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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 18 hours ago

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

Love is in the air for couples and for the whole family

With jasmine and frangipani blossoms heavy in the air, this March full moon in Phuket is different. Far from the crowds and all-night parties of Patong and Karon Beach...

By Brian Berkman 6 Sep 2016

Stay in the newest oldest hotel in the heart of historic Stellenbosch

With its whitewashed Cape Dutch buildings and tree-lined avenues, Stellenbosch is even more beautiful following a major street art investment and the myriad art galleries...

By Brian Berkman 27 Jul 2016

Sao Paulo hotel opens namesake in Rio

The luxury Emiliano boutique hotel, part of The Leading Hotels of the World portfolio, has this month opened a second hotel in Brazil's storied Copacabana beach...

By Brian Berkman 1 Jul 2016

Downtown Abbey beyond the boerewors curtain

When the Duke of Bedford lived in the Cape during WW2 he built some of Woburn Abbey's features into his new house in South Africa...

By Brian Berkman 28 Jun 2016

Bangkok's grande dame gets a nip and tuck

For 140 years authors have gravitated to the elegant calm and sweet-scented air of Bangkok's famous riverside hotel, The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok...

By Brian Berkman 3 Jun 2016

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 27 May 2016

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

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