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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 13:55

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 12:50

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 10:17

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 08:38

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 13:59

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 05:58

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 13:31

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 11:58

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

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