I open the blinds in the North Star Micro Hotel room mesmerized by what I saw.

I woke up this morning to the drizzling rain, my mojo rested, looking forward to the day. My tired body is long gone after a restful night. I put on a robe and switch on the kettle. My phone is in the corner charging, I muted the sound and turned off the notifications. I sit on the edge of the bed and stretch out. I haven’t felt this rested in months. The kettle starts to whistle and bubble. I pour the boiling water into my cup, watching the water turn honey brown. The smell of rooibos tea is refreshing. I pick up the cup, take a small sip and walk to the window. I open the blinds. I can’t believe my eyes.

Drinking Tea

January is an excellent month to rejuvenate. New goals, new desires with the focus on a new year. Tea is associated with health, happiness and wisdom. Green tea, black tea, white tea, and oolong tea contains caffeine and theanine. Drinking tea is calming, promoting mental awareness. The tea compounds are favourable to your heart and may reduce cancer. All tea has health benefits and is an excellent alternative to coffee. Tea has antioxidants that help fight against cancer, heart disease and clogged arteries. Rooibos tea or Red tea is a South African herb that is fermented. Rooibos tea does not contain caffeine, making it the perfect tea to drink before sleep. Rooibos tea is low in tannins and rich in antioxidants. Drinking Rooibos tea can improve heart health, help manage diabetes, assist with weight management and aide beauty treatments. Tea drinking rituals in the morning and at night before bed induce mental calm. Drinking Rooibos tea is associated with reflection, focus and boosting healthy habits.

Drinking less Alcohol

Drinking less Alcohol improves mental. The day after consuming Alcohol, your mood is low making you feel anxious and tired. A detox rejuvenates your body with healthy and positive feelings. You will feel inspired to be outside or indulge in creative activities. You will experience fewer headaches, improved hydration with better energy. Alcohol weakens your immune system, making you feel tired with less concentration. Reducing your Alcohol intake will improve liver functions and protect your body’s future health. An active, detoxed, and refreshed body contributes to productivity and mental clarity, allowing a happier lifestyle. Umhlanga Rocks’ promenade is always full or morning, noon and afternoon active people enjoying the sunrise, warm North Coast weather and beautiful sunsets along the path. On rainy days you might feel less inspired to gear up and get active. Running or walking while the North coast rain pours down feels like a complete body detox.

Drinking Smoothies

A nutritious breakfast is a healthy start to your day. Smoothies are full of nutrition, blending flavour and tasty ingredients. A smoothie is a lightweight alternative to a traditional breakfast on a hot and humid summer morning. Smoothies, packed with delicious fruits and greens help you lose weight. The enzymes present in fruits help dissolve body fat. Smoothies contain water and help combat dehydration, improving your energy levels. Hearty peanut butter and the banana smoothies will keep you full and help control cravings. All the healthy nutrients aid digestion and contain antioxidants. The natural nutrients in smoothies assist your immune system, combat viruses and disease, curb sleep disorders, and maintain healthy sleeping patterns. The list of benefits found in smoothies is endless. Any healthy alternative to fatty food is worth exploring to achieve heightened brain power, increase fibre intake and enhance your overall health.


Adults need 7 to 8 hours of good quality sleep each night to engage in a joyous day. Good quality sleep is vital for heightened mental health and daily positive affirmations. Getting enough sleep has many benefits. It can help you get sick less often, stay at a healthy weight and lower your risk for serious health problems, like diabetes and heart disease. Enough sleep will reduce stress and improve your mood interacting with a welcoming spirit. After a good nights rest, you will think more clearly and concentrate better at work. An ideal sleep schedule is from ten at night to six in the morning. Waking up rested invites you to enjoy a joyful and productive day.

The crisp light rays shine into the room. The clouds opened, allowing the rays of light to dance onto the ocean surface. The wind blows the saltwater in all directions. The swells are huge, pounding waves into the shore. The light moves swiftly. The sun rays disappear into the clouds and flashback down onto the water. The silver sparkles dance in unison turning the sea into a sliver light show as if orchestrated from the dark rain clouds. A ballet of highlights run across the moody waves. The rain pours down. I see water drops sparkle and disappear into the waves. I follow the light disappearing into the heavy rain clouds blowing across the Indian ocean. Mesmerized, I finish my tea, draw the blinds and fall asleep to the sound of continuous tropical rain.


The North Star Micro Hotel rooms are spacious and comfortable, offering a luxurious light space to read, sleep, and relax.