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Linger at Long Beach

[Rod Baker] 'Long Beach Resort is not so much a hotel or resort as a village - a village in which we set out to have something for everyone - to create a holiday destination to which guests will return, time and again' - Nicolas de Chalain, Long Beach's first GM.

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Get it on the Concierge Digibook, so it won't be missed

[Brian Berkman] Most upscale hotels will send a few pointers on things to do while visiting along with the ubiquitous 'please book your restaurant and spa reservations in advance of your arrival' request with your hotel confirmation.

Posted 14 days ago | Like
Orient Express rebrands: Crazy... or clever

[Brian Berkman] 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.

Posted 30 days ago | Like
Spectacular views from Zevenwacht Country Inn

[Brian Berkman] Zevenwacht in Kuilsriver is perched high on a hill with magnificent Table Mountain views.

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Rise of the smaller airlines

[Rob Baker] At the start of this year I made 22 predictions for travel in South Africa, one of which was that I expected a new airline to start up. This prediction is coming true, but in a completely unexpected way.

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Good to go...like a pro

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

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A mine of hidden gems

[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] 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.

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Berkman takes to the bush... in luxury

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

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Royal Chundu, paradise on the Zambezi

[Brian Berkman] "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...

Posted 2 months ago | Like
InterConti's a high-flyer

[Brian Berkman] 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.

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Zebula scores a hole-in-1

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

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Take time out for a trip to Tau

[Brian Berkman] 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.

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

[Brian Berkman] 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.

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Roam Rhulani

[Brian Berkman] 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.

Posted 4 months ago | Like
Browser & Grazer opens at The Woodstock Foundy

[Evan-Lee Courie] The Woodstock Foundry, a new development in Woodstock, Cape Town, recently welcomed Browser & Grazer, a single-source catering company that provides a full range of catering needs - including healthy menu options, equipment hire, bar service and staffing hire.

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Renewed experiences at Spier

[Ruth Cooper] Our #SpierNewJourney experience started off on rather a damp note - and by damp I mean torrential rain, coal-coloured clouds and significant flooding were in the mix.

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Cape Town's very own Ambassador

[Brian Berkman] The Ambassador Hotel has been a Cape Town landmark since Leon and Anthula Markowitz, at one time the city's mayoral couple, invited the world into their rock-top property in Cape Town's Bantry Bay.

Posted 5 months ago | Like
Mykonos - the Med on our doorstep

[Brian Berkman] 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.

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Enjoy the view from Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel

[Brian Berkman] Two of the best reasons to stay at Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel, managed by Three Cities, in the city centre have nothing to do with the hotel itself.

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Your top hotel checklist

[Brian Berkman] 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.

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