrop.

A separate bathroom is swathed in white only with the white ceiling contrasting against a golden beech wood floor which originally graced the dining room. This loft area boasts panoramic views of the ocean and these are best taken in from the freestanding bath with a glass of bubbly in hand.

There are commanding views all the way to Durban and the Bluff, where the city’s whaling station was formerly based. Now, it’s the sleek and playful dolphins which can often be spotted riding the waves.

The contrast of the blue ocean with our African heritage creates a unique and contemporary space.

This suite encapsulates the juxtaposition of African Zen – it has the feeling of Africa without the roughness. 

The richness of the continent’s palette was toned down and made subtle and sophisticated by placing the suite in context within its exterior environment, the wondrous blue sea.

A mirror theme is carried through the room, and the reflection of the view through the large windows is captured in numerous strategically positioned antique bevelled mirrors.

This is a sanctuary for those who prefer to shrug off clutter and, instead, embrace comfort and elegance in complete privacy.

The intrepid explorers of Africa left an indelible legacy and this region is extremely proud of its colonial legacy. They were followed by the colourful Indian immigrants and their contribution has been enormous. Fusing elements from these two aspects pays homage to Umhlanga’s unique heritage.

Subtle shades of putty, olive and green dominate this room providing a hideaway of cool seclusion and relaxation for the weary.

Spectacular use of an antique document printed on linen, depicting the taming of the tiger in India, is the exotic axis around which this suite revolves.

A hand-embroidered throw on the bed hints at the incredible craftsmanship found in both India and Africa and natural bamboo wallpaper in the bath alcove takes you a step closer to nature.

Kotchka Vladykin, born in Russia, escaped the revolution as a young boy with the aid of the Red Cross. Joining his mother in England, he qualified as a mining surveyor which brought him to South Africa. This is a tribute to the Russian legacy of the man who built Teremok.

Heirlooms, brocade and embroidered velvet in beautiful deep jewel colours hint of the Russian empire in its heyday.

Plush individual detailing is a highlight and, as Kotcha loved nudes and had one commissioned of his wife, tribute was paid to him with a sensual painting that demarcates the transition from bedroom to bathroom. The feel of the suite gives an idea of what it might have been like to experience the romance of a gypsy life … or a Russian in exile.

The beautiful Brazilian hand-carved door with signs of the zodiac was the original front door of Teremok. 

Behind the guest toilet door are the original zodiac tiles which represent the Vladykin family birth signs. This was sufficient inspiration when this area was converted into a quirky suite.

If Nostradamus were alive today, sophisticated, suave and on the move, he would definitely be found in the Zodiac Suite. It is a moody room where intense red punctuates a contemplative interior with sumptuous silk curtains that shut out the tropical heat.

A headboard crafted in snake skin and a mirror mosaic wall reflect minute segments of an entire vision. In every direction that the eye is drawn you are aware of the essence of mystery, so  take reprieve, take stock and enjoy the serenity of this subterranean suite.

Beethoven himself stayed here and he left his mark – symphonies all over the wall and notes that dance gaily across the gilded and lime washed furniture.

A violin suspended in time and space symbolises the power and sudden punctuative beauty of this room.

Here you are allowed to indulge in a fantastical liaison - to know what it would be like to be in the company of Beethoven and the royal court.  It is a cacophony of gold put together and melted so that it becomes a contemporary space - the perfect symphony.

Kotcha’s daughter Nadya married Harvey Douglas in 1959 and, while on honeymoon, was asked by her father find a piece of land that would be suitable for a family beach cottage. This suite pays tribute to other side of Teremok’s colourful history.

Marilyn Monroe or James Dean might have languished here. It is drenched in minty green which gives zest to the suite, while the freshness of white is starkly contrasted against the dark shades of brown. The large open plan suite with its white ostrich skin headboard is a modern interpretation of a classical idea.

Stunted succulents in rich teal ceramic containers guard the bathroom along with a photo of Marilyn.

Cushions and other objet in contrasting aquas and browns provide a freshness and set the scene of a hideaway which would not be out of place in Manhattan or Hollywood.


The concept behind Teremok Marine’s communal areas is an uncluttered one that holds unusual, unexpected surprises – a combination of things that make you feel inherently at home, yet you know that you are ensconced in a luxurious cocoon.The combination of textures and influences of Africa, zen, tribal culture, and modern chic blend seamlessly into one.

Contemplating the nearby Indian Ocean through the weathered branches of a magnificent milkwood tree is the ideal environment to nourish the soul. The peace and seclusion of the intimate diningroom provides the feeling of being in a modern day tree house.

The dining room is beautiful in its simplicity; simple in its beauty. Taking out as much as possible and leaving only what is required, provides the ideal backdrop to enjoy Teremok Marine’s renowned breakfasts.

From the beginning the agenda was to offer freshly prepared breakfasts that appealed to an innate love of comfort food. Everything is prepared in an open-plan kitchen and homemade as far as possible. No additives and preservatives in the juices, muffins made fresh with no artificial flavourings, farm eggs, homemade muesli … in short, no shortcuts.

Awareness of health is important for most guests, and Teremok offers low GL breakfasts in addition to catering for guests’ specific needs. It is essential to nourish the soul, literally and figuratively, and Teremok is a breakfast-only establishment – no outsiders invading the small, intimate space or a team of professional chefs eroding its sense of homeliness.

Venue : Restaurant
Cuisine : International

The large park-like setting allows an inviting view outwards and encourages guests to explore the finer details such as the peaceful reading corner with its views back towards the lodge, the comfort of a hammock and loungers around the pool or the serenity of one of the many water features.The layout of the garden echoes a design philosophy of less is more, of simplicity rather than clutter. The close relationship between the interior and the high visibility of the exterior from within, meant that these two areas had to be married together in a relaxing manner with a fresh approach.

Wellness Centre with gym (consisting of cardio-vascular and free-weight sections) and two treatment rooms

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