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THE LIGHT HOUSE BOUTIQUE SUITES

Paarl, a seemingly slow-paced town just 45 minutes from Cape Town International Airport, is far more than just a community of farmers and winemakers. There’s culture, history, world-class restaurants and a bounty of natural beauty around every corner, making it the perfect location for The Light House Boutique Suites.

With equal parts luxury and homely comforts, this grand former family home is now a glorious attention-to-detail boutique guesthouse, with each room furnished with timeless pieces that marry with the theme of each space.

While the garden and patio area provide the perfect setting for opulent brunches, indoor dining – available on request – is served with the same care and thought…
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THE LIGHT HOUSE BOUTIQUE SUITES

Bank on good times at the Riverside Sun

deveWhen the pressures of everyday life in the city get too much, the Riverside Sun in Vanderbijlpark, a 45-minute drive south of Johannesburg, makes for the perfect refuge. This was proven during a weekend-stay at the three-star hotel nestled in the heart of the Vaal.

My partner and I arrived on the Friday afternoon to a seamless check-in accented by a welcoming atmosphere that promised utter relaxation. Aptly described as a “country escape on the Vaal River”, the hotel sits on the banks bordering Gauteng and the Free State. The setting boasts scenic views in all directions, including…
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Bank on good times at the Riverside Sun

THE GHAN EXPEDITION

The Ghan train journey through central Australia is said to be one of the top 10 railway adventures in the world. And we realise upon arrival at Darwin Railway Station that it’s also one of the most surreal. After all, how often does one get to board a train the length of which is more than twice the height of the Empire State Building?

Standing on the platform, we can see neither the beginning nor the end of what is, at 902m, the longest passenger train in the world. With its 38 silver carriages, top-class service and facilities and powerful,…
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THE GHAN EXPEDITION

THE RESIDENCE PORTFOLIO: UNMATCHED BUSH & CITY LUXURY STAYS

When in the urban jungle, its easy to long for the stillness of the bush, and if you’re a city-dweller in the wilderness, its as equally natural to miss the rush of the city. The Residence in Johannesburg and Camp Ndlovu in the Welgevonden Game Reserve – properties in The Residence Portfolio – encapsulate the perfect balance of city and bush life in ways that will relax and reinvigorate. Simply put, they offer the best of both worlds.

The Residence

The Residence is nestled in the old Houghton suburb of Johannesburg. Behind its high concrete walls, an oasis of unmatched relaxation…
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THE RESIDENCE PORTFOLIO: UNMATCHED BUSH & CITY LUXURY STAYS

Review: African Pride Irene Country Lodge

Leaving the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg to unwind is a necessity, not a luxury, and the African Pride Irene Country Lodge offers the perfect venue for much-needed relaxation.

While I enjoy the buzz of Johannesburg, sometimes one just needs a moment of peace. And there is no better way than to do this than switching off your phone and getting out of the city.

The Irene Country Lodge is perfect for a relaxed, peaceful and romantic weekend getaway. Only 30 minutes from Sandton, it has much to offer to a variety of guests.

Looking to spend quality time with your family?…
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Review: African Pride Irene Country Lodge

A taste of Miami at Camps Bay’s South Beach Hotel

On the Camps Bay beachfront on the Atlantic seaboard – which holds the internationally coveted Blue Flag status – where the sounds of the ocean land softly against the ear, the scent of the sea is as crisp as the fresh morning breeze and the views are forever postcard-worthy, lies the South Beach Hotel.

On arrival, an air of simplicity and elegance hangs in this Miami-inspired getaway nestled in Cape Town, with a warm atmosphere that softens the chill in the thick of winter.

The five-star hotel boasts carefully considered and modern finishings, a limited-edition Marieke Prinsloo-Rowe sculpture and art by world-renowned contemporary South African…
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A taste of Miami at Camps Bay’s South Beach Hotel