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Franschhoek's Last Word on intimate luxury
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
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
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
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
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
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

A touch of the Orient
A touch of the Orient

Build it and they will come may be talking about another Field of Dreams but it perfectly describes the mirage that becomes the oasis that rises up from the dusty red land of Elandsfontein.

By Brian Berkman 2 Sep 2014 05:13

Coopmanhuijs - where the comfortable becomes the remarkable
Coopmanhuijs - where the comfortable becomes the remarkable

Copies of The Hollywood Reporter magazine in the lounge at Coopmanhuijs Hotel, in Stellenbosch, seem out of place among the books on wine, art and the historic treasures of the area.

By Brian Berkman 29 Aug 2014 10:27

[10 Things I Love About...] Emperors Palace
[10 Things I Love About...] Emperors Palace

Contributing Editor, Travel, Brian Berkman, asked Nigel Atherton, Complex General Manager at Emperors Palace, about why he loves his work at the Place of Dreams.

By Brian Berkman 27 Aug 2014 08:51

[10 Things I Love About...] Stellenbosch
[10 Things I Love About...] Stellenbosch

Following a knockout stay at the historic and charming Coopmanshuijs Hotel in the heart of Stellenbosch, Contributing Editor Brian Berkman asked vivacious general manager Ilzebet Oosthuizen for her 10 Things She Loves About Stellenbosch...

By Brian Berkman 22 Aug 2014 09:35

The Blue Train... a trip down luxury lane
The Blue Train... a trip down luxury lane

Table Mountain, Karoo windmills, diamonds from Kimberly and wave-pounded shores of Cape Town are some of the themes of artwork on The Blue Train - the self-anointed window to the soul of South Africa.

By Brian Berkman 18 Aug 2014 12:02

Menlyn Boutique Hotel - from Havana to heavenly
Menlyn Boutique Hotel - from Havana to heavenly

Menlyn Boutique Hotel was initially built as a Cuban diplomatic residence - a good start, on which has been built a real gem of a hotel.

By Brian Berkman 12 Aug 2014 07:24

Fairlawns is Number One
Fairlawns is Number One

Ranked number one by TripAdvisor users for Hotels in Sandton, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa has a lot to be proud of.

By Brian Berkman 6 Aug 2014 11:13

To the MannaBay born
To the MannaBay born

There is so much added value for guests staying at MannaBay that the room rate is great value when compared with run-of-the-mill five-star establishments.

By Brian Berkman 31 Jul 2014 11:47

Four Rosmead, for sure!
Four Rosmead, for sure!

Four Rosmead is the kind of Cape Town boutique hotel where you would put your visiting family and friends who can afford to fly First but choose Business class instead.

By Brian Berkman 22 Jul 2014 11:49

The Queen - fit for a king
The Queen - fit for a king

When you're staying in the land's third oldest hotel you expect to see cracks showing and the plaster crumbling from the walls.

By Brian Berkman 18 Jul 2014 09:00

Beacon beckons
Beacon beckons

People who think that the Pansy Shell is what most identify with as the symbol of Plettenberg Bay are wrong.

By Brian Berkman 14 Jul 2014 10:45

A great repast at The Plettenberg
A great repast at The Plettenberg

All top hotels now enquire about dietary requirements when you book but this is the first time I've been presented with a full menu tailored to my low-carb, high-fat, no sugar diet.

By Brian Berkman 9 Jul 2014 12:29

[10 Things I love About...] The West Rand
[10 Things I love About...] The West Rand

Contributing Editor, Travel, Brian Berkman, asked Shane Collinson, Director of Operations and Complex General Manager at Silverstar about why he loves the West Rand with such passion.

By Brian Berkman 25 Jun 2014 09:52

The Grand, where only the timber floors are stressed
The Grand, where only the timber floors are stressed

It takes a special kind of visionary to turn a decrepit piece of real estate into a boutique hotel that is recommended by trendy and upscale group Mr and Mrs Smith.

By Brian Berkman 24 Jun 2014 10:59

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