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Quite a lot, actually, and it comes beautifully parcelled as a unique experience at gorgeous Abalone House Boutique Guesthouse. During the last three weekends of May, Abalone House’s Saffron Restaurant will be offering brandy-tasting evenings by Blaauwklippen and Laborie vineyards. This comes paired with an exquisite 5-course menu, priced at only R250.00 per person.

Set all notions of haste aside and gift yourself with two leisurely hours to make an unhurried journey from Cape Town to Arniston. Threading its way through the beautiful hills of the Overberg, the route is, in itself, a soul-soother.  And at the end of it, there’s exquisite Arniston to win you over. That’s if … Continue reading “Caves, Shipwrecks, Quaint Little Fishing Boats & a Big Whoosh of Sea Air: Arniston has it All”

Mod and trendy, and sporting all the entertainments holiday-folk could wish for, Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is a wonderful re-emergence and “upvamp” of what was once just a small jetty, built by Jan van Riebeeck in 1654 during his creation of a refreshment station at the Cape.

Shed the fast pace and din of the city and escape to someplace serene. A short getaway – even just a night or two over a weekend – works wonders to refresh body and mind and bring a fresh spurt of life.  Enjoying prime time with one’s partner, family or friends is also a great way … Continue reading “West is Best: Grab a Good Weekend Getaway in the Western Cape”

World Heritage Site status is probably enough of a reason to go and visit this 36 000 hectare utopia, but let’s also name a few of De Hoop’s specific drawcards:

Cape Town’s heatwave has sent us all scuttling off to the closest cool-down joints, like thirsty hogs hunting waterholes in a parched landscape. And so it’s a good time, wherever you are – high and dry or lying low, in or out of sizzling Cape Town – to ponder some of the pool decks that could … Continue reading “Some Pretty Cool Places to Chill: Pools to Drool for”

An oceanside stroll to the Slangkop Lighthouse is wonderfully easy – a toddler could manage, and it’s a good leg-stretch after a drive through Simons Town / Cape Point / Scarborough.

Whether it’s tramping rocky cliff paths that wind above fizzy cream soda-coloured oceans that blows your hair back, or catching a funicular in a clear, heaven-bound direction to catch your breath at unbelievable vistas, Cape Point is essential sightseeing for every visitor to Cape Town. 

Launch a splendid South African tour in beautiful Cape Town and conclude with an exciting Big Five safari in the Kruger National Park, visiting famous wine country and fantastically scenic coastal spots along the way.

This singularly unique hotel on Knysna’s Thesen Islands has had an amazing metamorphosis from old gas station to plush hotel. In its gorgeous new guise, The Turbine Hotel and Spa entices guests with everything required for an unforgettable stay on the Garden Route.

Don’t for one minute believe that an exclusive getaway is always too pricey!  Well-timed for the festive season, these three discounted getaways all come in at under R800 per person.

To help keep you on your toes in a companionable way, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa has introduced a new Sports Buddy programme – a briliant concept for guests who really don’t want to neglect their fitness routines whilst on holiday.