3 Luxury Beach Hideaways on the West Coast of Cape Town
Dec05

3 Luxury Beach Hideaways on the West Coast of Cape Town

The West Coast of Cape Town is a rugged stretch of coast extending from Bloubergstrand all the way through to Lambert’s Bay. This charming coastline is lined with small fishing villages that are quintessential “Cape”. Dotted between villages there are fynbos covered sand dunes and endless stretches of barren land. The West Coast  National Park forms part of the region and a wealth of plains game call the reserve their home. It’s the place to see the wild flowers in bloom during spring time; and the many bays, lagoons and wild beaches are also a major drawcard for road trippers from Cape Town. The 270 km coastal stretch of the West Coast is full of heritage and colour; and remains relatively unspoilt. This is the place to discover derelict wooden fishing boats, ancient whitewashed fishing cottages, the history of the strandlopers, stretches of pristine beaches, rolling breakers, brazen sunsets, and perfectly cooked seafood.  We’ve scoured the coast for handful of coastal gems, and have found 3 luxury beach hideaways on the West Coast of Cape Town. The Oystercatchers’ Haven in Paternoster  Paternoster is an old fishing town that is now popular with tourists. The ancient fishing village still remains a charming seaside village, but now buzzes with activity during the summer months. The village hugs the long stretch of beach, and is home to a few top-notch restaurants and guest houses. The old fishing houses and new guest houses are washed in white, to keep that West Coast feel. Watch the trawlers come in, walk on the beach, swim, or hike to the lighthouse – the choice is yours! Our choice of accommodation in Paternoster is the Oystercatchers’ Haven. This is a 4 star graded property located in a peaceful area, and offers sweeping views of the surrounding coastline. Rooms have all been designed to take advantage of the sea view, and each comes with a private patio. This establishment injects style into simple beachside living and the elegant decor complements the serene surrounds. Antique pieces ensure there’s a sense of history and refinement to the guest house. It’s a hop down to the beach and the perfect place to wake-up to the sound of the ocean and smell of the salty sea air. There are 2 luxury Queen rooms, 1 Twin room, 1 Luxury Suite and a Honeymoon suite complete with a private lounge area. Rooms come complete with complimentary WiFi, satellite TV, mini bar, electronic safe and walk-in showers. Cocoon yourself in the 500 thread count percale linen at night, and envelope yourself in the magic of the seaside atmosphere during the day. The Farmhouse Hotel in Langebaan...

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Consultant Janelle Thirsk Chats to Us About Her Rovos Rail Trip
Nov04

Consultant Janelle Thirsk Chats to Us About Her Rovos Rail Trip

Our consultants cleverly craft itineraries for potential holidaymakers based on their budget and personal needs. The only real way to recommend a destination is to have first-hand experience of the suggested activity or destination. One of our consultants, Janelle, enjoyed a trip aboard the luxury Rovos Rail train. Her family joined her on the intrepid journey through the Cape winelands, and it seems that it was a once-in-a-lifetime journey. We will share a few of her photos at a later stage, but in the meantime – here is her interview.  1. What was your favourite part of the journey?  Being in absolute comfort and luxury for 3 days ! 2. How many different carriages are there ?  There were 3 rooms per carriage, and we had 5 carriages on our trip.  There was a dining car, a lounge area and then a bar / observation car.  This had an open area at the back of the train where you could sit and enjoy the fresh air.  Not many trains have windows that open, so we were very thankful that this train still has windows that open.  It was a highlight for most of the guests we spoke to. 3. What was your kids’ favourite part of the journey?  I asked them this question, and their response was EVERYTHING!  However I do believe that the dressing up for dinner would probably be a highlight for them. 4. Which route did you go?  We went from Pretoria to Cape Town. 5. Does it stop at stations, and can you disembark? We did stop a lot along the way, waiting for signals for us to pass through.  We could not disembark a this point.  However we stopped in Kimberley where we did a tour of the Big Hole.  We were met at the station and got into Vans and they took us on the tour.  It was very interesting and we all loved it.  Another stop was about 5km outside Matjiesfontein and then we had the choice to walk into the town (the 5km) or we could stay on the train.  It is a very small town which has a hotel called the Lord Milner.  It is an interesting hotel with many stories to it.  We got to meet the piano man who sang for us and showed us around.  What a treat he was! 6. Did your family all sleep in one cabin?  No we had 2 cabins, next door to each other. 7. What’s the food like?  Gourmet.  4 course menu at lunch and dinner.  Breakfast was more low key, but they had everything you could want.  They made special...

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4 Remarkable and Relatively Unknown Activities in Cape Town
Nov03

4 Remarkable and Relatively Unknown Activities in Cape Town

Cape Town is the adventure capital of South Africa, and an adrenalin junkie’s dream destination. There are literally thousands of outdoor, cultural and foodie based activities on offer in the Mother City. Some of these day trips and activities come at a hefty cost, while others are for free. There are the guidebook listed things to do in South Africa, and then there are the relatively unknown activities that are pretty remarkable. Creative ways of experiencing Cape Town are always cropping up, and it can often be quite tough to decide on a selection of activities showcasing the best of the city.  Here are 4 relatively unknown activities in Cape Town : Kayak with Penguins at Boulders Beach Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town is renown for its protected penguin colony, and tourists flock to the protected bay to observe – and swim with – the African penguins. The penguins move between the beach and the turquoise waters, so they’re quite easy to spot. An adventurous and unique way of spotting penguins is to go kayaking in the warm waters of False Bay. The guided sea kayak tour is done through Kayak Cape Town, and trips involve plenty of sightseeing combined with a visit to Boulders Beach to spot the penguins. Don’t be surprised if you see the penguins gliding through the waters as you get closer to the bay. Kayaks are double kayaks, which means you can bring a friend along (one that you won’t end up arguing with when it comes to paddling). This tour doesn’t require any experience, and the guide will prep you beforehand with a few handy tips and hints. Enjoy a kayak trip to Boulders and see the Cape Point route from an entirely different angle. “Hey Pioneer” Bespoke Camping Adventures Bespoke camping adventures? Yes. This new kid on the block is a fun and unique concept that offers the best of the outdoors and a luxury camping experience. Considered to be “pop-up” camping experiences, Hey Pioneer is a unique concept for adventure seekers and glampers. The team will organise and set-up a fully-furnished tent with beds, rugs and other furnishings. Hey Pioneer will even do an entire backyard camp style dinner party around a roaring campfire. Get a group of a friends, or simply enjoy a romantic getaway for 2. Either way, the Hey Pioneer team with personalise your outdoor experience in a pristine location of their choice. It’s camping – done differently! Snorkelling with Seals in Hout Bay For the water adventure lovers we highly recommend a seal snorkelling trip with ocean experts, Animal Ocean. Glide your way through the turquoise waters...

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3 Beachfront Hotels in Cape Town
Oct10

3 Beachfront Hotels in Cape Town

We’ve scoured the peninsula for 3 beachfront hotels in Cape Town that deserve a mention. These 3 hotels aren’t 100 metres from the beach, and they’re not located on clifftops overlooking the blue expanse of ocean. These beachfront hotels are literally on the beach. We’ve hand selected a few accommodation options in each of the major beach areas of Cape Town. We have Tintswalo Atlantic tucked away at the base of Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most scenic drives. The closest area to Tintswalo is Hout Bay. Then there’s the Last Word’s Long Beach Hotel, which is located on a wide stretch of sandy beach on Noordhoek – the relaxed side of Cape Town! On the azure ocean side of Cape Town – the Atlantic Seaboard stretch – we’ve selected The Bay Hotel, a favourite among locals and international visitors for its prime location on the shores of the palm-fringed Camps Bay Beach. Tintswalo Atlantic at the Base of Chapman’s Peak Drive Tintswalo Atlantic is one of our favourite boutique beach hotels. It reminds us of a secret unobtrusive hideaway that flies under the radar. This haven of luxury is tucked away in a small bay beneath the world-famous Chapman’s Peak Drive, and rests on the shores of a private bay. The hotel’s wrap around balcony is the perfect place to watch the huge breakers rolling onto the beach. The rooms are nothing short of exquisite and each of the 10 luxury Island suites, offer superb finishings and sophisticated decor. A world-class fine dining restaurant, swanky beach cocktail bar and class wine cellar provide the perfect escape for purveyors of fine dining. There’s even a small pool surrounded by wooden decking – the perfect place to put your feet up and unwind. The Last Word’s Long Beach Hotel in Kommetjie, Cape Point Route There’s a stretch of kilometres long sandy beach that curves all the way from Noordhoek to Kommetjie, offering a wild beauty and powerful seas. Horse riding is popular on Noordhoek beach, and it’s not uncommon to witness scenes of cantering steeds framed by icy powerful waves and endless views of the ocean. This part of Cape Town is accessible via the Cape Point Route side of the mountain. Noordhoek lies at the base of Chapman’s Peak opposite to the Hout Bay side. Long Beach is situated on this Noordhoek Kommetjie stretch and is a well-known local surfing spot. The Last Word is comfortably perched on top of fynbos smothered dunes on the sandy beach. The views from the Long Beach are mind-blowing. Endless horizons greet the huge expansive of blue ocean with their brazen sunsets, and...

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Tintswalo Group to Open Villa Overlooking Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town
Sep15

Tintswalo Group to Open Villa Overlooking Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town

The southern peninsula of Cape Town is one of the most spectacular regions in the Western Cape, and visitors often overlook this area in favour of the more tourist orientated areas of the coast. The Tintswalo Group has recognised the potential of the area, so they’ve decided to build a stylish seaside villa hotel overlooking Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town. The opening date is the beginning of October, and we’re bound to see an influx of visitors to the villa. The southern peninsula is a strip of coast extending from Muizenberg through to Noordhoek at the base of Chapman’s Peak. The coast hugs the warm Indian Ocean and is known as the laid-back, local part of Cape Town. The False Bay coast is also a marine reserve teeming with cow sharks and ocean life, making it ideal for scuba diving and snorkelling. Home to a variety of surfing waves, golden beaches, rugged coastlines, and the Cape Point Nature Reserve; the southern peninsula most certainly is the epitome of wild beauty. Villages dotted along the coast have a sporty, surfing and bohemian vibe, and restaurants home to delectable cuisine remain uncrowded. One of the most popular beaches along the False Bay Coast is Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town. This beach and calm bay is home to a protected penguin colony – don’t be surprised to come across penguins while you’re taking a dip in the small bay. Cocooned by carpets of mountain fynbos, flanked by mountains and hugged by the False Bay Coast is the Tintswalo at Boulders Manor. Tintswalo group tends to find magical, hidden corners of South Africa for their properties. Location, luxury and quality are all key elements of a Tintswalo property. There will now be two Tintswalo options in Cape Town – one on the sought after Atlantic Seaboard, and one on the laid-back False Bay coastline. We cannot wait for the opening of this villa in Boulder’s Beach Simon’s Town, an area with perfectly safe beaches and shallow waters ideal for swimming. The villa style manor will have 9 suites and a children’s suite on a bed and breakfast basis. Guests have the option of hiring the entire villa on a private use basis, which will have 5 luxury suites and one children’s suite, catering for a group of 10 people. Rooms have sweeping views of extensive Indian Ocean, and the location is perfect for a family holiday. Tintswalo at Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town is part of the Tintswalo classic collection, and is certainly set to draw in the...

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3 Unique Accommodation Options for the 2019 Knysna Oyster Festival
Sep13

3 Unique Accommodation Options for the 2019 Knysna Oyster Festival

The Knysna Oyster Festival is an annual event that takes place along the Garden Route region of South Africa. This lush area, otherwise known as the Eden of South Africa, recently endured a devastating setback when fires raged out of control in the Knysna region. The area is slowly being developed and rebuilt after the fires, and the Knysna Oyster Festival continues to thrive. The festival takes place during South Africa’s June/July school holidays and is a festival offering a programme of exciting events ideal for the whole family. There’s the famous Knysna marathon that’s at the heart of the festival, and runners flock to the region from around South Africa to enjoy a scenic run through the forest and its surrounds. Pezula Hotel and Golf Course It goes without saying that The Garden Route is a fantastic destination for golfing. From endless lush landscapes to sea views, and wild vegetation teeming with game, the Garden Route has certainly earned its reputation as South Africa’s eden. Garden Route is also a renowned golfing destination and has the likes of Fancourt, Pinnacle Point, Simola, Oubaai, George, Goose Valley and many others. Pezula golf course is a first-class destination for golfers, and the Pezula Hotel offers easy access to the greens. It’s also a perfectly sophisticated destination for non-golfers to indulge in a spot of luxury. As a matter of fact, the luxurious Pezula Hotel caters for a wide variety of traveller. From honeymooners, to golfing groups and young families, Pezula offers a world of wonder in the heart of the Garden Route, complete with beautifully appointed suites and stand alone villas. The accommodation options come complete with WiFi, air-conditioning and the amenities from home. The villas differ from the deluxe suites in that they come complete with their own private pool, entertainment area and sweeping views of Knysna and surrounds. The delightful deluxe suites offer a tranquil retreat with hearty fireplaces and blissful garden views. The hotel has plenty to keep you occupied. There’s a 12 metre indoor pool, spa facility, sauna, health bar and a post-treatment relaxation zone. This is the perfect place to unwind after running an intense marathon! Head Over Hills Luxury Retreat Located on top of the famous cascading cliffs of the Knysna Heads, sits a sophisticated retreat called Head over Hills. This five star luxury hideaway has exquisite vistas of the temperamental and vast Indian Ocean, the tranquil Knysna lagoon and the jagged coastline. The Heads is a tourist hotspot, yet remains an idyllic and peaceful area. Head Over Hills is a sought after destination, and offers plenty of relaxation options for those needing some...

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Top 4 Reasons to Visit Cape Town in Winter
Sep13

Top 4 Reasons to Visit Cape Town in Winter

Sun worshippers and beach goers seeking a popular summer destination for their holiday flock to Cape Town’s shores to explore the endless beaches and postcard perfect mountain vistas. The endless summer days in Cape Town definitely provide the ideal setting for a summer vacation, but the winter season often produces charmingly warm and sunny days. There are stormy days, but they’re generally short lived and interrupted with strikingly blissful intrusions of sun.  The Mother City is a year round destination and visiting Cape Town in winter means fewer crowds, cheaper prices, crisper sunsets, and less chance of having to contend with the blustery south easter.   Here are our top 4 reasons to visit Cape Town in Winter :  Wine Farms with Fireplaces   There is nothing better than spending a cold, yet still winter’s day on a wine farm in Cape Town. Immerse yourself in the contrasting colours of carpets of vineyards on the slopes of the mountains, and sip a glass of quaffable wine while you look out over the rain-soaked, glistening landscape. There are a number of wineries offering huge indoor fireplaces with hearty crackling fires, comfortable couches and cosy bar areas. Head towards Constantia, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Durbanville to find that cosy winter wine hideaway. La Motte Wine Estate in Franschhoek and Babylonstoren  our personal favourites for winter wining and dining. World-class Surfing Waves Cape Town is a go-to destination for avid beach goers and water sport fanatics. The Mother City has both the warm Indian Ocean and the cold Atlantic Ocean, which means different wave types on each coast.  Generally speaking, the ocean is a far cry from the warm waters of the Med. Waves on the Atlantic Seaboard tend to be icy and powerful – perfect for the more experienced surfer.  During the winter season Llandudno offers some of the cleanest and slickest barrels you’ll ever see, making it ideal for hardcore surfers. Dungeons offers one of the most challenging big waves in the world and is an eerie, sharky spot. Challenging on all levels! For the more relaxed surfer, long boarder or cruiser,  we recommend Muizenberg. This section of the Indian Ocean is best for beginners and caters for a mixed crowd. There are surf shops, cafes and bars located on the beach front. Winter season sees the North-west wind rolling in which provide ideal conditions for small, fun waves. Participator or wave observer, there’s always a winter wave for you in Cape Town. Less Crowds, Better Prices Like most tourist hotspots, when the summer crowds arrive in their droves, the prices tend to escalate. Despite your foreign currency it can also be a costly...

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