The sunny city of Durban is famous for its incredible beaches, warm water and tropical climate, but it is also home to some of the most exquisite hotels in the world. Location is everything when it comes to a luxury hotel, but even more importantly it is the stunning interiors, fine furnishings and attention to every last detail that really sets a luxury hotel apart. Durban’s range of breath-taking hotels dotted along its idyllic coastline will leave you spoiled for choice. This is our pick of the three best.
The Oyster Box Hotel
Not only does it combine the best features of the Audacia and the Beverly Hills by being a colonial-style hotel set on the beachfront, but it is the meticulous attention to detail, down to every last teaspoon, that makes the Oyster Box stand out above the rest.
“Old world charm and modern day comfort” merge magnificently in every aspect of this unique boutique hotel. The use of a neutral colour palette, as well as natural stone and timber, creates a sense of calm that complements the stunning ocean views, while still retaining a sense of colonial-style elegance. The murals, paintings and original tiling have all been lovingly preserved, while the use of exquisite antique furnishings combined with beautifully modern, yet timeless elements, such as Sky Fans in most of the rooms, work together to create an interior masterpiece. It is no wonder that it was voted the number 1 hotel in South Africa on Tripadvisor.
The Beverly Hills Hotel
The Beverly Hills Hotel is all about what they refer to as gentle luxury. The uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean and the Umhlanga beaches are complemented by the room interiors, where they draw on elements of nature through the use of bamboo, woven furniture and stone flooring. This combined with the deluxe finishings creates the feel of a Beverly Hills beach house.
The Audacia Manor Boutique Hotel
The Audacia Manor Boutique Hotel epitomises old-world opulence and grandeur. Situated slightly inland, this converted manor house still holds its colonial charm and each room is uniquely furnished. If spacious rooms with high ceilings, Victorian style four poster beds draped in silk and intricate wood finishings appeals, The Audacia Manor certainly delivers.
If it’s luxury you are after, no need to splash out on a plane ticket to Paris or Rome. Durban is right on our doorstep and has a wealth of world-class luxury accommodation on offer. If you’d like to see more of the designer ceiling fans we’ve provided to luxury hotels, such as the Oyster Box, view our latest here.