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Hair today, gone tomorrow

What began as an attempt to shave extra seconds off a finish time for cyclists has morphed into a growing trend of men electing to defuzz for cosmetic and hygienic reasons.

By Brian Berkman 19 May 2015 10:43

It's in the bag

Let's keep this our dirty little secret...

By Brian Berkman 9 Apr 2015 09:14

Arabella... love at first sight...

"What's not to love?" Arabella Country Estate homeowners chair, Steve Argyle, asks while my fabulous Caesar Salad is served at the hotel's Jamani restaurant.

By Brian Berkman 16 Mar 2015 09:35

All aboard...

More South Africans are taking to the high seas than ever before. Last year, 15,000 of us sailed via Cruises International and I'm one of them who have taken to cruising like, well, a duck to water...

By Brian Berkman 2 Mar 2015 06:57

Hey, this is the hotel for you in Washington DC

The Hay-Adams, a historic boutique hotel and Leading Hotel of the World, in Washington, DC has The White House, Lafayette Square and St John's Church as immediate neighbours...

By Brian Berkman 23 Jan 2015 06:53

Visit London, and reach your Milestone

Having a bespoke milliner on call is just one of the services that makes a stay at The Milestone Hotel, just across from London's Kensington Palace, a highlight...

By Brian Berkman 21 Jan 2015 07:28

When in Washington... go the Club

You're visiting Washington DC, right... so what better than to visit The Ritz-Carlton Club - and yes, it's a good as it sounds...

By Brian Berkman 14 Jan 2015 10:07

Rocktail: Where the blue planet comes to life

There is something about the quiet of being under the water that soothes my soul and my Rocktail experience did just that... and ushered me into a whole new world...

By Brian Berkman 24 Nov 2014 08:46

Suncoast Towers... where your chef's on call

Not all keys are equal. Those that have the Golden Keys, better known as Les Clefs d'Or, can unlock experiences you didn't even know you wanted...

By Brian Berkman 18 Nov 2014 11:27

Rocktail... where the turtles gather

Rocktail Bay takes it name from a ship that was wrecked there. That wreck might have happened during a storm - the sort of storm that Noah might have encountered - the sort of storm that reminds us that nature is not necessarily benign...

By Brian Berkman 13 Nov 2014 08:29

Flying? Take it SLOW...

Access to airport lounges has long been the symbol of upward mobility and previously only reserved for VIPs or those who purchased premium tickets. Nowadays, however...

By Brian Berkman 12 Nov 2014 07:12

Zimbali, where special attention is the norm

When the F&B director and chef de cuisine ask to meet you to discuss your dietary concerns, you can expect something special...

By Brian Berkman 10 Nov 2014 11:04

Go on the rails with Rohan... it's unforgettable

With his trademark tie and starched collared shirt, Rohan Vos, the patriarch of the family that redefined luxury train travel with Rovos Rail, inspects the steam locomotive. (Videos)

By Brian Berkman 6 Nov 2014 11:25

When three stars add up to more than three - in a Manor of speaking

Four star-graded hotels gained sudden favour with government employees when staying at five-star establishments was considered too wasteful while the three star-offering and below seemed relegated to the budget traveller looking for the no-frills stay.

By Brian Berkman 4 Nov 2014 09:16

Franschhoek's Last Word on intimate luxury

The Last Word Franschhoek, an intimate, exquisite boutique hotel on the Main Road in South Africa's culinary capital, delivers on its promise of top-drawer luxury and personalised attention.

By Brian Berkman 21 Oct 2014 07:30

Luxury and refinement flood back to Franschhoek following water-damage revamp

We took advantage of the flood damage to properties in Franschhoek to inveigle a return invitation to one of my favourite hotels, Le Quartier Francais.

By Brian Berkman 29 Sep 2014 11:19

The Quantum of the Seas

On her regular South African three-city visit, Helen Beck, Regional Director, EMEA of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, is enjoying Cape Town's September sunshine.

By Brian Berkman 23 Sep 2014 13:50

Onboard City Sightseeing Johannesburg

If, like me, you're a Joburg inner-city scaredy cat or want to get to experience the City of Gold but not struggle with parking, the City Sightseeing topless Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour is highly recommended, as it allows you to get as close, or safely away from crowds, as you like.

By Brian Berkman 22 Sep 2014 10:58

Enjoy some Royale treatment

With The Banting Kitchen dedicated to low-carb living on the left and a Pasta Cafe on the right, The Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa in Green Point, is wedged between two stools...

By Brian Berkman 4 Sep 2014 06:23

Samson(ite) and delightful

What's worse than sitting next to someone on a long haul flight with garlic breath and smelly feet?

By Brian Berkman 3 Sep 2014 10:40

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