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See how my garden grows

Returning to Babylonstoren to stay for a second time since visiting in 2011, shortly after it opened, the overarching influence of a creative director is even more evident than before...

By Brian Berkman 15 Jun 2015 12:41

Contemporary Dutch design for Noordhoek guesthouse

With eight rooms and another on the way, Noordhoek's four-star graded guesthouse, African Queen, is ready to grow their already over 60% average occupancy...

By Brian Berkman 10 Jun 2015 12:22

Having The Last Word, again

Increasingly, experienced travellers are opting for inclusive holiday packages in response to not, as the Americans put it, "being Nickelled and Dimed"...

By Brian Berkman 8 Jun 2015 13:17

Spearheading a new Spier experience

With 153 keys, The hotel at Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, must be among the larger winelands properties...

By Brian Berkman 1 Jun 2015 13:25

A forest lodge with beach access near Cape Town

Curmudgeonly. That's what I've become...

By Brian Berkman 25 May 2015 09:58

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

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