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Travelling dry and light without sacrificing comfort

In one of my few he-man travel experiences, kayaking in Madagascar, I needed a range of super portable toiletry items like sheets of biodegradable shaving cream and...

By Brian Berkman 1 day ago

Love is in the Air

Sometimes the ultimate luxury is simply being alone with your loved one. At Pavilions, Phuket and their sister properties in the Himalayas and Bali their marketing differentiator is...

By Brian Berkman 19 Apr 2016

Don't miss the Red Dot and its über first world city

Known as the Red Dot on account of its tiny global footprint on a world map, Singapore stands as an example of what can be achieved when...

By Brian Berkman 13 Apr 2016

Swing by Singapore for Sling

There are so many lessons to be learned from Raffles Hotel, Singapore...

By Brian Berkman 11 Apr 2016

Ace hoteliers working with new Silo and historic Matjiesfontein

Veteran hotelier Tony Romer-Lee has been hard at work revitalising the Spier hospitality offering and now adds two major projects to his PMR consultancy...

By Brian Berkman 29 Feb 2016

Fancourt Manor House takes bespoke travel to the ultimate level

Some of the hospitality lessons from luxury Asian hotels have happily filtered down to South Africa...

By Brian Berkman 1 Dec 2015

Is this Knysna hotel in a converted power station one of a kind?

The Thesens founded a turbine-driven power station fuelled by their timber off cuts. The power station site is now the fabulous Turbine Hotel and Spa...

By Brian Berkman 27 Nov 2015

The Drostdy Hotel makes Graaff-Reinet a luxury destination

Graaff-Reinet has all the historic and architectural charm of Stellenbosch...

By Brian Berkman 17 Nov 2015

Deluxe adult treehouse hideaway for the discerning

It's easy to believe in fairies and tree people that move about the forest at night dragging their gnarled roots through the sand...

By Brian Berkman 9 Nov 2015

Stay in a Victorian Mansion in the Friendly City

Port Elizabeth is a little like I remember Cape Town while growing up...

By Brian Berkman 3 Nov 2015

This Logan's Run is the slowest paced of all

Hotelier David Rawdon was championed for his elegant eye for interiors, his Midas-touch when it came to operating hotels and, perhaps most importantly, for defining what would become a whole new category of hotel - the Country House or Boutique Hotel...

By Brian Berkman 26 Oct 2015

Parisian chic in the heart of Sea Point

Some years ago, the transformation of London Road in Sea Point began when Maurice Danon converted a tired apartment block into the most unlikely of things...

By Brian Berkman 17 Sep 2015

Minor Hotel Group opens office in Southern Africa

Minor Hotel Group (MHG) has opened up a Johannesburg office to represent its 10 properties in Southern Africa...

By Brian Berkman 11 Aug 2015

Presidential even without our national flower

Bantry Bay's Alexander Street has been a go-to address for luxury travellers since the Queen's Hotel opened in the 1800s. Years later, in the early 1970's, I think, it became The President Hotel.

By Brian Berkman 4 Aug 2015

Being blue at Belmond Reid's Palace

They say a change is as good as a holiday, but sometimes being in familiar surroundings is more relaxing...

By Brian Berkman 30 Jul 2015

The Capital Hotel Group rolls out in Cape Town and Pretoria

The Capital Hotel Group, with six properties across Sandton, are set to open two new properties, The Capital Mirage (opening October 2015), and Menlyn Main (opening in September 2016)...

By Brian Berkman 20 Jul 2015

The Portobello Hotel: a magnet to musos, fashionistas

Even before Julia Roberts entered Hugh Grant's blue door in the movie Notting Hill, W11, or Notting Hill Gate, London in the Royal Borough of Chelsea, was a place to visit...

By Brian Berkman 15 Jul 2015

Stay a while in Stuttgart

Stuttgart, Germany may be best known as the home of Mercedes Benz, Porsche and of Bosch but it is also within proximity of a charming and characteristic University town, Tübingen...

By Brian Berkman 13 Jul 2015

Added value at hotels more important than ever

Getting value for the money spent on a hotel stay is more important than ever before...

By Brian Berkman 7 Jul 2015

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

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