The Stanford Hotel is a landmark in the village of Stanford in the Cape Overberg, which can be found teaming with life every Saturday morning, attracting market-goers to the Saturday Morning Market held at the hotel every weekend. Built in 1920, with parts of it dating back to the 1890′s, The Stanford Hotel was Stanford’s first accommodation… Continued
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How to find the perfect honeymoon destination? Here are a couple of questions to guide your selection:
- What type of weather do you want to experience?
- What is your budget?
- How long do you have?
- What type of scenery do you want to experience – sea, mountains, desert?
- Do you want to be catered for, or self-cater?
- Do you want isolation, or to be pampered at a spa or retreat?
- Do you want to sight-see / take on a challenge / do an activity?
Whatever your needs, here is a handful of the best venues for a honeymoon in South Africa … Continued
Anyone watching Miss Lucy Honeychurch and George Emerson at the window overlooking Florence, in the film based on the novel by EM Forster, will agree that the phrase ‘room with a view’ changed forever.
The sumptuousness of the film, and the quintessentially British account of romance, intrigue and beauty, resulted in the phrase’s association with far more than the view alone.
In keeping with this idea that a room with a view is about all things romantic, we have handpicked a selection of rooms with views throughout South Africa.
It might not be Florence, but you won’t be disappointed… Continued
Where to go when you do not want to leave your pooch behind? There are plenty of venues across the country that welcome pets.
Here are some of our favourites. Unless otherwise stated, all dogs are welcome by prior arrangement…
Aloe Cottage, Darling
A romantic getaway in Darling, this little cottage looks out over rolling hills and farmlands to distant mountains. It is set on an indigenous renosterveld estate, designed for privacy, although restaurants, shops and galleries are but three minutes’ drive away. Unwind in the peaceful country atmosphere, or walk on nearby trails. Continued
No time to find accommodation? Our guide to the best hotels in Port Elizabeth, the friendly city …
Those who live in PE think it’s the best city in the country. Certainly it’s the most underrated. Port Elizabeth is one of the largest cities in South Africa, and is laid out in a way that you can reach everything within 15 minutes of the airport – not something you can attribute to Jo’burg.
Port Elizabeth regards itself as the end of the Garden Route, a city with warm temperatures all year round, beaches that give Durban and Cape Town’s beaches a serious run for their money, a host of historical attractions and walks, whale sightings during autumn, and access to wild game reserves within an hour of town. Continued
Pretoria: more demure and Afrikaans than Jo’burg, but with a buzz of its own thanks to the energy of thousands of university students that give the city a certain charm, and the jacaranda trees (over 60 000 of them) that bloom during October and November turning the city into a mauve carpet (and gum your windscreen wipers for the season).
Pretoria is just up the road from Johannesburg (give it a few more years and the two will merge into something of a metropolis) and steeped in history. The site of Nelson Mandela’s presidential inauguration, the City of Pretoria functions as the country’s administrative capital, is home to the Union Buildings and is sometimes referred to as Tshwane, although a fiercely contested name change has yet to happen… Continued
Durban – the country’s third largest city – is known for its 100 kilometres of beach, all-year-round warm weather, and thanks largely to the colonial British Indian indentured labour system, more people of Indian descent than anywhere else in the country. With attractions like uShaka Marine World, upmarket curry and seafood cuisine, a gammet of new and stylish hangouts in Florida and Helen Joseph Roads, trendy neighbourhoods like Glenwood and Morningside, a thriving business sector in Umhlanga and Durban North, and easy access to the Valley of a Thousand Hills and the Drakensberg, Durban is an easy contender for visitors’ attention …
I had heard so many incredible things about Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, a private reserve between Gaansbaai and Standford in the Cape Whale Coast. More importantly I had seen things, beautiful things that ensured we add Grootbos to our list of places to see whilst on our South African road trip.
After 3 and half weeks travelling every kind of road (or lack therefore) throughout the country, we arrived at the front gate. This was our final stop and the place we would celebrate our One Year Anniversary… Continued
Not everyone loves Christmas. And even if you do, the ensuing bun fight in the Woolworths aisle, when all you wanted was to pick up last minute salad leaves, is nobody’s idea of festive fun.
Escape Christmas to these hand-picked spots around South Africa, selected for their privacy and promise of space … Continued
Welcome to the very beautiful La Loggia on Broadwood Guesthouse in the stunning area of Umhlanga. This is an ideal location for holiday makers and business travelers alike, being only minutes away from the lovely beach and near to Umhlanga Ridge Business Centre. There are a number of wonderful attractions and things to do only a short drive from this marvelous guesthouse including the Gateway Theater of Shopping, dolphin spotting, golf courses and day safari tours to name but a few.
If you don’t feel like venturing out you can relax in the lush tropical gardens by the exquisite sparkling pool and enjoy the sights and sounds of a number of magnificent bird species that flock to this gorgeous garden. La Loggia on Broadwood is the perfect family friendly spot where you can kick back, relax and enjoy a well deserved break. Continued
Jo’burg has been described as South Africa’s heartbeat. It is also regarded as risky and travel alerts warn about crime in the city. It’s true. There is crime. But it’s overstated and largely sensationalised by the media.
Those who live in Jo’burg will soon set you straight about where to go and when. We say it’s all about perspective, really. But checking in with a local or two is probably essential.
Jozi is thrilling. It’s the continent’s most cosmopolitan city, an intense weave of culture, history and play, and the vigour of South Africa’s economy.
To leave it off your itinerary is to miss an essential South African experience.
Here is our guide to help you find hotels in Johannesburg – our top 10 depending on what you’re in Jo’burg for … Continued
Noordhoek Paddocks Farm Cottages is a stunning self catering establishment set in the wild along the wetland area of Noordhoek. With only a four minute drive or a strenuous walk through the wetlands and over the dunes to the very beautiful Noordhoek beach, you couldn’t ask for a better location. These lovely cottages are part of a working horse yard and it’s not unusual to hear the splendid sound of horses neighing, trotting hooves and owls hooting.
Offering luxury farm accommodation in a stunning setting, this makes for the ideal romantic getaway and holiday spot. From here you are only minutes away from a number of fabulous bars, unique restaurants, quirky shops and markets, wine tasting at Cape Point Vineyards, popular attractions such as Chapman’s Peak with breathtaking views and much, much more. Continued
It isn’t estate agents alone who mutter the mantra – location, location, location. It’s also how people choose hotels. I’m prepared to bet you thought it was all about the cost of the room?
But the latest study of why people around the world choose the hotels they do reveals location as the number one priority. The cost of the hotel and past experience come in second.
The very stunning 4 star graded Silvermist Mountain Lodge is set on magnificent mountain slopes of the Table Mountain National Park in Constantia Valley. The surrounds and beautiful privately owned wine farm estate offer spectacular views. The fynbos deck is a popular spot for a romantic moment, sundowners or a private picnic and is situated on a cute decked area in the Fynbos forest. This exquisite lodge has a sparkling blue pool where you can do a few laps or splash around in the afternoon sun. Continued
How to handle the Christmas holidays and still manage to relax?
A weekend away – just the two of you.
Leave the kids with your parents (isn’t that why they visit you, anyway?) or put the pre-Christmas mall-trawl and parties on hold to head away for a couple of nights of just you time… Continued