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[BizTrends 2016] Five top trends in tourism

As is the case with so many industries, digital technology will be a major influencer in the tourism sector. These are some of the continuing and emerging trends in 2016...

By Nicci Botha 18 Jan 2016

Reboot at Akasha Mountain Retreat
Reboot at Akasha Mountain Retreat

In this digital day and age where a beautiful sunset or a lush forest view is more often than not viewed through a tiny screen - a captured, insta'ed and retweeted version of something magical, it is wonderfully refreshing to forget that the internet ever existed and experience and appreciate something real and IRL

By Ruth Cooper 15 Dec 2015

Fancourt Manor House takes bespoke travel to the ultimate level
Fancourt Manor House takes bespoke travel to the ultimate level

Some of the hospitality lessons from luxury Asian hotels have happily filtered down to South Africa...

By Brian Berkman 1 Dec 2015

Is this Knysna hotel in a converted power station one of a kind?
Is this Knysna hotel in a converted power station one of a kind?

The Thesens founded a turbine-driven power station fuelled by their timber off cuts. The power station site is now the fabulous Turbine Hotel and Spa...

By Brian Berkman 27 Nov 2015

[NewsMaker] Justin Bonello
[NewsMaker] Justin Bonello

Justin Bonello, Cooked in Africa Films creative director and partner, is celebrating, along with executive producer and managing partner, Peter Gird, the success of the company's Ultimate Braai Master series...

By Louise Marsland 26 Nov 2015

The Drostdy Hotel makes Graaff-Reinet a luxury destination
The Drostdy Hotel makes Graaff-Reinet a luxury destination

Graaff-Reinet has all the historic and architectural charm of Stellenbosch...

By Brian Berkman 17 Nov 2015

Towers above
Towers above

It is not often that one finds fine-dining restaurants situated in hotels; sure hotel food is usually fairly fancy and of a good quality, but not usually that of the art-on-a plate variety.

By Ruth Cooper 17 Nov 2015

Authentic Indian at Bukhara
Authentic Indian at Bukhara

Tucked away up Church Street, just behind Green Market Square and above a Clicks one finds the authentically Indian restaurant Bukhara.

By Ruth Cooper 10 Nov 2015

Deluxe adult treehouse hideaway for the discerning
Deluxe adult treehouse hideaway for the discerning

It's easy to believe in fairies and tree people that move about the forest at night dragging their gnarled roots through the sand...

By Brian Berkman 9 Nov 2015

That's so Rad-isson
That's so Rad-isson

The Royal Suite at Raddisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel in Sea Point is palatial (108m² to be exact). Situated on the eighth floor, this suite boasts two balconies, two bedrooms, three bathrooms, a living room area and even a James Bond-like private boardroom.

By Ruth Cooper 4 Nov 2015

[Earth Focus] Walk on the wild side: thoughts around a campfire
[Earth Focus] Walk on the wild side: thoughts around a campfire

Life on our over-populated planet is undergoing such stress, that we risk increasing disconnection from the natural world on which our survival ultimately depends...

By Roger Metcalfe 5 Oct 2015

There's more to 'sea' than whales in Hermanus
There's more to 'sea' than whales in Hermanus

The seaside village of Hermanus will be celebrating the 24th Annual Hermanus Whale Festival from 2-4 October 2015, but there's much more to see...

By Evan-Lee Courie 29 Sep 2015

Royal treatment at the Queen Victoria Hotel
Royal treatment at the Queen Victoria Hotel

When I got invited to a lavish weekend stay at the boutique five-star Queen Victoria Hotel in Cape Town I answered with an emphatic "yes"...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 11 Sep 2015

Old school class at Winchester Mansions
Old school class at Winchester Mansions

Stepping foot into the Sea Point boutique hotel the Winchester Mansions really feels as if one is stepping back in time. The retro 70s' décor of the rooms will have you wishing you wore a sparkly flared jumpsuit, so as to fit in all the better.

By Ruth Cooper 1 Sep 2015

Country charm at Cascade
Country charm at Cascade

Along a dirt road a couple of kilometres outside of Paarl, and against a backdrop of the lush Klein Drakenstein Mountains and a gushing waterfall, you will find the charming four-star boutique hotel, Cascade Country Manor.

By Ruth Cooper 18 Aug 2015

Presidential even without our national flower
Presidential even without our national flower

Bantry Bay's Alexander Street has been a go-to address for luxury travellers since the Queen's Hotel opened in the 1800s. Years later, in the early 1970's, I think, it became The President Hotel.

By Brian Berkman 4 Aug 2015

The Portobello Hotel: a magnet to musos, fashionistas
The Portobello Hotel: a magnet to musos, fashionistas

Even before Julia Roberts entered Hugh Grant's blue door in the movie Notting Hill, W11, or Notting Hill Gate, London in the Royal Borough of Chelsea, was a place to visit...

By Brian Berkman 15 Jul 2015

Stay a while in Stuttgart
Stay a while in Stuttgart

Stuttgart, Germany may be best known as the home of Mercedes Benz, Porsche and of Bosch but it is also within proximity of a charming and characteristic University town, Tübingen...

By Brian Berkman 13 Jul 2015

Meandering in Malaysia: Reasons why you should visit
Meandering in Malaysia: Reasons why you should visit

Malaysia has never been on my bucket list, but when you begin to research the destination, you'll be surprised at what you will find...

By Evan-Lee Courie 8 Jul 2015

Ten little things that Japan does differently
Ten little things that Japan does differently

Travel is good for creativity, it forces you to look at the world with fresh eyes - and few countries are as both as strange and familiar as Japan.

By Sarah Britten 18 Jun 2015

Contemporary Dutch design for Noordhoek guesthouse
Contemporary Dutch design for Noordhoek guesthouse

With eight rooms and another on the way, Noordhoek's four-star graded guesthouse, African Queen, is ready to grow their already over 60% average occupancy...

By Brian Berkman 10 Jun 2015

Spearheading a new Spier experience
Spearheading a new Spier experience

With 153 keys, The hotel at Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, must be among the larger winelands properties...

By Brian Berkman 1 Jun 2015

Five gadgets to transform the way you travel
Five gadgets to transform the way you travel

Whether you're a seasoned business traveller or just recently started globetrotting, having the right gadgets can make your trip more manageable - and enjoyable...

By Nafisa Akabor 27 May 2015

One&Only Cape Town: foodie heaven
One&Only Cape Town: foodie heaven

TripAdvisor chose Cape Town as one of its top destinations for 2015. What better way to experience one of the best cities on the planet than by staying at one of Africa's best hotels?

By Eugene Yiga 4 May 2015

Sail away at the PortsWood Hotel
Sail away at the PortsWood Hotel

Given that it's located at the V&A Waterfront, perhaps it's not surprising that the PortsWood, one of two dozen Legacy Group hotels across Africa, has a nautical theme.

By Eugene Yiga 29 Apr 2015

It's in the bag
It's in the bag

Let's keep this our dirty little secret...

By Brian Berkman 9 Apr 2015

Road Tripping Namibia
Road Tripping Namibia

Road Tripping Namibia, by Fiona McIntosh, Shaen Adey, Willie Olivier, Ron Swilling, Katy Sharpe and Nick Buys, will open your eyes to Namibia...

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 18 Mar 2015

Arabella... love at first sight...
Arabella... love at first sight...

"What's not to love?" Arabella Country Estate homeowners chair, Steve Argyle, asks while my fabulous Caesar Salad is served at the hotel's Jamani restaurant.

By Brian Berkman 16 Mar 2015

All aboard...
All aboard...

More South Africans are taking to the high seas than ever before. Last year, 15,000 of us sailed via Cruises International and I'm one of them who have taken to cruising like, well, a duck to water...

By Brian Berkman 2 Mar 2015

Book Review: Things ewe never kn'ewe about South African place names
Book Review: Things ewe never kn'ewe about South African place names

Things ewe never kn'ewe about South African place names, by Ann Gadd, and reviewed by Motoring Editor Henrie Geyser, takes you from Baardskeerdersbos to Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein - and all points between...

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 18 Feb 2015

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