With December approaching faster than a Boeing, here are your top ten tips to ensure that you get the best bang for your buck this travel season. “With so many competitors in the market, and so much travel information available to us all in this digital age, I want to cut through the clutter and give you some really helpful information about bookings, ticket prices, and airports,” says Benediction Zubane, head of Marketing at Mango. Mango’s 10 tips are: 1. The more flexible you are the more likely you are to secure a rock-bottom airfare. Booking as far in advance will secure the best-priced seats for you and your family. This means if you can fly out first thing in the morning, or last flight out, there is probably a bargain waiting just for you. The extra money you save can be put toward spending on those little extras that we all tend to forget about in our holiday budget. You know, like the ice-cream you just have to have, to cool off after a hot day on the beach. 2. Normally, booking a package deal, which includes either a car hire or a hotel – or both, can work out cheaper than trying to book all three separately. We have negotiated awesome deals with Car hire companies, and hotel partners that we package for various budgets. We’re all different, so it means we all need different holiday options. 3. If you are wanting to travel outside our boarders, why not consider Zanzibar. This magnificent island off Tanzania is the perfect destination for a ‘baby-moon’, or a honeymoon, we don’t mind which comes first! Those azure beaches and perfect temperatures all year round make for a one-in-a-million vacation. Mango has great packages to Zanzibar, and if you can fly out of school holiday season, you can generally get a great rate. 4. For Zanzibar you need a passport, and these days you can get it at most banks. Now that’s the best tip you’ll get, because it means no more long queues at Home Affairs (HA)! But if you your bank does not have this . . .
Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa in Johannesburg, the award-winning urban oasis in Sandton, offers delectable experiences that will delight all your senses. Foodies, socialites and the “who’s who” all agree that being at Fairlawns is a culinary delight. Experience it for yourself! The setting is gorgeous, the food perfection and the beverages imaginative, varied and plentiful. Within one venue, a sanctuary in Sandton, there are multiple dining experiences to be enjoyed, decide what most appeals to your mood and taste buds and savour it. For Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner: Amuse-Bouche Restaurant boasts a sophisticated à la carte menu for the adventurous palate, paired with a Platinum Award Winning wine list. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their Harvest Table Buffet Breakfast starts from R 195 per person, a la carte and full breakfasts from R 235 per person, which offers a new spin on traditional expectations. Expect the unexpected from the a la carte lunch and dinner menus, priced from R 170. High Tea and Easy Eating: The Manor House Bistro features a more casual al fresco dining, in a contemporary setting with an eclectic appeal or the adjoining Terrace overlooking the immaculate lawns of Fairlawns. The restaurant is elegant, yet homely and welcoming, and features some of your favourite café style meals. The Manor House Bistro serves High Tea at its best: traditional with their signature five-star fun. Enjoy their high tea, in the morning or afternoon, served daily. The sandwiches are perfect, scones are fresh, and the mini cakes are mouth-watering. From R 325 per person. Into the Woods: Into the Woods, brings the garden inside the private dining room and offers a memorable experience for up to 12 guests under a chandelier in a re-creation of a Birchwood Forest. The culinary journey offers three set menu options; the 9-course menu starts from R 895 per person, the 7-course menu starts from R 695 per person and the 5-course menu . . .
Whether you’re in Cape Town for your #summerholidays from upcountry or enjoying a #staycation, head to the beautiful Boland town of Paarl for a spectacular summer holiday. Located within easy driving distance from Cape Town, this rural region is the perfect summer destination with a laid-back atmosphere, stunning scenery, fantastic food and wine and activities to suit the whole family. The arrival of summer means it is time to head outdoors and enjoy the magnificence of the Cape winelands. Picnics, al fresco dining, outdoor performances and events all ensure that visitors enjoy a memorable summer season. If you want to stay active during your holidays, there are several premier golf courses, MTB and hiking trails, kayaking, quad biking, fishing, horse-riding and even croc cage diving on the adventure menu. The Winelands Meander (http://www.winelandsmeander.org.za) is a convenient way of exploring the region with different routes to pick from highlighting specific places of interest and activities. In Paarl, you have six available routes, including the 8-Mile Route that explores exciting places of interest such as the iconic Language Monument, wineries, shops and restaurants along the Paarl Main Road – at 12,8km officially the longest in the country. The Gentleman’s Meander takes in golf courses, a polo estate, restaurants and top wineries as well as the statue of former President Nelson Mandela. Other routes will introduce visitors to destinations in Suid-Agter Paarl such as Fairview, Spice Route, Landskroon and the Alpaca Loom or alternatively to the Voor Perdeberg region with its award-winning wineries such as Windmeul and Perdeberg. Venture towards Simondium on the Simonsberg-Paarl route and discover gems such as Babylonstoren, Simonsvlei and Le Bonheur Reptile Adventures. Travel along the Dutoitskloof Meander and discover off-the-beaten track and historic wine estates with fabulous restaurants and outdoor activities. Paarl is the third oldest town in . . .
SOUTH AFRICA, Johannesburg – Friday, 9th November 2018: In a bid to advance and maintain a recognizable, credible and globally benchmarked system of quality assurance for accommodation and venues in South Africa, the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) is pleased to announce that the new and revised grading standards for South Africa have been approved by Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom and is now gazetted for implementation from 01 April 2019. The new grading criteria include the introduction of two new categories in the form of “apartment hotels” and “small hotels” in which the luxury form (boutique hotels) would be encompassed. In addition to this, grading levels have been enhanced and will now also include a new 5-Star Premium grading level which is a recognition reserved for the pinnacle of luxury product in South Africa and will only be for those products that far exceed premium expectations with respect to quality standards and service excellence. The TGCSA has also introduced a new dimension to grading which allows for properties to capitalize on niche market differentiation. This new addition termed “accolades” includes insignia and criteria for niche markets such as child-friendly, pet-friendly, wedding venues, spa and wellness facilities, 4x4 etc. A full list of accolades will be available on the www.tourismgrading.co.za website in the coming weeks. Responsible Tourism also forms part of accolades offering, with the sole purpose of encouraging tourism businesses to operate more responsibly and limit the impact of their business on the environment. The South African National Standards(SANS) 1162 formed the basis of the compilation of the criteria attached to the Responsible Tourism accolade. The Responsible Tourism accolade is a recognition mechanism and not an accreditation nor a certification. “The approved enhancements to the grading system create greater value for our members and will further aid the Tourism Grading Council . . .
SOUTH AFRICA, Johannesburg – Friday, 09 November 2018: Glasses will be raised at the Lilizela Tourism Award ceremony on November 17th, 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre, where the best of the best within the Tourism Industry will be recognised and celebrated. The 7th Annual Lilizela Tourism Awards honours those remarkable individuals and businesses that elevate South Africa as a must-visit tourist destination. Befitting of this industry special event, the Lilizela Tourism Awards have proudly partnered with Imvula Wines, the brainchild of Siyabonga Mvula. Imvula means “rain” in Xhosa, and the label’s name was inspired by the pivotal role that rain plays in sustaining life. With the establishment of Imvula Wines two years ago, Siyabonga Mvula sought for his company to take on a life-sustaining role by providing those in rural communities with social upliftment, job creation, and financial support. It is fitting that a wine company that uplifts the community and impacts positively on tourism would share the spotlight at the prestigious Lilizela Tourism Awards. Mvula’s interest in wine flourished after numerous discussions with a knowledgeable friend, who steered him to explore and venture into the industry and then go on a small-scale winemaking course at the University of Stellenbosch. He left his job as assistant director at the Gauteng Treasury and formed Imvula Wines. Each blend of Imvula Wines is carefully selected and sourced from a wine estate located in Robertson, Western Cape. The assortment includes 2015 Shiraz Reserve, 2016 Shiraz Reserve, 2014 Premium Pinotage, 2014 Premium Shiraz, 2015 Premium Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 Premium Merlot, 2016 Chardonnay, 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 Merlot, 2016 Pinotage, 2016 Shiraz, and 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon. With every bottle of wine sold, a percentage of the profits goes back to community projects such as those that provide schools with better resources and learning materials. Mvula’s long-term vision is to . . .
Badplaas, South Africa – Forever Badplaas is proud to announce their SAAHSP (South African Association of Health and Skincare) Spa Membership after they recently opened the new Spa at Badplaas. SAAHSP Membership certificates were awarded to the Hydro Manager, Assistant Hydro Manager and five Beauty Therapists. SAAHSP, a non-profit organisation, was legally constituted to protect the public interest in relation to the Spa and wellness industry inclusive of beauty, somatology and spa treatments within South Africa. “Being registered members of SAAHSP is a privilege and gives us a higher professional designation that provides our passionate Spa team with platforms to improve their knowledge and staying up to date with the industry and trends which ultimately provides our guests with quality Spa treatments. This membership also reflects the professional integrity of the Spa as well as the team”, said Johan Bezuidenhout, Senior General Manager at Badplaas, A Forever Resort. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa, well known for its impressive 5-star-fun experience has extended the outdoor space of their award-winning Balinese spa by an impressive 920m2 making it the largest and most exclusive spa and wellness space in all of Johannesburg. This award-winning spa offers tranquility in a beautiful setting, complete with de-stressing water features and birdsong in the bamboo groves. When you enter into the space, you will journey through beautiful gardens with bamboo forest, a space reminiscent of Bali. The Balinese splendour include an undercover heated hydro pool, rim flow Jacuzzi, sent? bath, relaxation lounges and salas, a private dining sala for 8 guests and bar – all set in beautiful gardens. There is a couple’s treatment suite with a double spa bath and a maze with self-therapy scrubs and jets which guests can enjoy at leisure. Experience the oxygen facial, triple hydration facial or skin peel, leaving your face soft, smooth and rehydrated. Round off your treatment with a manicure, pedicure or the tan-can to get your body bronzed and poolside ready! Alternatively relax in the dining sala and enjoy sumptuous snacks and a refreshing drink without having to get out of your comfy robe. The Fairlawns Spa is the perfect spot to retreat from the daily grind and completely unwind – a true haven and urban oasis. To book call Fairlawns on 011-808 7300 or visit www.fairlawns.co.za. #fairlawnsspa #fivestarfun #urbanoasis #boutiqueliving Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa, an award-winning five-star boutique hotel, is conveniently situated in the Sandton suburb of Morningside Manor, Sandton. With close attention to detail and exceptional service, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa creates an intimate atmosphere where some of the globe’s most vibrant personalities converge. The chic, upscale suites are individually decorated in varying themes ranging from Eastern influence to French provincial, each featuring every desired modern . . .
Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront is thrilled to announce the appointment AJ Snetler as the new bartender at Tobago’s Restaurant, Bar and Terrace. AJ is one of South Africa’s top professional bartenders and brings his expertise to the best bar in the city, with the best location in Cape Town. His addition to the team at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront means that on top of already offering chilled drinks, a great vibe and a breathtaking view, Tobago’s is now even hotter and definitely the place to be in the Mother City this summer. AJ’s experience includes bartending at Georgiou’s Steakhouse, The Coachman on the Bay and SoHo Fusion Lounge in Port Elizabeth before moving down to Cape Town to work at Dropkick Murphy’s, Orphanage Cocktail Emporium, and Twankey Bar. Throughout this time he was nominated for and won numerous local and global awards and became an ambassador for global brands. “We are excited to have AJ join the team,” says Dominique Van Wezop F&B Operation Manager of Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront. “We can’t wait to see how he brings his own flair and technique to Tobago’s. Together with the rest of the team, AJ will ensure that Tobago’s is the place to visit if you want some of Cape Town’s best cocktails.” AJ is bringing his signature brand of bartending to Tobago's Restaurant, Bar and Terrace at Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront with a cocktail menu set to delight crowds throughout the summer. He shares his thoughts on industry trends, spirits we need to be seeing much more of, and what he’s really excited about right now. With his love of using local ingredients to give locals and international a real taste of Cape Town, maybe we’ll see AJ draw inspiration from his new location right next to the ocean. Q: What made you decide to become a bartender? A: There are a lot of reasons. But the main reason is that I have always been very interested in working with food and people. That’s why many of my drinks have a culinary twist. Q: What is . . .
Join Grande Provence at the Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival Celebrate the start of the festive season in style by joining Grande Provence at the annual Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival during the first weekend of December. Explore the magnificent trio of Grande Provence Méthode Cap Classique and savour the ultimate taste experience with fresh oysters at the festival. Grande Provence will showcase their shimmering Brut, enchanting Rosé and ultra-elegant flagship Vintage Brut 2011. The popular Grande Provence MCC Brut and Rosé will be on sale for a special festival price of R150 per bottle to enjoy with fresh oysters at R25.00 each. ‘The Magic of Bubbles’ continues at the Grande Provence Tasting Room for visitors not attending the festival. Their MCC & oyster pairing is offered daily at R180 per person. Additional fresh oysters are available at R90 for three. The oysters are shucked directly from the Grande Provence oyster tank and garnished freshly at the oyster bar in the Sculpture Garden. Tickets for the festival, open between 12h00 and 17h00 on 1 & 2 December, are priced at R395 per person via www.webtickets.co.za. Diary listing information: Dates: 1 & 2 December 2018 Time: 12h00 till 17h00 Venue: Huguenot Monument, Franschhoek Cost: R395 per person Booking: www.webtickets.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Vegan & Vegetarian menus burst with flavour at Bistro Sixteen82 Bistro Sixteen82, Steenberg’s popular cellar door restaurant in Constantia welcomes vegans and vegetarians this summer with dedicated menus bursting with freshness and flavour. Known for uncomplicated bistro-style food and tapas that is seasonal and flavourful, Chef Kerry draws on experiences during her travels to find new inspiration and authentic ingredients, so evident in the constant evolution of the Bistro Sixteen82 menu. Vegans have plenty to choose from for starters and mains on the lunch menu. The broccoli tataki of marinated shimeji mushrooms, chilli, corn, spring onion and wild rocket is a must drizzled with Chef Kerry’s signature soy vinaigrette. A house salad and delicious marinated artichoke salad with beetroot, grilled courgettes and pumpkin seeds complete the selection of starters. Chef Kerry’s famous vegetable stack of pan fried veggies, roasted butternut, assorted mushrooms, tender greens and red pepper, all melded together by her delicious smoked paprika vinaigrette is one of three choices for mains. Other options are a warm vegetable quinoa salad of artichoke, courgettes, peppers, wild rocket and a red pepper coulis, or the avo and wild rocket Tempura Vegetables. The vegan dessert is a light and breezy bowl of fresh summer berries, juicy citrus and a berry coulis. The vegetarian menu features variations of these dishes as well as a few extras including a panko crusted cheese fritter for starters, followed by a risotto of the day and mushroom and gorgonzola ricotta gnocchi for mains. Don’t miss out on these delicious creations and visit Bistro Sixteen82 before the summer rush. The outside terrace framed by water features and spectacular mountain views is the ultimate setting for enjoying Steenberg’s outstanding bubbly and fine selection of wines. For more information and a full range of menu options visit www.steenbergfarm.com/bistro1682. Be sure to follow . . .