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Brian Berkman

Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel
Location:South Africa

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Brian Berkman can be contacted on 083-441-8765 or email .
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A touch of the Orient
A touch of the Orient

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.

By Brian Berkman 2 Sep 2014 05:13

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Coopmanhuijs - where the comfortable becomes the remarkable
Coopmanhuijs - where the comfortable becomes the remarkable

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.

By Brian Berkman 29 Aug 2014 10:27

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[10 Things I Love About...] Emperors Palace
[10 Things I Love About...] Emperors Palace

Contributing Editor, Travel, Brian Berkman, asked Nigel Atherton, Complex General Manager at Emperors Palace, about why he loves his work at the Place of Dreams.

By Brian Berkman 27 Aug 2014 08:51

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[10 Things I Love About...] Stellenbosch
[10 Things I Love About...] Stellenbosch

Following a knockout stay at the historic and charming Coopmanshuijs Hotel in the heart of Stellenbosch, Contributing Editor Brian Berkman asked vivacious general manager Ilzebet Oosthuizen for her 10 Things She Loves About Stellenbosch...

By Brian Berkman 22 Aug 2014 09:35

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The Blue Train... a trip down luxury lane
The Blue Train... a trip down luxury lane

Table Mountain, Karoo windmills, diamonds from Kimberly and wave-pounded shores of Cape Town are some of the themes of artwork on The Blue Train - the self-anointed window to the soul of South Africa.

By Brian Berkman 18 Aug 2014 12:02

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Menlyn Boutique Hotel - from Havana to heavenly
Menlyn Boutique Hotel - from Havana to heavenly

Menlyn Boutique Hotel was initially built as a Cuban diplomatic residence - a good start, on which has been built a real gem of a hotel.

By Brian Berkman 12 Aug 2014 07:24

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Fairlawns is Number One
Fairlawns is Number One

Ranked number one by TripAdvisor users for Hotels in Sandton, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa has a lot to be proud of.

By Brian Berkman 6 Aug 2014 11:13

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To the MannaBay born
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

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Four Rosmead, for sure!
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

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The Queen - fit for a king
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

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Beacon beckons
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

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A great repast at The Plettenberg
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

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[10 Things I love About...] The West Rand
[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

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The Grand, where only the timber floors are stressed
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

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[10 Things I Love About...] Slacking off...
[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

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Go Gondwana
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

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[10 Things I Love About...] St James on Venice
[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

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Grootbos... In for The Long Run
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

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The Marly... Poster child for great design
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

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Tintswalo - far from the madding crowd
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

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