I like to be in charge of my life and my decisions and no more so than when it comes to booking online for family holidays, a business trip or some ‘me’ time, but then I found myself stuck at an airport in a foreign country – I had travelled here on business and had the family join me for an extended holiday - when our flight home was grounded due to bad weather and there I stood like a deer in headlights, unsure of what to do, who to call or how to get out of there. Chaos surrounded us as other weary travellers scurried about trying to make alternative plans, shouting at their cellphones (and their kids), standing in ever-growing queues to try and get on another flight, being jostled and shoved. I could not get a hold of an online agent or help desk as the lines were busy – 20 minutes of listening to an automated voice message did not help either, I had no-one to call to help me with at least a hotel for the night, or alternative travel arrangements and it dawned on me that had I given up my ‘independence’ and booked through an agent, I would not have been literally stranded, with my kids tugging on my jacket and my wife giving me ‘I told you so’ look. Regardless of the reasons for taking a trip, be it a holiday to rejuvenate after a long, hard year, a business trip or conference, or just a long journey to anywhere to connect with yourself or with your loved ones - travel these days is not for sissies! Terror attacks, natural disasters, airport closures and theft are concerns for each and every person embarking on a trip and regardless of how much planning and thought has been put in, from travel insurance (a must) to back-up plans, photocopies and contact people, if you have booked the trip yourself online and possibly forgotten a few must-haves on your to-do list, need information fast, or you get stuck in a City with literally no way out, who can you call? It’s well worth it to spend a nominal service fee and book via a travel agent for peace of mind . . .
For a truly decadent, luxurious Valentine’s Day celebration - sneak off for a stylish and sexy rendezvous to the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa, an opulent sanctuary and one of Joburgs best kept secrets. With close attention to detail and exceptional service, Fairlawns creates an idyllic intimate atmosphere where some of the globe’s most vibrant personalities converge. Celebrate this Valentine’s Day like a celebrity, hiding in plain sight at one of the most exclusive establishments in the country. Fairlawns lends itself to romance with chic, upscale suites which are individually decorated in varying themes ranging from Eastern influence to French provincial, featuring every desired modern amenity. The hotel also caters to a variety of culinary tastes with an array of elegant dining experiences to choose from. Whether you stay for a day or two, wined and dined for an evening, or spoiled with an indulgent spa day , Fairlawns will provide an unforgettably blissful experience. If you really want to spoil someone this Valentine’s Day this is THE way to do it. Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa, an award-winning five-star boutique hotel, is conveniently situated in the Sandton suburb of Morningside Manor. A short 6 km from central Sandton, and 20 km from the Johannesburg city centre, Fairlawns offers the upmarket guest a delicate mix of luxury and convenience. Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa opens up a whole world of relaxation, complimented with superior service, a personal touch and always surprising guests by transporting them to a sanctuary that appeals to all six senses. A unique, exclusive, up-market oasis. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Did you know that Johannesburg has more than 2 300 parks and over 10 000 hectares of green nature experiences? Instead of purchasing expensive airline tickets and hotel stays, why not substitute your summer vacation for a "staycation". "Staycations" have become increasingly popular and offer the most cost-effective and time-saving alternative. The City of Joburg has abundant recreational facilities and is offering exciting activities throughout the festive season. Says Jenny Moodley, Spokesperson of Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo: “The trick to enjoying a “staycation” is to deviate from daily routines and truly make it a vacation by putting together an itinerary of things to do” To encourage you and your family to enjoy a Joburg “staycation” this summer, we’ve put together the following tips: 1. Spend time with the kids or organise a babysitting trade-off. Johannesburg Zoo is currently running an ‘Animals @ Play' programme which aims to stimulate the animals' physical and psychological health. During the activity, a variety of fun toys are given to each animal including balls smeared with elephant dung for the lions and frozen fruit for chimps to name a few. Not only is this a fun activity for visitors to the Zoo to see, it's also very important for the stimulation of the animals kept at the Zoo. During your baby-sitting trade-off have the children report to one designated parent or parents for a planned outing, leaving the other parents to enjoy some alone time. Children are naturally curious and creative. Delta Park is home to the Delta Environmental Centre, where a wide range of fascinating wildlife-related courses are offered to adults and children. This includes holiday programmes for children between the ages of 6 and 13. 2. Get your bike out or take a hike. Whether it’s a walk, jog or bicycle ride, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo has several walking and hiking trails. Looking for a great location? Visit the James and Ethel Gray Park on Atholl . . .
With the festive season in full swing, most getaway plans are either in motion or anticipated with bated breath. Although the long-awaited summer break is hot on many people’s heels, there is still time to plan an event-packed road trip and explore South Africa’s natural beauty in close range of Cape Town. Route 62, which is recognised as one of the country’s most famous and scenic driving routes, offers a broad variety of ‘things to do and see’ for the entire family. The route is one of six different driving routes as part of the Cape Country Routes Collection (CCR), a group of accommodation and activity establishments located along mapped routes along the coast. If you're looking to fill the gaps in your holiday guide, CCR has the following recommendations to wrap-up 2017 on a memorable note: Get Your Gig On: If you’re one for taking the road less traveled and want to finish your year with an epic party, join Van Loveren Family Vineyards at the annual weekend-long Unplugged62 music festival in Barrydale from 29 to 30 December. In partnership with the Joubert-Tradauw Vineyards and Cellar (Barrydale), where the event will take place, Van Loveren will be playing a key part to ensure an exciting line-up of live entertainment all weekend. Local headline acts include the likes of Jesse Clegg, Francois Van Coke, Jack Parow, Manouche, Crimson House, Albert Frost, Jimm Harrison and Hatchetman. Day passes are sold from R350 per person while available weekend tickets and camping facilities are from R850 per person. Visit http://unplugged62.nutickets.co.za/December2017 for more information and bookings. The December pilgrimage to the Unplugged62 music festival doesn’t only offer a getaway filled with great live music. Along with a touch of authentic Route62 hospitality, the weekend is also an opportunity to experience everything that CCR has to offer, and guarantees good food and wine with a hint of luxury. If Art Deco is Your Thing: For a bit of old-world . . .
Offering Quality House-Keeping Services Along with Bed & Breakfast Whether it is a business or a holiday trip, hiring a guest house is the must do job. Cape Town is one of the best destinations in the world that is perfect for a holiday trip. Actually, the country has lots to offer, ranging from the eye-catching landscapes to the modern urban life. When one goes for a holiday or business trip, the first thing that he or she needs to do is to book a room in a reputed bed & breakfast house where they will get all kinds of facilities. Well, when it comes to the guest house, The Victorian Goose, the globally recognized bed and breakfast accommodation appears in the mind of the holidaymakers and businessmen first. An Introduction to the Guest House The Victorian Goose is an internationally recognized homely guest house that is situated in the suburb of Newlands, Cape Town. The bed and breakfast house is newly built and decorated in the elegant Victorian style. As a leading accommodation facility provider, they offer quality services to the international business travelers and holidaymakers. They provide the travelers and the entrepreneurs with the luxury bed and breakfast accommodation along with secure off-street parking for about three cars. Lavishly Decorated Rooms When it comes to choosing a short-term accommodation, the room is what in which you need to pay attention the most. The guest house offers four individually decorated rooms. All the rooms are lavishly decorated so that the visitors get comfort while staying in the rooms. The best thing is that the holidaymakers and businessmen can spend quality time in the homely atmosphere of the rooms. Healthy and Delicious Breakfast As it is a B&B accommodation, the business goers and the holidaymakers will get healthy and mouthwatering English and Continental breakfast. Individuals may enjoy their breakfast inside the dining rooms. Free Wifi Without the internet, it is hardly . . .
On Wednesday 6 December 2017 BON Hotel Riviera on Vaal reunited their BONhomie winners and welcomed new winners to the group. Each year the hotel holds a competition whereby their fans on social media channels can enter to become what they call a ‘BONhomie’. Three additional BONhomies were capped to join the existing team of ten on the BON Hotel Riviera on Vaal squad. The new members were inducted and got to know each other at an intimate event, alongside our celebrity BONhomie, ProVerb. “At BON Hotels we wanted to do things a little differently. We wanted to make our guests, loyal followers and ’real people’ our ambassadors. Cool people, who would be happy to promote us, like share and click, speak about us at the braai and make all their friends a little envious,” says Sebastiaan Victor, General Manager at the hotel. BON Hotel Riviera on Vaal has 15 BONhomies including celebrity BONhomie ProVerb. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
After a R120-million rejuvenation, The Ritz hotel in the vibrant Cape Town suburb of Sea Point is ready to welcome locals and tourists to the most glamorous urban resort the Mother City has to offer. An icon of the city’s skyline since the early 1970s, over the decades this once-stylish address slowly lost its lustre until, in 2016, the Ritz Hotel Management Company (Pty) Ltd or RHMC saw an opportunity to revitalise – and reimagine – this faded star of the Atlantic Seaboard. "It's a beautiful piece of local architecture that desperately needed a new lease on life. We had a very clear vision of what we wanted to create, and what Cape Town needed," says, Lisa Carey, Marketing & PR Manager for The Ritz. RHMC identified a gap in the market for an international-grade hotel that would marry a contemporary design aesthetic with world-class service: "We are not creating a quirky boutique property or a stiff five-star hotel. We want to cater for that beautiful niche in the middle. We wanted to take luxury and design, and make it accessible”, Carey comments further. Accessible luxury with sensorial appeal is a thread that runs throughout The Ritz and the décor is only half the allure of a stay at The Ritz. Unique for a hotel in Cape Town, each and every room boasts panoramic views of both the city and sparkling Atlantic Ocean. But far and away the finest views in the city are to be found at the very top on the 21st and 22nd floors and in the hotel’s flagship restaurant on the 23rd floor. The Ritz has long been famous for its revolving restaurant – the only one of its kind in the Western Cape – and 2017/2018 is set to restore its reputation as one of the most sought-after refined dining destinations in the city. While those upper floors will enchant in the evening hours, during the day it’s down on the humming first floor that locals and travellers are set to find their home away from home. CASA Restaurant & Cabanas brings a touch of Miami South Beach . . .
For many Cape Town residents and travelers, there can be nothing like a well-deserved holiday day trip to the Winelands complemented with a flavourful breakfast and lunch in one of the Cape’s historic, Oaktree laden towns. Stellenbosch’s new bakery, bistro and farm shop, Boschendal at Oude Bank, makes a country breakaway during the silly season the ideal bucket list activity to wrap up your year and kick start 2018. The Stellenbosch shop provides patrons with ethically produced items sourced straight from Boschendal Farm in Franschhoek. Staying true to the Farm’s environmental preservation ethos and continued community support, the Boschendal at Oude Bank team works consistently to give visitors a farm-to-table experience that spells more than ‘just shopping’ or ‘dining’. Following its recent transition in the Oude Bank building, one of Stellenbosch’s first banks, the shop’s interior, seasonal menus and passionate staff – whom all are from surrounding regions – tell a story of hard work, team support and community development. On arriving at Boschendal at Oude Bank, you'll be welcomed by the building's fascinating, original scaffolding decorated by the range of innovative offerings at selected areas inside the establishment. Think guided wine tastings at the tasting area (tastings of the 'winery of the week' are on the house), a fresh produce section kitted with organic greens, free-range eggs and poultry, homemade condiments, juices, and 100% grass-fed red meat, plus a flower counter next to the on-site bakery, as well as bistro bar and beer taps across the floor. A mere hour’s drive from central Cape Town and in close reach of surrounding towns, Boschendal at Oude Bank adds to a memorable Winelands visit with real farm-to-table plates and take-home ingredients to enjoy at home. Boschendal at Oude Bank, located on the corner of Bird and Church Streets in Stellenbosch, is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week. For store enquiries, contact . . .
Multi-award winning, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa sets the bar high in 2017 The spectacular, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa continues to demonstrate its cutting-edge relevance and elegance by adding numerous, prestigious awards to their already impressive list of accolades. The renowned Johannesburg establishment has received three World Luxury Awards, The Diners Club Platinum Wine List Award 2017, and obtained an astounding 97% grading score from South African Tourism thereby cementing their long standing Five Star status. These achievements are indeed testament to the excellence and innovation that Fairlawns is synonymous with. Fairlawns has recently been awarded multiple awards including the Diners Club Platinum Wine List Award for 2017, Luxury Hotel Restaurant, Regional Category, at the 2017 World Luxury Restaurant Awards, Luxury Spa Hotel – Country Winner and Luxury Boutique Hotel, Regional Winner: South Africa. Their latest source of pride is the decadent MUSE Champagne Room and adjoining Courtyard, in collaboration with French Champagne House, Perrier-Jouët, a sumptuous mix of elegance and contemporary design, using nature as its source of inspiration. MUSE offers an eclectic range of designer cocktails, as well as a signature Casse-Croûte menu. The Fairlawn’s flagship restaurant, Amuse-Bouche, was announced as a winner in the Luxury Hotel Restaurant, Regional Category, at the 2017 World Luxury Restaurant Awards held in Hanoi, Vietnam. Awards in this category are based on the food experience combined with aspects of service excellence, presentation, quality and menu choices, as well as the high standard of interior design. The World Luxury Hotel Awards bestowed a further two awards on Fairlawns; “Luxury Spa Hotel – Country Winner” and “Luxury Boutique Hotel, Regional Winner: South Africa”. These prestigious awards are truly something to be proud of and to win in three categories, admirable! The World Luxury Hotel Awards is the . . .
4 December 2017 – WHEN Blue Crane Route Mayor Bonisile Manxoweni opened the revamped Caltex Cookhouse Service Station last week [SUBS; Thursday 30 November 2017], the R5-million investment in the small Eastern Cape town was not his only reason for celebration. For Councilor Manxoweni, who leads the local municipality covering Cookhouse, Pearston and Somerset East, it was a moment to reflect on his personal journey, speaking on the same forecourt where he spent more than a decade working as a petrol attendant while saving up to further his education. Joking that he had debated wearing his old uniform for the opening event, Manxoweni commended Caltex Eastern Cape Marketer (CECM) for its investment in a community hard hit by poverty, high unemployment and crime. “Investment such as this is often the catalyst to further growth and development in areas like this. I pledge the support of the Blue Crane Municipality to this partnership as we would like to ensure that it succeeds and grows,” said Manxoweni. All jobs at the service station were retained in the upgrade, which saw CECM investing R3.5-million and FreshStop R1.5-million in modernizing the forecourt facilities and adding a FreshStop convenience and fresh food store, Crispy Chicken outlet, Lavazza coffee bar, and upgraded restrooms with wheelchair access. Apart from plans to upgrade the fuel forecourt in the near future, FreshStop Cookhouse offers customers a range of fresh fruit and vegetables, a selection of grocery items and a Grab ‘n Go section for fresh sandwiches, Shamrock and Piemans pies, doughnuts, muffins, smoothies and snacks. In addition, the store has opened a Barista-operated Lavazza Coffee station and the 1st Crispy Chicken outlet in the area. FreshStop director Joe Boyle said the economic benefit of the newly upgraded site went further than permanent employment at the service station itself, as the contractors and other service providers had also contributed to the local . . .