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… Read More
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,… Read More
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 is nestled in the old Houghton suburb of Johannesburg. Behind its high concrete walls, an oasis of unmatched relaxation… Read More
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… Read More
When Anna moves to Marea in Spain with her boyfriend, her life seems perfect. After a decade in London, she is ready to set up home in her newly purchased, painstakingly decorated finca and enjoy the warm climate and laid-back lifestyle. Her handsome boyfriend is occasionally moody and complicated – but aren’t all artists? It doesn’t take long, however, before her idyllic life crashes around her.
Before she knows it, her boyfriend has returned to London with little more than a note for explanation, and left Anna alone in their new home feeling homesick and sorry for herself. Despite securing a… Read More