Brian Berkman

Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel
Location:South Africa


Brian Berkman can be contacted on 083-441-8765 or email .
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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


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

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

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


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...

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


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 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


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


Africa's Pride... that's Crystal Towers Hotel

I've changed dramatically in the two years since I first stayed at African Pride's Crystal Towers Hotel so on this visit I was looking for ways in which the hotel had also changed.

By Brian Berkman 30 Apr 2014 14:45


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


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

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.

By Brian Berkman 2 Apr 2014 13:00


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

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