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Four Rosmead, for sure!

Four Rosmead is the kind of Cape Town boutique hotel where you would put your visiting family and friends who can afford to fly First but choose Business class instead.

By Brian Berkman 22 Jul 2014 11:49

The Queen - fit for a king

When you're staying in the land's third oldest hotel you expect to see cracks showing and the plaster crumbling from the walls.

By Brian Berkman 18 Jul 2014 09:00

Beacon beckons

People who think that the Pansy Shell is what most identify with as the symbol of Plettenberg Bay are wrong.

By Brian Berkman 14 Jul 2014 10:45

A great repast at The Plettenberg

All top hotels now enquire about dietary requirements when you book but this is the first time I've been presented with a full menu tailored to my low-carb, high-fat, no sugar diet.

By Brian Berkman 9 Jul 2014 12:29

Celebrating flavour with Seelan

I've been acquainted with Chef Seelan Sundoo's visionary culinary skills once before, so I knew I was in for a treat when invited to dine at his very own Seelan - a restaurant and bar offering a celebration of flavour in the best sense of the word and a relaxed yet refined atmosphere.

By Angie White 8 Jul 2014 09:00

Make your way to Empire Café

Chances are, if you're a local, or are familiar with Muizenberg (to a further extent than knowing about the fantastic family beach, colourful wooden houses, surfers, and effective shark alarm), you'll know the legendary Empire Café in York Road.

By Ilse van den Berg 7 Jul 2014 09:05

[10 Things I love About...] The West Rand

Contributing Editor, Travel, Brian Berkman, asked Shane Collinson, Director of Operations and Complex General Manager at Silverstar about why he loves the West Rand with such passion.

By Brian Berkman 25 Jun 2014 09:52

The Grand, where only the timber floors are stressed

It takes a special kind of visionary to turn a decrepit piece of real estate into a boutique hotel that is recommended by trendy and upscale group Mr and Mrs Smith.

By Brian Berkman 24 Jun 2014 10:59

[10 Things I Love About...] Slacking off...

Slack packing, or hiking with someone else transporting your gear and checking into accommodation along the way is gaining popularity with folk who love the great outdoors but not enough to sleep under it.

By Brian Berkman 19 Jun 2014 07:54

Go Gondwana

If you're used to staying at top-end private game lodges in Kruger's Sabi Sands and paying upwards of R8,000 a night you might be disappointed with Gondwana - a fynbos and big-five reserve in Mossel Bay, in the Cape.

By Brian Berkman 17 Jun 2014 11:56

Arabian adventures and desert safaris in Dubai

Dubai as a country, and as a tourist destination, is booming faster than I can keep up with. And with this rapid growth in tourism comes the need to think outside of the box and stay ahead of the pack when it comes to creating tourist attractions and activities that will have holidaymakers flocking to Dubai's shores.

By Gabbi Brondani 12 Jun 2014 12:23

[10 Things I Love About...] St James on Venice

The St James on Venice is a 15-roomed boutique hotel near the Presidential Residence, The Kings House, in Morningside, Durban. Having enjoyed a stay there, I asked Sunet Pringle about the 10 Things She Loves About It.

By Brian Berkman 12 Jun 2014 09:37

Grootbos... In for The Long Run

For Grootbos Nature Reserve owner and Managing Director Michael Lutzeyer, being included in The Long Run is big news.

By Brian Berkman 6 Jun 2014 10:19

Wined, dined and treated fine at the The Twelve Apostles

The Red Carnation's The Twelve Apostles fine attention to detail and preference catering starts way before you arrive at this five-star boutique hotel and spa. Once a reservation is confirmed, so are your personal room preferences.

By Ruth Cooper 4 Jun 2014 10:49

The Marly... Poster child for great design

Perhaps it was looking over the green tiled roof of Blues Restaurant that reminded Paul Kovensky, of The Kove Collection, about Fairmont's chateau-styled hotels but what ever the inspiration, the high-glam meets chateau-chic of The Marly is inspired.

By Brian Berkman 3 Jun 2014 07:29

Tintswalo - far from the madding crowd

If the Milkwoods that lean over the cove as if to keep the sea away from the mountain could talk there's be stories of happy family holidays, ragamuffins, community projects and, most recently, deluxe accommodation and fine dining.

By Brian Berkman 28 May 2014 14:26

Peermont announces new builds, upgrades

Peermont Hotels, Casinos and Resorts used Indaba 2014 to list news of R373m refurbishments, new builds and upgrades.

By Brian Berkman 28 May 2014 05:20

Rise, shine and Shimmy!

It was a beautiful sunny Saturday morning in Cape Town, reminiscent of summer with the freshness of autumn - perfect for breakfast by the sea. Celebrating a special birthday, the family and I were quite excited to experience Shimmy Beach Club's very first breakfast service.

By Angie White 27 May 2014 16:02

The long and wining road

Mae West once said that too much of a good thing is wonderful. Perhaps she was referring to a Stellenbosch wine-tasting tour?

By Eugene Yiga 22 May 2014 12:09

Le good life at Le Franschhoek

Franschhoek has always been a town I felt an affinity towards; the sophisticated French cousin to my hip Mother City if you will. With great food, wine, art, culture and scenery it's hard not to be seduced by her many charms.

By Ruth Cooper 21 May 2014 10:48

A touch of magic at Majeka House

Magic House might be a more appropriate name for this Stellenbosch boutique hotel and spa. Filled with quirky touches, inspired décor, uniquely and individually themed rooms and a masterpiece of a menu.

By Ruth Cooper 20 May 2014 10:34

Liz Biden: Creating places others can enjoy

Just as The Royal Portfolio of deluxe lodges, villas and boutique hotels announced its acquisition of The One Above, arguably the most prestigious real estate in the V&A Waterfront, Contributing Editor, Brian Berkman chatted to dynamic owner Liz Biden.

By Brian Berkman 16 May 2014 05:15

Hearty Italian cuisine at Balducci's

Winter is coming and I can't think of a better way to fight the cold than with some hearty Italian cuisine.

By Eugene Yiga 14 May 2014 10:53

A view on the Blu

With 177 keys, The Radisson Blu at Granger Bay abutting the V&A Waterfront, is large enough to accommodate groups and airline crews but still manages to maintain the feeling of an intimate hotel.

By Brian Berkman 8 May 2014 06:39

The US - where a picture while travelling is worth 1000 words

The United States of America is a country filled with history and adventure, and travelling to the US will expose you to new experiences, different cultures and fascinating people wherever you go. No two days travelling through the US will be the same, which is why it's always a good idea to keep a camera on standby for when beauty strikes in a moment that you may want to capture and look back on when your trip is over.

By Gabbi Brondani 7 May 2014 14:08

Relax and recharge at De Hoop

If yearning for a quiet and remote getaway surrounded by spectacular nature, yet still privy to a few basic luxuries, then the De Hoop Nature Reserve, a world heritage site situated in the Overberg region just a few hours' drive from Cape Town might be just what you're looking for.

By Ruth Cooper 6 May 2014 10:23

Add a little spice to your life at the Pepper Club

Situated in the beating heart of Cape Town, one street above iconic Long Street, the Pepper Club Hotel and Spa caters to a trendy and jet-setting clientele.

By Ruth Cooper 5 May 2014 09:52

Africa's Pride... that's Crystal Towers Hotel

I've changed dramatically in the two years since I first stayed at African Pride's Crystal Towers Hotel so on this visit I was looking for ways in which the hotel had also changed.

By Brian Berkman 30 Apr 2014 14:45

You can ring my Beluga

Since its relaunch in 2006, Beluga has grown into one of South Africa's top restaurants.Even though my friend and I had an early dinner reservation on a public holiday, the cobbled outdoor terrace was packed when we arrived.

By Eugene Yiga 30 Apr 2014 09:21

Bantry Bay: Better butlers beckon

When new GM, Eben Lassen was largely responsible for the success of Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa, you can believe it when he says he has big plans to upgrade Three Cities' Bantry Bay Suite Hotel and is sending his already excellent staff for butler training.

By Brian Berkman 29 Apr 2014 12:22

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