Award-winning Teremok Marine opened their renovated and revamped Teremok Spa in June 2010. The boutique lodge opened in November 2003 with one treatment room as an add-on facility, but this side of the business has experienced such growth that an expansion and overhaul was deemed necessary.
The Davidson family, consisting of Debbie Davidson and her daughters Tracy Gielink and Kim Davidson, who own Teremok wanted to create a space that was a true extension of the lodge, capturing its rich history and their personalities. Their vision was of an urban apothecary where clients can take refuge, and find comfort and remedies for their daily stress, and they commissioned M&M Space Design to realize this.
“The brief to our interior designers was very specific – we wanted a sanctuary that was beautiful, unique and reflected our very different personalities. We staged a personal revolution against sterile spas and clients are engulfed in the homely heady scent of vanilla – think of a cake just out of the oven – as they enter the reception and retail area which is a riot of colour and texture,” said Tracy.
Vintage and antique stores were scoured to find an eclectic mix of old pieces that were to be juxtaposed with new furniture that was commissioned. This is seen in the Frida Kahlo grandma and grandpa chairs that are set against a wall length smoky bronze mirror and presided over by an elevated Buddha and collection of hanging lanterns; to the contemporary post office red ducoed refreshment station, and plywood custom-made reception desk branded with the Teremok stamp.
The decision was made to create a boutique spa with only two treatment rooms in order to offer a heartfelt bespoke experience. Different points of interest were purposefully created so that clients continue to make new discoveries, and the treatment rooms were named to give each their own personality. Teremok Marine has found inspiration from it’s location at the sea which is paid homage to in the Aqua treatment room, while the Orchid treatment room draws its inspiration from the wild orchids nestled in the giant Milkwood that stands guard at the entrance to the lodge.
“Our aim in the Aqua was to create the feeling of being in a four poster bed, but practicality prevailed so the treatment bed is topped by beautiful canopy of organza ribbons bedecked with crystals and feathers, while the crochet wallpaper is reminiscent of foam from the waves,” explained Tracy. “The tone in the Orchid treatment room hints at romance – unique wallpaper was designed and layered with a painting and strand of wire and beaded flowers that creeps onto the ceiling. A collection of bird cages hangs in the room and soft candlelight causes their shadows to dance on the wall.”
The Koi pond had become a focal point of the courtyard area where the Spa was located, so it became the obvious inspiration for the relaxation area which overlooks it. This area is brought to life by a bindi wallpaper that introduces geometric shapes and a joyous shade of purple that is toned down with white Koi fish hand-painted over them and muted hand-stitched silk armchairs. To make the room even more homely and to play with contrasts, crochet blankets and crochet doilies on armchairs were introduced which are reminiscent of a bygone era of craft and perhaps conjure up images of a grandparents’ lounge.
The retail space and Trilogy Collection was born to give an outlet for a personal selection of items that excite and inspire the three Davidson ladies. “Teremok has taken my mom, sister and I on the most amazing journey, and creating a retail line gave us the opportunity to share some of the things that we love. Dubbed ‘The Trilogy’, we have used this name to curate a quirky collection of select items that will perhaps add a touch of glamour, a dose of humour or a little magic to your life. You will find anything from Swarvoski-studded crocodile cuff bracelets to bottles of old fashioned sweets, handmade sterling silver jewellery, and designer clothing,” elaborates Tracy. The Davidsons are also always on the look-out for new and exciting retail ranges to stock.
The Spa also has a changeroom that draws on the spices of the continent with a locker facility, while the wet room/shower has a giant mural embedded in the wall covering of an aloe that can be found in abundance along this coastline and are used for their soothing properties.
Teremok Spa has used and stocked world-renowned Dermalogica skin care and body products since opening. They also specialize in Mama Mio, Optiphi and Lillian Terry treatments and products.
The Spa is the only facet of Teremok that is accessible to an outside local clientele who can now succumb to the definitive experience. Clients are encouraged to arrive early or linger over a cappuccino and home-made biscotti.
For booking and enquiries, call the Teremok Spa on on 031 – 561 5848, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.teremok.co.za for more information. Teremok is located at 49 Marine Drive, Umhlanga Rocks.