Category: South Africa

Interview with Guido van den Elshout of Haagsche Suites

Interview with Guido van den Elshout of Haagsche Suites

A former tax lawyer, Guido van den Elshout is  owner of the luxurious  Haagsche Suites (click here for last year’s special feature on A Luxury Travel Blog) in The Hague.   He is also a contributor to two travel blogs. What is it that  you do exactly? I’m a 58 years young sort of Jack
Interview with Ryan Bifulco of jouneyPod

Interview with Ryan Bifulco of jouneyPod

Ryan Bifulco is Executive Producer of journeyPod, a luxury lifestyle brand that fuses music, fashion, and travel with a pinch of style. He has previously worked for the likes of Lufthansa, Marriott and the Tourist Office of Spain through his consulting firm, Travel Spike. What is it that  you do exactly? Since we say at
Interview with Nicolas Peluffo of Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort

Interview with Nicolas Peluffo of Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort

Nicolas Peluffo is General Director of Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort, located in the beautiful Santa Catarina province of Brazil, 45 minutes from Florianopolis airport.   It is a Relais & Chateaux member and a Virtuoso Preferred Hotel. What is it that  you do exactly? I am obsessed about my work and a bit of
Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A  weekly  pick of luxury travel  links for your perusal… Submerse yourself in Turkish hospitality at Ada Hotel Meet South Africa’s master tracker at Royal Malewane Check out Vancouver’s PuSh Festival schedule Embrace the ambience of Ritz-Carlton
Abercrombie & Kent and The Nature Conservancy join forces

Abercrombie & Kent and The Nature Conservancy join forces

Abercrombie & Kent and The Nature Conservancy, a leading conservation organization,  have joined forces to create conservation adventures in some of the world’s most awe-inspiring places.    Their journeys in  2007 include Brazil’s Pantanal (14th to 26th May); the remote highlands of Papua New Guinea (17th to 29th June); the mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos
Ebookers 10 best holiday destinations for 2007

Ebookers 10 best holiday destinations for 2007

January seems to a popular for month for ‘best’ lists, and Ebookers is getting in on the PR game.   These are apparently the 10 best-selling beach and city destinations of the Ebookers worldwide sale, which runs until 31st January 2007: Bangkok Sydney New York Johannesburg Dubai Cape Town Barcelona Miami Perth Orlando
T+L 500 2007

T+L 500 2007

Now in its fifth year, the Travel + Leisure 500  is the pick of the very best from around the world, as decreed by editors and reporters.   The Singita Private Game Reserve in  South Africa’s  Kruger National Park achieved the highest tally of 97.56. The winner of the Condé Nast Traveller Gold List 2007,
Spa Finder Readers' Choice Awards 2006

Spa Finder Readers' Choice Awards 2006

The global spa resource, Spa Finder, has announced its 2006 Readers’ Choice Awards. The crème de la crème of the awards are the six Crystal Award winners, which has one honoree on each continent. And the 6 winners  of these hotly-contested awards are: Africa: Santé Winelands Wellness Centre, Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, South Africa Asia: Chiva-Som, Hua
Mont Rochelle and Mountain Vineyards, South Africa

Mont Rochelle and Mountain Vineyards, South Africa

In February of this year, La Couronne Hotel and Restaurant in Franschhoek was sadly severely  damaged by fire.   But now it’s back… rebranded as the Mont Rochelle and Mountain Vineyards, it will open on 1st October 2006. A special opening package is available to South African residents: R2500.00 per room per night for double
Africa's Leading Conference Centre - yet again!

Africa's Leading Conference Centre - yet again!

Durban’s ICC (International Convention Centre) has been named Africa’s Leading Conference Centre for the 6th time in a row at the recent World Travel Awards.  The centre is popular with business travellers since it is just 15 minutes from Durban International Airport and offers exceptional facilities. Speaking after hearing the news, the chief executive of
Lynton Hall in South Africa's KwaZulu Natal: a diner's paradise

Lynton Hall in South Africa's KwaZulu Natal: a diner's paradise

As one of South Africa’s leading boutique hotels, offering 5 star luxury in nine beautifully appointed rooms and two luxury suites, Lynton Hall in Umdoni Park is ideal for a luxury holiday, a vacation with special friends, a golf tour with a difference, a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon or that private and discreet get-away with a very
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,