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Lifestyle am schönsten Ende der Welt

This editorial is taken from Online Focus.
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Das 5 Sterne Boutique Hotel ist nicht ohne Grund zu den 100 schönsten Hideaways gewählt worden. Endlose unberührte Sandstrände am warmen Indischen Ozean mit Delphinen und Walen laden zum Träumen, unvergessliche Ausblicke und das ewige Rauschen der Wellen werden Sie begeistern.

Entworfen von dem deutschen Fotografen Dr Guido Schöldgen ist das DAYS AT SEA zu einem Gesamtkunstwerk von Architektur, tropischen Gärten, Wellness, Kunst, Musik, feinem Essen und Weinen geworden. Die unglaubliche Liebe zum Detail in einem der romantischsten Bereiche Südafrikas verzaubert und wird ein Highlight jeden Urlaubs.

Neben den vielen Aktivitäten wie Tauchen, Hochseefischen und Angeln, Delphin – und Walbeobachtungen, Tennis, Hiking, Biking und Bungee Jumping in naturgewaltigen Schluchten mit gigantischen Flüssen, bietet Days at Sea ein Paradies fuer Golfer. Innerhalb von 10 Minuten gelangt man zu den 3 Championship Golfplätzen, Wildcoast, San Lameer und Southbroom und zu weiteren 15 Plätzen im Umkreis von 40 Minuten. Abschlagboxen über der Brandung und Fairways am Meer mit Wasserfällen sind atemberaubend.

Die leichte mediterrane Küche beeindruckt mit marktfrischen Produkten, die mit Blick auf die angestrahlte Brandung im “Frangipani” Restaurant serviert werden. Die “Café del Mar“ Lounge und Bar lädt zum Entspannen ein mit projizierten Konzerten unter freiem Himmel.

Der preisgekrönte Weinkeller ist ein Muss, nicht nur für Experten. Eine Fusion von Wein und Kunst – Winzer und Künstler aus aller Welt treffen sich und genießen die Ruhe und die Natur der Tropen. Ein eisgekühltes Getränk aus “Guido’s” Bar am wunderschönen Pool mit ein paar Austern oder einen Espresso in der Lounge umgeben von Kunst – das ist Lifestyle.

DAYS at SEA – Paradise Found…

This editorial is taken from South Coast Style and written by Karen Da Rosa.
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January 25, 2011

The first thing that strikes you on entering the 5 star boutique hotel that is Days At Sea is the expansive sea views.  It is an awe-inspiring sight and the impact is breathtaking.  The second thing that you notice is the sense of light that emanates from every corner.  It floods through the floor to ceiling sliding doors and floats poetically across every surface.

Days At Sea has been designed and developed by world-famous German artist Dr. Guido Schoeldgen and his wife Annette, an accomplished fashion designer.  Their shared artistic vision has helped them to create a haven which is the epitome of modern, streamlined sexiness.  The mantra of the hotel seems to be ease, tranquility and style and the planning and forethought that has gone into what appears to be simplicity must be formidable.

There is a supreme sense of fluidity and ease in all of the spaces which creates a sense of serenity and harmony that filters through to your soul.

There is a witty play on the suspension concept which begins with the architectural genius of the suspended bar and continues all the way to the aquamarine infinity pool, which is ensconced in a wooden deck – inviting you to bask.

This beautiful oasis caters for the high end customer and most of their clientele are international visitors searching for complete privacy and 5 star service.  Beautiful manager Katja Vinson ensures that one’s every wish is accommodated for and her friendly nature makes the stay a delight.

From the moment that Days At Sea opened its doors in November 2008, it immediately started garnering prestigious awards and accolades.  It has been 5 star rated by TGCSA, Diners International has awarded the magnificent wine cellar Platinum status and British Airways graded them 9/10.  But perhaps most impressive of all, is that in 2009 the famous independent Klocke Book named Days At Sea in their, “The 100 Most Beautiful Hideaway Hotels of the World”. They were one of only three mentions that South Africa received – the other two being The Pezulu Resort in Knysna and The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town.

There are four suites in all, each with their own distinctive Zulu name, personality and aesthetic feel.  The eternal sea view can be enjoyed from every room which boasts every convenience, including an espresso machine to enjoy that early morning “pick-me-up”.

Guido's Bar

In the lounge guests can relax with cocktails or health drinks, and in the evenings concerts are projected onto a wall, whilst a flood light illuminates the breakers.  The gourmet kitchen is world class and the food simply magical.

The clean lines, uncluttered open-planned rooms and Aegean hues are complimented by world famous pieces of art.  Much of the art is Guido’s sensual masterpieces of ‘paintography’, but your eye will also lovingly rest on pieces created by Philippe Starck, Rolf Benz, Gordon Rattey, Christo, Eva Ohlow and Christopher Lorenz – making it an artist’s hotel in the truest sense.

Dr. Guido Schoeldgen – the creator of this beautiful space was born in Germany in 1949.  When asked about the origin of the name Days At Sea, a quirky story emerges.  Apparently, ‘Days At Sea’ was the name of a race horse that won the “Grosser Preis von Koeln” in the 1970’s when Guido was a student.  The horse was a complete outsider, but Guido decided to bet on Lady Luck and won!  His twenty German marks were transformed into four hundred and from then on ‘Days At Sea’ became a name indicative of good luck and fortune.

Dr. Guido SchoeldgenTo furnish you with all of Guido‘s accomplishments would take forever, but this world famous artist is also a medical doctor – a cosmetic surgeon!  This multi-talented man now applies his aesthetic gifts to creating masterpieces on the canvas and designing homes around the world.  His work also graces the covers of music cd’s and their accompanying booklets.  He has received worldwide recognition and his work is exhibited in renowned galleries around the world.

Guido is a globetrotter who finds inspiration in eclectic spaces and his art is instantly recognizable and innovative.  One facet of his work is the redefining of black and white photography, where classic photography is printed on canvas using a costly process.  Different from paper prints, the light is broken and a velvet-like impression is fashioned.  Using a similar process for his colour work, Guido is able to produce earthen terracotta shades and water colours – evocative of the skin of the erotic female form or the undulation of the azure ocean.

A unique characteristic of Guido‘s work is the treatment of shadows – he leaves it to the observer to determine whether it is a body, a shadow, a painted element or a conglomeration of all these elements.  Guido uses his alchemistical abilities to alter the photographs using paint and print mediums – begging the onlooker to decipher the image.  His work is sensual, seductive and inviting.


About the author:
Karen Da Rosa graduated cum laude with a BA in English and Psychology, and has been involved in business on theSouthCoastin various capacities for the past 8 years. Karen has lived on theSouthCoastfor over 25 years.

Light bulb moments.

This editorial is taken from The Age and written by Ben Groundwater.
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March 13, 2011

G&T in hand, Ben Groundwater brushes up on his relaxation skills as he flicks on the ambience.

Days at Sea is the perfect place to enjoy the ocean and its produce.There`s a small problem with having views of the beach: once it gets dark, you don`t have views of the beach. You have views of a never-ending blackness and the sound of crashing waves to let you know what you`re missing.

You think that`s going to be the case at Days at Sea, too. Perched on KwaZulu-Natal`s south coast in a small town called Trafalgar, the boutique hotel is only separated from the beach by a few stray trees.

Afternoons are spent out on the wooden pool deck, G&T in hand, watching the surf slowly fade into the evening gloom.

But just as the breaking waves have disappeared into the night, someone flicks a switch and on pops the sort of halogen light that could probably illuminate Venus. And just like that, you have views of the beach again.

It`s probably sucking up most of nearby Durban`s electricity supply and it`s probably going to cause blinded fish to bump into each other for the rest of the night but as you refill the G&T glass and resume your place on the deck, you have to admit, the light is a mighty fine addition.

It`s touches like these that provide the charm to Days at Sea, a tiny hotel designed and run by Dr Guido Schoeldgen, a professional artist and photographer when he`s not playing hotelier.

Every piece of furniture, every fitting and every decoration has been carefully chosen and all seem to have a story behind them.

The halogen lamp was imported from Italy. The chandeliers were found by Guido`s wife Annette in India. The plant pots made their way over from Bali. The music floating through the hotel has its origins in Ibiza. The crusty bread the in-house chef serves up has been flown over from France.

Heck, even Guido is imported from Germany.

As a first-time guest, most of the first day is spent poking through the hotel`s nooks and crannies, trying to figure out where everything came from. Some of the artwork that adorns the walls is Guido`s; others have been painted by various – and, one assumes, fabulous – artist friends. There`s a chair made of driftwood that you almost sit on before you realise it`s an art installation. Awkward.

Days at Sea is broken into two parts. At one end of the beach sits the main hotel, made up of just four rooms, plus a communal lounge and bar, a pool deck and the sort of wine cellar you could happily lock yourself in and never emerge.

`Now, I have a lovely `blanc et noir` from Stellenbosch that I think you should try,` Guido says as he sweeps into the lounge to introduce tonight`s dinner. Everyone nods. The room has views of the ocean, handily illuminated by Guido`s Italian lights.

Dinner is an event. The heavily European-inspired menu is scrawled in black ink across a mirror on the wall – tonight it`s an amuse-bouche, then French bread with salted butter, grilled eye fillet with jus and a strawberry dessert. Guido, clad in casual Armani, explains that while he`s not the chef, he does design the menus.

Dinner is accompanied by the sound of crashing waves and the smooth tinkle of Cafe del Mar-style electronica. Guido used to live in Ibiza, he explains, and designed an album cover for the cafe`s music label. Hence the choice of music.

With dinner over and wine drunk dry, the semi-lucky guests staying in the main hotel retire to tastefully modern rooms for nightcaps on private balconies. The uber-lucky guests, however, have a short drive in a golf buggy to get to the true jewel in Days at Sea`s crown: the Artist`s Retreat. If this is the way all artists live, then it`s time to ditch the PC and pick up a paintbrush.

Set on a hill rising above the beach, the retreat is a stand-alone house that is clearly Guido`s pride and joy. There`s a Balinese pond out front, a black and red dining room within and a high-ceilinged lounge that flows out to the wooden deck with infinity pool and spa. At one end, overlooking the beach, there`s a glassed-in gazebo that doubles as a second dining room.

It`s inspiring but how does anyone get any work done here?

The most difficult decision to make is where to curl up and relax for the evening. In one of the bedrooms? No, that`s a waste. In the huge red couch below the chandeliers in the lounge room? No, too hard to appreciate the view from there. In the hot tub? No, too much effort to get changed.

There`s only one thing for it: ice cubes from the freezer, tonic water from the fridge, gin from the minibar and take a place in the salty ocean air on the deck.

Million-dollar views are just a light-switch away.

The writer travelled as a guest of South African Tourism.

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