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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

Probably the worst thing after a missing a flight is catching one of those dreaded 6am flights from Cape Town to Jozi or Durbs. Not only does it mean you have to at least be at the airport by 5:20am (if you checked in online), but if you live as far as Fish Hoek or Brackenfell, you have to get up at like 3:30am. No one should have to do that!

By Ilse van den Berg 29 Jul 2014 10:55

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

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

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

[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

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

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

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

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

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

The long and wining road

Mae West once said that too much of a good thing is wonderful. Perhaps she was referring to a Stellenbosch wine-tasting tour?

By Eugene Yiga 22 May 2014 12:09

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

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

Bantry Bay: Better butlers beckon

When new GM, Eben Lassen was largely responsible for the success of Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa, you can believe it when he says he has big plans to upgrade Three Cities' Bantry Bay Suite Hotel and is sending his already excellent staff for butler training.

By Brian Berkman 29 Apr 2014 12:22

Magical world of bucket list destinations

After more than 10 years of criss-crossing Southern Africa as the Bush Editor of SA4x4 magazine Patrick Cruywagen has produced a fascinating collection of 150 'must-do-at-least-once-in-your-lifetime' destinations and activities that throws down the gauntlet to everybody with a love for travel and new experiences.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 2 Apr 2014 09:01

Ambre - 4-star with 5-star service

Feel like a getaway without the kids? Feel like getting married and need a romantic venue? Try Ambre... now Adults Only

By Rod Baker 23 Mar 2014 16:12

Orient Express rebrands: Crazy... or clever

When I first heard that Orient-Express had rebranded as Belmond my immediate reaction was what a crazy and misguided waste of brand equity. When I think Orient-Express, I think Agatha Christie, Lalique art decor crystal panels, and the elegance and romance of a bygone area.

By Brian Berkman 17 Mar 2014 12:36

A different picture on publishing, marketing

When a former magazine publisher turns his hand to creating bespoke customer-orientated media, you can expect it will be rich in visual content.

By Brian Berkman 26 Feb 2014 07:20

Good to go...like a pro

At least the GoPro Hero3+ came back with me this time. (Video)

By Brian Berkman 18 Feb 2014 09:52

A mine of hidden gems

Road Tripping South Africa provides some fascinating glimpses of hidden gems tucked away on old familiar routes and destinations, which might come as surprising delights even to seasoned travellers.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 17 Feb 2014 07:40

Big data to boost travel sector

Like all other industries, travel and tourism has traditionally been operated on gut feel, guesswork and historical data. Decisions on packages, pricing and destinations were made by operators, not travellers, and personalised packages were limited. However, big data is set to change this.

By Nadine Shenker 12 Feb 2014 08:05

Berkman takes to the bush... in luxury

I returned to Bushmans Kloof in the Cederberg to find my healthier inner-self and connected with the ancestors in the process.

By Brian Berkman 3 Feb 2014 09:02

Royal Chundu, paradise on the Zambezi

"That's a Narina Trogon," Solilo Kalumba, SK to his friends, pointed out. Armed with my iPhone Bird Guide App, I disagreed. "Narina Trogons don't live here," I read from the guide, smug in my correctness...

By Brian Berkman 27 Jan 2014 09:57

InterConti's a high-flyer

Staying in an airport hotel needn't be a grudge purchase. I wish our one night at the InterContinental OR Tambo could have been a week.

By Brian Berkman 21 Jan 2014 13:00

Zebula scores a hole-in-1

Think about Zebula Golf and Safari Lodge as a Club Med experience and you couldn't be happier.

By Brian Berkman 14 Jan 2014 09:57

Take time out for a trip to Tau

There is, of course, the legend of the lost Kruger Millions but even that tenuous link to great stories suggests the gold bullion is somewhere near Machadadorp and not hidden beneath a lion's den in The Kruger National Park.

By Brian Berkman 9 Jan 2014 14:31

Clico... a rose by any other name...

Clico Boutique Hotel is in a converted grand old farm-style house with a Cape Dutch gabled roof from the time when Rosebank, Johannesburg wasn't the social and economic hub it is today.

By Brian Berkman 6 Jan 2014 11:24

Fit for Caesar

The Emperors Palace complex by hotel group Peermont provides a number of hotels, casino, entertainment centre and a convention centre where I was attending an event.

By Brian Berkman 12 Dec 2013 10:33

Roam Rhulani

When Rolf Steiner and Marisa Silva, two Swiss Re executives working out of Sao Paulo, Brazil purchased Rhulani Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Reserve, near the South African border of Botswana, passion, not profit, was their motivation.

By Brian Berkman 10 Dec 2013 11:46

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