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Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Choosing the perfect hotel

Our guide to the best hotels in Port Elizabeth, the friendly city

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

Wednesday, 8 January 2014
Choosing the perfect hotel

Where best to stay in Durban – our guide to choosing hotels in Durban

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 …

Here is our guide to help you find hotels in Durbandepending on why you’re there … Continued

Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Choosing the perfect hotel

Top 10 hotels in Johannesburg to suit any visitor

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

Thursday, 28 November 2013
Choosing the perfect hotel

Finding hotels in Cape Town: 5 step guide to save you time

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.

Based on this research, we have put together a five-step guide to help you find hotels in Cape TownContinued

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

10 Sexiest Hotels in South Africa – Pictures to Inspire

10 Sexiest South African Hotels (in no particular order):

  1. Singa Town Todge (Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape)
  2. The Lofts Boutique Hotel (Thesen Islands, Knysna, Garden Route)
  3. Karkloof Spa Wellness & Wildlife Retreat (Karkloof, KwaZulu Natal Midlands)
  4. Hartford House (Mooi River, KwaZulu Natal Midlands)
  5. The Oyster Box Hotel (Umhlanga Rocks, Durban)
  6. The Peech Hotel (Melrose, Sandton, Johannesburg)
  7. Airstream Penthouse Trailer Park at The Grand Daddy Hotel (Cape Town City)
  8. The Last Word Constantia (Constantia, Cape Town)
  9. Nova Constantia Boutique Residence (Constantia, Cape Town)
  10. Vineyard Hotel & Spa (Newlands, Cape Town)

To say this is a subjective list is a huge understatement. There are literally hundreds of gorgeous South African hotels which are ideal for couples looking for a “sexy” weekend away from the kids and the daily grind of modern life. I’ve tried to choose some of the lesser known hotels and have (where possible) focused on boutique hotels, where each of the rooms available is unique (rather than carbon copies of each other). Most of these have only a few rooms (privacy and exclusivity being high on our agenda), services that will make you feel like royalty and locations that you’ll be tempted to explore with your significant other. Continued

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Tea Time Cape Town – Fit for the Queen …

High Tea in Cape Town

High Tea in Cape Town

Cape Town can’t deny its colonial heritage, and there are certain traditions left over from the time we paid allegiance to old England that we should embrace. One of these is that, come late afternoon, there’s just nothing nicer than a spot of tea. And if it’s possible to be sipping your cuppa someplace decadent, removed from the city’s hustle and bustle, and have it accompanied by a few indulgent nibbles … well jolly good, all the better, I say.

Herewith, Cape Town’s premier teatime spots

When it comes to old-school, colonial elegance, there aren’t many places that can compete with the Mount Nelson Hotel (named for Admiral Horatio Nelson, and not Nelson Mandela as so many people often assume). How convenient, then, that this grand old lady offers her legendary high tea to Continued