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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 11:37

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 09:30

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

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

By Brian Berkman 9 Apr 2015 09:14

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 13:36

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 09:35

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 06:57

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 07:50

Lovely living at Laborie
Lovely living at Laborie

Look most South African wine farms are pretty easy on the eye: rolling hills, flourishing vineyards, historical buildings, you know the deal. However Laborie Wine Farm in the heart of Paarl has surely got to be, at least, making it through to the final rounds of the wine farm beauty pageants.

By Ruth Cooper 10 Feb 2015 10:20

Hey, this is the hotel for you in Washington DC
Hey, this is the hotel for you in Washington DC

The Hay-Adams, a historic boutique hotel and Leading Hotel of the World, in Washington, DC has The White House, Lafayette Square and St John's Church as immediate neighbours...

By Brian Berkman 23 Jan 2015 06:53

Visit London, and reach your Milestone
Visit London, and reach your Milestone

Having a bespoke milliner on call is just one of the services that makes a stay at The Milestone Hotel, just across from London's Kensington Palace, a highlight...

By Brian Berkman 21 Jan 2015 07:28

When in Washington... go the Club
When in Washington... go the Club

You're visiting Washington DC, right... so what better than to visit The Ritz-Carlton Club - and yes, it's a good as it sounds...

By Brian Berkman 14 Jan 2015 10:07

Rocktail: Where the blue planet comes to life
Rocktail: Where the blue planet comes to life

There is something about the quiet of being under the water that soothes my soul and my Rocktail experience did just that... and ushered me into a whole new world...

By Brian Berkman 24 Nov 2014 08:46

The Marly, it's just magical
The Marly, it's just magical

If you're familiar with the renowned sunset strip of Camps Bay beachfront, you will certainly know where The Promenade is. That's the spot where you will find The Marly, a luxurious 11-suite boutique hotel...

By Evan-Lee Courie 20 Nov 2014 11:42

Suncoast Towers... where your chef's on call
Suncoast Towers... where your chef's on call

Not all keys are equal. Those that have the Golden Keys, better known as Les Clefs d'Or, can unlock experiences you didn't even know you wanted...

By Brian Berkman 18 Nov 2014 11:27

Rocktail... where the turtles gather
Rocktail... where the turtles gather

Rocktail Bay takes it name from a ship that was wrecked there. That wreck might have happened during a storm - the sort of storm that Noah might have encountered - the sort of storm that reminds us that nature is not necessarily benign...

By Brian Berkman 13 Nov 2014 08:29

Flying? Take it SLOW...
Flying? Take it SLOW...

Access to airport lounges has long been the symbol of upward mobility and previously only reserved for VIPs or those who purchased premium tickets. Nowadays, however...

By Brian Berkman 12 Nov 2014 07:12

Zimbali, where special attention is the norm
Zimbali, where special attention is the norm

When the F&B director and chef de cuisine ask to meet you to discuss your dietary concerns, you can expect something special...

By Brian Berkman 10 Nov 2014 11:04

Go on the rails with Rohan... it's unforgettable
Go on the rails with Rohan... it's unforgettable

With his trademark tie and starched collared shirt, Rohan Vos, the patriarch of the family that redefined luxury train travel with Rovos Rail, inspects the steam locomotive. (Videos)

By Brian Berkman 6 Nov 2014 11:25

When three stars add up to more than three - in a Manor of speaking
When three stars add up to more than three - in a Manor of speaking

Four star-graded hotels gained sudden favour with government employees when staying at five-star establishments was considered too wasteful while the three star-offering and below seemed relegated to the budget traveller looking for the no-frills stay.

By Brian Berkman 4 Nov 2014 09:16

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

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

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