When your chef has 'live to cook' tattooed down his forearm, the expectation of something delicious to eat is already set. Add to that reports that he worked in starred restaurants in Europe and at Ellerman House in Cape Town, Omar Koenen - the recently appointed head chef at AtholPlace Hotel & Villa in Johannesburg - has a pretty high bar to clear.
Brian Berkman 6 Mar 2018
Although the fruit industry is the major Grabouw employer, two retirees who have changed focus to the hospitality industry believe that tourism will be the key force for good in the valley.
Brian Berkman 9 Feb 2018
With the Sentinel looming large over the bay that is caressed by Chapman's Peak scenic drive, Hout Bay may be unique in its combination of curvaceous beach, working harbour and fish factories, exclusive enclaves and costly homes as well as a large informally housed community.
Brian Berkman 5 Feb 2018
Durban has always boasted a wide selection of accommodation options along its seaside, but the Protea Hotel by Marriot in Umhlanga is fast becoming the epicentre of the food and drink scene.
Brian Berkman 7 Aug 2017
In 2012 a North West farmer decides it's time for a life change and asks his children what they should do. “They both said Cape Town,” explains Hendrik Bloem...
Brian Berkman 26 Apr 2017
It is not enough to be a great farmer nowadays. You also need to be a great marketer and learning to think about yourself, those that work for you and what you produce in the way that a journalist would...
Brian Berkman 7 Mar 2017
The Pilanesberg Game Reserve near Rustenburg is especially appealing because of its close proximity to Pretoria and easy access within the hour. From OR Tambo airport in Gauteng it is just two-and-a-half hours journey, a major time saving for guests who typically travel twice as far and more into the Kruger National Park.
Brian Berkman 2 Mar 2017
Not since César Ritz has one family name been as synonymous with quality hospitality as Conrad Hilton's has. For nearly a century, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has been proudly welcoming the world's travellers.
Brian Berkman 27 Feb 2017
Unlike Sandton which is a jumble of high-rises with little else other than the pulse of finance running through its veins, Rosebank still offers a more human scale environment where top luxury hotels sit cheek by cheek with 70s apartment blocks and corporate headquarters...
Brian Berkman 24 Feb 2017
The Explorers Club is aimed at the discerning traveller with an adventurous heart. If you bring your own robes and slippers, there won't be a single luxury amenity you will miss...
Brian Berkman 31 Oct 2016