Category: South Africa

T+L's World's Best Small Hotels

T+L’s World’s Best Small Hotels

A couple of days ago, I unveiled that Travel + Leisure had announced their World’s Best Awards for 2006.   I couldn’t possibly do justice to all the lists with one blog post, and so ended up omitting the top 15 small hotels.   For those that don’t want to stay in one of the […]

Worm farm at the Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town

Worm farm at the Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town

I doubt this is a first but the Mount Nelson Hotel at Cape Town has started its own worm farm.   Left-overs from the hotel’s restaurants are ‘fed’ to the worms, and the worms’ by-product (let’s try to keep this clean!) get re-used by the hotel gardeners to maintain the beautiful grounds. It seems such […]

CC Africa adds four lodges on Sabi Sand Game Reserve

CC Africa adds four lodges on Sabi Sand Game Reserve

South Africa-based CC Africa is expanding its presence in South Africa with the addition of four new lodges, with a total of 72 beds, in the private Sabi Sand Game Reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park. They include Kirkman Kamp, an 18-cottage property in the heart of the Sabi Sand;  the four-suite Leadwood Lodge; the […]

Top 10 summer resorts

Top 10 summer resorts

The excellent Luxist blog has run a feature entitled “Top Ten Summer Resorts” in preparation for the forthcoming summer and have given us their pick of the best: 1. Soneva Gili, Maldives 2. North Island, Seychelles 3. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan 4. Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco 5. Ashford Castle, Ireland 6. King Pacific Lodge, […]

Oberoi Hotels to expand

East India Hotels (EIH), which runs the Oberoi chain of hotels, will open new hotels in South Africa, West Asia and Seychelles in the next three to four years. The group has no plans of entering the budget hotel segment. “Our interest lies purely in luxury and five star hotels and apartments,” said Arjun Oberoi, […]

Exclusive Winelands gourmet special in Paarl, South Africa

Exclusive Winelands gourmet special in Paarl, South Africa

The Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, South Africa, has designed a gourmet package for a special rate of just R2860 per person. Now you can escape from your daily business and surprise your family by spending wonderful culinary days in the sunny Winelands. The package includes two nights in a luxury suite, a South African […]

Cape Grace, Cape Town

Cape Grace, Cape Town

The gentle elegance of a luxurious small hotel, combined with the allure of one of the world’s most beautiful cities, provides a unique experience of hospitality at Cape Grace. This  impressive hotel has 122 guest rooms, an interestingly named one.waterfront restaurant and  a spa, not to mention the popular Bascule Whisky Bar.

Mateya Safari Lodge, South Africa

Mateya Safari Lodge, South Africa

This malaria-free lodge is set in Big 5 game country in the 75,000-hectare Madikwe Game Reserve. Designed for the discerning traveller, Mateya Safari Lodge offers a graceful fusion of relaxed comfort in a beautiful setting. The lodge caters for a maximum of   ten guests and, in so doing, assures guests of exclusivity, privacy and […]

Experience the luxury of Tanda Tula, Kruger National Park

Experience the luxury of Tanda Tula, Kruger National Park

Tanda Tula is a luxurious, East African style tented camp, located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park.   It offers the epitome of luxury and seclusion.   A true bush experience is complemented by excellent service and expert staff offering a range of activities from bush walks to private […]

Constantia Uitsig in the Constantia Valley

Constantia Uitsig in the Constantia Valley

Just 20 minutes from Cape Town, marvel at spectactular views of the Constantia Valley from this fabulous hotel.   Constantia Uitsig is set  among the vineyards of  its own private wine estate and has 16 luxurious garden rooms, each offering peace and privacy.   Also on-site is an award-winning restaurant with its own distinctive and […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]