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
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
Zevenwacht in Kuilsriver is perched high on a hill with magnificent Table Mountain views.
By Brian Berkman 5 Mar 2014 10:30
When a former magazine publisher turns his hand to creating bespoke customer-orientated media, you can expect it will be rich in visual content.
By Brian Berkman 26 Feb 2014 07:20
At least the GoPro Hero3+ came back with me this time. (Video)
By Brian Berkman 18 Feb 2014 09:52
I returned to Bushmans Kloof in the Cederberg to find my healthier inner-self and connected with the ancestors in the process.
By Brian Berkman 3 Feb 2014 09:02
"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...
By Brian Berkman 27 Jan 2014 09:57
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.
By Brian Berkman 21 Jan 2014 13:00
Think about Zebula Golf and Safari Lodge as a Club Med experience and you couldn't be happier.
By Brian Berkman 14 Jan 2014 09:57
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.
By Brian Berkman 9 Jan 2014 14:31
The Taj Cape Town in St George's Mall has announced it will now manage the adjacent ABC Bank building as a 400-pax conference and events venue.
By Brian Berkman 9 Jan 2014 08:31
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.
By Brian Berkman 6 Jan 2014 11:24
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.
By Brian Berkman 12 Dec 2013 10:33
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.
By Brian Berkman 10 Dec 2013 11:46
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.
By Brian Berkman 12 Nov 2013 10:45
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.
By Brian Berkman 8 Nov 2013 11:43
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.
By Brian Berkman 5 Nov 2013 13:42
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.
By Brian Berkman 1 Nov 2013 11:35
"That's the biggest piece of pink quartz I've ever seen," said Trisha Bam, my former editor and now head of communications at a Cape university.
By Brian Berkman 29 Oct 2013 09:51
Being dyslexic can have unintended consequences. Sometimes, even as I type, I use a 'b' instead of a 'd' and transposing numbers happens, especially when I'm not paying careful attention, all too often.
By Brian Berkman 22 Oct 2013 10:17
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