3 Dog-friendly Hotels in Cape Town. Bring Mitzy, but Leave Beast.
Oct19

3 Dog-friendly Hotels in Cape Town. Bring Mitzy, but Leave Beast.

Planning a holiday is exciting, but leaving darling Mitzy at home is gut wrenching. Going away without your pets requires careful planning and organisation; and there is always an associated level of anxiety that accompanies a holiday away from pets. When you leave your pets in the trusted hands of family members or house sitters it’s comforting, but it’s not quite the same when you’re without the four-legged furbuckets. In an ideal world, we’d lock up the house, put Mitzy in our handbag and toddle off to our destination, but this isn’t possible when we’re hightailing it to a place that doesn’t accept pets. Luckily for us, more and more hotels are adopting a dog-friendly attitude, which is good news for frequent travellers that simply don’t want to leave Mitzy moo at home. Hotels in Cape Town have jumped on the bandwagon, and there are now numerous hotels with a fantastic four-legged policy. 3 of our favourite luxury hotels along Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard offer dog-friendly rooms, which we’re quite happy to hear about. As a general rule of thumb (or paw), most hotels only accept small dogs or dogs under a certain weight limit. Unfortunately, this means that Beast the Bull Mastiff, Max the Boerbul and Phoebe the friendly Rotti will need to stay at home. Smaller dogs – although more opinionated – tend to be easier to control, and less intimidating towards other guests. Great Danes should also probably stay at home – no one wants a horse in a hotel. It goes without saying that all inoculations need to be up to date, and dogs must also be housetrained. No hotel wants to see their antique plush ottoman destroyed by Bogart’s bowel issues and inability to digest the night-before’s lamb meal. If you’re an international traveller flying to Cape Town, you’d need to find out what the protocol is when it comes to flying with dogs. Without further ado, here are our top 3 luxury dog-friendly hotels on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard, designed to make you go barking mad.  Of course, this only scrapes the surface of all the doggone terrific hotels out there! The Radisson Red Hotel at the VA Waterfront The Radisson Red Hotel is located in the hub of Cape Town – the VA Waterfront. The Waterfront is centred around a yacht basin and is dotted with designer shops, bustling cafes, award winning restaurants and elite five star hotels. The arty and bold Radisson Red is located – specifically – in the hip and happening Silo district, a stone’s throw away from the Zeitz MOCAA gallery. The Red Hotel slots in perfectly into...

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5 Funky Instagram Worthy Hotels in Cape Town Central
Sep01

5 Funky Instagram Worthy Hotels in Cape Town Central

There are hotels and then there are hotels. Most hotels in Cape Town offer something unique, but then there are a handful of hotels that are simply picturesque in the most quirky of ways. some hotels just deserve to be celebrate on – dare we say it – Instagram. These are our 5 funky Instagram worthy hotels in Cape Town Central. The George Hotel They refer to the George Hotel as the “Gorgeous George” – and for good reason ! This hotel is a design masterpiece incorporating modern decor with a taste of Cape history. The hotel is located in two heritage buildings that have been restored to their former glory. The George is now THE place to be seen. The 32 luxurious industrial chic rooms are kitted out with eclectic and Victorian decor, ensuring a classic yet modern ambience. Plenty of deep greens, plant walls and plush colours provide a sense of relaxing depth to the hotel. Did anyone say indoor jungle? Not only is the Gorgeous George a must-see inner city hotel, but it also offers a rather remarkable restaurant area with a view. There’s a rooftop bar and pool area giving rise to sweeping views of city ‘scapes, and provides the ideal space for a funky crowd to enjoy a bit of New York living in the heart of Cape Town. Gorgeous George is energetic and vibrant; and certainly making waves in the hotel world! Location : The George Hotel is located in the heart of Cape Town’s bustling city centre, on Greenmarket Square in the St Georges Mall. Best Instagram Spots :  Choose any corner on the rooftop bar. There’s also the swimming pool with views of the city. The winding marble staircase makes for unique photos. There’s plenty of colourful greenery indoors, lounge areas and long arty hallways. The Silo Hotel The Silo Hotel is a modern and contemporary hotel located in the famous VA Waterfront area. The towering hotel overlooks the yacht basin and no expense has been spared when it comes to the design of the hotel. The Silo sits neatly above the Zeitz Mocca art gallery and museum, and actually looks like a work of art itself with its bevelled pillowed windows. This is elite living at its finest and sets the standard in terms of five star hotels in Cape Town. This bold hotel is built in a towering old grain elevator, and offers various rooms types all decorated in an eclectic style. There are actually 6 categories of rooms, with one presidential Rooftop pool, restaurants, bar area and spa treatment room offer a number of perfect places to unwind...

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Insect-based Pop Up Restaurant in Cape Town
Aug03

Insect-based Pop Up Restaurant in Cape Town

The world’s population is increasing at an exponential rate, which puts pressure on the planet to produce more and more food. By 2050 we will need to produce double the amount of food – if the population growth increase at its current rate. Farming livestock and even mass producing crops puts pressure on the planet’s natural resources. Farming requires water, energy and expanse of land. The more people there are, the more food is needed. There’s been a global shift in consciousness when it comes how and what we consume. The fact is, overpopulation is killing the planet. As each day passes, humans are looking for alternate sources of food, which is why we’ve more of the world’s population are now turning to Entomophagy. It’s not a new phenomenon but one that is moving from the “unusual” to “mainstream”.  One such pioneering insect-based restaurant in Cape Town is the talk of the town at the moment, and we’re looking forward to sampling the unusual fare at The Insect Experience in Woodstock. Circa 2017, food scientist Leah Bassa launched Gourmet Grubb, a company that turned black fly larvae into protein powder and milk. This EntoMilk is packed with nutrients and there’s even an ice-cream range that can be found at the sought after Old Biscuit Mill market in Woodstock. The Gourmet Grubb brand went from EntoMilk into a full-blown pop up restaurant specialising in bug fare, under the creative eye of chef Mario Barnard who has a unique flair for making insects taste good. After stints in Thailand, Mario returned with an idea to cook bugs and bring the trend across shores. Your job? To make the mental leap ! Cue background sounds of *crickets*.  Yes, that’s right. Eating insects is becoming a “thing”. Gourmet Grubb has certainly carved the path for others to follow suit. A large percentage of the population will need to get their mental state warmed to the idea of chowing down on ant ice-cream and crunchy crickets. If we look at the science, eating insects provides a perfectly viable source of protein and one that is environmentally sustainable. According to an article published in IFL Science, house crickets contain an average of 205 grams/kg of protein and beef contains 256 gram/kg ! Eating insects is practised by many cultures around the world. Daily our social media feed is flooded with typical tourist snapshots of eating crickets in the East and devouring mopane worms in Africa. In due course, this practice will become widespread and no longer considered quirky. It might take us years to get there, but this Cape Town based insect  restaurant  is certainly...

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Finding Exclusivity at Ellerman House in Cape Town
Aug03

Finding Exclusivity at Ellerman House in Cape Town

Ellerman House in Cape Town is the perfect luxury hideaway for discerning guests, with one of the most exclusive addresses in the Mother City. This tranquil boutique hotel caters for guests seeking a sublime destination far-away from the maddening tourist crowds of Cape Town’s hub. Known for its classic artworks and understated sophistication, Ellerman House is certainly a place catering for the elite, but without the ostentatious atmosphere. Overlooking the striking sapphire waters of the Cape’s Atlantic Ocean, Ellerman House certainly sets the standard in terms of location. Oh Ellerman House, you most certainly are a calm, classic and cool sanctuary showcasing the grand life reminiscent of a bygone era. High tea for me please, served in bespoke tea cups accompanied by your signature sandwiches. There are two exclusive use villas ideal for small groups. Each villa is a mixed architectural masterpiece of contemporary builds, designed to make the most of seaside living. Flanked by the lofty sedimentary sandstone mountains, and surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the villas are certainly ideal for that “I’m in the Hamptons” holiday. This is beachside glamour personified. Decor is peppered with modern artworks, designed to bring pops of colour to the cool blue hues of the open spaces villas. Expansive glass doors ensure the breezy seaside life becomes a part of the minimalist interior, and natural light filters throughout. Each Villa is privately staffed and guests can take solace in knowing that their time is flexible, and their own. Lunch is served when you desire and languid days around the infinity pool are encouraged. Villa One can accommodate 2 – 10 people and has 3 levels of oceanside bliss. Just glorious. Villa Two is similar to Villa One with its overall look and feel, but only has two levels. This villa sleeps up to 6 people, but has plenty of spacious areas for entertainment. Also equipped with a private infinity pool, this designer Villa also makes the perfect escape for small groups. The actual Ellerman House Hotel has seductive views of the coastline and caters for individual guests/couples in more of a bed and breakfast manner. There are 13 individually styled bedrooms in the hotel, each of which is nothing short of inviting. In conjunction with an array of luxury accommodation options, Ellerman House also offers sundowner experiences, has its own wine cellar, bar area, and their own sugar shack pantry. Of course, these are only a few of the things on offer at Ellerman. There is so much more to discover – attention to detail is their forte. Haven’t heard of Ellerman House? That’s probably because it’s one of Cape Town’s best...

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4 Family Activities in Cape Town
Jul18

4 Family Activities in Cape Town

Cape Town is the perfect holiday destination for families. There’s so much to do in a city that never sleeps, and – apart from being an adventure lover’s paradise – it is also one of the most awe-inspiring destinations perfectly equipped to entertain families with its natural beauty. Family activities in Cape Town can include anything from lazy days on white sandy beaches, to scaling mountains, exploring vineyards, shopping, boat cruises and more. Either way, families certainly won’t be bored exploring the iconic landmarks, sweeping scenes and bustling coastal villages of Cape Town. Swim with Penguins at Boulders Beach Boulders Beach is located in Simon’s Town which is located one the False Bay coastline. It’s about a 20 min drive from the famous Cape Point Nature Reserve, and has proved time-and-time again to be a highlight with tourists. A protected penguin colony lives freely on the shores of Boulders Beach. Visitors have the option of walking along the rustic wooden walkway to view the nesting penguins from up close, or they can relax on the beach in the protected bay in the hopes of seeing the penguins swimming freely. Either way, Boulders is one of the nicest Protected and safe beaches/bays in the peninsula. You’d need to get there early to grab a spot as the beach is a tiny bay. Perfectly round granite Boulders protrude from the water and create small channels of water between the smooth rocks provide the perfect hideaway for penguins. It’s not uncommon to spot a few jackass penguins gliding through the shallow crystal clear waters while you’re dunking and diving in the waters. After spending time with the penguins and indulging your sun seeker side, we recommend you explore Simon’s Town on Foot. There are beautiful curio shops, ice-cream vendors and an array of restaurants catering for a variety of palates (even your teenager’s fussy food choices). Family Activities in Cape Town at the VA Waterfront The VA Waterfront sits on the Atlantic Seaboard of Cape Town and is centered around a yacht basin. There is something for everyone at the Waterfront ! There’s a delightful daily sunset cruise ideal for families – it’s not too long, so the little ones won’t get bored. The cruise meanders its way around the harbour area and gives a great vantage point. There are a ton of sushi, seafood and mixed grill restaurants, so you certainly won’t be stuck for choice when it comes to meal times. If you’re a large family with contrasting dietary habits, then head to the food market where you’ll find a wealth of flavours and stalls boasting decadent dessert options! Of...

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My Top 4 Venues for Wine Farm Weddings in Cape Town
Jul17

My Top 4 Venues for Wine Farm Weddings in Cape Town

One of my colleagues recently got engaged, and she’s served as the inspiration for this blog post about wine farm weddings in Cape Town. Having been to a spate of wine farm weddings in recent months, and being a self-appointed connoisseur of fine wines, I thought that I’m more than qualified to offer up my top 4 venues for wine farm weddings. There are so many venues in the wine-rich regions of Cape Town, and all of them offer something spectacular. Some of these farms are well-known, while others are off-the-beaten vineyard. Today I’ve decided to give a bit of airtime to 4 wine farm venues that offer something unique to loved-up couples wanting wine farm weddings in Cape Town. Zorgvliet  Zorgvliets rests in an exquisite valley of vineyards and is a mere 7 km from the vineyard town of Stellenbosch. This luxury farm oozes a sense of country charm and is ideal for weekend away weddings. Ultra-luxurious rooms surround a small lawn and swimming pool in an almost courtyard setting. Just in front of the area is the Banghoek restaurant ideal for pre-drinks and the elegant Oak room area for your reception, which is where the weddings take place. Vineyards hug the entire region and make for the ideal setting for photographs. A winding road extends down to a boutique style deli and picnic area, set under a tree. It’s a little oasis, jsut perfect for casually finishing a bottle of wine and indulging in a deli style simple lunch. This is the perfect thing to do the day before the wedding. There’s a quaint church and chapel at the end of a winding road. We highly recommend jumping aboard the farm tractor for an exciting journey up into the hills for the wedding. Beau Constantia The contemporary Beau Constantia is the ideal choice for a wine farm wedding close to Cape Town. The exquisite farm is situated on top of Constantia Nek, and offers panoramic views of the mountains, city, False Bay and even extend all the way across to Stellenbosch and the Helderberg mountains. Vineyards are located 350 metres above sea-level and wine connesiers can expect a variety of reds and whites on offer. In terms of weddings, there is the elegant Chef’s Warehouse for a reception area and the rolling lawns provide the ideal place for the ceremony. Beau Constantia can tailor-make a wedding experience suited to your crowd and numbers. It’s an ultra-chic wedding venue and selecting your house wine most certainly won’t be a problem. Bakenhof Bakenhof is an elegant wedding venue located in the Wellington region of the Cape winelands, a couple hours...

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Enter These Famous Running and Cycling Events in Cape Town
Jul10

Enter These Famous Running and Cycling Events in Cape Town

Coastal Cape Town is a premier destination for the adventure lover, thrill seeker and outdoor enthusiast. A buzzing city rests at the foot of the flat-topped Table Mountain, and contrasting suburbs lie scattered across vineyards and coastlines. Every where in Cape Town has some kind of a view. Whether it’s a cliff, beach, mountain in the distance, vineyards or a yacht basin; there’s pretty much something picturesque everywhere you turn. The topography of Cape Town lends itself to numerous sporting activities; which include everything from surfing to trail running, mountain biking, sailing and rock climbing. There are literally hundreds of small sporting events held annually in Cape Town, but it’s impossible to list all of them in on single blog post. We’ve grabbed the most popular running and cycling events in Cape Town that are worthy of being added to the energetic crowd’s “bucket list” of global sporting events to enter. Grab the lycra shorts, tie the laces, clip in your cleats or tie shoelaces and come to Cape Town for these famous running and cycling events! Cape Town Cycle Tour The Argus Cycle tour is – arguably – the most famous cycling road race in the southern hemisphere. It’s also the world’s longest timed cycle tour, making it a must conquer sporting event for budding cyclists. Annually, Cape Town sees an influx of thousands of tourists taking to the roads to complete this event. The (usually) 109 km route starts in the centre of Cape Town (Grand Parade Precinct area) and winds its way around the peninsula, finishing in the Green Point/Waterfront area. Hard-working riders are treated with hard hill climbs, downhill freewheeling on roads hugging the cliff faces and exquisite seaside areas in flat easy-cycle areas. It’s one of the world’s most scenic cycle races and is incredibly well-supported by locals. Roads are lined with supporters playing music, dancing and encouraging cyclists – the cycle tour is nothing short of a massively festive event. Where to Stay : It’s an early start and the city centre can become congested. You don’t want to spend too much time on the road getting to the start point. We recommend you stay in the centre of Cape Town or within the VA Waterfront area. Our hotel recommendation : Townhouse hotel is an affordable hotel, literally located within walking distance of the start of the tour. For more elite hotels stay on the town side of the VA Waterfront at either the Westin Grand or the Southern Sun Hotel. For slightly further afield, but “across the road” we recommend the five star Cape Grace Hotel or premier Silo Hotel.  Enter the...

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