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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, then you will share my surprise when I tell you that it is a destination town and not a serendipitous drive-through, that it attracts Russian oligarchs and oil-rich sheiks and that it is always visited at least twice.

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

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

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

[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

[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

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

City-living at Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel & Spa
City-living at Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel & Spa

Mandela Rhodes Place, part of the Three Cities hotel group, is situated opposite the St George's Cathedral in the energetic heart of the Mother City. Not the average 'hotel feel', Mandela Rhodes Place was born out of the restoration and integration of four historic buildings around a contemporary tower block.

By Ilse van den Berg 18 Aug 2014 11:04

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

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

Become a fan of Fancourt
Become a fan of Fancourt

Imagine soft green mounds, rolling hills, wispy clouds, the gentle caress of the sun on your cheek, the sound of chirping birds and the nee-yow of golf carts in the distance. Imagine this and you might have a pretty good idea of what it might be like to stand overlooking the lush green grounds of Fancourt, the premier leisure resort on the Garden Route on a still-and-sunny winter's day morning.

By Ruth Cooper 23 Jul 2014 09:32

Four Rosmead, for sure!
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
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
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
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

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

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

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