Category: Africa

Zimbali Lodge, Near Durban

Zimbali Lodge, Near Durban

With an idyllic location in a coastal forest reserve, this wonderful retreat just 40 minutes by road north of Durban, offers horse riding in the forest or on the beach and an 18-hole championship golf course.   But it is the superb spa and full butler service that makes Zimbali Lodge truly excel.

Blonde antelope

Blonde antelope

Antelopes – found in both Africa and Asia –  come in a multitude of different species.   But have you ever seen a Blonde Antelope?   Click the link to watch a short video of this antelope in an attempt to evade capture.   Now, that’s something you don’t normally see on safari…

La Mamounia, Morocco

La Mamounia, Morocco

La Mamounia  is probably the  most famous hotel in North Africa, immortalised by Winston Churchill, who spent many an hour in front of his easel,  trying to capture  views of the distant Atlas Mountains.  The hotel has  57 opulent suites and 171 de luxe guest  rooms, several restaurants, a gorgeous outdoor pool and a casino. […]

Fire at La Couronne, Franschhoek

Fire at La Couronne, Franschhoek

South Africa has been plagued by fire disasters in recent weeks, ever since the dramatic scenes on Table Mountain late last month.   The latest victim is a plush Franschhoek hotel called La Couronne. 7 of their 24 rooms have sadly  been destroyed but there is already encouraging talk that they’ll be up and running […]

Villa Didon, Carthage, Tunisia

Villa Didon, Carthage, Tunisia

On top of a hill that overlooks the Bay of Tunis, Villa Didon has ten suites in an mipressive setting. The accommodation is also home to Tunisia’s best restaurant – Alain Ducasse’s Spoon Tunis. The best time to visit is in May and June, or September and October.   Villa Didon sadly doesn’t have its […]

Cape Cadogan in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Cadogan in Cape Town, South Africa

The elegant 12-room retreat Cape Cadogan is tucked away on a quiet Cape Town residential street.   It is in a fashionable and quirky neighborhood called Gardens, known for its restaurants and shops. Table Mountain forms a majestic backdrop, and the famous Clifton beaches are a ten-minute drive away. Many of the Cape Town’s top […]

Madada Mogador in Morocco

Madada Mogador in Morocco

If you’re looking for a luxury but still wary of how much you spend, then the Madada Mogador at Essaouira in Morocco is worth investigating. The rooms offer a simple mix of Moroccan and French colonial styles. Go for the Mogador room itself – it’s bigger than the rest and offers the best views. The […]

Top 10 World's Most Romantic Luxury Hideaways

Top 10 World’s Most Romantic Luxury Hideaways

Luxury Travel Magazine  has unveiled what they regard to the be the Top 10 World’s Most Romantic Luxury Hideaways. The hotels that make the list are sublime escapes in pristine surroundings offering unparalleled seclusion for romance. The top ten are: Villa Le Scale, Capri, Italy Ponta Dos Ganchos, Brazil Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado Hosteria Las […]

Nairobi Serena Hotel, Kenya

Nairobi Serena Hotel, Kenya

Reflecting the rich, natural beauty of the African continent, the Nairobi Serena Hotel is nestled in meticulously tended gardens, overlooking Central Park and the city centre. To complement the tastefully furnished rooms, the Maisha Health Club offers a variety of exercise and therapy treatments that invigorate the spirit and relax the mind.

Overberg fire rages in South Africa

Overberg fire rages in South Africa

A devastating fire is raging in the Overberg region of South Africa’s Western Cape. It started on a farm but rapidly spread to over areas destroying hundreds of acres. Sadly both the luxury guest lodge Farm 215 and the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve are both affected. Waterbombing helicopters have been activated to fight the blaze.

The Residence Tunis special offer

The Residence Tunis special offer

Until 30th March 2006, The Residence Tunis is running a special offer: 3  nights in a double sea view room, including breakfast and transfers, plus a day excursion, for 828 euros. This palace of Arab-Andalusia architecture, a real oasis of charm and serenity, offers a great opportunity to discover the authenticity of Tunisia.  

Castle on the Cliff, Plettenberg Bay

Castle on the Cliff, Plettenberg Bay

The Castle on the Cliff is a villa in a dramatic location a few minutes from Plettenberg Bay, South Africa.   It is rented out to one group at a time for exclusive use. Situated within its own private nature reserve, the property has four master bedrooms overlooking the sea. Access to the immediate coastline […]

Ka'Ingo Private Reserve welcomes Big 5

Ka’Ingo Private Reserve welcomes Big 5

Only three hours drive from Johannesburg and little more than an hour from Sun City or a 30-minute flight from Lanseria, the luxurious Ka’Ingo Private Reserve lies  in the malaria free Waterberg region of the Limpopo Province.   Recent news here is that they have completed their Big 5 repositioning with the introduction of a […]

Braais above Zorgvliet Wine Estate, South Africa

Braais above Zorgvliet Wine Estate, South Africa

Guests of the historic Zorgvliet Wine Estate can now indulge in one of the country’s favourite pastimes, but in an absolutely unique setting high up  on the slopes of the Simonsberg mountain. Zorgvliet will host specialised monthly braais (barbecues) from January through to March 2006, with spectacular views over the wine estate and the picturesque […]

Abbey Manor, Cape Town

Abbey Manor, Cape Town

Abbey Manor is a luxury guesthouse set high on Table Mountain overlooking Cape Town city. Here you can enjoy dramatic views from sumptuous rooms, each individually decorated. Abbey Manor was built in 1905 in the Arts-and-Crafts style, and has been fully remodelled to ensure the highest level of comfort. It is an easy hop from […]

The best of Mauritius

The best of Mauritius

Mark Twain  purported that Mauritius was made first, and heaven was later modelled on it.  It may be just a speck in the Indian Ocean, but the  idyllic island has more beautiful beaches and top-quality hotels than any other destination. In a recent article for The Telegraph, Teresa Levonian Cole picks her 10 favourites. They […]