8 March 2018

The wonderful world of Lake Kariba

Early Friday morning I was packed and ready to board my flight from Cape Town to Harare via Johannesburg. By the afternoon, after connecting with a charter flight to the Bumi Hills private airs...

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1 March 2018

A treasure trove of opulence - a night at The Silo hotel

Last week Friday, Pieter and I decided to escape for a night out, a ‘babymoon’ if you will. Keeping it fresh and local, we packed our bags and travelled all 20 minutes to The Silo hotel. If you...

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14 February 2018

Country living, modern styling & classical charm

We took the opportunity just last week to stretch our legs and escape Cape Town city life – and the path that followed led us to La Cle Country Lodge. Recently opened, the lodge is located on a working wine farm a stone’s throw from the heart of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands, South Africa.  Oozing casual charm and refined living, La Cle Country Lodge is a five-bedroomed Cape ...

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  • 23 April 2017

    Springfontein Eats – Michelin Stars in the middle of the Overberg

    From the misty Elgin apple farms, and gentle Hemel-en-Aarde Vineyards to the Kleinrivier Mountains, you will discover another world worth visiting. The Overberg – a tranquil, step back in time, abundant with wineries and restaurants, but you can’t visit without a lingering lunch at Springfo...

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  • 12 April 2017

    Marigold - A debut for the French Fine Dining Town of Franschhoek

    A debut for the French Fine Dining Town of Franschhoek, Marigold on the main street is the first authentically Indian restaurant of its kind and it’s making a fiery impression. Having recently opened its doors, Marigold, reminiscent of authentic India, evokes the exotic with its small plated...

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  • 28 February 2017

    Caroline Dub’s Her Top Three

    “What’s your favourite fine-dining restaurant in Cape Town?” I must have heard that question a thousand times in my two decades of luxury travel. The trouble is our Mother City has become a culinary destination with world class restaur...

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  • 2 December 2016

    Testing the new Test Kitchen

    Cape Town’s world class Test Kitchen in the artsy neighbourhood of Woodstock has been redefined. And I was one of the first to experience it a couple of weeks ago. This may not sound particularly impressive for someone who never misses a beat when it comes to culinary, but given their c...

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  • 26 September 2016


    There’s nothing quite like the embarrassment of posing like a Kardashian in front of your light aircraft en route to your safari, only to be directed to unpack your bag because it’s over weight! Over-packing for a safari is common, but not surprising as the International luggage allowance is ...

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  • 25 August 2016

    Objet d'art Obsession

    Let’s face it … holidays are not just about beaches, safaris, wine, cuisine and relaxation. Retail therapy forms an essential part of the R&R mix! In fact, if the truth be known, you don’t need to be on holiday in Africa to shop in Africa !  We always say avoid the urge ...

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  • 28 July 2016


    Two weeks into my job as Marketing Manager for Classic Escapes and I get given a ninety-minute massage at Ellerman House! I’d never had such a long massage! How was I going to enjoy it when I knew that, one day, just like a good dream, it would come to an abrupt end? Then I remembered my moth...

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  • 20 July 2016


    On Sunday we spontaneously lunched at Idiom, the Cape Winelands newest restaurant, tasting venue and a tribute to the Bottega family! It's so new that I’m confident in this case we are the grapevine you are hearing it from for the first time! The Bottegas have taken South African wine d...

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  • 23 June 2016


    Let’s face it; these days we rarely have time to reconfigure our corkscrews without another restaurant popping up in Cape Town! This is good news right? It displays our pioneering popularity when it comes to food and wine on a global scale. But this is no restaurant. The Stack is a venu...

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  • 2 June 2016


    Built at the turn of the 19th century and ‘Victorianised’ at the turn of the 20th century, this national monument in the heart of Cape Town is home to the now hip and historic Cape Cadogan hotel – owned and operated by the More Family. As foodie enthusiasts we found our Muesli Mecca her...

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  • 8 November 2015


    The wisest Sunday morning decision I’ve made in a long time was undoubtedly accepting an Orange Kloof invite!  Kicking off at Cape Town’s Constantia Neck in the early hours on a fresh summer’s morning, determined to defy the regulars on their standard trails, we headed up Orange Kl...

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  • 1 October 2015


    If you haven’t yet graciously welcomed Winter Twenty Sixteen in The Mother City, then La Calombe will give you one good reason! Their celebrated winter special, which I had the privilege of experiencing this time last year, is back! Which, by the way cost a mere R350 per person for a three-co...

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