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La Petite Ferme's new chef impresses

With the recent appointment of executive chef Sidwell Yarrow, La Petite Ferme is raising its head above the culinary parapets of Franschhoek, long feted as SA's gourmet capital.

By Brian Berkman 18 Aug 2017

In good company with Franschhoek's Grand Provence

Stay in understated luxury at one of Franschhoek's most historic wine estates, Grande Provence, at local-is-lekker off-season rates that are hard to beat for value for money.

By Brian Berkman 15 Aug 2017

Protea Hotel by Marriott is epicentre of Umhlanga food scene

Durban has always boasted a wide selection of accommodation options along its seaside, but the Protea Hotel by Marriot in Umhlanga is fast becoming the epicentre of the food and drink scene.

By Brian Berkman 7 Aug 2017

Greyton Lodge offers comfortable, contemporary farm-village style

In 2012 a North West farmer decides it's time for a life change and asks his children what they should do. “They both said Cape Town,” explains Hendrik Bloem...

By Brian Berkman 26 Apr 2017

Miles ahead in Africa's richest mile

If you want to stay in Africa's richest mile, and who wouldn't, The InterContinental Johannesburg, Sandton Towers is your go-to for high glamour allure in a hotel that oozes international affluence and elegance...

By Brian Berkman 8 Mar 2017

Having a story to tell helps your commodity become a brand

It is not enough to be a great farmer nowadays. You also need to be a great marketer and learning to think about yourself, those that work for you and what you produce in the way that a journalist would...

By Brian Berkman 7 Mar 2017

Rest up at Hunter's Rest

Protea Hunter's Rest Hotel, by Marriott, is the perfect breakaway from the hubbub of city stress and just a short 90-minutes from Pretoria and within proximity of the Magaliesberg Mountains.

By Brian Berkman 6 Mar 2017

Unimaginably trendy and upwardly mobile

Not ever did I imagine I'd use the words Pretoria and Hipster in the same sentence and yet the Summit Precinct, next door to Menlyn Mall, the largest in Africa with the recent addition of 500 new stores, is just such a place.

By Brian Berkman 3 Mar 2017

Family-focused fun and conferencing in the bush

The Pilanesberg Game Reserve near Rustenburg is especially appealing because of its close proximity to Pretoria and easy access within the hour. From OR Tambo airport in Gauteng it is just two-and-a-half hours journey, a major time saving for guests who typically travel twice as far and more into the Kruger National Park.

By Brian Berkman 2 Mar 2017

Family brand delivers global luxury rooted in Africa

Not since César Ritz has one family name been as synonymous with quality hospitality as Conrad Hilton's has. For nearly a century, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has been proudly welcoming the world's travellers.

By Brian Berkman 27 Feb 2017

Biz-focused stay at The Crowne Plaza Johannesburg - The Rosebank

Unlike Sandton which is a jumble of high-rises with little else other than the pulse of finance running through its veins, Rosebank still offers a more human scale environment where top luxury hotels sit cheek by cheek with 70s apartment blocks and corporate headquarters...

By Brian Berkman 24 Feb 2017

Navigating Royal Malewane

Until you've been seen by a wild animal you haven't really been seen.

By Brian Berkman 30 Jan 2017

At the very top of the top

If you are after the very best views of the rolling mountains that lead to Worcester and the privacy of being billeted in a private 30-acre estate with vineyards and plum tree groves, La Residence is your only option...

By Brian Berkman 1 Nov 2016

Bring your own slippers and explore deep into the heart of a luxury villa

The Explorers Club is aimed at the discerning traveller with an adventurous heart. If you bring your own robes and slippers, there won't be a single luxury amenity you will miss...

By Brian Berkman 31 Oct 2016

The key to luxury villa accommodation in the Winelands

Meeting the recent trend for families and groups of friends travelling together, La Cle Des Montagnes not only provides the key to the mountain but also to the entire village which is just a few minutes walk away...

By Brian Berkman 27 Oct 2016

Fly with the eagles and trot with the elephants

Combining an aerial safari by private helicopter with a horse-ride through one of the world's last true remaining wildernesses, the excursion offers a new way to explore...

By Brian Berkman 18 Oct 2016

Royal Malewane bush luxury at the very top of the food chain

At Royal Malewane you will not only enjoy the insight of the most qualified and experienced field guides in the land but also a renewed focus on exquisite cuisine paired with the best South African wines...

By Brian Berkman 17 Oct 2016

Ten things I love about São Paulo

Brian Berkman asks Rolf Steiner, owner of Rhulani Safari Lodge, about the 10 things he loves about São Paulo, Brazil - his home for many years...

By Brian Berkman 11 Oct 2016

The new Four Seasons is a Joburg hotel for all seasons

The Westcliff under Orient-Express Hotels, later rebranded as Belmond, has long been a favourite place to stay in Johannesburg, so I was especially keen to experience it in its third iteration...

By Brian Berkman 4 Oct 2016

Protea Hotel Malaga, a classic rest-stop where road meets nature

The great appeal of staying here isn't the comfortable lodging or the well-tended gardens and inviting pool, but because of the way the staff will make you feel...

By Brian Berkman 26 Sep 2016

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