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[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 buzzing 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

Grootbos... In for The Long Run
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
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
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
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 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

Le good life at Le Franschhoek
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
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
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

A view on the Blu
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

Relax and recharge at De Hoop
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

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