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Book into a farm cottage for a getaway that brings you nearer to nature

Agritourism or farm stays is a growing hospitality sector and the reasons why are clear: better bang for the buck and an opportunity to be nearer to nature...

By Brian Berkman 6 Sep 2018

Enjoy ultimate relaxation with a cruise vacation

If it is relaxation you are after - and who isn't - then a cruise vacation is very hard to beat. Unpack just once and be transported from one glam stop to the next...

By Brian Berkman 22 Aug 2018

Fine Collection adds yoga offering with Chloe Yoga

The Fine Collection, a sales and marketing company that represents hotels and lodges in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia, recently partnered with Chloe Yoga...

By Brian Berkman 30 Jul 2018

A Sandton business hotel stay that won't leave you feeling blue

Where to stay in the Sandton area really depends on why you are there. While Sandton is an ever-changing landscape with buildings and road works falling and rising like a yo-yo, that it remains the money hub is a constant.

By Brian Berkman 21 Jun 2018

Schulphoek House in Hermanus introduces more eco-friendly features

The five-star graded Schulphoek House, just three kilometres outside of Hermanus' CBD, has benefitted from a major 2017 upgrade which includes wonderful pieces of South African art and modern furniture.

By Brian Berkman 18 Jun 2018

Art, artisan food, and loads more at Spier

Although easily accessed via Baden Powel Drive off the N2, the Spier Estate feels like a world away.

By Brian Berkman 24 Apr 2018

AtholPlace is sensually stylish

When your chef has 'live to cook' tattooed down his forearm, the expectation of something delicious to eat is already set. Add to that reports that he worked in starred restaurants in Europe and at Ellerman House in Cape Town, Omar Koenen - the recently appointed head chef at AtholPlace Hotel & Villa in Johannesburg - has a pretty high bar to clear.

By Brian Berkman 6 Mar 2018

Wild luxury at Madikwe Private Game Reserve

Dead Leadwood trees stretch from the ground as an arthritic wrist might claw for the sky. These sculptural forms give the 75,000 ha Madikwe Private Game Reserve a haunting quality, particularly during the dry months.

By Brian Berkman 5 Mar 2018

Relaxed vacationing in Plett

Aside from being green year-round, the Garden Route delivers a milder climate any time of the year and Plettenberg Bay or just Plett as locals know it has some of the best swimming beaches around.

By Brian Berkman 1 Mar 2018

More than an apple a day in Grabouw's tourism future

Although the fruit industry is the major Grabouw employer, two retirees who have changed focus to the hospitality industry believe that tourism will be the key force for good in the valley.

By Brian Berkman 9 Feb 2018

Aye-Aye captain for ship-shape stay in Hout Bay

With the Sentinel looming large over the bay that is caressed by Chapman's Peak scenic drive, Hout Bay may be unique in its combination of curvaceous beach, working harbour and fish factories, exclusive enclaves and costly homes as well as a large informally housed community.

By Brian Berkman 5 Feb 2018

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

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