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Luxury Phuket more affordable than ever

Pavilions Phuket remains the exclusive enclave it set out to be but the nearby sister property offers something different - a focus on families..

By Brian Berkman 3 days ago

Benchmarking fees

Answering how long a piece of string is seems simpler than knowing the average hourly rate for public relations by a consultancy...

By Brian Berkman 23 May 2016

Self-catering for an affordable Phuket island holiday

One of the many great things about a holiday in Thailand is starting your day with a Massamum Curry and knowing that the greatest risk to your person is...

By Brian Berkman 23 May 2016

From dragon's breath to beautiful phoenix

The Hout Bay Sentinel floats above the Atlantic like one of Daenerys Targaryen's great fire-breathing dragons with its eye focussed firmly on Tintswalo Atlantic...

By Brian Berkman 16 May 2016

Low-carb tea and winter special offers

A new Afternoon Tea offering is trying to entice a different market to one of Constantia's most classic and elegant hotels, The Cellars-Hohenort in Constantia, Cape Town.

By Brian Berkman 12 May 2016

Karoo by the sea at Shelley Point

Pretty soon after leaving the urban sprawl, the landscape changes dramatically to an almost Karoo-like aridness. It is a masculine and rugged environment...

By Brian Berkman 5 May 2016

Dine on the River of Kings

The Chao Phraya River winds its way through Bangkok like an arterial vein. Life in this magical city begins on the river - from the grand Royal Palace complex to the...

By Brian Berkman 4 May 2016

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 28 Apr 2016

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

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