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Brian Berkman
Rocktail: Where the blue planet comes to life

Rocktail: Where the blue planet comes to life[Brian Berkman] 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...

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Evan-Lee Courie
The Marly, it's just magical

The Marly, it's just magical[Evan-Lee Courie] 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...

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

Suncoast Towers... where your chef's on call[Brian Berkman] 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...

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Evan-Lee Courie
2014 Klink Awards winners revealed

2014 Klink Awards winners revealed[Evan-Lee Courie] A consumer-driven competition, the Klink Awards aims not only to recognise the profound impact of wine and its production, but the exceptional achievements of the South African wine tourism industry...

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Brian Berkman
Rocktail... where the turtles gather

Rocktail... where the turtles gather[Brian Berkman] 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...

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Brian Berkman
Flying? Take it SLOW...

Flying? Take it SLOW...[Brian Berkman] 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...

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Brian Berkman
Zimbali, where special attention is the norm

Zimbali, where special attention is the norm[Brian Berkman] When the F&B director and chef de cuisine ask to meet you to discuss your dietary concerns, you can expect something special...

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

Go on the rails with Rohan... it's unforgettable[Brian Berkman] 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)

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Brian Berkman
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[Brian Berkman] 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.

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Evan-Lee Courie
Q&A with Dave Andrew, FlySafair CEO

Q&A with Dave Andrew, FlySafair CEO[Evan-Lee Courie] FlySafair, the newest domestic air service in South Africa, launched on 16 October 2014. I recently caught up with FlySafair CEO, Dave Andrew, to find out what to expect from the new low-cost airline.

Posted 30 days ago | Like
Brian Berkman
Franschhoek's Last Word on intimate luxury

Franschhoek's Last Word on intimate luxury[Brian Berkman] The Last Word Franschhoek, an intimate, exquisite boutique hotel on the Main Road in South Africa's culinary capital, delivers on its promise of top-drawer luxury and personalised attention.

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Gaby Gramm
Take the emotion out of room-rate strategy

Take the emotion out of room-rate strategy[Gaby Gramm] To maximise profit, rate strategy involves finding the right mix: the right room at the right rate to the right guest on the right night. It is a complex issue, which all too often is only a thumb suck without any factual basis.

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Brian Berkman
Luxury and refinement flood back to Franschhoek following water-damage revamp

Luxury and refinement flood back to Franschhoek following water-damage revamp[Brian Berkman] We took advantage of the flood damage to properties in Franschhoek to inveigle a return invitation to one of my favourite hotels, Le Quartier Francais.

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Brian Berkman
The Quantum of the Seas

The Quantum of the Seas[Brian Berkman] On her regular South African three-city visit, Helen Beck, Regional Director, EMEA of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, is enjoying Cape Town's September sunshine.

Posted 2 months ago | Like
Brian Berkman
Onboard City Sightseeing Johannesburg

Onboard City Sightseeing Johannesburg[Brian Berkman] If, like me, you're a Joburg inner-city scaredy cat or want to get to experience the City of Gold but not struggle with parking, the City Sightseeing topless Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour is highly recommended, as it allows you to get as close, or safely away from crowds, as you like.

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Evan-Lee Courie
Summer lovin' as 2014 Klink Awards launches

Summer lovin' as 2014 Klink Awards launches[Evan-Lee Courie] Summer lovin' had me a blast, oh yeah...! is the exact tune that was playing through my head at the launch of the annual Klink Awards, which took place on Friday, 12 September 2014.

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Brian Berkman
Samson(ite) and delightful

Samson(ite) and delightful[Brian Berkman] What's worse than sitting next to someone on a long haul flight with garlic breath and smelly feet?

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Brian Berkman
Enjoy some Royale treatment

Enjoy some Royale treatment[Brian Berkman] 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...

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Brian Berkman
A touch of the Orient

A touch of the Orient[Brian Berkman] 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.

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Brian Berkman
Coopmanhuijs - where the comfortable becomes the remarkable

Coopmanhuijs - where the comfortable becomes the remarkable[Brian Berkman] 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.

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