Most of my school friends went to Langebaan for the holidays but we always went to visit family in Durban or Bloemfontein. From their stories of the warm lagoon and fun they had, Langebaan was a place I always knew I was missing out on.
By Brian Berkman 8 Nov 2013 11:43
James B Sherwood's list of What Makes A Five-Star Hotel Great is just one reason why you should read his memoire, Orient-Express: A Personal Journey.
By Brian Berkman 1 Nov 2013 11:35
It's one thing signing up at your local gym and actually going regularly. I had every good intention when I registered for Adventure Boot Camp, but oh, that dreaded click of the mouse.
By Jessica Taylor 29 Oct 2013 13:16
So frustrated with glasses falling off my face while bending forward or jogging I resolved to have corrective Lasik surgery in the hope that my days wearing glasses might, finally, be over.
By Brian Berkman 16 Oct 2013 07:47
Do you need to get away from it all, I mean truly get away and unwind where technology, cellular contact, or electronics can't tempt you to step back into everyday life?
By Jordan Scott 25 Jul 2013 10:42
Bodytec claims to offer a revolutionary alternative to regular exercise. This may be music to the ears of the gym-weary and the gym-wary alike. Bodytec could be the ideal ally in the fight against packing on winter weight.
By Natalie Swain 4 Jun 2013 15:51
She may be an '80s gal, but The Peninsula All-Suite-Hotel is in the process of a R6m nip and tuck that will bring back everything we loved about Dallas and Dynasty to Sea Point's beachfront.
By Brian Berkman 3 Jun 2013 12:05
Today work is across many countries, many provinces and many cultures. We are all widespread. Globalisation has taken over and work is 24/7 across various time zones. Work never stops or shuts down. Somewhere, someone is always at work.
By Linda Trim 27 May 2013 12:13
Be it the fault of the song One Night in Bangkok or Patpong Road in the big city, talk Thai massage and most people start to snigger into their sleeves making jokes about happy endings.
By Brian Berkman 26 Apr 2013 10:21
The Queen Mary 2 is not a cruise ship. Heaven forbid. It is an ocean liner - in fact, the only true-blue ocean liner plying the oceans of the world today.
By Chris Moerdyk 22 Apr 2013 12:26
Recently I've been thinking about how much I absolutely love, adore, thrive, breathe, eat and sleep the work that I do. And how unbelievably annoying that must be for most people I know.
By Lauren Ratcliffe 17 Apr 2013 07:07
I couldn't have been more wrong about Pearl Valley. I had dismissed an earlier invitation out of hand when I was still too fat and unfit to walk around a golf estate and the thought of visiting one held no appeal whatsoever.
By Brian Berkman 12 Apr 2013 08:35
A few years ago, there was no such thing as an employee wellness programme, but now there are entire departments and businesses dedicated to its success. Is this just a modern trend in the workplace or an essential part of a business strategy?
By Kay Vittee 11 Apr 2013 12:43
Time is definitely one of the most valuable things an individual can have. But then again, we do not live with unlimited time, there are only 24-hours a day for us to do what we have to do including sleep, eat, and rest.
By Will Smith 6 Apr 2013 07:05
It was only after hearing the owls at night and the chattering monkeys the next day that we realised we were not hearing rural Hout Bay but The World of Birds, the neighbouring property to the five-acre set up that is Riverside Estates.
By Brian Berkman 5 Apr 2013 10:49
Although the Shanti Maurice resort on the east cost of Mauritius has always had holistic health at its epicentre, they continue to be en trend with their announcement of a Health & Fitness Week in June this year.
By Brian Berkman 4 Apr 2013 11:25
As we gaily simulate horse-riding while singing in Korean, the eyes of judgment fall upon us for clinging to the relics of yesteryear. Don't allow yourself to get caught doing last years' exercises or wearing scrubs that are "Soooo 2012", oh my readers. This year, you're going to be ahead of the curve and I'm going to help you do just that. Presenting the health trends of 2013...
By Chamendran Naidoo 23 Jan 2013 11:48
I'm not grateful to my Neanderthal forebears. While facial hair might be a hipster requirement, having it sprout from all orifices as it does in my case, is not. I, and those of us who don't want to look like Uriah Heep or some other Dickinsonian character, have to keep facial and, for that matter, body hair, in close check.
By Brian Berkman 27 Dec 2012 09:41
La Pirogue, named for the traditional Mauritian twin-sailed fishing boat, bills itself as the most authentic Mauritian resort. Its individual chalets are also modelled on the traditional Mauritian thatched house. What it also has is seemingly acres of rolling lawns, and the tranquillity of a Trappist monastery.
By Rod Baker 19 Nov 2012 05:03
Good old plantation (colonial) architecture, good old plantation hospitality. Sugar Beach is the ultimate resort to relax... Where a couple of days feels like a week - and you could be excused for not falling down if you saw Rhett Butler lugging Scarlet past you up the stairs and telling her 'Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn - you're coming upstairs to check out my new luggage. And that's an end to it!'
By Rod Baker 12 Nov 2012 05:09
Just a hop, skip and jump away from Grahamstown towards Port Elizabeth is Pumba Private Game Reserve.
By Brian Berkman 12 Oct 2012 04:47
Mozambique is a country rich in culture and unspoiled beauty. It is truly an up-and-coming destination for both business and leisure and the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group's recent expansion into this fast-growing African paradise reinforces our investment into the continent. The ultra-modern Radisson Blu Hotel Maputo overlooks the Indian Ocean and is within easy reach of Maputo's bustling city centre.
By Brian Berkman 2 Oct 2012 11:51
Le Franschhoek was one of those places we've heard about but never quite managed to get to, so when the opportunity came up to try it out, we jumped at the chance - well, as much as a couple of geriatrics can jump at anything, that is. Glad we did.
By Rod Baker 19 Aug 2012 13:59
When the Victoria Junction Hotel was built in 1996 it was part of one of the first New York-style loft redevelopments of industrial warehousing. The interiors were quirkily geared towards the movie industry, albeit a little verging on the theme-park. On a return visit, after many years, I was disappointed that none of the quirkiness remained following the 2011 refurbishment. In short, what was once an interesting, individual hotel now seems bland.
By Brian Berkman 13 Aug 2012 05:39
Taj Cape Town has recently launched its exclusive Taste by Taj membership programme, an extension of the hotel's service offering to ensure that local guests and regular users of the hotel's many facilities receive maximum enjoyment and value.
By Brian Berkman 27 Jul 2012 17:35
With social media we have all become storytellers. One of Anantara Resorts' differentiators is their focus on giving guests experiences that become stories as well as enabling their telling. Having high-speed free Wi-Fi all over the Island is just one way they achieve this but also by choreographing wow moments that become the fulcrum around which tales of the journey are told.
By Brian Berkman 19 Jul 2012 05:34
A bespoke travel company with high-end clients, Giltedge Incentives is part of the Giltedge group of companies with over 50 staff members across the various divisions. These include Giltedge International (corporate travel), Giltedge Africa (inbound leisure travel), Giltedge Golf & Sport travel and Giltedge Destination Management (inbound MICE).
By Brian Berkman 19 Apr 2012 12:36
When assessing the value of something most of us look at what's there. What do we get for our money? At Grootbos, you must consider what's not there. There isn't pollution (unless you're allergic to fynbos pollens), there isn't noise (unless the sound of birds and the crashing sea is bothersome) there aren't crowds - even at full capacity the 1768ha reserve is vast so it is easy to feel oneself alone, in nature.
By Brian Berkman 16 Apr 2012 07:05
Mention the name Lew Rood to anyone in the know in tourism and hospitality and they will coo adoringly. I have not yet met another who has such a warmly affectionate following. As he reinvents himself as a specialist hospitality consultant, after retiring from Singita where his marketing and sales skills catapulted the brand to market leader in bespoke safari, I thought it fitting that he should kick off a new BizTravel feature: 10 Things I Love About...
By Brian Berkman 15 Mar 2012 11:56
I was excited to go to the Townhouse Hotel last night to listen to Dr John Demartini's talk on "Successfully Setting and Achieving Goals". As a life coach, I have presented several talks on the same subject, so I was very curious to see how this world-renowned expert would go about it. Energetically, passionately and with humour, was how he shared his wisdom with more than 200 people who gathered to listen to him.
By Alan Hughes 5 Mar 2012 09:48
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