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Franschhoek's Last Word on intimate luxury
Franschhoek's Last Word on intimate luxury

The Last Word Franschhoek, an intimate, exquisite boutique hotel on the Main Road in South Africa's culinary capital, delivers on its promise of top-drawer luxury and personalised attention.

By Brian Berkman 21 Oct 2014 07:30

PietraSanta - the Italian town that's a millionaire magnet
PietraSanta - the Italian town that's a millionaire magnet

If, like me, you've never heard of Pietrasanta, a small village 4km inland from the resorts of the Tyrrhenian Sea on Italy's west coast...

By Marcus Brewster 16 Oct 2014 10:19

Once in Cape Town: Where youth hostel meets hotel
Once in Cape Town: Where youth hostel meets hotel

As most people probably should know, our beloved Mother City was rated number one on the prestigious New York Times' 52 Places to go in 2014 list. She just somehow never disappoints. This of course has resulted in many, many new and returning travellers wanting to explore and soak up everything Cape Town has to offer.

By Ilse van den Berg 16 Oct 2014 09:44

Forte Dei Marmi, the sands of time
Forte Dei Marmi, the sands of time

Going to the seaside in Italy can be a curious experience and none more so than at the Tuscan Riviera resort of Forte Dei Marmi, the beach that time forgot.

By Marcus Brewster 14 Oct 2014 09:44

[Babylonstoren] A new kind of country getaway
[Babylonstoren] A new kind of country getaway

In the historically inspired restoration of one of the Cape Winelands' oldest estates, owners Koos Bekker and wife Karen Roos, with the help of their dedicated staff, have created a new kind of country getaway.

By Jessica Taylor 13 Oct 2014 09:35

Luxury and refinement flood back to Franschhoek following water-damage revamp
Luxury and refinement flood back to Franschhoek following water-damage revamp

We took advantage of the flood damage to properties in Franschhoek to inveigle a return invitation to one of my favourite hotels, Le Quartier Francais.

By Brian Berkman 29 Sep 2014 11:19

The Quantum of the Seas
The Quantum of the Seas

On her regular South African three-city visit, Helen Beck, Regional Director, EMEA of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, is enjoying Cape Town's September sunshine.

By Brian Berkman 23 Sep 2014 13:50

Onboard City Sightseeing Johannesburg
Onboard City Sightseeing Johannesburg

If, like me, you're a Joburg inner-city scaredy cat or want to get to experience the City of Gold but not struggle with parking, the City Sightseeing topless Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour is highly recommended, as it allows you to get as close, or safely away from crowds, as you like.

By Brian Berkman 22 Sep 2014 10:58

Serene and superb Sanbona
Serene and superb Sanbona

It's a still-and-sunny Saturday afternoon, golden light bathes the bush, the smell of Renosterveld fynbos and dust is in the air as we silently approach a wild cheetah family gorged on a recently felled eland. The family (mother and kids) are lethargic stuffed full of the kill and sensibly enjoying an afternoon rest up after their large family lunch.

By Ruth Cooper 17 Sep 2014 10:54

Summer lovin' as 2014 Klink Awards launches
Summer lovin' as 2014 Klink Awards launches

Summer lovin' had me a blast, oh yeah...! is the exact tune that was playing through my head at the launch of the annual Klink Awards, which took place on Friday, 12 September 2014.

By Evan-Lee Courie 17 Sep 2014 08:58

Rolf Akermann
Is SA's positioning of "Inspiring New Ways" right?

As a proudly SA person, I am very concerned regarding the image of SA world wide. As a marketing strategist I am even more concerned...

By Rolf Akermann 17 Sep 2014 08:30

Enjoy some Royale treatment
Enjoy some Royale treatment

With The Banting Kitchen dedicated to low-carb living on the left and a Pasta Cafe on the right, The Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa in Green Point, is wedged between two stools...

By Brian Berkman 4 Sep 2014 06:23

Samson(ite) and delightful
Samson(ite) and delightful

What's worse than sitting next to someone on a long haul flight with garlic breath and smelly feet?

By Brian Berkman 3 Sep 2014 10:40

A touch of the Orient
A touch of the Orient

Build it and they will come may be talking about another Field of Dreams but it perfectly describes the mirage that becomes the oasis that rises up from the dusty red land of Elandsfontein.

By Brian Berkman 2 Sep 2014 05:13

Coopmanhuijs - where the comfortable becomes the remarkable
Coopmanhuijs - where the comfortable becomes the remarkable

Copies of The Hollywood Reporter magazine in the lounge at Coopmanhuijs Hotel, in Stellenbosch, seem out of place among the books on wine, art and the historic treasures of the area.

By Brian Berkman 29 Aug 2014 10:27

Road tripper's guide to farm stalls
Road tripper's guide to farm stalls

There are hundreds of farm stalls all over the country, some loved and easy to find and other gems lesser known. Well, here's a guide to help you find them.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 29 Aug 2014 07:52

Durbanville Hills' tasting delights
Durbanville Hills' tasting delights

Passports and padkos ready, off we went to the land beyond the Boerewors Curtain... Just kidding, Durbanville isn't really that far, plus, I'm not one of those Capetonians... You know, those who think everything further than 15 minutes' drive is 'too far'.

By Ilse van den Berg 28 Aug 2014 09:45

[10 Things I Love About...] Emperors Palace
[10 Things I Love About...] Emperors Palace

Contributing Editor, Travel, Brian Berkman, asked Nigel Atherton, Complex General Manager at Emperors Palace, about why he loves his work at the Place of Dreams.

By Brian Berkman 27 Aug 2014 08:51

7 must-see locations in Holland
7 must-see locations in Holland

The Netherlands, also known as Holland, is a densely populated nation located in Western Europe. It is bordered by countries such as Belgium and Germany. From its museums, flower gardens, windmills and canals, to its historic buildings, The Netherlands has plenty to offer visitors.

By Charles Mburugu 26 Aug 2014 15:47

[10 Things I Love About...] Stellenbosch
[10 Things I Love About...] Stellenbosch

Following a knockout stay at the historic and charming Coopmanshuijs Hotel in the heart of Stellenbosch, Contributing Editor Brian Berkman asked vivacious general manager Ilzebet Oosthuizen for her 10 Things She Loves About Stellenbosch...

By Brian Berkman 22 Aug 2014 09:35

A guest house fit for a Sir
A guest house fit for a Sir

Approximately 20km from Cape Town City Centre, you'll find The Sir David, a four-star Boutique Guest House, just metres away from the Small Bay Beach in Bloubergstrand.

By Evan-Lee Courie 21 Aug 2014 08:12

The Blue Train... a trip down luxury lane
The Blue Train... a trip down luxury lane

Table Mountain, Karoo windmills, diamonds from Kimberly and wave-pounded shores of Cape Town are some of the themes of artwork on The Blue Train - the self-anointed window to the soul of South Africa.

By Brian Berkman 18 Aug 2014 12:02

Sevruga with a smile
Sevruga with a smile

"There is only one reason to go to the V&A Waterfront, which is overpriced and has the feel of a giant globalised shopping mall," wrote The New York Times a few years ago: "Sevruga."

By Eugene Yiga 14 Aug 2014 14:08

Luxury meets leisure at the Mövenpick Hotel, Jumeirah Beach
Luxury meets leisure at the Mövenpick Hotel, Jumeirah Beach

"A fashionable retreat which blends a cosmopolitan lifestyle with relaxation." That is how Mövenpick refers to its Jumeirah Beach hotel, and I can vouch for that 100%.

By Gabbi Brondani 12 Aug 2014 12:50

Menlyn Boutique Hotel - from Havana to heavenly
Menlyn Boutique Hotel - from Havana to heavenly

Menlyn Boutique Hotel was initially built as a Cuban diplomatic residence - a good start, on which has been built a real gem of a hotel.

By Brian Berkman 12 Aug 2014 07:24

Western Cape dominates Inter-Hotel Challenge
Western Cape dominates Inter-Hotel Challenge

When Showcook.com editor Annette Kesler began the Cape Legends Inter-Hotel Challenge, her goal was simple: to create and facilitate an opportunity for young talent to shine.

By Eugene Yiga 8 Aug 2014 11:25

Fairlawns is Number One
Fairlawns is Number One

Ranked number one by TripAdvisor users for Hotels in Sandton, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa has a lot to be proud of.

By Brian Berkman 6 Aug 2014 11:13

Air Mauritius... it's like floating on air
Air Mauritius... it's like floating on air

Mauritius is just a few hours away and a great destination for the family, or yourself if you just want to get away from it all. So how do you get there? Air Mauritius.

By Rod Baker 4 Aug 2014 08:59

To the MannaBay born
To the MannaBay born

There is so much added value for guests staying at MannaBay that the room rate is great value when compared with run-of-the-mill five-star establishments.

By Brian Berkman 31 Jul 2014 11:47

Experiencing Africa's greenest hotel
Experiencing Africa's greenest hotel

A mere 400m from the airport I potentially found the solution to make those early flights just a little bit better... Hotel Verde, dubbed "Africa's Greenest Hotel" - and rightly so.

By Ilse van den Berg 29 Jul 2014 10:55

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