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In 2008 Hemmie van Xanten moved back to the beautiful island of Saba to start Selera Dunia and in 2011 it was opened. Selera Dunia stands the for the Malay word of “Taste of the world” and is supposed to reflect the cultures and themes of 8 various places around the world. Saba, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Morocco, Africa, China, Japan and Indonesia are places that have a connection with the travel behind Selera Dunia. Each room has been designed to one of these eight cultures and has been decorated with antique and authentic furniture. The idea for this boutique hotel started as a result of the extensive travelling that he has done over the past years. Now it is time to share this with guests from all over the world who come from different backgrounds and different cultures.

In 2006, in the country Brunei Darussalam, on the island of Borneo, the idea was born... To establish a boutique hotel that symbolized and portrayed the life that ownerHemmie had experienced. From 1990 to 1999 he lived on Saba and has since had a deep connection with the people and the island. Hence Saba was chosen as the island for this new idea, a place so unique to the world and it’s nature so untouched that a boutique hotel would be the perfect setting to share the message of Selera Dunia. The location chosen has stunning views of the villages Windwardside and Hell’s Gate as well as the islands St. Maarten and St. Barths.

The blue Caribbean Sea can be seen stretching for miles and the dormant volcanic mountain of Mount Scenery is the centerpiece of this stunning view. Here on this location 8 boutique suites, the first of their kind on the island would be built for guests to experience and relax in for the coming years. A magical landscape would be created so that guests would feel relaxed, even inspired. From the time he spent in Asia he learned from different cultures that the earth’s elements have different effects on people. A lush water system in the garden creates the effect of calm and peace as the Asian themed waterfall and ponds will be aesthetically pleasing. The cool wind and crisp air that pampers the location will give a refreshing feel for guests. It is these knowledge pieces picked up from the various Asian cultures he experienced that he will incorporate in Selera Dunia.

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