Category: Africa

3 favourite private island hotspots

3 favourite private island hotspots

Just this month Conde Nast released the winners of their ‘Readers Travel Award’ destinations, as voted for by you. After 3 years the Maldives are back in prime position, which is great news. The Maldives is often an alternative for non-skiers looking for winter sun, hotly followed by the Seychelles, Barbados and Hawaiian Islands. Here […]

3 nights in Cape Town and 10 things to do

3 nights in Cape Town and 10 things to do

On a recent trip to South Africa, we had three nights in Cape Town before heading out to the Eastern Cape for a safari experience at the Shamwari Game Reserve.  Cape Town has to rank as one of my favourite cities in the world – it offers so much variety and here is a whirlwind […]

Short stay: Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

Short stay: Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

The 5-star Table Bay Hotel, a Sun International property set on the breakwater wall of Cape Town’s historic Victoria & Alfred waterfront, is a contemporary architectural treasure with 329 rooms that either overlook the bay to Robben Island, where Nelson Madela was for a long time famously imprisoned, or – as in the case of […]

Top 5 wine farm stays in South Africa

Top 5 wine farm stays in South Africa

Wine lovers are spoilt for choice with accommodation in South Africa’s winelands. From 5-star hotels and luxury guest houses, to Cape Manor houses and boutique style lodging, the following establishments offer the highest standards of service, quality, and comfort. You’ll also find superb attractions such as restaurants and spas, and, of course, some of the […]

Top 5 South African Winelands boutique hotels

Top 5 South African Winelands boutique hotels

For many who love wine and food it is Italy or France which call them in year after year – the Winelands in South Africa has so many benefits – firstly it will be far more economic even with the long haul flight to book a winelands tour in South Africa because of the current […]

Recipe of the week: Baby octopus tempura

Recipe of the week: Baby octopus tempura

Served with fruit tartar sauce and creole coconut chutney, savour this feather-light battered, baby octopus tempura with a unique flavour. Imagine the lightest, and crispiest coating of flavours enveloping the tender octopus and this would be it. Octopus, is a low calorie, lean seafood making it a good way to get your protein without adding […]

South Africa's top 5 remote safari lodges

South Africa’s top 5 remote safari lodges

South Africa safaris have been known to be some of the best in the world for a very long time, however they do have a reputation of being less ‘wild’ than other parts of Africa – we hope to completely dispel this myth with South Africa’s top five most remote safari locations. There are still […]

The Atlas Mountains boutique hotel - Domaine Malika

The Atlas Mountains boutique hotel – Domaine Malika

A charming hotel at the foot of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco is a rare sight. And if you are on a private tour of Morocco, you should at least spend a night here. The first thing that strikes you is that the owner has chosen not to use wool sofas, wood beams or stuffed […]

Northern Serengeti: see the Great Migration in luxury

Northern Serengeti: see the Great Migration in luxury

September and October are two prime months to witness the great migration as it passes into and out of the northern Serengeti, Tanzania into the Masai Mara, Kenya. The uninterrupted, vast, undulated landscape of the northern Serengeti—this is African wildlife country. When the migration heads up and back down, everyone wants to experience the world’s […]

5 great reasons to visit Namibia

5 great reasons to visit Namibia

Until very recently, Namibia was a fairly unknown entity to most of the rest of the world. With a total population of just over two million dispersed across a country four times the size of Britain and largely consisting of arid desert and Africa’s most inhospitable coastline, it is perhaps not hard to see why […]

Top 5 luxury African weekend destinations

Top 5 luxury African weekend destinations

Africa is indeed a long haul destination however with flights as short as eight hours to Nairobi, and just eleven to Johannesburg, and the fact that there’s no jet lag at all due to the small one hour time difference, you can go on a luxury safari for the weekend. During three or four nights […]

Top 10 luxury beach retreats

Top 10 luxury beach retreats

We all need a trip to the beach every now and then to relax with a good book and get lost in our thoughts. So we’ve compiled our favourite beach retreats from the dazzling waters of the Maldives to the mystical mountains of Oman. The chilly end to this summer may have left you yearning […]

5 of the best day trips from Marrakech

5 of the best day trips from Marrakech

While Marrakech itself is an enchanting and beautiful city, beyond its bounds there lie a host of other attractions that visitors would not want to miss out on. From the breath-taking natural wonder of the Ouzoud Falls, to the historic and artistic seafront town of Essaouria, you’ll find lots to discover and enjoy. To whet […]

Photograph of the week: Serengeti sunset

Photograph of the week: Serengeti sunset

A quiet moment in the Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti is one of the oldest ecosystems on earth and is home to Africa’s highest concentration of predators. It is most famous for the migration of a million wildebeest and 200,000 zebras that travel south for the rains every October and November, and then return north […]

Top 3 healthy hideaway retreats

Top 3 healthy hideaway retreats

Today I ask the question: is it possible to go on holiday and detox, or keep up with your training routine whilst abroad? Personally I find it very difficult, mainly because I often travel for business, which involves meetings over breakfast, lunch and dinner. Add to that a constant flow of wine and a busy […]

5 days in Luxor, Egypt

5 days in Luxor, Egypt

Egypt is a land of many faces, from the beach resort of Sharm El-Sheikh to the bustle of Cairo and the laidback history of Luxor – and the latter is certainly worth your time. Tourism is slow at the moment, but in Luxor it is easy to forget the headlines as you explore sites both […]

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