[Ruth Cooper] 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.
[Ruth Cooper] 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.
[Ruth Cooper] 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.
[Ruth Cooper] 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.
[Ruth Cooper] 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.
[Ruth Cooper] Situated in the beating heart of Cape Town, one street above iconic Long Street, the Pepper Club Hotel and Spa caters to a trendy and jet-setting clientele.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] 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.
[Rod Baker] No, not Seattle... Mauritius, though cynics might suggest that wherever it's intoned, the longest sentence in the English language is "I do"*.
[Rod Baker] Feel like a getaway without the kids? Feel like getting married and need a romantic venue? Try Ambre... now Adults Only
[Brian Berkman] 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.
[A. Field] If one is going to cheat death and live forever, it might as well be in Tuscany, says luxury traveller A Field.
[Eugene Yiga] A two-day corporate retreat. In the wilderness. In the middle of winter. Little did I know that what initially sounded a bit unappealing would turn into the perfect break!
[Sindy Peters] Treated with the honeymoon suite at the Alluvia Wine Estate, there was very little to complain about - it's a truly magical setting. Blessed with a sunny day in the middle of winter, we were lured into the "vineyard lifestyle".
[Natalie Swain] 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.
[Sindy Peters] Charly's Bakery has been around the proverbial block in Cape Town over the years, finally finding a home in The Fringe. Famous for its cakes and quiche, the TV show opened up the bakery's oven doors to an international audience, but now Charly's has boldly gone where no bakery's gone before - to a trailer park.
[Brian Berkman] 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.
[Lauren Ratcliffe] 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.
[Sindy Peters] Did you know the diamond you're rocking on your ring finger started forming billions of years ago? That's right, billions - way before dinosaurs walked upon Earth. The Cape Town Diamond Museum at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town offers many more interesting facts about one of our most precious stones.
[Will Smith] 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.