Itas rare that individuals publish straight-up resort evaluations here on Vagabondish. But itas seldom that we find near-perfect accommodations possibly. And that's why South Africaas Teremok Marine Lodge is worth a note (itas clear that a lot of other travelers recognize). Iave been singing its praises to anybody and everybody else since my stay static in April. Itas maybe not the largest, priciest, most luxurious, or most luxurious. And luckily itas not attempting to be; instead it just gets anything right. aGoldilocksa accommodations, in the event that you can. (Prepare for effusive, elaborate terms of encouragement a) Guest Bar at Teremok Marine Resort, Umhlanga Stones, South Africa Based on a peaceful hillside ignoring Africaas Sugar Coast, its Russian namesake is taken by Teremok (literally meaning alittle hideawaya) very seriously. The owners consider it as a aluxurious five-star shop lodgea and I've to recognize a' itas intimate, yet spacious; magnificent, yet reassuring. Itas as if youare staying in a friendas home, the format allows for plenty of privacy. Whether meaning retiring to one of only seven visitor bedrooms or soothing fireplace with coffee and a book in any of their semi-private common areas. Iave never felt much more comfortable or at home in a hotel than used to do at Teremok. Every guest room is made with an original design, decor, feeling CD, and smell a every last bit carefully decided upon by the owners. (Seriously, what hotel cherry picks another aroma for every room?) If your budget allows, opt for a room on the upper level. The aDurban Viewa room, for instance, is roomy, decked out in a streamlined, modern, African-inspired theme with, among other things, polished concrete floors, leisure system, king-sized mattress with enough pillows to meet a, large, private balcony with beautiful views of the Indian Ocean, massive soak bath, and a stand-up bath nearly large enough to park a Mini Cooper. Teremok Marine Hotel, Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa A Paul Richard Which is fairly expected of a five-star house in these times. However the devil is in the important points a always. A hotel marketed as aupscalea rapidly loses its appeal when visitors find apparently little things a peeling paint in the toilet, overpriced wi-fi costs, foolish small bar charges, guest party calls that go unanswered, and etc. Not with Teremok. The three owners (Debbie Davidson and kids Tracy Gielink and Kim Davidson) proudly report that theyave no background in the hospitality industry, but all are enthusiastic tourists and have used both of these points with their advantage. Betty was quick to generally share that they opened the lodge with one particular problem in mind: aWhat would we wish in a hotel?a And therefore it is that all friends may also be offered: Yes a itas the small items that keep people happy. Enhance the long list of services an onsite massage a' a rather strange offering for this type of little house. But Kim claims that itas turn into a spot for residents in its right. And Iam perhaps not amazed. The spa was recently renovated this season with just two individually-themed treatment areas (Aqua and Orchid) both offering a relaxed, close experience inline with the hotelas ahideawaya namesake. Massage at Teremok Maritime Resort, South Africa The extensive menu supplies a number of massages, facials, natural clay human anatomy wraps, holistic treatments, and spa deals (for bachelorettes, severe makeovers, and all-day acocoona treatments). The resort generously presented me with their Teremok Signature massage a' a fantastic two-hour treatment, including straight back, throat & neck massage, leg and foot stress point massage, classic Dermalogica cosmetic, scalp massage a and a with coffee to sweeten the deal. Thereas also a retail space: a born to provide an outlet for a personal collection of things that arouse and encourage the three Davidson women, which ranges from clothing from manufacturers Leigh Schubert and Michelle Ludek, to LoveWaterLove costumes, Missibaba handbags, Swarvoski-studded crocodile cuff necklaces from Leather Rose, handmade sterling silver jewelry, and bottles of old fashioned desserts. Lighthouse, Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa Teremok can be found merely a short (5-10 minute) walk from just about everything in Umhlanga Rocks, including the Umhlanga Lighthouse, Oyster Box hotel, party, Umhlanga Rocks town and more. Get your camera + get among the hotelas free bikes to explore the town further, if youare feeling much more ambitious. The substantial beach here's stunning! Locations starting around R3,250 (around $350 USD by May, 2013). Check always current prices and plans. Even the pricing falls into the just-right aGoldilocksa range. Considering the long listing of features, excellent awareness of detail, sweeping ocean views, onsite club, excellent food, and extremely polite team, Teremok is one of my top five all-time favorite hotels, not just in Africa, nevertheless the world. Undoubtedly a must-visit. You may be enthusiastic about related articles tagged with: Accommodations, Review, South Africa Disclosure: Vagabondish received two free times at Teremok Marine Lodge before this evaluation. Vagabondish founding publisher, Mike Richard, is a Rhode Island local, professional web designer and journey junkie by having an unhealthy addiction to backpacking, hiking and seeing the planet. He likes small, declarative sentences, knit caps and talking in the third person. His professional loans include "Woman's World magazine contributor" and having once been surveyed by Tyra Banks (really). Name (required) Email (expected) Internet site What d'ya say?