St. Barths, that glittery jewel in the Caribbean, is famous for jaw-dropping mega yachts docked in the harbor, pristine streets lined with chic boutiques and tony clientele who sojourn here either to be seen and socialize or escape for a few blissful, paparazzi-less days. The island took a hit during a hurricane a few years ago, with some properties still bouncing back and others using the opportunity to undergo extensive upgrades and expansions.
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East Coast city Durban may not yet have the cache of the West Coast’s Cape Town, but the emergence of upscale suburb Umhlanga has the promise of becoming Durban’s answer to Camps Bay, drawing tourists in to dive for the culinary and cultural pearls and local finds that make it as worthwhile a destination. Fittingly, the 86-room Oyster Box Hotel is one of its shining gems. It enjoys a fabled 65-year history as a gathering place for the area’s elite, and further benefits from the efforts of Stanley and Bea Tollman. The owners of Red Carnation Hotels, including Tandega Game Reserve, near Cape Town, purchased the property from its previous owners in 2007 and organized a team to revitalize the interiors, update the hotel’s nuts and bolts and lovingly display original objects acquired abroad by Kay Hill, who co-owned the property in the 1950s with her brother, Ken O’Connor.